Have you got a love for acting and performing but feel held back because of shyness or fear of being in front of an audience? Stress no more; become a puppet master.
The Bucket List film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, inspired many individuals to produce a personal wish list. If acting is on your wish list but you hesitate because of shyness, stage fright, or working with others, puppetry is an excellent outlet.
Operating puppets is performed behind, above, or below the stage.
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The figures could be people, animals, plants, and other inanimate objects. The job of a professional puppeteer is to bring these dead objects to life.
What is required of a puppeteer?
Set designer and stage building
Know how to make dolls and other inanimate objects
Assorted arts and crafts techniques
As a solo performing artist many talents and abilities in many different arts and crafts are crucial. You control everything in, on, and around the stage. You control all physical movements and character voices of hand puppets to marionettes. Sound effects and music are prerecorded. There’s responsibility for making puppets, props, stage settings, and the stage.
The audience becomes more involved with the characters from the narrative like they were human celebrities.
The puppeteer need not worry about meeting with the audience. After the characters finish their performance using a curtain call, the audience leaves.
For example, I recall a comedy ventriloquist act performing for three weekends at a local nightclub. At the end of the performance, the puppet master would sit down with patrons and have a conversation between”Henry” (his dummy). The audience enjoyed this segment of the entertainment and each weekend members of the crowd looked forward to participating in Henry’s trip.
The contract with this entertainer was completed and the act moved on to other scheduled performances. For approximately two months audience members kept asking,”When will Henry return? No one asked for the entertainer.
Employment opportunities are available in schools, television, movies, theaters, video, film, and other relevant media. Income ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the company establishment.
Self-taught with books, videos, and experiences as a hobbyist.
Internship with a puppet master. This instruction will be for a year or longer.
Specialty schools and colleges for career oriented.
There are many talents and abilities required in this performing art. Hobby or professional career choice determines the need for informal or formal education.