Stephanie Turner, the Football Brat. Photo courtesy: San Diego MagazineStephanie Turner is the daughter of current San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner. Norv represents the West Coast quite well, having worked previously at Oregon and USC, the Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
I first heard Stephanie in a radio interview and learned she runs a site I highly recommend, FootballBrat.com. She lives in Los Angeles and is a successful actress and writer. I had a feeling Stephanie knew a thing or two about WestSide Culture so I asked to interview her. Turns out I was right.
Kevin: Where is your favorite place you've lived and why?
Stephanie: I have to say at heart I am a California girl. Both of my parents were born in California so most of my family is here. However, I love the south (I lived in Texas) for their food and their Southern Charm. Most of my schooling was on the east coast so I still have a lot of friends in that part of the country. I try to make it back east at least once or twice a year. But, I do believe California will always be my home state.
What does West Coast Culture mean to you? (Feel free to use the words WestSide Culture in your response).
The thing I love about the West coast is that WestSide Culture can mean something different to everybody. I know for some people WestSide Culture means surfing, skateboarding, the beach. For some it means westside rap music, Snoop Dogg, Tupac -- to live and die in LA. For some it’s yoga and meditation.
To me, WestSideCulture is the appreciation of all different types of people with all different types of beliefs and backgrounds. The fact that all of the aforementioned things are thriving under the same WestSide label is pretty cool.
Can you call in a play from the sideline for me?
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That's awesome. Besides Football Brat, what projects are you working on?
I always have a few things going at a time. I just finished acting on an independent short film titled Three Puffs of Gold. In addition to the writing I do for footballbrat.com, I am also currently working on two feature film scripts.
I'd imagine being an actress means overcoming rejection and dealing with failure. How do you do that?
The biggest lesson I have learned through acting and through growing up in the public world of professional sports is that you cannot find happiness in success or in material things. Happiness and true fulfillment comes from a much higher place than the material world. If I can remember this, then being rejected or having something not go my way really doesn’t have a negative affect on my state of mind.
I believe artists and writers are paid intrinsically with something other than money. What might that be to you?
I like that belief. I feel a sort of “payment” or satisfaction when I feel I have portrayed a character or a story in the truest way I possibly could. I also feel overwhelmingly grateful for the lessons I have learned from the roles I have played. To be able to step into the shoes of another person and see things through their eyes has taught me a great deal.
What inspires you?
A lot of things inspire me. People inspire me, especially those who have faced challenges or adversity in their lives and have kept going. Great athletes inspire me with their ability to dedicate so much of their mental and physical lives to a sport.
Someone jokingly eluded to you applying for a job at the NFL Network. Ever consider becoming an analyst or sideline reporter?
I did consider it but I don’t think it’s the right thing for me at this point in my life.
New San Diego Charger colors? Pink and white?
Can you tell me your opinion on Ladies' Pink Football jerseys? Will we ever see you rocking a pink #17 Chargers jersey?
I’m not into them. No disrespect to anyone that is. If you see me at a game the most I would be wearing to suggest team allegiance would be team colors. A line that made me laugh from an old-fashioned etiquette and style book is this: “The only people who should be seen wearing a jersey in public are professional athletes.”
In your article about the University of Miami scandal, your source refers to 'none of them actually reading the NCAA Handbook.' Can you elaborate and do you think this is common? (Athletes not reading the rule-book).
I know that every athlete is given an NCAA hand book, I don’t think they all read it. The person I spoke with and his friends had never read it. I know that coaches and school officials make it a point to put emphasis on certain rules for athletes.
I believe that the first priority for most Division I programs over the past few decades has been to make money. (Which means winning games, which means recruiting the most athletically talented athletes and then keeping them eligible academically to play.) Unfortunately, I think most school officials are more concerned with making money and winning games than they are with making sure everyone knows the rules.