File puptcrit/puptcrit.0601, message 111

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Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 22:43:44 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet Peers - Have to disagree

I have to disagree with you on these "rules" which I find to be a bit ummmm 
well strange or bitter are good words.

> Rule No. 1:   Be it jealousy or envy, the more success a puppeteer has, 
> the
> less likely puppeteer peers        will acknowledge it.

Have always found professional puppeteers to be very supportive of other 
professional puppeteers.
It seems to me that a great joy is to acknowledge another's artistic 
success. One of the things that first attracted me to puppetry as a theatre 
art/decision was just that supportive atmosphere. Festivals are made up of 
people who enjoy that supportive arena.

> Rule No. 2:   The most simple puppetry attempts get the most kudos.

It is really really hard to be simple. It is something to always work 
towards, but it is not the only thing. I hope someday to be really simple!

> Rule No. 3:   Puppeteers seek the lowest common denominator because it 
> makes
> them look good by comparison.

This loses me completely.

> Rule No. 4:   Puppeteers want instant success, but are not willing to put 
> in
> the time and effort to learn skills required.

Who would not like instant success, by the way are you talking artistic, 
financial or both? I have been working as a (full time) puppeteer for close 
to 30 years and I am still trying to learn. Don't know of too many committed 
professionals who don't always try and learn or have the doors open to doing 
so. I actually find this rule to be a bit insulting it is just a too broad 

Mark Segal

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