I had applied for a job as a puppeteer on Sesame Street with the help of friends Matt Vogel and Paul McGinnis, and also my Australian puppet-friend Naomi Guss (she gave me the BEST reference, I'd give me a job!)
I had sent a DVD over, and I'd just gotten word from Puppeteer Coordinator (or something like that) Joey Roddy, that the audition never reached its destination.
And that's where we got to. That was the end of October.
The day I posted that blog I ran around the house looking for the video camera to start a new audition. Except I couldn't find it! I called Mum who was at work, and she said the camera was in her boot. I won't bore you with the details, but it turned out to be on the other side of the country with my Dad, and it would be for a few more weeks.
So that was fine, in the meantime I got a few things ready, borrowed a friends puppet so I wouldn't have just one (we have WhatNot's from FAO SWARTZ) and decided what would happen. Then one day when Dad was home I had the house to myself, and I spent the whole day practicing and ultimately filming the entire thing (in intervals, my damn camera battery sucks!)
I sent it via registered post, meaning I could track the item and it would definitely arrive at its destination, with the new address Roddy had given me. But then there was a problem. Australia Post decided to strike. Luckily I had it sent before the strike, but it meant I couldn't track the item because the internet people decided to up and leave. So for about 7 weeks I had no idea where the thing was.
Thankfully a very kind Joey Roddy e-mailed me informing that the tape had in fact arrived, and that he was going to send it on. He did so during this week, so in a few days I'll give him an e-mail and see what the update is. I know for a fact Kevin Clash (Elmo) will see it, so I'm hoping he likes the Elmo voice I did in the audition.
For those of you who want to see the tape, let me see what happens first. I'm happy to show certain bits. I did a few minutes worth of voices, including Ernie, Elmo, Grover, Bert and Cookie, and then included Muppet Show characters like Piggy, Fozzie and Animal. Why not, eh?
Any questions, go ahead and ask them here or on the Muppet Central Forum (I'm under "On The Web" - "Sesame Street or Bust") and I'll do another edition of Not So Frequently Asked Questions. Like I said in earlier posts, I'm sorta just finding my feet, so any help is good help!
Until next time,
Jarrod Fairclough, Aussie Puppeteer!
PS- NO-ONE RUIN LOST FOR ME, IM ONE WEEK BEHIND EVERYONE ELSE! Haha