NAME: JAMES TAYLOR // ROLE: WRITER | PERFORMER // SHOW: HOBO
What kinds of works/performances are you most drawn to?
I like stuff that makes me forget about me for a while. I don’t care what it is really, as long it’s genuine.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
It’s a great question actually because the only person I would have taken seriously back then would have been the future me – I would have thought he was cool because he had tattoos and a girlfriend… it’s odd then, I suppose, that I would tell my teenage self to be patient and to learn, because life doesn’t start when you get older; it started already and it’s happening right now and it’ll only get better if you work hard now. Trying to be cool won’t make you happy, and getting covered in tattoos won’t either: being your fucking self makes you happy, and fuck anyone that makes you feel otherwise.
What kind of animal would you be and why?
I’d probably be a cat because they’re super agile and don’t give a shit if you don’t like them. If you pay enough attention it’s uncanny how closely cat behaviour resembles human behaviour – I reckon that’s why a lot of people don’t like them…
Who are your major influences?
I’m most influenced and inspired by people like my cousin Josh who’s a self-made musician, or my girlfriend Emily who teaches high school English, or guys like Richard Frankland and Rick Brayford who work fearlessly and relentlessly to give Aboriginal people a voice in this country. These people are doing things that actually matter, you know?
Where do you see theatre and performance 10 years from now?
I have no idea really, but I hope it’s somewhere that’s welcoming and that fights against the toxic ideals of this massive corporatocracy we’ve all bought into.