“That Story Lady”

Angela Scott, Author – Storyteller – Ventriloquist

Interview With Al Moessinger – an Entertainer, Educator and Ventriloquist in Maryland

January 10, 2008

Effortlessly, Al Moessinger led a break-out class at the Ventriloquist ConVENTion in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Amazed and inspired by the cohesiveness I felt in the group, I knew this gentleman definitely was a master of his craft.

A few months ago, Al granted me the privilege of an exclusive interview. I believe you, too, will be inspired to use your unlimited potential you may have forgotten.

Al said four essential points drive every event:

1. You must believe in yourself, and relax!
2. Always prepare before each presentation.
3. Adapt your characters to each routine.
4. And remember that the ability to get along easily with people is a must.

With over twenty-five years experience in the entertainment field, Al spoke easily and confidently. He emphasized the fact that the audience is the real hero.

Al has a Ph.D. Life Degree, also known as a Puppet Handling Degree. He noted each performer must ask, “In my own life, what can I do well?” With a clear and definite answer in mind, Al recommended, “Look at what others in your field of work are doing and develop your own unique performance.”

He refers to a syndrome he continually experiences. “I’ve got VMS, a syndrome oftentimes called Voice Modulation Syndrome. But this is a condition that is great to have as an entertainer.

Getting people to laugh is a gift. Laughter is healing. Entertaining is therapy and everyone benefits from laughter. Al remarked, “As you grow, you learn. And, depending on how well you are marketed, you can easily work in a crowded niche.”

Al referred to an equation he believes others would be wise to remember as they prepare for their life’s work. He said, “You get paid in life for what you do, times your ability for what you can do, divided by the number of other people who can do the same job.”

Continuing, he said, “You must set yourself apart.” Al noted that entertaining and ventriloquism had kept him same. “It’s the best work you can have when you are paid for being funny while you vent (excuse the pun) out your frustrations.”

Al emphasized the powerful and successful combination of these components in entertainment. “It’s like gravy on the potatoes.”

Please visit http://www.AlloShow.com for information on how to contact Al for your next event!

Angela Scott

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  1. Steve Hurst Said,

    Great article. You have a great art for writing. Keep up the good work.

  2. Angela Said,

    Thank you for your feedback. My life is richer for having met you and many other ventriloquists last year.

  3. Dan Willinger Said,

    Angela this is a great story and I think the point about doing a job that you love is prehaps one of the most vital things in life. If you enjoy what you do for a living what else could be better.

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