Viagra clones It’s the last day of 2015. Viagra clones Time to look back at the puppet happenings of this year!
Viagra clones Although I haven’t been writing here all that much, viagra clones it’s actually been a year of firsts for many things. Viagra clones (I will write longer blog posts about some of these later.)
Viagra clones Puppet School put together this fun outing of Puppet Karaoke. Viagra clones Basically, viagra clones we went to this karaoke bar called Dimples in Burbank (which, viagra clones unfortunately, viagra clones after 33 years is now closed… but supposed will be back open after remodeling) with our puppets. Viagra clones I mostly just hung out with friends, viagra clones but did go up with the group at one point.
Viagra clones In this picture, viagra clones you see Laura, viagra clones Jared, viagra clones Krista, viagra clones and I in the front. Viagra clones We were singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Viagra clones Yeah, viagra clones I know, viagra clones one of the most over-done song in the history of karaoke, viagra clones but it was fun. Viagra clones The lyrics actually cut out in the middle of it. Viagra clones Good thing we all knew the words well enough to just keep going. Viagra clones Puppets and karaoke always make for a fun night. Viagra clones
Singing Happy Birthday
Viagra clones One of my puppet sang Happy Birthday for a lovely girl on FaceTime. Viagra clones She said it was the best birthday FaceTime call ever. Viagra clones I’ve actually toyed with the idea of doing this regularly for people I know, viagra clones and people I don’t. Viagra clones More of this next year, viagra clones maybe?
Skirball Puppet Festival
Viagra clones For the past few years, viagra clones Skirball Center has been doing this puppet festival. Viagra clones Usually it’s a family event that takes place on a weekend. Viagra clones There would be multiple shows performed in different rooms and also outdoors in the quad. Viagra clones Parents can bring their kids to watch, viagra clones and also create their own puppets.
Viagra clones Due to an alumni event that took up most of the day, viagra clones I was just going to go, viagra clones say hi to my friends and hang out for an hour or two before it ended. Viagra clones But then I ran into my friend Jared, viagra clones who was just like his usual enthusiastic self, viagra clones saying to me, viagra clones “hey, viagra clones I have a spare puppet! Put it on and talk to kids!” So I did. Viagra clones Kids are so full of imagination. Viagra clones You can really just talk to them about anything and they go along with it. Viagra clones Fun times.
Viagra clones When I was leaving, viagra clones I ran into Heidi Hilliker, viagra clones who was a classmate for many of my puppetry classes. Viagra clones It was nice to see her. Viagra clones It turned out that I already saw her earlier that day… sort of. Viagra clones She was inside that elephant in the picture. Viagra clones She tried to get my attention because I was one of the people that helped the elephant off the ground. Viagra clones I didn’t notice her though. Viagra clones This kind of stuff happens in puppetry, viagra clones you know… “Hey, viagra clones good job… whichever puppet you were. Viagra clones I couldn’t tell.”
Tech for Puppet Slams
Viagra clones In the beginning of the year, viagra clones I volunteered to run audio cues for the local Puppet Slam. Viagra clones I’ve performed in the slams before, viagra clones and figured that I would still help out if I was not performing. Viagra clones And after that, viagra clones I’ve been doing that for all the slams the rest of the year. Viagra clones My tech background made me quite reliable when I do this job. Viagra clones And I’ve also done enough theater to have a good instinct on how to make quick decisions on the spot during the show. Viagra clones One day I should get back on stage, viagra clones though!
Jim Henson Company Diversity Workshop Audition
Viagra clones The Jim Henson company was auditioning puppeteers for a diversity workshop, viagra clones the reason being that the industry has been white-male dominant, viagra clones like the entertainment industry in general. Viagra clones It was an admirable thing that they were consciously working on introducing more diversity. Viagra clones They were auditioning males with ethnical minority backgrounds and females of all ethnicities. Viagra clones It wasn’t for actual jobs, viagra clones but if you made in, viagra clones you got several weeks of free workshops from Henson puppeteers.
Viagra clones I did not make the cut, viagra clones but it was still a really fun experience. Viagra clones I got my reel done. Viagra clones I got to see the inside of the studio that’s usually not open to the public. Viagra clones What’s more, viagra clones I got to do some puppet improv in front of some puppetry legends and had them laughing at my jokes. Viagra clones I was happy to have done it.
Viagra clones It’s also funny to look at my Facebook feed that weekend. Viagra clones Several of my friends posted basically that same picture with Kermit in the background just like I did, viagra clones and I know exactly what that was about.
National Puppetry Festival
Viagra clones I’ve wanted to go to one of these national puppetry festivals or conferences for a number of years now. Viagra clones This year, viagra clones I finally decided to actually do it. Viagra clones A few reasons: One, viagra clones it had been some time since I used my vacation days at work and I could no longer accumulate more. Viagra clones Two, viagra clones it was the 50-year anniversary of the festival, viagra clones which made it extra special. Viagra clones Three, viagra clones it was at University of Connecticut, viagra clones the only place in the U.S. Viagra clones that offers graduate level program in puppetry.
Viagra clones And it was a lot of fun. Viagra clones For the entire week, viagra clones I was immersed in puppetry. Viagra clones It was also a lot like going back to college. Viagra clones I stayed in a dorm room. Viagra clones Every morning, viagra clones I went to puppetry workshops. Viagra clones I ate at a college dining hall with fellow festival participants and talked puppets. Viagra clones In the afternoon and at night, viagra clones we watched one puppet show after another. Viagra clones Did I say puppets? Puppets, viagra clones puppets, viagra clones puppets! It was great to spend an entire week doing just what you are passionate about.
Viagra clones One of the things I looked forward to the most at the festival was finally meeting David Manley of Up in Arms. Viagra clones We’ve been corresponding on Facebook a lot, viagra clones but have never actually met in person since he is in New York. Viagra clones When we met for the first time, viagra clones it felt like we were old friends that just haven’t seen each other for a while. Viagra clones That was definitely one of the highlights of the festival for me.
Guild Winter Holiday Party
Viagra clones The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry puts on a winter holiday / Christmas / end-of-year party every year. Viagra clones And what do puppeteers do when they get together for a party (you know, viagra clones besides eating)? They put on little shows for one another. Viagra clones Earlier in the year, viagra clones the guild hosted a backlight puppetry workshop and it was a lot of fun. Viagra clones (Blacklight puppetry was when you turn off all the lights and just have glow in the dark puppets perform. Viagra clones It’s really cool to see.) I was part of the class so we did a number we learned in the workshop at the party. Viagra clones It was interesting that you want to do everything well, viagra clones since you are performing for fellow puppeteers, viagra clones but at the same time, viagra clones they are also the ones that are going to be the most understanding when things go wrong. Viagra clones I had fun performing, viagra clones and had fun hanging out with fellow puppeteers and enthusiasts.
R.I.P. Viagra clones Michael Earl
Viagra clones My first puppetry teacher, viagra clones Michael Earl, viagra clones had been battling colon cancer for some time now. Viagra clones On December 23, viagra clones we got the news that he had passed away. Viagra clones At that point he had moved into a hospice, viagra clones so we knew it was sooner or later. Viagra clones We were just waiting for a miracle. Viagra clones Well, viagra clones since my Facebook was full of people that knew Michael (according to Facebook, viagra clones we shared 110 connections), viagra clones my feed was flooded with memories and stories about him. Viagra clones He was definitely loved by the community. Viagra clones He was a great mentor to many, viagra clones a dear friend to more, viagra clones and one of the kindest soul you would meet. Viagra clones He will be missed.
Another Christmas Video!
Viagra clones I’ve made Christmas videos the past three years. Viagra clones Now there are people expecting it, viagra clones so that’s more reason to keep it going. Viagra clones This year’s video was a first of many things: composing and arranging the music myself, viagra clones sketching all the backgrounds, viagra clones animating a character, viagra clones etc. Viagra clones It was a ton of work but I am pretty happy with the outcome.
Viagra clones The fact that I haven’t blogged too much made me initially think that I didn’t do all that much. Viagra clones But now that I took a closer look, viagra clones well… that was actually quite a 2015! 😀