8/12/11

Be True To Yourself

By Taylor Mason

It is very easy to want to imitate or copy what you've seen someone else do. Perhaps you were inspired by a ventriloquist you saw on stage or in a video, and thought, I want to do that! Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but it won't get you very far when you're trying to forge a career path. Most agents, bookers, and audiences want to see something original - something they haven't seen elsewhere. Sure, they probably like the same act you saw, but doing someone else's act with your figure really isn't flattering - it's plagiarizing. That doesn't just apply to material; don't buy a figure that will have you doing the exact same act someone else does, either.
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This tip from an expert is taken from Tayor Mason's wonderfully helpful book, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Ventriloquism. Thanks to Keith Suranna, I have one copy to award it today's drawing, and the winner is: T. A. Hamilton.

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