Why are conventions so important? As a children’s entertainer, I think it is important to collaborate with as many other artists as possible in order to continue to grow as a performer. This is the same philosophy as when one becomes an actor. In order to grow as a performer, you need to be constantly learning from performers. Believe it or not, I still learn something new from balloon twisters who are just starting out learning the basics. Conventions provide an excellent opportunity to talk with (and pick the brains of) top artist in the industry. There are also competitions between fellow artists as well. This gives me the opportunity to really see how people entertain, perform, and think. Which, in turn, helps me become a better performer and entertainer.
These conventions are insane too! From my experience, you are working on your craft for the entire day, 4 days straight. Some artist go only a few hours in those 4 days because they are building their display pieces. The last convention I went to, I slept maybe 5 hours in 4 days. It was crazy.
There is nothing better than going to a convention and learning from other people and seeing my balloon family. I admit, we are a “twisted” bunch (like the pun?) from all walks of life from around the world who enjoy twisting balloons. We love to spread joy one balloon at a time.