On the Couch with Eryn Jean Norvill

Eryn Jean Norvill Arts Review On the CouchWho is Eryn Jean Norvill?
Nothing seems to be definite anymore. I would like to say something grounded and clear, but the only regular feature of my identity is that I’m curious – I try a lot and in trying I fail a lot.

What career would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be a Ninja. I’d be a kick ass Ninja. I’d be a kick ass ninja on a jet ski. 

Who inspires you and why?
All the people that try and make things even though they think they are not smart or talented enough to do the things they want to make. And probably all the people that keep dying. The great heroes of my creative life seem to be dropping like flies – Bowie, Gene Wilder, George Michael, Jim Henson. David Attenborough, please don’t die… I need you.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would probably do what I’m doing now.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Slovenia. They don’t say no a lot. That’s good fun. And they really know how to recycle. Go Slovenia!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Well, I’m not technically a Melburnian. So as a visitor myself, I would take myself to the Japanese baths and then out to a Japanese restaurant to drink sake.

What are you currently reading?
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.

What are you currently listening to?
Nils Frahm and too much K Pop.

Happiness is?
Sometimes nowhere to be found. Often in someone else’s face.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t have the luxury of planning for the future in my job. No stability and no savings is the regular. So, I prefer not to think too far ahead. Expectations are the killer of everything surprising and significant anyway.

Created and performed by Eryn (with Emily Tomlins), Niche is a surreal, irreverent, and deeply affecting story about what we really want from celebrity in the digital age – at the Northcote Town Hall for a limited season from 16 August 2017. For more information, visit: www.northcotetownhall.com.au or www.elbowroomproductions.com for details.

Image: Eryn Jean Norvill (supplied)