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March 23, 2020

Ep 91: The long game of “growth” over the short game of “success”

Joel Jackson

This week on the WarriorU Podcast I talk to Australian actor Joel Jackson. The underlying theme of the podcast is “Growth vs Success” in what is a very public industry. If ever there is a podcast that embodies David Epstein’s theory that “generalists” thrive in a “specialist’s” world, then this is it.

Joel is known for his roles; Peter Allen in Peter Allen; Not the Boy Next Door and Charles Bean in Deadline Gallipoli. Joel and I discuss his upbringing in North Western Australia, including how he dealt with bullying in that remote location, and how he realised how culturally limited his understanding was when he finally arrived in Sydney to attend NIDA.

In 2014 Joel won the role of Charles Bean in Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli alongside Sam Worthington. In 2015 the show aired to rave reviews from the critics and public alike, recognised with 8 AACTA nominations in 2015, including Best Actor for Joel’s role as Charles Bean. Also at the beginning of 2015 Joel filmed Channel 7’s miniseries biopic of the famed entertainer, Peter Allen in Peter Allen; Not the Boy Next Door playing the title role. The show was recognised as one of the best TV dramas of the year garnering 10 AACTA nominations in total, including Best Actor for Joel’s depiction of Peter Allen.

My favourite part of the podcast (other than me singing to Joel) was his tips for how to be resilient in the face of no!

Joel is grounded, gifted and authentic. This one is so good!

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