If you want to become a ventriloquist like Jeff Dunham, a career in ventriloquism may seem far-fetched at first, but if you know that this is what you want to do then you definitely should pursue your dreams.
Where Do Ventriloquists Work?
As a ventriloquist, you are an artist. You are probably a creative and artistic person who likes to entertain and use your wit to perform. Pursuing a career as a ventriloquist may mean that you first start performing in local children’s birthday parties, local theaters, nightclubs, schools, zoos, youth centers, community centers, church functions, museums, business conferences, and comedy clubs. To be a ventriloquist, you not only have to master the art of throwing your voice, but you must also learn how to write dynamic content for your routine.
Unless you are contracted by a carnival or any other organization, you will generally be self-employed. Ventriloquists are usually hired by businesses to travel and perform at their conferences. Ventriloquists are usually paid by the hour when they first start off.
What are the requirements to become a successful ventriloquist?
You do not need a formal education to be a ventriloquist. You do need to know the art of ventriloquism which entails learning how to throw your voice and manipulating the doll, commonly referred to as a dummy. You also need to be a clever raconteur, which means you need to be a good storyteller.
A good ventriloquist must be a good storyteller because he needs to tell a story about himself and about the dummy. A ventriloquist who hopes to be successful needs to be funny and have a good personality. There are no strict requirements to be a ventriloquist but you should know that ventriloquism is not easy and it is an art. However, with practice and dedication, you can set up your own ventriloquism business and a life-long career that can bring your a profitable income as well as bringing a smile and lots of laughs to others.
If you are interested more about becoming a ventriloquist sign up to go to the Vent Haven Convention. It’s totally worth it if you’re serious about your art!