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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:18 am 
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for joining in!

I had a unique situation where I was asked to do my thing at this particular market, which happens to be the nicest/high end market in the area. Market management encouraged me to set the prices myself. Until this market, it was ‘whatever you’d like to give’.

I should point out that I went to this market for the sole reason of showing off my talent and handing out my card. I did need to make something for my travel, time etc., but I was not there to make money! This allowed me to offer a “free upgrade” whenever I felt it was appropriate. Free upgrades allow us to make larger, more detailed pieces for all to see, without having to repeat that design. If someone else simply must have it, then you can charge accordingly.

My first idea was to have a tiered system, but found that just explaining any type of pricing structure slowed me down. I changed it to one price for “Anything you can imagine,” and I made sculptures I felt were worth it. If the request was for a giant anything, I replied with “Now, now… you choose what it is, and I (emphasize the I) get to choose the size.” Please note that one child = one sculpture (if a child requested a sword, I would dress them as a pirate, or a knight with a hat, sword and any other accoutrements. This would be one sculpture). I also offered, “Let me choose for you. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to take it!” There was a line, I worked at a good pace and anyone who wanted to wait was welcome to. I never rushed anyone, and every sculpture was a masterpiece. If I grew bored of making any one particular design, I explained that I had reached my monkey (or other) quota for today and they can ask for anything else.

I did not have any signage. Most folks would simply come up and ask, “How much are the balloons?” If I had any doubt that the people before me did not know the price, I was sure to repeat “They’re X each, is that ok?” or something along those lines before I began. This prevented any awkward moments with those who weren’t aware of the price. Occasionally, folks had spent all their cash on groceries, and would ask if I could just make something simple. My answer to this would be that every sculpture needs to meet my own standards first and each one represents my work. I would then offer make it anyway, and they can just “get me next time.” This didn’t happen often, and I was happy to accommodate.

Some folks scoffed at the price, while others had no problem with it. I had no problem with those who thought it was too expensive. Some folks even tipped me on top of that to show their appreciation. I had many regulars that I knew by name.

I hope I didn’t miss any details. If this leads to other questions, please post them.

-Brian Asman


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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:40 am 
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Brian,

Could you explain the circumstances of how it came about that at the millennium jam Thelma had to slap you around the face really hard twice in one evening when you were both together in a bungalow :D :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:54 pm 
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Hi Graham.

Those who were in attendance at The Millennium Jam 2007 will most likely know the answer to this (including you, Graham!). For those readers who weren’t there…

All instructors at The Millennium Jam are asked to present a performance during the Gala Show (the final night when they are naming the winners and handing out awards and prizes). I was an instructor, and I came up with the idea for my performance just before I left The USA for Europe.

The skit was for an adult audience. I portrayed a simple man who receives a ‘build-a-date” package. At the end of the performance, the doll slaps me.

I found myself going over the scenario with Bidou and Thelma. Bidou needed to see the timing for the curtain prop, and we needed to choreograph the slap as well. I did not have a mic, and I wanted the slap to be heard by the entire audience. How can I accomplish this? Smack me, hard! Yes, I mean it! The funny thing is, Thelma had a real hard time slapping me. Her first attempt was quite wimpy, I think she pulled back at the last moment. The sound wasn’t loud enough, nor was it the full force slap I had in mind. So I showed Thelma the sweet spot on my cheek, and asked her to try it again. Her reply was that she just couldn’t look me in the eye and slap me. She just couldn’t! “C’mon, you can do this!” I said, “I need you to!” At that point, Bidou asked me a question, I turned slightly in his direction, and with no warning at all, SMACK!!! Thelma smacked me so hard! I was totally off guard, and it hurt! There was a moment of silence, and then all three of us could not stop laughing!

Thank you Bidou for all your hard work to make this idea become a reality!
Thank you Virginie Dukers for being the doll that you are.
Thank you Maarten Verhoef for the music selection.
Thank you Arneau for being a stage hand.
Thank you Thelma for slapping me!

-Brian Asman


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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:35 pm 
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Thanks for doing the interview, great reading so far, keep up the good work.
My questions are, who would you most like to make a model for and why?
What would you make them ?

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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:10 pm 
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Hi Brian,

I too have some questions too!

What is your favourite balloon colour?

what is your favourite balloon shape?

what or who makes you laugh?


thanks
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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:01 pm 
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Hello Brian
Hows the face? I have a memory of a very red cheek after that little challenge. You have to admit I was vvery obliging. Are you still working on faces? There was a request on here a short while ago for a femanine face. I think it is quite an interesting challenge because it is so hard to make a smooth delicate face. Have you ever worked on this particular challenge? I love your characature faces by the way. Full of personality and expression. Oh, and do you still have that cool beard? I am thinking of making a Brian Asman characature. Hmmmm that would be a fun one to do. Yep. Gotta do it!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
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The many faces of Brian Asman.... Here is a link to an award winning act I put together featuring Brian as a member of the group Los Globos. As you can see, I saved the best for last...
http://s88.photobucket.com/albums/k183/ ... osdj85.flv
Sorry Asman, I was bored....

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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
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I know you do alot of large sculptures, what's the biggest thing you've ever made? Which one was your favorite?

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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
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Thank you for the praise and posting the follow up questions.

Professor Twist, I would most like to make a model for Jim Henson. A childhood dream of mine was to be a guest star on The Muppet Show. I would love to hand him his caricature, and a balloon puppet as well. I now realize it was a different question that said 'living or dead', let me know if you didn't mean it that way, Prof. Twist.

Danny, I'm not sure if I have a favorite color. I do feel that orange is underrated. I also enjoy all the colors I can use for different skin tones. My favorite shape depends on the task at hand. And, here is question #28, What makes you laugh? Unfiltered reactions and quick wit.

Thelma, my dermatologist has been showing his colleagues a photo of my face with a permanent hand mark on it. They have never seen anything like it, and they're trying to come up with a cure other than make-up.

Jack, thank you for including me in Los Globos' winning performance at DJam.

Tonya, see question 16.

Here we go!


11, Who is your market aimed at?

Private events, celebrations and corporate events.

12, What kind of work do you do mostly - parties? Corporate? Etc

Mostly private parties.

13, What is your favourite/ideal gig to do?

I really enjoy a ‘caricatures only’ gig. There is no higher flattery than receiving a likeness of one’s self. Plus, everyone is unique so there are no two alike. I suppose twins would be an exception, but still fun to create!

14, What irritates you most at a gig?

When a parent offers a list of choices to a child without knowing if I can or will make them. This usually fences in the imagination. ☹

When a parent does not let a child communicate with me.

Overly intoxicated adults.



15, How do you book yourself?

Am I misunderstanding this question? Other people book me! Ok, enough of that… All my bookings are from word of mouth, with many repeat clients. I do not run any printed advertisements.

16, What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever made?

Balloon Manor is the largest project I’ve worked on to date. I am proud to have been part of the crew since the first one in 2004.

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

I am most proud of the friendships I have made in the balloon community. My first introduction was at TJam 2003.


18, What advice would you give to someone starting out, or wanting to increase their business?

Learn the basics, use your imagination and boldly go where no one has gone before. Find your niche(s) and work it!

19, What road in latex do you see yourself taking in the future

I am currently working on The Master Plan.

20, What is your personal goal when you set off to work? Is it money or to entertain etc?

I aim to entertain, and create special memories. There is nothing like witnessing the first hint of a sparkle in someone’s eyes. I love when I get to see or hear that moment of ‘aha!’ Faces, gestures and sounds can tell a lot. The money part follows. This kind of entertainment keeps people talking and future bookings.

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That's all for now. Again, if any of these answers spark any questions, please post them.

-Brian Asman


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 Post subject: Re: Brian Asman Interview 22nd/28th June
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:22 pm 
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Brian,
Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions here for the members, it's appreciated :D
Hope your well and life is being kind to you.

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