Puppetry and ventriloquism go hand in hand (no pun intended). The history of both arts is very interesting.
Puppetry is a very ancient art form, thought to have originated about 30,000 years ago. Puppets have been used since the earliest times to animate and communicate the ideas and needs of human societies. Some historians claim that they pre-date actors in theatre.
Originally, ventriloquism was a religious practice that dates back over 3000 years. The name comes from the Latin for to speak from the stomach, i.e. venter (belly) and loqui (speak).
It is this time of year when we realize how quickly July is sneaking up. Its almost time for our annual vacation of fun, learning and total silliness.
It is time for the Venthaven ConVENTion. I know many of you, like us, are regulars at the vent family reunion, but some of you have not yet managed to put in an appearance.
For those of you who are just starting out in vent, The Venthaven ConVENTion is THE most exciting eVENT on our annual calendar. There just is no other gathering like it.
To be able to attend all the seminars with top professionals and to absorb their literally hundreds of years of experience by listening to all the mistakes they can help you avoid in your career is of far more value than the cost of the ConVENTion.
A while back we did a newsletter on ways to get in the front door as a performer.
We just got a response from a friend of ours, Chris Thompson in Toronto Canada.
He was sharing a great experience that he had and gave us permission to share it with you. I won’t put words in his mouth as he did a good job of relaying what happened.
Every now and then we get the distinct “privilege” of dealing with someone who thinks differently than most of the rest of us.
Fortunately, it does not happen that often, but since it has, we are going to address it on our website so that if and when it ever comes up again we can simply refer the person to the website.
We have gotten an idea from one of our readers that we found to be somewhat unique. We have that persons permission to share the idea, but they would rather stay anonymous for purposes of this article. (Somewhat unusual since the purpose of the idea was getting “attention”, but we will honor the request.)
Our reader was in his early 40’s when he started out to be a Vent. He loved little kids and wanted to do a lot of birthday parties, but was not sure that he was good enough to get bookings and did not want to disappoint folks by not giving a good enough show. He also realized that in order to get better, he needed exposure time with his target audience. So after much thought he decided to go with this novel new idea.
In his town there was a restaurant that he described as being like a “Chuck E. Cheese” type place. On a Friday night, he took just his wife and a small puppet that would fit in a small bag and went to the restaurant. Once there he and his wife got their food and sat down. As luck (or good planning) would have it, there were several groups of kids who showed up that night for birthday parties.