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Title: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Graham Lee on December 06, 2012, 03:33:07 PM
Antonio of the flowys and pinch line technique DVD's has agreed to the interview which I believe is going to be before Christmas, if you do have any questions then fire away.
Antonio will answer the set questions and then any others you may have for him, he does a lot of street busking/performing.

This is Antonio's portfolio page, http://antonioaltea.balloonhq.com/ (http://antonioaltea.balloonhq.com/)
His website details, http://www.globosaltea.com/ (http://www.globosaltea.com/)
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Graham Lee on January 03, 2013, 06:18:01 PM
Antonio has just sent me his Interview answers, I have only read the first two but this is going to be one of the best Interviews in a long time as Antonio has gone into great detail and depth with his answers. I am looking over the answers as English is Antonio's second language but his English is better than mine. Hoping he may start putting the answers up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 03, 2013, 07:10:50 PM
Hello to all the members of this amazing Forum, you are making the balloon art spread and grow all over the globe, thanks for the effort and dedication to this balloon world,
it's a world that I totally adore!!!
I really like the title of this section the "star" interview and the thing I like the most from the name is the " " because from my heart I don't feel like a star, I am just a human being with a passion, with a passion and lots of free time to dedicate to what I love and respect: Balloons and the audience, so once that is clear, let's start answering...

---------1, What road led you into balloon modelling?

I live in Altea, a small village (20,000 people now, but 30 years ago when I was 6 it was even smaller) so I didn't see any balloon twister in my childhood, but I had the amazing influence from the amazing Magician Juan Tamariz who had a show on TV and that show was the most amazing thing for me, I started doing some magic with a magic box for kids that I got for Christmas, I only used the book to do all I could without using the included props because all the props looked too tricky, so in my opinion will never illusionate my audience... (don mistake the difference between fooling and illusionating the audience, they are similar but not the same...) this love for magic was forgotten for a while but every now and then I could use what I learned from the book to make people happy.

After some years when I became 18 (1994) I bought a second-hand magic book called "The Best Card Magic in the World" a big lie, but it helped to start so I started to learn card magic, then close up, street magic... A year later I became the president of the magic club of Alicante (50km from Altea) and to be honest I had to study a lot to get to the level a president must have and then to keep the level high. Being the representative of the club, I travelled around Spain from magic meeting to magic festival and at one of them (Almussafes, Valencia 1995) I learned from a magician to twist a dog and a 4 loop petal flower, I remember even today the street where he showed me while we waited for a magician friend to come down from the hotel room, for me to be able to create such a beautiful thing out of a balloon was really really nice, since then I always tried to learn some figures and to make them to entertain people, I was more focused on the illusion and the magic but somehow I collected new ideas and figures from everywhere I could, in those days the knowledge was much more difficult to get than today, so I really took all the flavour to each new design that passed my hands making as much variations as I could... but until my first time in Euro-Jam 2006 I didn't really start creating, before then I just played with 260, I didn't even know that 160 and 350 existed so all my balloons for more than 10 years were copied from other people (or like I read these days in the Internet "inspired" which means same colour and proportions and techniques...) it was my first time at Euro-Jam that made me become a passionate balloon twister, that first year I saw truly amazing artists teaching, I still remember the amazing knowledge I got from the workshops of: Alberto Falcone, Luc Bertrand, Colin Myles, Sabina Kellner, Dennis and Guido, Niko Fric... just too much info and passion for a whole year practising and waiting for the next year of Euro-Jam. One year later I went to the Euro-Jam and to the Millennium Jam and from there on I am a declared balloon lover.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Danny the Idiot on January 03, 2013, 08:16:54 PM
Hola Antonio,

Thanks for coming to the Balloon Chat forum and answering the questions. I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

I have a question for you!

Are you going to Twist & Shout in St Louis?

Best wishes,

Danny
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Graham Lee on January 03, 2013, 08:55:39 PM
Antonio has a wealth of knowledge which I think the forum members should pick and ask questions as in the past we have had some amazing twisters doing the "Star" Interview and the forum members have only asked the odd question now and again. I'm sure Antonio would love to answer anything you wish to ask balloon'ish related. He also busks and makes a living full time from his balloon art. He also has two great DVD's out ao please check out his website and if you can please support him, thanks.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 04, 2013, 02:18:20 AM
Hello Danny, thanks for the spectation... Sorry but i dont know yet if i will go this year or not, i will let you know for shure if i am going. I am shure your workshops are going to be great ones,hope not to miss them, we will see...
Big hug

Are you going to Twist & Shout in St Louis?

Best wishes,

Danny[/quote]
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 04, 2013, 02:21:29 AM
Quote from: "Graham Lee"
Antonio has a wealth of knowledge which I think the forum members should pick and ask questions as in the past we have had some amazing twisters doing the "Star" Interview and the forum members have only asked the odd question now and again. I'm sure Antonio would love to answer anything you wish to ask balloon'ish related. He also busks and makes a living full time from his balloon art. He also has two great DVD's out ao please check out his website and if you can please support him, thanks.
You made me blush... Thanks and yeap here i am happy to answer!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Simply Shonna on January 04, 2013, 11:58:02 AM
I am looking forward to reading your answers as I truly appreciate your passion and love of balloons and I feel blessed that you took your  time to encourage and help Dustin last year at Twist and Shout even when you had your own sculptures to finish.   Not only are you a great balloon artist, but you are also a very great friend and person with a very huge heart.  I think Dustin would have quit right at the end if you had not been there to help keep him motivated and make him laugh.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 04, 2013, 04:05:22 PM
Quote from: "Simply Shonna"
I am looking forward to reading your answers as I truly appreciate your passion and love of balloons and I feel blessed that you took your  time to encourage and help Dustin last year at Twist and Shout even when you had your own sculptures to finish.   Not only are you a great balloon artist, but you are also a very great friend and person with a very huge heart.  I think Dustin would have quit right at the end if you had not been there to help keep him motivated and make him laugh.
Dear Shonna it was great to help, he asked for ideas for the see plants to cover the x figther and i had the perfect distortion for that so... Great team work really nice to twist for hours there in Phoenix. Looking foward to see you and you kids soon. Hug from Altea
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, coming soon
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 04, 2013, 04:06:10 PM
--------2, when did you get started with balloons?

If you let me make a comparison with music, I started making scales in 1995 but didn't play any nice songs, just lots of tries but no real music and after practising that much I started to play songs in 2006, so that means 11 years of occasional fun making scales and then I got all the "sheet music" to play using my skills from the trained years, sometimes the opposite happens and you get lots of "sheet music" but you don't know how to play scales so all the music you play sounds crooked. I was lucky to get the right way to twist proper balloons.

So, balloons: in 1995 I twisted my first balloon; in 2006 I became a real twister...


--------3, What’s your best twisting experience?
 
 
I really love the experience of getting a new way to make a figure, to get new designs and if they are simple and nice, much better, but the very best experience is that balloon twisting made me meet amazing people from all around the world that share the same passion for balloons, people that I admire deeply and I can say they are my friends, that is priceless.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 06, 2013, 01:56:31 PM
--------4, What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a ballooning/entertaining session?

Rain?... just kidding, one thing I hate is when the materials are not good, maybe it sounds like an excuse, but if the balloons are not fresh and they pop all the time, I can not work in a comfortable way, so any brand, but fresh balloons.

--------5, What do you most enjoy about twisting & why?

As a magician I can create a feeling, a surprise, an emotion... but none of those can be touched, they can not be pictured or saved for later or showed to your loved ones, illusions are amazing for the people that watch them but they are non tangible, I love to provoke good feelings and emotions in people but I really miss making something touchable, show-able and picture-able...
Balloons are perfect for that; they don't last too long, but long enough for me!!! Let me tell you a funny thing that happened, to clarify the touchable factor of balloons, I was performing as a magician in a magic festival in Vitoria, Spain with some of the great magicians from the show time world, like Michael Weber, Kevin James, Gaetan Bloom, Vallarino, a big number of stars, at the gala night it was the birthday of one of the assistants of Kevin James, everyone in the room could make miracles or illusions as a present for the assistant but Weber came to me and whispered: "Hey Antonio, can you make him a balloon so we can make him a surprise party?" It felt so nice to be the one that twisted a cake for him. I was there as a magician and didn't make any balloon for the audience in my shows but as always I had my balloon bag with me, and I always will, I really love balloons!!!

Also because I am a really bad at drawing and it has always been like that, (believe me if I draw a dog I will draw the 4 legs and it looks like a flat dog or like it had a car accident, I can not draw the 3 legs and assume that the fourth one is in the back...) I love to draw but for me drawing with balloons its much much better, I can draw anything I want and that makes me feel good, it helps me to improve the drawing issue ;
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Lisa Chester on January 06, 2013, 09:35:51 PM
Antonio - I love your passion and enthusiasm for balloons and the artform!!
What is the majority of work you are doing at the moment? - parties / stage performances etc
Lisa
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 07, 2013, 02:16:28 AM
Quote from: "Lisa Chester"
Antonio - I love your passion and enthusiasm for balloons and the artform!!
What is the majority of work you are doing at the moment? - parties / stage performances etc
Lisa
Hello Lisa, Thanks first of all,
 now its the low seasson here,
 i have some decors and some partys to twist or do close up magic but its quiet time, they are birthdays and pub gigs but as i say small amount as all years by this period of the year.
so i realy love it because i have the time to play and inproove designs that i will use in my bussy time in the summer season,
 also time to place all my balloons ready by sizes an colors and that takes a while as i guess you know...
 some how time for me to develope my inflators and look for new ideas as i play,
i am always with my bag of ballons with me and i twist balloons for my self every where every time, well if i am not disturbing with the sqicky noise ( i like that balloon noise but not every body does so i try to respect that, by the way if i really fell like twisting and its a quiet atmosphere i use metalic or satin balloons, they are less noisy because the friction is less whith them, never try it with a cristal clear they are really noise ones... I also try to avoid friction by pulling all the torsions... Hehehe i really like to challenge my self) so twisting for the fun of play its every day work.
This is also a good period for me to teach and visit balloon congres and clubs, i try to travel as much as i can because in the sumer time i can not leave Altea.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 07, 2013, 12:42:08 PM
---------6, What's your favourite age to entertain?

Adults, for sure, I like children shows too, but somehow, like they say in a Simpson chapter, adults have more capacity to appreciate the fun and somehow children are always looking for games and playing so it's easier to entertain them. Adults have a cover that protects them from fun and the ridiculous, so somehow they are harder to get,  but once you are done, they are really touched and for me the important thing is to leave memories in the audience, kids are all the time learning and forgetting, adults never forget something that touches their soul...

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

It's a great question, I have 2 different characters, one is a magician and the other is a twister, I don't combine balloons and magic, normally the balloon man doesn't do magic and my magician doesn't make balloons, but of course I do change the show depending on the age and on other aspects like the physical place where I am acting, street, pub, restaurant... I even change the kind of inflators because of noise issues and so on...

A fast example of what I do is if the kids at the party are younger than 7 years old, I don't do a magic show.


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

Well I have 2 that I really really love, but the list would be so long because I have favourites from lots of artists in this balloon industry, if I could make a list with one design of each of my favourite artists it would be very long, so I will just talk about my own designs, the Twisted Heart where I make a 1 inch heart out of a 260 or a 2 inch heart from a 350 or a smaller one from a 160, it's my favourite thing followed closely by the Altea Rose that until now has a big effect on the face of the people that get it as a present, I promise!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Normski on January 07, 2013, 02:52:08 PM
Hiya,

I had the pleasure of meeting you at Mill jam some 3 or 4 years ago and have always loved ur work, i remember
watching you early in the jam room busy with 646`s making the most amazing turtle,i loved TMJ but boy it was scary to be around such monster twisters and artists but all of you just wanted to share , help and play with balloons all day and night:)

So how do you come up with your own unique designs?
How do you stop copying other peoples ideas and create your own?
Whats the best sculpture you have ever made?

Who do you think has inspired your work the most.

Much love

Norm
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 07, 2013, 05:11:43 PM
Hiya Norm,

 i really miss TMJ and to meet all that professional twisters... it was unique, we still have Euro Jam and some other Balloons events but i really will love TMJ to come back... Yea Balloons all day and night!!! hehehe

you asked:

-----So how do you come up with your own unique designs?

i really love the Balloons to play because there are not too many chances of things that can be done with them (more and more things as lots of creative people are playing and developing but nearly all its based in 7 or 8 things that can be done with a balloon) so that means a "easy puzzle" with small amount of pieces you can create thousand of shapes and that its so much fun, so to star creating first rule its to play, once you play with the balloons you find on the way new shapes and torsions that remains you some part of an animal or thing and from there on you develop the rest of the design, in a workshop of Mr Rainbow he say that its a good idea to play using a different balloon color for each balloon you use in a figure that you are working out so when its finished its easy o follow the steps and to change the possible mistakes you find, its a great idea but on top of all to play and look for the things you cant twist jet, i try to get out of my comfortable zone learning difficult twist and techniques to use them in my balloons if i fail its ok i considerer it as rehearsal never as a lost of time, of course i don´t rehearsal in front of the audience, there its a time and place to play and a time and place to be professional and twist the things you already have under control, the second part of creating a new design its to check that the design doesn't exist before, in my opinion even if it existed before doesn't mean that you didn't came up with it but it does mean that you can not claim it like your design, its a petty but its the same way in many things in life great ideas still great even if some one have published them before... so if you have a great new design and you ask the people from the industry and you find it new then you make a great thing for the balloon community, if it was already out there you did a good work for your self , i mean you never loose by playing and experimenting with new shapes and torsions, one thing that make me change allot the way to think in ballooning was to stop thinking in 1 balloon or 2 balloons and thinking in balloons like lines of colors that can be erased (popping the rest of the balloon) can be different colors and different size lines (260 160..) and when you start drawing with those air filled colorful latex you can draw anything, all depends on the scale and the amount of time and balloons you can use for the design, there its always a middle point between the nice and the effective balloon figure, as more sugar more sweet but sometime you need to walk to the corner shop for one extra spoon of sugar and that doesn't deserve the walk....
always try to make it the nicer for your self, if you like it , i mean really like it more people will like it too!!!

---------How do you stop copying other peoples ideas and create your own?

nice question,i will just talk about how to create you own, to stop copying its a personal chance and not always good idea, some how to let that clear i will say i love when people copy my designs if they do in they work, if they do in the net i like to be mention but even when its not like that i fell honored to see my design its been choose by some one as a nice thing so somehow i am helping that person and the people that looks and enjoy the balloon and you know , money its not all in life!!!

how to create, if we compare it with music its easier to understand i think, to play an instrument first you need to learn the notes, then the scales , then the rhythms and once you have those things you start playing the classics... i mean Happy birth day to you, and some other classics that let us use the knowledge we got and to practice the scales and rhythm in a song that its already made , so more or less we copy the song played in the begging bad but with some time of try we master the piece and we can play decently 1 song so we can change to next one and next one ... each song will be easier to learn because your scales and rhythm its been perfected and there are many many great songs you can play form other people but there its one day that you start to express your self with the techniques you earned playing other people songs and that day you make your own song, a song that talks about your experiences and maybe its not a great one but its yours and that first song will take you to others and by practice again on the process of expressing your self in a song you will get a great song maker, well with balloons some how its the same way, to be able to create you need to know the techniques and the behavior of the balloons and the best way to do that its to make figures that are out there and not been your own designs they are good ones and helps to amaze your audience but at same time to improve your skills, one day and other and other until you have a back up of techniques and torsions that you control perfectly, then you can play and create you own designs and any thing can be done with balloons.


----------Whats the best sculpture you have ever made?

hum that its a beat difficult to answer, first of all i am not a big fan of the factor "best" some how i thing the best thing can be just really bad one in the wrong place, i hope you understand but if i have to answer i will let clear that some really nice ones that i do they aren't my designs so i will focus on mine,i am really proud of the butterfly in the mirror and the all mirror concept, i am also really happy with the vespa, but if i have to chose just the one i like the most to do and give away its the Altea Rose, every time i give it away i get a huge reaction its a flower but at same time its a strong symbol for people around the world.



----------Who do you think has inspired your work the most.

hey lots of people have to be in the list but starting from the people i learned from in my first balloon meeting all of them.
and specially i have lots of things to thank to the amazing Balloon Artist Sabina Kellner
she teched me the sensitivity on balloon figures, but some how every one of my friends that are twisters have influenced my art deeply, each of them in different aspects and the combination of all makes the one i am now, and lots of my non twisters friends have also inspired great ideas, some how all the workshops i went to, all the great collages that shared with me they knowledge and esthetics's point of view have inspired and will always be an inspiration, Thanks to all of them, and thanks also to some of them that are not my friends but they are great artist...
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: KJ Entertainments on January 08, 2013, 12:56:04 AM
Hello Antonio, thank you for your answers so far, I have another couple for you:

Do you have a favourite colour, size or shape of balloon to use?
Do you have a 'set list' of models or are you willing to take on the limitations of your clients mind?

Thank you
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 08, 2013, 11:09:40 AM
its a pleasure Dan, you asked:

-----Do you have a favourite colour, size or shape of balloon to use?

well i do like all balloons but my work its based on lines not on dots so i really prefer the long balloons as i play and play for my self the more easy balloon to play its the 160 because in proportion you have more things to twist out from one balloon...
at same time the factor small in a figure goes linked to the  cute  factor in my opinion, so with the hand in my heart for the others i go for the 160, in second place the 260 of course but let me clarify that i like to use all shapes and sizes, as painting the more different types of lines and sizes of dots more things and better detail can be added...

about color, hum remember as a man my scale of colors in the brain its smaller than normal one so...
taking this in consideration i go for the solid colors,
the "can see though" colors are fun but doesn't give to the creations a felling of solid piece
so from the scale of the solid colors
i like the great scale you can get combining different manufacturers
we are so lucky in those days you can find more than 6 tones of green
and lots of blues and the gamma its really close to the one that a painter can get,
we can even double stuff to create new colors that are not in the normal catalog...
its endless so to choose one lets say White , yes i do love the elegant look of the white figures.


-----Do you have a 'set list' of models or are you willing to take on the limitations of your clients mind?

i know some good artist have but not my self,
some how i love the contact with my audience so i really love to tell then i can do ANYTHING they want,
then depending on the situation i have to offer alternatives and get to a deal with the people that are asking, i will write some examples down
but the fact that they can choose one thing between lots of different models take lots of time and in my opinion makes all the process more slow
at same time in my opinion the people think we as a balloon twisters can do any thing we like , at least i will like it to be that way,
so by showing what you can choose in a book looks a beat like you just learned those designs and work with them but you can not do something out of the book,
some how i love the challenge and i normally manage to make what they ask from me.

here i like to say i do different things when i have a private party than when i am on the street,
when i go to private events as a balloon man i have with me lots of different shapes and colors
so i am ready to twist ANY THING i really make what they ask,
many of the models are not my own designs but that its the reason that took me to travel from congress to congress,
to learn other people designs and make my parties more completed...
so there i am safe but when i go to the street i only have with me

 -260 around 20 different colors
-160 around 17 colors
-350 like 5 colors
-5 inch 6 colors
-11 inch 4 colors

so that let me out of many figures that can be done if you have more material,but keeps the challenge...

as i said some example of the deals with people for changing figure with the Hello KAtty (copy-write problems?),
 i cud take some white hearts and a yellow marker with me and make the easy and fast version,
but some how the marketing that they have behind its so strong that if i make one that becomes the figure of the day and nearly all girls and some boys i must admit... wants the HELLO...

so i offer the people that ask for it that its a really complicated figure that takes me lots of time to get ready so they can have a really nice one even more than one if they like me to be in one of they private parties but in the street it will be better a pinky panther or maybe they like a Mini Mousa... or a Unicorn...(unicorns are free of copy-writes...) just Any thing...and we start again,
 i guess its a personal option but i like the talk with the kids, other option i always give the kids its when they as for a gun, i offer them the laser sword because its a more gentleman weapon, you have to look to the eyes of  your opponent...
 but if they insist in the gun... i offer them a tommy gun (the one from Royal Sorell VHS 1) which can kill more and its same price...


i do that because the gun i make its realistic one so its great for adults but the kids like to play with it and mine its so so realistic that i don´t want the kids to get arrested by the police... most important i like the people to see the balloons and admire what i can do so the bigger the balloon if its nice one the better, that Tommy gun made with black and moka brown its great Thanks to Royal!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 08, 2013, 12:52:53 PM
-----------9, What is the most asked for model?

Normally they ask the same as the last person, people like to be sure of what they will get so this is a good way to know what your balloon will look like, I really recommend to do the same in restaurants, take a look at what the people are eating and ask for the one you like the most, then there will be no surprises, but to answer the question, the most asked model is the dog, I have been thinking about why and I think it's because lots of kids would love to have a real one and because they have the amazing power of pretending, illusion, it's reality; if they have a balloon dog, they have a real relation with an imaginary dog, maybe I am completely wrong but hey, you asked...


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

I don't have the feeling of getting stuck in the "balloon production line" or at least I don't remember that feeling I guess I had it in the past and somehow I think if that happened, it's because the timing of the performance is not right, in my opinion time is not important, Rhythm its the key, so keeping an acquired rhythm will avoid that stuck-feeling. To find the appropriate rhythm for each situation I think there is no other way than to experiment and be aware of what happens around you while you perform, if there is a figure that helps to get out of lots of kids in my opinion it's definitely the poodle, it has a little air so little time to inflate, there are many many jokes about the final figure, so dogs for everyone if there is a big hurry time.


---------------11, Who is your market aimed at?

To be honest I have not aimed my market yet, as a market man I am not too good, I try to teach balloons to people around the globe in congresses, I do decorations, I do deliveries of twisted pieces, I try to make some instructional material for the twisters, if you look for commercial advise do not contact me, I am not the guy for that, but I do street ballooning which makes me so happy and I will try to keep doing it for ever!!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 09, 2013, 12:14:08 PM
----------------12, What kind of work do you do mostly - parties? Corporate? Etc

In summer definitely Street Ballooning, I really love the contact with the audience on the same level as me, I mean no stage or high surface that makes a big difference between the performer and the audience.
During the winter period all kind of balloon related things, teaching, deco, birthdays...


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

I really really love street ballooning, so if you have a nice spot with a permit and good weather that would be paradise for me, but if we talk about booked ones I love to make balloons for not-drunk people, honestly, all is fine, I just don't enjoy drunk people asking for naughty things...


---------------14, What irritates you most at a gig?

Not to be treated with respect by the client, I can deal with a respect-less audience, but if the client didn't arrange a place to change clothes and leave my things, or if they don't care about the conditions for me as a person then I do the gig in a bad mood and I am sure it can be felt by the audience, even if I try to do the most professional work I can, no matter what the inside conditions are, I am sure that it affects the final result. One tip to avoid being treated without respect from your clients, it's the fee, if you charge little you will change clothes in the toilet, if your fee is big they will provide you a room to change...
 
 
---------------15, How do you book yourself?

I am a really good friend of myself so normally I don't pay for my own booking... but sometimes when I am not in a good mood I charge even myself for doing balloons... Maybe I got the question wrong, if you mean how can I sell myself, with balloons it's much easer than with magic, with balloons the pictures talk by themselves and take lots of bad competence away, when the client wants what they can see in the pictures then they book me, so my portfolio its the way to open works.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Graham Lee on January 09, 2013, 11:11:34 PM
Hi Antonio, thanks for the detailed answers to the forum members questions, it's very much appreciated.
Can I ask how it came about your trade mark Top Hat that you wear everywhere,
I have pictures of us at Twist and Shout in the Ice Cream Parlour on a warm and sunny day and you in the Top Hat.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 10, 2013, 09:08:30 PM
Hi Graham, yea i remember i asked for small ice cream and they took me one that cud had something to do with the titanic disaster....

you are really welcomed, its a big pleasure for me to chat about my passion for the audience and the balloons,
 thanks to you for making this forum work so well!!!

-----About the Top Hat

he he i like you notice the hat.... it comes from a 13 years ago.

 i visited Copenhagen coming down from Sweden in a bus and i stayed there for 3 weeks with a magician,
it was an amazing experience because he knew the classics and i knew the new version of the effects
so we really had a great time for day and night playing and mixing classics and new ways at his beautiful place in an amazing neighborhood
 there i not only learned about effects i did learn allot about character and behavior,
as a magician i really like to show people amazing things,
 and some how a normal human can not make "miracles",
 Dr Bo (its his name) walks always with a top hat and a Caine and from far away you know he is a magician,
i really wanted to try the felling so after look for second hand top hats all around Europe and any hat that i found fits my head (too much megabytes of memory i guess...)i went to Madrid and bayed my first hat in 2002
i felt the effect of becoming a symbol,
since i got it many many things happening to me because of the top hat,
 i had escaped bad situations and i experienced great ones,
 some how i like to make smile people even when i am not working
so with the top hat its clearly a fun thing with out it i might look as a psycho..

 its also a way to let clear that you are not looking to be unseen , i mean if you want to be bad you don´t call the attention
 and a top hat its clearly calling the attention so some how people trust and remember me from the first moment thanks to the hat

 as you know now i am from a small village and i like to be recognize, i don´t mean fame, i just mean i like people and i like people that remembers me, some how makes for me a nicer world around me.
and yes this its just because the hat... i know it might sound strange but i really love the way people react to the hat.

also I'm wearing it so people doesn't collapse for my beautiful face, the top hat calls the attention and they look to my face slower which its the best way to digest something perfect...

i also use it in the show as a way to appreciate or provoke the clapping of the audience,
every time they clap i take the hat of so when i want them to clap i take the hat of and they understand its time to clap,
 i found it much more elegant than asking for the claps ( let me let clear that its too little times i have to ask for it, i most of the times come out of the room on the shoulders of the people with Hurray and Bravos....)

i have to say i had made for me 3 hats until now,
 and the one you see more its done at the same Copenhagen few years after my first visit,
at a factory that produces the famous juggling hats,
i was there and its and amazing place where father and son made all the hats for many artist around the world
 as was seen by the pictures on the walls with nice words for the factory,
 they have a room full of different hats for ladies and one for gentleman i saw them bout and its amazing... really a great place.

i have a smaller top hat for the close up magic that i only use for the performances to keep it more nice!!!

dear Graham i take my hat of for this great forum!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 10, 2013, 09:14:55 PM
-----------------16, What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever made?

 To live from balloons, that is big... but if you mean figures or decors I had the great luck to help some really big set-ups from amazing people in this industry in different countries, in my case I don't judge a project by the amount of balloons used or by the surface that it needs, I judge them for the aesthetic result and some of the biggest things I made were really small if you judge them by the square meters...

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

 For sure "The Pinch-Line Technique" I am really happy to have developed a technique that is opening new doors to balloon artists to develop their talent and to make things possible that weren't possible before, I am sorry but I have to add here the small heart that I make from 160, 260 or 350 (what I call the twisted heart), this idea comes from the inspiration of a great artist, Sean Rooney from Canada and an amazing brain in this latex world, Thanks Sean!!!

 And I can not miss to mention to be in the balloon magazine, to win prices is a nice feeling that tells me I am on the right way, but to be in the magazine that gets to all the world with the name of my village made me so proud of myself...

 Thanks to all the people that find interesting and use "The Pinch-line" and to Balloon Magic for the great feeling, by the way, this interview also makes me feel so nice, thanks Balloon Chat too.


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


 For someone that is starting I do have an advice, try to make all the balloon designs small, small proportions are nicer than big ones, I mean the smaller you work keeping the proportions right, the better it will look, to make a comparison: the cartoon drawer works on really big size drawings and then they reduce the size so all the small mistakes will not be seen anymore, some way the same happens with balloons, you can not reduce the size once it's done like in the comic but you can really minimize all the sizes and keep the proportions so all models look more compact and cute. Try it yourself: twist a poodle in a white 260 and make 3 different sizes, smallest normal and big, look at them and ask to your friends which one it’s cuter, I bet for the smallest...
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 12, 2013, 12:13:00 AM
-------------19, What road in latex do you see yourself taking in the future

I hope I can keep this amazing way of living from the balloons and the audience, somehow the more I know about this life enterprise, the more I see that it's not easy to have a normal life, I hope I can win some more prizes in future competitions that I participate in and really hope to travel to many countries and share my balloon knowledge there, I love teaching people to do what makes me so happy.


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

For sure to entertain people but on top of all to be remembered as a good experience by my audience, to add happiness to people's lives, but to be remembered for that is the goal. In my opinion, to make people have a good time doesn't work if they forget about it the next day, I like to make the time I spend with my audience memorable in all kinds of scenes, street, small parties, stages... to leave a good and long memory in the people is my goal because I also have amazing memories from amazing artists that made my life better: musicians, painters, cooks...


---------21, What are your balloon goals for the future?

Keep twisting and designing nice balloon sculptures, keep sharing and teaching around the globe, work on big scale balloon decors, and unfortunately pay all the bills, sometimes in this industry it's hard to charge money because some great artist will work just for the fun and that makes an unfair competition with colleagues, I really think more artists will manage to live from the art they make with balloons, if no one worked for free. All of us have bills and life expenses so to charge money for your work is for me a sign of respect for the other artists.

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

Yes, I would change my attitude about some projects where I helped and I know I had the knowledge to help but the attitude could be different, I did hard work but maybe didn't let the people around me know how much I appreciate to help and the same way the ones that helped me, sometimes I get too focused on the balloon and don't take enough care on not to ask from others the same as I ask from myself...
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 12, 2013, 11:18:08 AM
--------23, How would you like the future of balloon modelling to develop?

I like the people that get the old ideas and change them into new things, mainly I would love to see that the respect for creators will be bigger, nowadays I see lots of copies done with no crediting and just seeking for the easy clap, but this behaviour will make that the people that are really amazing artists, will keep their ideas and designs to themselves. It's understandable if the only thing they get back is people taking profit from the creativity and effort with no payback. I would really love the respect for the creative people to be bigger in the future, unfortunately things don't look that way now, let's see if we help to change that.

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

The "famous factor" depends a lot on the surrounding, I have made balloons for really famous people from small villages, I did twist for kids in the dessert and they became the most famous ones in their area for years after, but here in Spain I did some balloons for famous people, from the TV, they passed by my spot in Altea and got some balloons from me, but honestly I love the "unknown famous" people to make happy.


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

The improvement of my designs and the use and discovery of new techniques, also can not forget the feelings I give to the people that see my performance, I love them all and I really work hard so they have a great experience.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Graham Lee on January 13, 2013, 01:11:45 PM
This is just to give Antonio's website and facebook page a plug as I think he was not going to mention them,

http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/ (http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/)

https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becare ... ts&fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becaresrodriguez?ref=ts&fref=ts)

I think this has been a great interview and I've really enjoyed ready the answers and trying to get into Antonio's mind, thanks for taking the time out Antonio, it is appreciated.  :)  :D
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 13, 2013, 01:32:56 PM
Quote from: "Graham Lee"
This is just to give Antonio's website and facebook page a plug as I think he was not going to mention them,

http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/ (http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/)

https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becare ... ts&fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becaresrodriguez?ref=ts&fref=ts)

I think this has been a great interview and I've really enjoyed ready the answers and trying to get into Antonio's mind, thanks for taking the time out Antonio, it is appreciated.  :)  :D

A really big plessure, and abouth the links good idea thanks Sir...

And by the way be carefoul my mind its weard, tender but really weard... Hehehe

Now the last questions from the list...
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 13, 2013, 01:34:33 PM
---------26, What inspires or is your thought process in coming up with a new design

To PLAY, I play with balloons every day sometimes just making the things I already know but sometimes just for the fun of play, lots of things come from "just playing" time, in my opinion the mental state that you get when you play, makes you more creative than if you are in a working mentality, when you work, your goal is to get paid and that is great as I said before, we all need that money, but if you only work and don't play with balloons, its really difficult to improve. Let's PLAY!


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

I have the luck to have already worked with some of the people I admire but really I would have loved to have the chance to meet David Grist, he was already twisting balloons in heaven before I knew he existed so... same as with the amazing Arturo de Ascanio (Spanish magic prodigious mind) those two, I really miss the chance to shake their hands.


--------28, What makes you laugh?

Phew, many things as many things make me cry, I think I am too sensitive, I enjoy the fun of life but I also suffer the pain and this is the unique way I have to live my life with a full scale of emotions that make me feel alive and I tell you, the happier you can get, the sadder you can get too, I mean, if you stay in the safe zone where there is no full happiness, you will not be fully sad either but we are here to live and living is an experience of contrasts and emotions, as my well loved friend Pantano said to me one really sad time: Antonio you need the rain for getting the flowers, just sun will not make a nice garden, it's really nice the sun, but be happy to have some rain sometimes because it will make your flowers nicer, I hope this fable is understandable for the readers, try to get as much sun as you can in your live but don't worry if it's raining time, just remember it will make the flowers nicer after the rain.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Graham Lee on January 13, 2013, 11:56:43 PM
I was looking through all my picture folders tonight and found this with the small ice cream from the USA trip with Antonio and Pascal.
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Lisa Chester on January 14, 2013, 09:48:31 PM
Thanks Antonio for being our guest Star, and for sharing with us!
Lisa
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on January 14, 2013, 10:34:16 PM
Quote from: "Lisa Chester"
Thanks Antonio for being our guest Star, and for sharing with us!
Lisa
My plesure Lisa, if some one likes to ask i am open to try to answer....
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: funat60 on January 22, 2013, 05:01:15 PM
This was a great interview Antonio.  You had some very interesting information for us and it is very appreciated.  Your work (play) is amazing!!!!!
Title: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
Post by: Antonio Altea on February 01, 2013, 09:44:05 AM
Quote from: "funat60"
This was a great interview Antonio.  You had some very interesting information for us and it is very appreciated.  Your work (play) is amazing!!!!!

Gracias, Muchas Gracias, i mean Thanks so much for letting me know you ejoyed, i really apreciate all the people that used they time to read it, and i will do my best to keep answering questions and talking about my passion!!!

take care!

Antonio