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Waldorf

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What's the entry point?
« on: January 27, 2009, 07:11:55 PM »
By that I mean, what is the minimum you need to start twisting in public?  Lots of these forum stories are dauntingly impressive - people saying how they have responded to audience requests for 'can you make this...?' etc.

I guess a start point for many of us will be to have a set portfolio / routine and maybe just 'busk' for tips. And having the skill to defer requests.

But what would you see as a minimum routine?

I'm thinking of being able to do:

some animals: dogs, giraffe, teddy
3 or 4 flower variations
sword, shield possibly gun
2 or 3 hat variations - incorporating some of the above items

Assuming i get proficient and quick at doing these, do you see that as enough to hit the road?

All advice welcomed.

Cheers
Will
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Re: What's the entry point?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 09:47:30 PM »
I always say that as long as you can make six things nicely you can make a living as a balloon modeller.
Just put what you make up on a selection board and tell them to pick from the selection and that you've not brought any balloons along to make anything else ;)
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Re: What's the entry point?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 10:49:18 AM »
I think most balloon modellers out there still are doing vaiations on what you have listed.  The amount of parties I have worked and there is a twister doing really basic stuff is unbelievable.  I think what makes the people on here stand out (and in turn sells us to potential clients) is that we are passionate about what we are doing and not content to stay put.  I know those that use the forum, whether they are new or experienced are always playing with latex and trying to work out how to make new things.

As for the making requests, that comes with confidence and experience.  I personally am only just getting to that stage and if I can think of how to do it I will give it a go - if I can't do it I just say I forgot my "whatever they have asked for" balloons and aren't I a silly sausage!

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Re: What's the entry point?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 11:55:50 AM »
I think when it comes to parties you have a very limited time and quite a few people to make models for: Even those of us that can stand and create other models will tell you to keep it simple at parties with maybe just doing special ones for the birthday child (some entertainers even take these with them completed)

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