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I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Travis Burnett to learn five random facts about himself and what inspired him to be an actor. Check out my interview with Travis below:
Loryn: What inspired you to become an actor?
Travis: My inspiration came from being with my grandma at the theater starting at about age 3. She’s a Nine O’Clock Player and their mission is to bring live musical theater to kids. I sat in on auditions, table reads, performance and music and dance rehearsals, meetings, and most all of her performances. I loved the atmosphere, and every chance I got I’d go up on stage to help with lines or blocking or be a part of vocal warmups. Right at the beginning of my going with her, my Grandma’s director could see that I wanted to be on stage, so he had me introduce the show to the children’s audience up on stage all dressed up. I’m told that when I was done I said to him, “that was fun, can I do it again?” From there, I started acting at acting camps and my first professional stage production was The Wizard of Oz when I was 9.
Loryn: If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Travis: It’s funny that you should ask this. It reminds me of an episode of Tram Kaylie I was in on Netflix. I was a warlock and I said that I had a malfunctioning magic wand. But if my magic wand was in perfect working order I think that I would have to use it to ask for a genie to give me three wishes because I could go in three different directions. Firstly, I would love to be on The Conners as a season regular for years to come. I’d love to experience that family atmosphere and work with all of that talent on a weekly basis. Secondly, I’d also love to land a lead in a large feature film… to experience one project over a long period of time and really develop my character in depth….come on Marvel! And lastly, I’d love to be cast in a new pilot as a lead so that I can be there from the ground up as it grows as a cast and story.
Loryn: Who is an actor or actress you’d love to work with in the future?
Travis: Wow, that’s a tough one! There is so much talent out there in the world! I guess my choice would be Tom Huddleston. I really respect his work and he brings complexity to his characters that I really admire. He is extremely versatile in his work as well, and he seems very nice from what I’ve read.
Loryn: What lesson did your character Claude from Diary of a Future President teach you?
Travis: One big thing that I learned from playing Claude is that you never know where a character’s arc will take you. The role of Claude in the first season started as a recurring role with just a few lines. By the end of the season the line “what about Claude?” Spoken by a major character spearheaded my role in the second season into one that was much larger and Claude became a character that was able to have a direct impact on the storyline. It’s really fun to have your role cause some character change in another actor, or to move the storyline in a different direction. It was also great to work on a crowded set with lots of young actors and see how that atmosphere was different from one with mostly adult casts.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Travis: I think not everyone knows that I am really interested in working with clay. I’ve recently taken some pottery wheel classes and now am a member of a pottery studio, so we can go whenever we have some free time. I love working at the wheel. My skills have really grown in the 6 months that I have been doing this… from small pieces with 1 pound of clay, to larger pieces with up to 4.5 pounds of clay. I love using and exploring different glazing techniques as well as carving the clay pieces I make. The pottery community as a whole is very encouraging and accepting. I’ve met some really nice people who come to the studio.
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