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How do I get a job as a Muppeteer?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Fozzie Bear, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. The Good Doctor New Member

    Wow

    WOW, that was way cool, and a lot closer than I ever got. I think if I were invited to an audition I would freak out. Then At the audition i would freak out again, but i am guessing if you are really that good to get an audition that you probaly would not be freaking out so much.
  2. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    I'm really not one to go nuts over something. But this was certainly very exciting. I was surprised since I hadn't been performing very long and felt the puppetry could have been better. I don't know how I would do at a live audition, but I have puppeteered around other people in other situations and was alright with it.
  3. The Good Doctor New Member

    Puppetry

    About 5 years agao I was really getting into the puppet stuff, and then college ended and the real world took over. My construction methods were not at all very good, and my one and only puppet fell apaprt all to quickly. My wife and are are buying a house and I hope to (at last) set the basement up as a studio and begin exparmenting with building some puppets.

    Also I would like to say if there is any one here in the Denver CO area who is looking for or need any help with performing on construction I have a great background in the arts visual and performing.

    I think that if I get back into performing I will have the confidence to not freak out at an audition.
  4. Ryan New Member


    Don't get too excited, that's the basic letter they send everyone. I doubt Henson will be doing any workshops for a fewyears. They simply just don't need anybody new/can't afford it.
  5. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    I was speaking in past tenths, I was saying it was exciting to receive the letter in the mail back in early '03. I also said that I haven't heard anything more as of yet, which is fine. I have a lot of my own projects that I am busy with at the moment and actually was pleased to not have been called to an audition. I was experimenting with puppetry at the time, and thought it might be neat to send a demo out to JHC. I'm really not concerned about whether they ever contact me again or not, I sent the tape out for fun, not expecting a reply. It really was enough for me to have received the response I did. I know it's a form letter they send out, but they do not send it out to everyone, only the people they believe have serious potential. Good point as well, that's most likely true that they won't have audition/training workshops for awhile, however I don't think people should feel discouraged about sending demos out. Even though the chances of getting hired are slim at the moment, it's certainly worth sending you're material out. If they like your work they will keep you on file and you never know, they may someday contact you. Just remember however, there are other opportunities other than the Muppets, and not to rest all your hopes on getting a job with them.
  6. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    That sounds lovely,

    I have a workshop set up in my father's basement which he helped me put together. I am still building up my small puppet production company and developing a unique puppetry pilot set in New York, NY. I also just finished a three spot television commercial pitch for a local outfit, Osgood Textiles a large fabric and foam outfit where I happen to purchase a lot of my building materials. I am located in New England, but once I have a workable budget I may just contact you.
  7. The Good Doctor New Member


    BE TRUE TO THE CRAFT! That is most important!
  8. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

  9. The Good Doctor New Member

    [I have a workshop set up in my father's basement which he helped me put together. I am still building up my small puppet production company and developing a unique puppetry pilot set in New York, NY. I also just finished a three spot television commercial pitch for a local outfit, Osgood Textiles a large fabric and foam outfit where I happen to purchase a lot of my building materials. I am located in New England, but once I have a workable budget I may just contact you.[/QUOTE]

    That would really be great! I am hopeful that by the summer I will have at least 1 puppet made. I hate having to start all over again at the beggining but here I am, ready and willing. I am way behind with my sculpture work as well, so the studio will really be a good spring board. I wrote a puppet show with some friends of mine in college, it is a total spoof on some unlikely superherows who battle crime, sort of. Any way if any one wants to contact me you can at: scarecrow34@hotmail.com
  10. The Good Doctor New Member

    The studio is finally up and running, and as a crazy turn of events this sunday I will be having a photo-shoot. A phtographer in London is going to take some pictires of my sculpture work.

    Also If you want to get a feel for the kinds of work I produce Check out the book The Cult of Mac. Look me up (Andrew Dusing) in the index and turn to my page, you will see soem great examples of the kinds of things I make.

    Puppets are planned for this summer, so i have to get cracking....lots and lots of projects are planned for the next few months.
  11. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    That's lovely, congrats. I'll be sure to check The Cult of Mac out. Good to see another Mac user here, I've noticed that most people who are artistic are Mac users. I'm assuming of course that The Cult of Mac has to do with Mac computer users. More people are finally starting to switch over too, due to the amount of viruses and the popularity of the iPod. The Mac revolution is coming! Lol.

    P.S. Did you get my video Christmas card? And also what did you think of it?

    Feel free to email me, if you like.
  12. The Good Doctor New Member

    I do not think I got the card. I can not view video at work so it probaly did not come through, but thank you just the same.

    I love Macintosh, our machine is 12 years old, and still works great. I plann to finish upgrading it this summer and then it will be a G4 and only 3 years old.

    The book is a little expensive, but to me well worth the cost. Like I said just look up my name in the index and then go to the page.
  13. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    Yeah, I got a Titanium PowerBook G4 SuperDrive at the end of last year, and it is one fine machine, they are the best. Thats swell that you're upgrading a 12 year old Mac to a G4, impressive. I don't have a lot of dough at the moment, so I'll run up to Barnes & Noble as soon as I can and browse the book at the store.
  14. Puppetplanet Member

    Hey Andrew, I googled your name, read a few articles and even got to see some photos of your work. It's awesome stuff, keep it up!



    -Michele
  15. The Good Doctor New Member

    Thanks. I have a photo shoot on Sunday which I hope leads to some more exposure so I can start getting paid.
  16. The Good Doctor New Member

    google

    I know we are getting a little off track but that Google thig is way cool. I never thought to d a search like that, a lot of unrelated stuff came up too. But the 3 main things were there, well any way back to the talk at hand, Muppets.
  17. The Good Doctor New Member

    I checked out your web page, The Puppet Plannet. Those are really great, Mine never looked as good as your puppets. I bet you could give instruction on how to build them, and everything. I am really just starting out with my own construction of puppets and I have to admit it is slow going. I am trying to gather as much info as I possibly can, and really need to just dive in nad build one.

    any way, Super Cool Work!
  18. The Good Doctor New Member

    The End

    Well gang my wife is leaveing me, so i have to move out of the house so that is the end of my studio. I am so bewildered by all of this. I know i made some mistakes, but I wanted to work through this. She is just tossing in the towel.......RATS!
  19. whatadoddle New Member

    Hey, that's really hard on you, but you need to keep thinking puppets, you have a gift that could just help you through, it will all take time......
  20. FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    I'm really sorry to hear that, it must be hard right now. Just concentrate on pursuing your dream and it should help relieve some of the stress.

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