It’s January 5th and I’m staring down the barrel of a super puppet-y day. At noon I have a meet and greet marking the start of a new project. Then at two I do a video shoot and deliver the last two puppets of a five puppet build I started back in December.
It is perhaps strange that the new project starts before the old project has ended, but that’s very much how it seems to go here in puppeteer-for-hire land.
The noon meeting is for my first gig with a local theatrrr company that does plays based on books and tours them to schools, etc. I’m excited to get to work with them, and a little surprised because I was under the impression they already had a go-to puppeteer.
The video shoot is for a project attached to Seattle Public Library called Sharing Our Voices. I got to make puppet likenesses of 5 local LGBTQ personalities who told stories from their Seattle lives. The puppets represent the people in the “talking head”/interview portions of the video and the flashbacks are done in stop-motion animation (I have nothing to do with that part, but they are super cool looking). I’d been longing to do a project with a little more weight and import, topic-wise, so this could not have come at a better time.
Both projects have one interesting thing in common: I didn’t seek either of them. In both cases, there was an artist I’d never met saying ‘I’d really like a Puppet for this” and two different people nearby who recommended me. So it feels like I’ve reached A Certain Point in my puppet-y career, which is freakin’ great. Overnight success, here I come! ;)