Several years ago there was an act that arrived on the scene that I could not tell you much about, but I do remember the guys name. I don’t know if he is still on the scene or not, but I still remember his name. In the case of the vent world we must also have a real act to back up the name, but it is important that your name is known in your community.
The act (such as it was) was simple. You heard a voice (could be one of your characters) say “What is your name”. The man responded with “Raymond Jay Johnson, but you can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay or you can just call me Johnson, but you don’t have to call me Raymond Jay Johnson” He would take this same thought in circles three or four more times, but even though that has been about 35 years ago, I still have no doubt that his name was Raymond Jay Johnson.
This has been a while coming, but several recent events have driven this to the front of the line. First, all of the puppets that we have in our catalog have already been done and sold in the past to someone else. We only display those pictures to give you ideas of what can be done.
We are NOT attempting to sell you that puppet. We do not do duplicates for sale. The only exception is that we will do duplicates for the owner of record of the original puppet. This is so that performer can have a backup or replacement for the puppet that they already have purchased.
Of late we have had several folks who have rejected head shots of a puppet “similar” saying “that does not look like the one on your website”. It was NOT supposed to. It is a “similar”. Then they come back and say, “Well can’t you make it look a little more like the first one”. The answer is NO! If we do that then we would not be honoring our commitment to the original customer when we said that we don’t do duplicates.
Have you ever noticed that when you are watching some Ventriloquists perform that the characters head jumps up when its mouth opens? This can be very distracting to the audience, since they expect the puppet to be almost human like in its animations.
What causes this problem is merely the incorrect use of the hand by the Ventriloquist. I am going to show you the incorrect way first, then I will explain how to correct this problem.
From time to time something comes up that makes us realize we all have responsibilities in every puppet related transaction.
A couple of weeks ago we had a customer who we had dealt with a few times in the past. From the original contact, we had his name and address in our files and when he contacted us about a puppet we had on “Available Now”, we shipped the puppet to him immediately when his payment was confirmed via PayPal.
We only use PayPal for our International customers because they take care of currency conversions and it is practical for that reason. We don’t use PayPal for domestic customers because the fees they charge would require us to raise our prices which we do not wish to do.
From time to time we like to take a few minutes to focus on small things that can be important to your act. Part of having a great act is having great material to work with.
Everyday of your life, you go somewhere and overhear something that is crazy funny. Maybe it is not in “joke” form when you hear it. Maybe it is something that will have to be developed. However, if you forget it before developing it, it is useless to you.