Making quality professional ventriloquist figures full time is a lot like hard work, with a lot of painstaking attention to detail. Some days you scratch your head and wonder if it is all worthwhile. You get one of these figures finished, get ’em all packed up and sent on their way to a patiently waiting customer. You wonder if they will notice and appreciate all the time and effort you put into making their quality figure.
Then, after a few days when the figure has arrived, you get an email or a phone call from the customer. Then you know it’s all worthwhile! Here are a couple of happy customers comments right after they got a chance to look at their new figure for the first time:
Eddie arrived on schedule, although I had to leave as soon as he arrived. I’m back and looking at a masterpiece! The colors on Eddie’s face and hands are so vibrant, yet realistic. His facial features look great from every angle. When I saw Eddie I was more overwhelmed than when I viewed Michelangelo’s statue of David. David met my expectations; Eddie far exceeded all my expectations. Additionally, Eddie winks, blinks, moves his eyes, raises his eyebrows, and looks like he is about to speak.
With much appreciation,
P.S. If I am this pleased with Eddie, I know Ember will be wonderful too!”
Well that made my day. I am always humbled by customers very kind comments. Here’s some exceedingly kind comments from another customer:
“Hooray !…he’s here Mike. Safe & Sound. I don’t know where to begin…. Sparky is perfect; I’m sure the little kids ( preschoolers) at my Church are really going to like him. He is a very charming looking fellow. Going to get him properly dressed in “kid type” clothing. Even arrived a day early so I can get him properly ready. Mike, I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe your work. Everything, I mean , everything is done to perfection. The controls are wonderful & I appreciate the frontal eye control. Also the head lock is great. I always use a head lock on my figures ( remove it when figure is in action). Your lock is so sophisticated in design, but simple to use. The hair, eyes & makeup (paint) are also terrific. I really appreciate all you’ve done for me & will certainly recommend your work. Not only perfection, but price is so reasonable. I’m hoping to take Sparky to the convention, so folks there can see your wonderful work. As soon as I have photos, will send you copies. Many, many, thanks Mike ! as “they” say ” you’re the go to man”. Sincerely, Bob”
Here’s a pic of Bob’s Sparky in the workshop, just before he went out the door:
Here’s some pictures of Bob with Sparky and some of the kids at the school:
Bob Isaacson further said when he kindly sent me these pictures:
“Hello Mike… Here’s the photos the preschool teacher took of the younger kids with Sparky. She thought the photos would be better in the classroom. Those “little kids” really took to Sparky. He talked to them for a while, then the teacher had me sit down & the kids gather around. You can see by their faces, that they loved Sparky. He was truly a big hit with the children. Another Mike Brose success story!… again Mike, My thanks ! Bob”
So, as you can guess, I keep all such comments on hand, to remind me that after all the hard work….., blood, sweat and tears…., and other such fun, that figure making can be, that it is surely….., ALL worthwhile!