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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:42 pm 
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Danny the Idiot wrote:
Hi Patty,

What do you look for in an instructor for your event?

What subject would you love to have someone come and teach?


thanks
Danny


What do you look for in an instructor for your event?


My Instructors have a variety of qualities, I could pick one overwhelming quality or several of others. Here are some things I look for:
Name Recognition - are they known in the twister community
Teaching Experience- have they taught at other events or have great books or DVD’s
Unique Twist or Style - have they invented a cool twist or style
Public Posting - Do they put their advice and photos of their work on the Balloon Sites such as BHQ, MBD2 or this forum
Do they offer a perspective that is unique
Are they a Full Time Balloon Artist (without other income from retirement, disability, lottery winnings, etc.)
Are they an expert in something that the twisters need - marketing, image, business practices, birthday business, restaurants etc.
Can they speak and teach well
I try to keep in mind that this is an international event and so I want teachers from around the world, this year we are having Patrick Van de Ven, Bidou from France and Beating from Korea teaching.




What subject would you love to have someone come and teach?


Business, Business, Business. I can’t say it enough, if the twisters learn more about the business part of Show Business, then they will all be able to afford to go to at least one convention per year to better themselves, their art and their business. They may even be able to fund their retirement accounts (even thought they probably never want to retire - they are having too much fun). Also: Birthdays, Restaurants, Trade Show work, Corporate Events, The business of booking others to work for you, more marketing....




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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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6, What's your favourite age to entertain?

7, Do you have the same act but vary the presentation for all ages or do you have set acts for different ages?

8, What’s your favourite thing to make at the moment?

9, What is the most asked for model?

10, What do you tend to do more of if stuck in the 'balloon production line' model?

11, Who is your market aimed at?

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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Graham Lee wrote:
6, What's your favourite age to entertain?

6) My favorite age to twist for is 5 - 10 yrs old. Under 5 and they
don’t always understand what's going on, over 10 they have a tendency
to be a bit jaded, they think they know it all. The ones in-between
still have a sense of wonder about the balloons and that's cool


7, Do you have the same act but vary the presentation for all ages or do you have set acts for different ages?

6) My favorite age to twist for is 5 - 10 yrs old. Under 5 and they
don’t always understand what's going on, over 10 they have a tendency
to be a bit jaded, they think they know it all. The ones in-between
still have a sense of wonder about the balloons and that's cool

[color=#FF0000]7) Since I don’t “entertain” my act is the same for everyone


8, What’s your favourite thing to make at the moment?

8) My favorite thing to make is a mermaid, its really easy but the
customer thinks is difficult[color=#FF0000]

9, What is the most asked for model?

[color=#FF0000]9) The most asked for sculpture I have is my 1 balloon tiger that is
holding a mouse in his mouth


10, What do you tend to do more of if stuck in the 'balloon production line' model?

10) See answer #9, if a kid sees that, they want it

11, Who is your market aimed at?

11) My market is actually aimed at different people, depending on
what I am doing.
If I am twisting , I like the 5 - 10 year olds. For Facepainting, I
love doing girls of all ages. For my balloon decor, Moms are the ones
making the purchases so I market to them and If I’m producing Twist &
Shout, My marketing efforts are aimed at the mid to high level
Twisters and entertainers




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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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I would love to see a pic of your 1 balloon tiger that is
holding a mouse in his mouth

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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Patty, some more questions for you :)

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

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

14, What irritates you most at a gig?

15, How do you book yourself?

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

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

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

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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Graham Lee wrote:
Patty, some more questions for you :)

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

12) I prefer to do Corporate work, where there’s lots of people and
lots of kids wanting what I have to offer. I’m not so good at a small
birthday party where I have to fill an hour and there are only 6
kids. I know what I’m good at and I know what I like to do, so I know
enough to say no thank you to those parties where I’m less than
confident about my “performance” or lack thereof. I’m more than happy
to let other do those sorts of jobs and I admire those who can fill an
hour for only 6 kids, but that’ll never be me and my style



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

13) My ideal gig...A 3 or 4 hour gig where I arrive 15 minutes early,
set-up my area with no one around bugging me to start early. A line
of 5 - 10 kids at any given time (more stresses me out and less leads
to boredom). The kids leave on time and so do I.


14, What irritates you most at a gig?

14) Parents usually are the source of most of my irritation at a
gig. When they are dictating to a child what he or she should get,
when they start fights because their child was first, or when they
have a nasty attitude when its time for me to leave and they waited
until is was too late to get something. I find that the parents feel
their kids are so special that they are entitled to whatever I am
offering. And many times they don’t appreciate that I have already
been at this event for hours without a break.

15, How do you book yourself?

15) For Performances, I get booked mostly through Royal’s company
Royal Events & Entertainment. For Decor, I book my own events which I
get through lots of word of mouth and my website
(http://www.balloondesigns.com)


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

16) The Biggest thing I’ve ever made has always been as part of a
large team, I have been part of:
The Guiness Record attempt Belgian Soccer Sculpture
Larry Moss’s Flying Octopus in Sodus NY
All of Larry Moss’s Balloon Manors
2007 Balloon Town USA with Steve Jones


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

17) My proudest achievement is creating the Twist & Shout Balloon
Convention. I am really proud of how the convention has grown
throughout the years as well as the many Balloon Artists who come from
around the globe to improve themselves and their art form.



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