I am very excited about this week’s guest on Questions To Inspire. It is time for another puppeteer interview, this time with Matt Turner!
Hey Matt, good afternoon! Go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I started puppeteering when I was three years old when I got Bert and Ernie puppets for Christmas. I did my first puppet show when I was nine for my sister’s third birthday. I then did shows for my church, middle and high school and more birthday parties. I then went to the University of Connecticut and majored in Puppetry. Now I work at Walt Disney World as a puppeteer.
What is your favorite part of doing puppet work?
I enjoy performing as different characters that I wouldn’t be able to do as a human. Also I enjoy the challenge of bringing an inanimate object to life.
You have worked on the Disney Junior puppet show (before it closed) for how long? What was your favorite part about that?
I performed in the show for six years. Some of my favorite things was being able to bring to life some iconic characters and meeting and performing with some great puppeteers.
What advice would you give someone who wants to learn how to be a puppeteer?
I would say study puppeteers, try to take puppeteering workshops, talk to other puppeteers, and learn the basics of puppet building . Always be open to learning and growing as a performer.
And if you want to learn how to make puppets and learn how to puppeteer on camera you can always come to Beyond the Sock workshop http://www.beyondthesock.com.
What are you currently doing as a puppeteer?
Right now I’m performing in three different shows at Walt Disney World. I perform in The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and The Festival of the Lion King. I also do some outside of Disney puppeteering when I have time.
What Muppet/Sesame Street character best describes you and why?
I think I am a mix of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. I think I am mild mannered and reserved like Kermit but when I feel like it I can be mischievous like Ernie.
Thanks Matt for taking the time to answer a few Questions To Inspire others and thanks everyone for reading Questions To Inspire and check out some of our other interviews! See you next time!