Today we conclude the Ask The Legends series with question number 5.
Before we get to that, if you haven’t seen the first four parts of this series, I recommend you start at the beginning. The links below will open in new windows so you can return here after reading the articles.
Now let’s get started with today’s question:
What one piece of advice do you have for anyone interested in learning ventriloquism?
David Strassman: Get a real job. No, seriously, here are the seven steps to becoming a good ventriloquist.
- Have fun with it.
- Watch as much comedy as possible and learn what’s funny.
- Work hard at getting good.
- Always keep your puppet moving.
- Have fun.
Jimmy Nelson: Commitment! Take your ventriloquism seriously. Be the best you can be. Opportunity may be just around the corner. Be ready when it comes!
Jay Johnson: There are no short cuts to learning anything. Practice, rehearsal, and more practice in front of a mirror and video tape is the only way to learn. Ventriloquism encompasses, vocal technique, comedy, timing, puppetry, acting and storytelling. A person could spend a life time perfecting any one of those aspects. At a very young age I was told to get in front of as many audiences, as often as I could and LEARN from each one. I’m still learning and can’t wait for my next class.
Great advice from great artists. I want to thank Jimmy, Jay and David for being so generous with their insights and help on this series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!