What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a thing about trying to mostly do my own work, when possible. That being said I am making up new shapes all the time. I do sometimes meet up with other balloon artists and we share our recent balloon discoveries. More often though, if I am stumped on how to make something, it is contemplation that leads me to a good design.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've made balloons since middle school. I was in a magic shop and was like, this must be the most magical thing in the store, buy it for me, mom!
Recently I stumbled upon an ad for balloon artists working in restaurants. It was as if all my fears of having a boring life were just washed away as I rekindled the dreams from my childhood.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I go to several restaurants a week and entertain the kids while they would otherwise be wanting to run around while waiting for their food. Balloon art is a billion times better than having their parents say "sit still" every 10 seconds.
Aside from that I do plenty of private parties, and occasionally I make decorations.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I worked a party for the University of Pennsylvania Hillel Society themed "Ben Franklin's Bar Mitzvah"
The group throwing the party assisted me in creating bunches of printed round balloons (with Stars of David on them and some red white and blue patriotic ones as well). We then tied these balloons to some balconies and I made a large kite and a gold key out of my twisting balloons and attached it to the kite with balloon ribbon.
After that I entertained at the party for about an hour until a comedy troupe came on, making several interesting things such as lightning bolt hats, a peacock, and a Loch Ness Monster.
All in all it worked out wonderfully.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire me! Well, I guess I would recommend asking for some pictures of samples of their work. A few times I've heard stories of people who paid (much more than I charge) and ended up with a clown who only knew how to make one shape well, and tried making a few more but you couldn't really tell what they were, etc. It's a common story; anyone good should have a few pictures to share.