Call it fate, or call it perfect timing, but one opportunity launched a career for a Georgia Southern University alumnus.
During Beau Turpin’s (’09) sophomore year, he found himself at an academic crossroads, faced with indecision about his career path. “I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, except that I knew I loved working with people,” said the Albany, Ga., native.
That all changed when the versatile athlete was cast as a football player in the film “We Are Marshall,” in 2006. “It was a career opportunity – bigger than an internship. I was able to see how the whole behind-the-scenes filmmaking process works and I was sold. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he said.
After working steadily in Georgia’s film industry in production and acting roles, the communication arts graduate recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream on a bigger scale.
Turpin’s crew experiences from more than 11 film and TV productions include working as the assistant football coordinator on “The Blind Side,” as well as assistant to producer Craig Zadan during the remake of “Footloose.” He recently finished a job working with the creative producer on the Queen Latifah/Dolly Parton film called “Joyful Noise,” which will be released in January 2012.
While work in the film industry can be tiring and strenuous – “the hours are insane, and sometimes we work 12 to 18 hour days on set six days a week” – it does have its perks. Turpin recalled the experience of a lifetime, learning and working with a Hollywood veteran. “My first acting experience was directed by Robert Redford in ‘The Conspirator,’” he said, about his role as a boarding house guard in the film.
While he enjoys acting, the 25-year-old is currently hard at work on his second screenplay and also co-producing and acting in an independent film called “Counterpunch,” that will release after Christmas. “At the end of the day, acting, writing, directing and producing are what I want to do,” said Turpin, Georgia Southern’s newest celebrity to claim the spotlight.