There are many performers in the entertainment industry who are extremely talented and humble and a great example to others. Mark Sipple is one of those people who likes to inspire others, here is what he had to say:
How and when did you first get into performing?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been able to sing. The first song I ever sang in public was A World Of Our Own by The Seekers at my primary school when I was about 11 years old. I just kept going from there. Acting came later, after high school when I auditioned for a theatre school and attended acting classes for 3 years.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I’ve always looked up to actors from Australia who have had successful careers in America and at home because I want to emulate their path. Of course, that’s easier said than done but people like Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Jackman have had brilliant careers to date because they are brilliant actors who tell stories with such clarity and finesse. They inspire me to be a better actor every day.
What kind have training have you done?
I have completed an acting degree at Theatre Nepean in Sydney which consisted of acting, movement, voice and singing classes. Over the course of three years we worked with tutors who were employed in the industry and were involved with six different productions from contemporary to classical works. Screen acting was also a focus and I have some great footage that I used in my reel for a while. It was a very well rounded course that has produced successful actors such as Yvonne Strahovski, David Wenham and Joel Edgerton.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I played an egotistical psychotic emperor in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus which has definitely been a highlight. I really enjoy playing with Shakespeare as an actor because the language is so rich and there are so many hints and clues not only in the words but also the rhythms, rhyme and prose of the writing. It’s like solving a puzzle. Add to it that you have to make it relevant, interesting and watchable for today’s audiences and you have a real challenge on your hands.
What projects do you have coming up?
As a performer you always have something in the pipeline. I have a few projects coming up but the only one that is confirmed so far is a tour of Australia and New Zealand with the kid’s band, The Playground Craze. I am one of three band members. We started the band in 2013 and recorded and released our first song “My Team” in June 2014. The response has been overwhelming and we are excited to record more tracks when I finish my current contract at Universal Studios Singapore in August.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I enjoy any co-star who is open to positive criticism to make the project I’m working on better and the best it can possibly be. As an actor I like other actors who are prepared and willing to play with the script. That means receiving offers and not being stuck in playing a scene only one particular way. I would love to work with my friend Yvonne Strahovski one day on a film or in television because we were both trained the same way so the way we work is very similar. We both take a bizillion notes on the characters we play, exploring every aspect so as to inform the interactions in the scene.
What are your plans for the future?
My five year plan is to move to America to continue my career there. There are just so many more opportunities there for performers of all types. I want to do it all. Television, stage, film, musicals. There is so much room for failure pursuing this type of work but I’m ready to fail loudly and proudly, then get back up and start all over again. I love what I do and I have toyed with other careers in business but I always come back to this industry. Jim Carrey has said that you can fail at what you love to do, but you can also fail at what you don’t want to do. So you might as well do what you love to do. Life is too short to compromise on what you want.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Train, keep training, create your own work, and never give up. Harrison Ford wasn’t successful until his thirties and he contributes part of his success to quietly never giving up when everyone else around him did. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of time. Hard work.. And time.