As of this week, I have officially taught the art of ventriloquism to over 100 children. This is a feeling that I don't know how to describe. I am very grateful, to say the least. Considering that only 500-700 people attend the Vent Haven convention each year and only a tiny percentage of them are children, this is a huge deal. There is so much excitement that can come from this.
Quarantine is rough, no doubt. So make the best use of your time and there will be a light at the end of your tunnel.
Bringing Poetry Into Ventriloquism
As a thespian, I am deeply enthralled to experiement with all types of dialogue. Using poetry was crucial when learning about Shakespeare's works during my undergrad years. I think performers of all mediums should experiment with it. As a ventriloquism coach, I encourage all my students to work with it as well. On Outschool, my 4 week course is titled "You're No Dummy: Ventriloquism For Beginners." The first two weeks are dedicated to technique and the last two are dedicated to building substance within your character. Their final project is to present two poems and work them into their own little vent acts. They have always had a ton of fun and they've inspired me as well. For practice, I've assigned them the poem "Batty" by Shel Silverstein. It's something short and humorous and bound to enhance those creative juices. Here is the example that I presented to them. I call this piece "Shelled."