Describe what you do?
“I make inanimate objects animated. I use puppet characters to tell stories and create a fun experience for an audience.”
Describe how you do it?
“Look at the puppet, study how it moves and works. Study the character. A puppeteer is basically “an actor from the wrist up,” according to Jim Henson. Being a puppeteer requires a training, practice and more practice. It also requires one to be physically capable to perform in tight spaces and awkward positions on a regular basis.”
Describe why you do it?
“The thing that keeps me motivated is the magic that happens between the audience and my character, or myself. It’s a connection we share. When a person of any age looks into the eyes of the puppet and believes in the character’s reality, that person and myself share a brief moment of fun and joy that is nearly inexplicable. Creating characters from inanimate objects and making them come to life is exciting. Other than that, who wouldn’t want to be crazy and play with dolls for a living? It’s fun! Much better than sitting at a desk all day.”
What was the first step you took to become what you are now?
“Failure. I wasn’t good at the job I had, the one I went to school for, I didn’t enjoy it and I failed at it a few times. I got a bit depressed, and after some soul-searching I realized that I’m happiest when I had a puppet on my hand. So while I continued the job I didn’t enjoy, I got training from the best people I could find and practiced as much as possible. Eventually I was able to quit my job and get work as a puppeteer. It’s not easy, but it is a ton of fun. But the first step is to just decide that you’re going to do it. Risking failure is better than never trying.”
What do you wish you had paid more attention to in school?
“I wish I had gotten more experience in theatre, performance and storytelling.”