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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. spcglider

    spcglider Well-Known Member

    But back to the thread subject...

    I think the BEST way to get a job as a Muppeteer, in fact, other than industry cronyism, is to make a career for yourself as a puppeteer elsewhere. If you distinguish yourself on your own, build up a body of excellent work, and make yourself a superb puppeteer, there's every chance in the world that you might end up working with the Muppets. At least, no less a chance than anybody else with that level of talent.

  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I agree, Gordon.

    Work at what you love, and make what you love be the best you can make it, and let that take you places. Don't count on someone else to do it for you, and don't wait for the 'big break' to come along. YOU have to make it happen, gang.

    Just have fun doing it!
  3. Michael Earl

    Michael Earl Member

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  4. Marky

    Marky Well-Known Member

    That's because you couldn't tell what they were saying behind your back! LOL!
  5. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    My Guess is that you could Probably make an Audition Tape to Send to the JHC. That would be cool! :) :) :)
  6. RockerRob

    RockerRob Well-Known Member

    To become a Muppeteer follow these steps:
    1) Practice, practice, practice...
    2) Write scripts, perform, build puppets (keep doing step 1)
    3) Get with a company or make your own (continue step 1)
    4) Make an audition tape and sent it to the Jim Henson Company with what they ask for. http://www.henson.com/employment.php (still do step 1)
    5) Get hired
    6) Never stop doing step 1.

    That said, there is also the "right time, right place" possibility. (This lucky option still requires step 1.)
  7. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I've gotten a little help from Marty Robinson. I've kept in touch with him and he said that if I ever wanted to send an audition tape to him during the summer I could, just to see what I can do. Maybe this will help me to follow my dream. But then again who knows? As long as I know somebody who works in the bussiness, maybe that will help. :smirk: :coy:
  8. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    Does anyone think it's likely that JHC will be looking for temporary puppeteers for the Fraggle movie?
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I don't know if they will or not, given the technology to CGI background characters these days.

    BTW: Good to see you on the boards again, Scary--been a while!
  10. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I graduated last year and my schedule allows it more often now. :D
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Good. Keep in touch!
  12. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

    when i grow up, i really wanna be a puppeteer. but i still need to get a decent puppet.
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    If you check on ebay there are great puppets available there. You can also make wonderful puppets using patterns from www.projectpuppet.com. I highly endorse them.
  14. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    I get what you're saying. practice makes perfect. :) :super: That is very good advice.
  15. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

  16. animal0606

    animal0606 Well-Known Member

    I want to wish all of you who wish to pursue this great art the best of luck.You all are right the steps to take to get into the business is going to be hard & full of challenges just remember
    Practice, practice, practice (I could not agree more)
    right time, right place (this is a big one)
    Make yourself be known go out perform..remember there is youtube & word gets out fast form there.

  17. Samwise

    Samwise New Member

    In order to compr todays hiring method from the past, it is best to read interviews of well known muppeteers. Carrol Spinney in his book descries ow he joined Puppeteers of America or Unima, and was spotted by jim at a confrence. Jim approched him, and invited him to play with puppets and have a tALK. these actually constituted job interviews- informal ones. This story, with varitions describes the experience of most of the classic original lead muppeteers- youcan read it over and over. So you would join a major puppet association, perform at a major confrence where brian or kevin attended and network if possible. That is your best chance. But if not the muppet, you might find somone else, say nicolodeon or HBO or one of the dozen or so other puppet production crews nation wide.
  18. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    I practice almost everyday.
  19. Girrrtacos

    Girrrtacos New Member

    About a week ago Bret Nelson (The Associate Producer of Sid the Science Kid) for the Jim Henson company came to a digital arts presentation thing in Westminster. I asked him a lot of questions about this.

    He said to me that I should practice practice practice. He said to study like watching Bear in the Big Blue House and The Muppet Show every day. He said he didn't care about what school I would come from. He said get an agent and send in an audition tape to the company, but keep practicing.

    He pulled out Animal and showed everyone how their puppeteering worked, and when I asked, he showed me how the blinking eye mechanism worked. I also asked about the Fraggle Rock movie. It was great.

  20. Bob1995

    Bob1995 Well-Known Member

    Your best bet is to apply for a job as a freelancer, and hope the Muppets are auditioning puppeteers nearby.

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