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 Post subject: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:08 pm 
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Benjamin has volunteered to be interviewed next week, thanks. Have you got a facebook page/website you would like to promote?
He will answer the set questions and then any others anyone would like to ask him.

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:49 pm 
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thanks for giving me this opportunity. i have a website but its still under-construction at the moment. you can only find it if you know the site address.
balloonbenji.weebly.com
any feedback would be greatly appreciated :)

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:07 pm 
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The first page looks bright and colourful, I would get rid of the weebly address and pay someone £40/50 a year to host it for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:34 pm 
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I really like it and I don't say that about many websites if I'm honest!

The colours are great, not too bright and overbearing, but bright enough to show the style of websie. It is easy to follow, things are hidden in sub-menu's and it's not cluttered (my real bugbear with some websites!).

I agree with Graham - it's worth that little extra as it looks a lot more professional - sure they could sort you an email address as well rather than using yahoo. You could always set it up to automatically forward to your Yahoo account so you don't need to check two separate accounts, but it would look a lot more professional.


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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
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I intend to buy the domain and drop the weebly bit when I "go public". It also comes with an email specific to the site so it will look more professional when I'm done. Thanks for the positive feedback. It's what I was hoping for :)

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
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time to answer the questions. just want to say thank you for everyone on this site. you all help me along in my ballooning even if you dont know it :)


1, What road led you into balloon modelling?
I have always loved circus skills and it was kind of a logical next step. at current count i can do: juggling balls + rings + clubs, diabolo, poi, staff, spinning plates, devil stick,. Now i also have added balloons to my repertoire. I also have a unicycle and walking globe but ive not managed to use those properly yet. Always learning :)

2, when did you get started with balloons?
I think it was about roughly 3 years ish ago. While doing a circus skills event i just started with a friend and got hooked. By the end of the night i said to myself i needed to keep going and i did. So glad i did to.

3, What’s your best twisting experience?
My best twisting experience! My best experience is just doing balloons with my friends. Relaxing and laughing and doing random models. I used to be in the Birmingham university circus society, purple mermaid. While i was there every week i used to teach balloons to some of the others. We would then go to the university bar with all our balloons and leave them in random places. Just a really good laugh.

4, What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a ballooning/entertaining session?
My worst time while twisting was one day 2 years ago. It was the middle of summer and an extremely hot day and i was at a fundraising event. This was before i realized i needed to keep the balloons cool and they got very warm and were just popping all over the place. Pretty much every other balloon i was inflating popped and it was just a nightmare.

5, What do you most enjoy about twisting & why?
I absolutely love seeing the look of wonder in a child's face when i'm making them a balloon. Watching them see the model come together is just great. That being said i see the exact same look of wonder in most adults faces as well lol

6, What's your favourite age to entertain?
I'm there for any age range really. I am a scout leader so i mostly work with children but i love working with all age ranges.

7, Do you have the same act but vary the presentation for all ages or do you have set acts for different ages?
I don't have an act as such yet but i do have a character i play when i'm twisting. I tend to take on an over emphasized version of myself. Very jolly and outgoing and generally a large character. I use this when ever i'm doing twisting exept when im doing "posh" events. I tend to tone it down a little then as its not really acceptable to be wacky while wearing a shirt and tie :)

Tune in tomorrow when i answer a few more questions

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
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Time to answer some more questions

8, What’s your favourite thing to make at the moment?
At the minute its not a certain thing i like to make but more making all the balloons i do larger than i have before. I love making things out of 350's and 646's. I just love the wow factor of huge models.

9, What is the most asked for model?
The most asked for model really depends on the season. At halloween it my little pumpkins, christmas is the snowman. I think my overall most asked for model is the penguin ( i think i learned it from holly hopper ) but i think its the common penguin. Less common when its made from 646's hehe

10, What do you tend to do more of if stuck in the 'balloon production line' model?
If i get stuck i just got to my go to regular penguin, multiballoon dogs, sword and shield those type of balloons. or wristables.

11, Who is your market aimed at?
since i moved up north my market is aimed at events mostly but i do intend to expand out to do parties and private events again.

12, What kind of work do you do mostly - parties? Corporate? Etc
Mostly events but i have done several parties and fetes and fundraisers that sort of thing. Ill happily do any kind of event though.

13, What is your favourite/ideal gig to do?
I love events where i can just have fun and have a laugh. I know if im having fun while working then i know every one else will be having fun to.

14, What irritates you most at a gig?
I get really irritated if people are rude. I am there to promote fun and jolliness, not bad moods. So when people are rude just to make a fuss then it takes away from the fun and i don't think that's fair on those trying to have a good time. Also i hate when people just snatch balloons from my apron. its just annoying lol

Some more tomorrow :) and don't forget if anyone has any more questions then ill happily answer you

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
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Nice website, good to look at and easy to read, well done, look forward to reading more of your interview :D

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
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15, How do you book yourself?
Currently I get booked through friends and word of mouth. That is until I get my website up and running properly. Some of you have given great feed back for the website (mentioned in an above post). My fiance is the one who made the website for me and maintains it. She was very happy you all like it. I have also recently had a logo made and will be using branded business cards and clothing in hopes to advertise myself a bit more.

16, What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever made?
Biggest thing I've ever made has got to be a 7 ft tall woven mermaid. Made for the circus society I did circus skills at. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of it any more as I lost all the pictures on my phone when my phone crashed one day :(

17, What has been your proudest achievement in our wonderful world of twisted latex?

Being able to remember all the designs I do. I kind of have a terrible memory so remembering any model is a proud moment for me.

18, What advice would you give to someone starting out, or wanting to increase their business?
Best advice is to just practice, practice, practice, you can never stop leaning with this form of entertaining. Also advertise your self to everyone you meet. Whether you have a website or you're just using Facebook just advertise yourself like crazy.

19, What road in latex do you see yourself taking in the future?
I hope to one day be able to work just as a twister/ children's entertainer. I hate that i have to give up gigs because i have my normal job to do.

20, What is your personal goal when you set off to work? Is it money or to entertain etc?
My goal is to entertain and provide enjoyment. The money just enables me to do so. As I've said before if I'm having fun then i know everyone else is to. So as much as anything I set out to have fun in what I do and the rest follows.

21, What are your balloon goals for the future?
To have as much fun as possible and entertain as many people while doing so.

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 Post subject: Re: Benjamin Interview 7/13th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:32 pm 
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A couple of questions,
what is your day job?
where did you used to live down south?

Thanks.

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