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Jeffrey Walker Webinar: Child Actor to International Director VIDEO

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In a webinar for upper primary and secondary schools, students had the opportunity to ask Australian director Jeffrey Walker about his inspirational career.

Hundreds of enthusiastic students joined in to interview Jeffrey Walker, representing schools from five different states. This webinar gave students a unique insight into Jeffrey Walker’s transition from child actor to sought-after international director, and the work ethic that got him there.

QUESTIONS:

00:00:58 - What or who inspired you to become an actor? Year 5 & 6, Waverley Meadows Primary School
00:04:03 - What were your favourite TV shows when you were young?
00:05:19 - How did you get the role for Round the Twist? Year 5 & 6, Waverley Meadows Primary School VIC
00:07:39 - How important has Round the Twist been to your career?
00:10:01 - How do you feel about the international success of Round the Twist?
00:11:18 - What advice would you give to someone trying to get into the acting industry that you wish you had known at our age? The Scots School, Albury NSW
00:14:07 - What was it like juggling school, home and acting? Year 5 & 6 - Waverley Meadows Primary School VIC
00:19:13 - You starred in 217 episodes of Round the Twist, Ocean Girl and The Wayne Manifesto from the age of 10 onward. What did you learn from that experience?
00:24:09 - What strategies did you use to overcome nerves during auditions as a child actor? Elisabeth Murdoch College VIC
00:26:46 - Do you expect the actors you direct to be as prepared as you were when you were an actor?
00:28:07 - Do you ever think, “I can’t do this.”? If so, how do you get past it? Reece High School TAS
00:30:09 - What is your latest feature film you directed?
00:32:31 - What pathways are there for aspiring filmmakers? The Scots School, Albury NSW
00:36:18 - How did you get to become a Director at such a young age?
00:42:29 - How do you overcome personal differences with cast members in your shows? Carey Baptist Grammar VIC
00:46:14 - What was it like working with the ‘Modern Family’ cast? The Scots School, Albury NSW
00:49:27 - What is the worst thing that has happened to you as a Director? Moreton Downs State School QLD
00:53:17 - You directed the first 5 episodes of Dance Academy in 2009 and then came back to direct the Dance Academy Movie last year. What was it like coming back to the story after 7 years?
00:57:10 - How did you get a ‘foot in the door’ in the UK and the USA as a Director? What are the differences in being a Director in the USA compared to Australia?

Video Synopsis

In a webinar for upper primary and secondary schools, students had the opportunity to ask Australian director Jeffrey Walker about his inspirational career.

Hundreds of enthusiastic students joined in to interview Jeffrey Walker, representing schools from five different states. This webinar gave students a unique insight into Jeffrey Walker’s transition from child actor to sought-after international director, and the work ethic that got him there.