File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 272


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:55:27 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] skill sets


> When is it time to hire out the the work to an expert and when does
> that create work that is not truly allowing our own talents and lack
> of them to create work that is truly unique, deficiencies and all?

I've come to rely on another person to make my puppet's costumes.  I know 
how to sew, but I'm very slow and I don't enjoy it - that's the key: I don't 
enjoy it, and it's a poor use of my time.  I do, however, shop for the 
fabrics, but my costume designer always ends up using them in combinations 
that I didn't imagine, and the costumes turn out better anyway.

I learned that it can be a good thing to collaborate.  That's the modus 
operandi in most of the theater world, anyway.

After 29 years, I find that I most enjoy working by myself in my workshop. 
But I have received grants that enabled me to employ teams of people. 
Several years ago, I produced a version of "A Christmas Carol."  Ten sets 
and 52 marionettes.  I couldn't possibly have done it all myself, and 
working with others was very rewarding.

Robert Rogers

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