• Landon Harvey

Week of 6/17: The Summer Projects

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

For the past few years, I have attended the annual Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention with my Dad. Its a great opportunity to meet people, talk shop, buy and sell puppets and get pumped for new ways to evolve your brand as an entertainer. However, since I just graduated, I decided to take a year off from convention. It makes me sad to say it will be another year till I will see good friends, but I know it will be for the best. I've decided not to go this year mainly because every year I go for a purpose. My first few years I attended to perform in the Jr. Mic Competition, which I ended up winning three years in a row. Last year was my third year of winning the title and I also had the opportunity to have my own dealers table which allowed me to display a multitude of puppets I had built months before.

Being that my Variety Show is up and running, I don't feel the need to go to the convention to perform and so it would be mainly to sell characters I build for my table. After weeks of deliberation I felt it best that I take this summer off, and create a monthly routine till next year's convention meeting takes place. I figured that I could stock two full tables of puppets if I create one to two characters per month. It could be something as basic as an old man and one of my famous rat puppets a month, and something different the next. Looking back, I would see this option to be much more beneficial in the long run in allowing me to not get burned out while keeping my creative juices flowing throughout the year.

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