“That Story Lady”

Angela Scott, Author – Storyteller – Ventriloquist

Heart of a Ventriloquist – Interview with Susan Johnson, an Arizona Ventriloquist

September 22, 2007

Introduced to Susan Johnson only over the telephone, I immediately knew we share a similar love for Ventriloquism. My hope is to introduce you to Susan and her gift she shares with others, the gift of Ventriloquism.

1. What is one thing every Ventriloquist must do?

Every ventriloquist must practice. It is better if you can keep a regular rehearsal schedule. Maybe on one day you work with one character, and the next day a different one. Practice is key to success.

2. What is one thing every Ventriloquist must avoid?

Stealing material.

I recommend developing your own style. It is okay to get ideas from other ventriloquists. Also, use material that is appropriate for you. This depends on the type of venue you are working in, i.e. schools.

3. Is this Ventriloquist stuff something that is here to stay?

Ventriloquism is here to stay. It has been around for thousands of years. It dates back to Biblical times.

4. Can someone work successfully as a Ventriloquist if they are in a crowded niche?

Ventriloquists are so spread out world wide that a ventriloquist can find his or her niche; they just have to go out and get it.

5. What has Ventriloquism done for you?

It has opened up doors for going into churches and I have become more creative and passionate about what I want to do.

6. What trends do you currently see in Ventriloquism?

Since I do most of my work in the church, Ventriloquism is a growing ministry for many because it is different and a great way to share God’s love and His message.

7. When did you first become interested in Ventriloquism?

It was about twelve years ago when missionaries were home on sabbatical from the Philippines and they worked with kids like I do.
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