Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I WANT TO BE A PUPPETEER.

EMBARKING ON & ESTABLISHING A QUEST to do what really sums up what I've always wanted to do, what inspired me from the beginning: puppeteering. not the psychotic, john malkovich kind. going to push myself to create my own, make some skits, maybe entertain some kids. or at least make some videos to share with everyone.

Watching the 'Being Elmo' documentary sealed the deal in my head. Crying while watching Elmo (Kevin Clash) cuddle up to a little girl as her dying wish: This is the perfect tool for me to reach out, as I've always wanted to reach out. I went to college majoring in Elementary Ed because I've always had a magical connection with kids, but I got sidetracked into the Journalism vortex, and everything went into disarray. Sometimes we really do just have to persevere through all the bullshit and people who will never take you seriously to come to some beautiful, exciting new prospect. Jim Henson has been in my blood since day one, it just took FOREVER to refocus and cherish the important things: beauty, truth, love, innocence, helpfulness, curiosity, wonder, amazement, and how can we leave out... SILLY?

How I'm beginning this endeavor: watching/re-watching as much classic sesame street/muppet show as humanly possible while jotting notes, then conceptualizing a character, and of course, there will be a lot of me heading my hit on a table and talking in ridiculous voices, but that's not anything new, really.



UPDATE: 40 minutes later after ravaging the house for supplies to build a basic prototype sock puppet character, temporarily named Mr. Jingles was born with a jingle bell for a nose, who also slightly resembles an earless Ren (of the Ren and Stimpy persuasion) what with his flappy hangy lips, n' all. 


oh dear. brace yourselves. this is only the beginning.

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