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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:27 am 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Jeanine, could you give people a run down of what is on your CD's incase people are interested in buying them & where to order them from;



Jeanine’s Stuff, Volume 1, Volume 2 , Volume 2.5, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5, and Volume 6, are currently available individually, or in any combination together.

These are step by step photo instructions with text. The instructions are available on CD, and are in pdf.doc format, they can be printed out to make into books, complete with cover, and table of contents, or simply viewed on your computer.

Volume 1 - Simple, but Impressive, Restaurant and Party Favorites

Includes instructions for the Hound Dog, Poodle, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Princess, Princess Wand, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Brontosaurus, and Camel. 46 Pages total, 10 pdf documents.

Volume 2 - Hula Girls, Fairies, and Frogs, and stuff.....

Includes instructions for the Hula Girl, Hula Girl Hat, Fairy, Fairy Hat, A single 160 Frog, a single 260 Frog, a Heart Bodied Frog, a Round Bodied Frog and a Monkey. 51 pages total, 10 pdf documents.

Volume 2.5 – The Bracelet Volume

There are 14 designs, plus a couple pages of ideas. Designs include a frog, mouse, worm, koala, fish, turtle, monkey, octopus, skunk, starfish, chicken, penguin, seal, and butterfly. 84 pages total, 17 pdf documents.

Volume 3 - "Down By and Under the Sea"

This is a collection of sea critters. There are fish and seals and crabs. There is a walrus and a lobster, and a whole lot more. Over 100 pages in this volumes

Volume 4- "Four the Birds"

This is a collection of birds. Chickens, rooster, turkey, peacock, hummingbird, flamingo, ostrich, owl, eagle and more.

Volume 5- "Merry Twistmas and Other POPular Occasions"

Holiday designs starting with Christmas and ending with Ground Hog's Day. Reindeer, Santa, Angels, a turkey, witch, spider, skeleton, and much more. 19 designs and 117 pages.

Volume 6- "2008 Class Notes"
These are designs I taught at conventions in 2008. These are geared toward beginner to intermediate twisters. Lots of simple yet impressive stuff. A few good line work designs here. There are some bonus designs from Vols 3 and 4, as I taught some of this stuff at these conventions as well.

All these CD are available through my web store:
http://www.ToadlyCoolGifts.com

The shipping is currently not calculating for international orders, but I am currently covering the difference on all international sales.


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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:30 am 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Jeanine, Here are a few more questions

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

It really depends on what month it is. Over the summer, it was mostly corporate picnics and such, with a few birthday parties here and there. Right now, it is mostly birthday parties, with a few corporate picnics here and there. Coming up in the next few weeks, I have a wedding, a college homecoming game, and some school festivals. I generally have a good variety of gig types coming in.

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

My favorite would be a birthday party with 12 or fewer children. This is a very rare occurrence these days. Lately most parties have 20-30 kids. They are getting crazy. I like to be able to make fun detailed designs. I did have a really fun event a couple months back. It was an awards dinner for Girl Scout leaders. There were no children, and about 70-80 people present. There were eight tables, and I had one hour to visit each table, and make a center piece sculpture for each. I planned ahead and packed only the balloons I would need for these eight sculptures plus a small weight for each. I made eight different, large pieces. I tucked into each sculpture, a tiny envelope with a number between 1-100. The person at the table that guessed the closest to the number got to take the sculpture home.

14, What irritates you most at a gig?

I am most irritated when clients tell me there will be 20 kids, and 45 show up, especially if they expect me to do both balloons and face painting. I also find it irritating when an adult will come to the front of the line and ask for a particular balloon, and then tell me they will come back for it, and then they keep checking back to see if I've made it yet. (Of course I never make it, unless they stand and wait their turn... they usually catch on after a few trips back and forth).

15, How do you book yourself?

I'm not sure I understand this question. When I book an event, I send the client a service agreement, an event questionnaire, and I require a deposit to hold the date and time. They have three days to get their deposit in, otherwise the date is opened up to the next to inquire. Most of my work comes from word of mouth and repeat clients, and I have a lot of people finding me through BalloonHQ, I also work with several different entertainment companies. Aside from my BalloonHQ portfolio and web site, I don't pay for any advertising. I have placed myself in several, no cost, online directories, and classified ads and I leave post card sized business cards everywhere I go.

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

I don't make very many large sized sculptures, as miniatures, and 160s are my favorites. The largest, and most balloons I've ever used, would have been at BalloonTown USA, 2007. I was invited to be a guest artist, and my featured piece was a pond scene, in the fantasy forest/garden. I created a pond about 6-8 feet wide with a giant frog leaping out, lilies, fish, and ducks. It was my first experience with weaving Link-O-Loons, and everything had to be balloon. No Markers. It was entered into the Betallatex Twister Contest and won third prize. It was a nice surprise as I didn't know it had been entered.

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

I was thrilled to be awarded a Dewey Award, for Balloon Excellence/Rising Star 2006. It sits on my mantel; I am very proud of it. Also, just being asked to teach at conventions, is a nice accomplishment. I have taught at five conventions over the last three years, it still amazes me to see full class rooms. It is a great feeling when people want to learn from you.

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

First of all, you have to love what you do, in order to be successful. My advice is to practice a lot, collect learning material (books, DVDs, etc.) find locals to jam, and network with, and go to as many conventions as you can. Try to develop your own style. Read and contribute to all the online forums that are available. There is a lot of great information tucked into all the nooks and crannies.


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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:40 pm 
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I've just ordered Jeanine's CD's vol 4,5 & 6 all at a very sensible price & while I was on the site I noticed that the complete set of 7 CD's as there is a vol 2.5 are only $130 dollars, approx £70/75.
Just over £10 a CD, now that's a bargain. If you are going to order please add on a little extra to cover the postaage to the UK.
I remember sitting in on Jeanine's class at Diamond jam 2007 & coming away thinking that everything that was shown & explained was very usable in the real world ;) :D

A few more questions;

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

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

21, What are your balloon goals for the future?

22, If you could start all over again, would you change anything?

23, How would you like the future of balloon modelling to develop?

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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:24 am 
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Graham Lee wrote:
A few more questions;

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

I really like the road I am on. Every year I get a little bit busier. This year I have been booking a couple friends into several gigs I've not been available for. Right now I only have one, maybe two people that I will send out in my place, to represent me, and my company. I didn't really want to get into the "agent" thing, but I can only be in one place at a time, so I am thinking I may need to get another one or two twisters trained to my liking.

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

As a single, self employed mom, my main goal is making sure my kids are fed and my bills are paid. Of course I want to enjoy myself in the process, and not feel like I am working. I want my clients to be entertained, and I want my balloon creations or face paintings to be the best they've ever seen (in their neighborhood that day, or in their life, whichever :) )

21, What are your balloon goals for the future?

I want to keep doing what I am doing. I also would like to do some more decor like work, but NOT arches and columns. I would like to do more delivery pieces and centerpiece type work. I really like the work Beating has been posting over on BHQ. I would like to try my hand at some pieces like that; incorporating more rounds, alongside non rounds. I also have been contemplating playing around with some of the balloon dress ideas; I just need to practice my weaving, and cultivate some patience.

22, If you could start all over again, would you change anything?

If I could start all over and change things, I think I would start sooner, and go back and attend all the balloon events I missed.

23, How would you like the future of balloon modelling to develop?
I really don't know. I tend to not look too far ahead. I am more of a here and now kind of person, but I am certain there are amazing surprises ahead, and I want to continue to be surprised by them and with any luck, maybe I will have a few surprises of my own.


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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
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Jeanine here are the last few questions unless anyone else on the forum would like to ask you anything else?

24, Who's the most famous person you have made a balloon creation for?

25, How do you keep the enthusiasm going & what still excites you about our great world of latex

26, What inspires or is your thought process in coming up with a new design

27, Who would you like to work with dead or alive?

28, What makes you laugh?

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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
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Are you hopping over the pond to Belgium for The Millenium Jam this year?

If you are - I'll see you there!

:D

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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:15 am 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Jeanine here are the last few questions unless anyone else on the forum would like to ask you anything else?

24, Who's the most famous person you have made a balloon creation for?

Well, I don't get out much, so I haven't really come across any famous people. The only celebrity I have encountered locally is football hall of fame's Ronnie Lott (San Francisco 49er - American Football, NFL). I ran into him and his family a few times while working in a restaurant, then I was hired to do balloons at his youngest daughter's birthday party several years ago.


25, How do you keep the enthusiasm going & what still excites you about our great world of latex

It is not unusual for me to fall into a slump and lose enthusiasm, but I generally snap out it when I go to a jam, or hang out with my ballooney friends, or have a really good gig where I can enjoy surprising people, and making the totally unexpected.

26, What inspires or is your thought process in coming up with a new design

I try not to think too much. I just start twisting with no real idea in mind and see what comes out. I might be aiming for a bunny, and it might come out a chicken. I rarely make things the same way twice. In fact, if you've seen a design on one of my CDs, then you've seen me teach the same design in a class, THEN you see me make the same design in a jam room, chances are VERY good that you will have seen the same design, made three different ways. My motto: "There's no rules" (in regards to art and balloons). Want to know a secret? On my bracelet CD, Volume 2.5, all but maybe two or three designs, were made up AS I was putting the CD together. I whipped them out in an afternoon, and just photographed their step by steps, AS I was inventing them. At least two of them I have never made since, and I have had a handful of people tell me those are designs they make a lot. THAT makes me giggles (see question 28).

27, Who would you like to work with dead or alive?

Well, I can't think of anyone I WOULDN'T want to work with. I love working gigs with other balloon artists (preferably ones that are alive). No matter what their skill level is, I always learn something. I think it is even better than jamming. Their are also many that I would just like to WATCH work. I'd love to see Patrick, Patricia B., Debbie Stevens, and Fabrizio work an event.

28, What makes you laugh?
I can usually find humor in almost anything, but best of all I love talking to kids that have a lot to say. They say the funniest things sometimes. Recently I had a small boy of about 6 or 7, tell me about his grandfather, and how he's looking for a new girlfriend, and how the last girlfriend smelled funny. I'm still laughing just thinking about it.



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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:19 am 
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Danny the Idiot wrote:
Are you hopping over the pond to Belgium for The Millenium Jam this year?


Unfortunately, no.
My budget won't allow it just yet, and I have a full schedule through the end of the year.

I do hope to make it to a Millenium Jam one day though. I have never been outside of North America.


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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
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Who would you most like to make a balloon model for and why? what would you make them?

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 Post subject: Re: Jeanine Von Essen, 15th/21st September
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Professor T Wist wrote:
Who would you most like to make a balloon model for and why? what would you make them?


I would like to make a balloon for the meanest, grumpiest person in the world (whoever that might be). I would make them the "Moonlight Special," because that is sure to cause a giggle, and lighten anyone's mood.

See here for "Moonlight Special"
http://www.balloonhq.com/photos/db/comp ... p?id=32402


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