Interview with Tommy DeLorenzo, balloon sculptor
Where do you live and how old are you? I live in Chicago, IL and am 26.
How did you get into balloon art? Even before I could walk, I was always fascinated with balloons. When I was about 7 years old my parents took me to The Festival of Balloons, which is the final day of a worldwide balloon arts convention. I was so in awe by what could be created with something as simple as balloons. I went home and tried to make things with the balloons I had laying around. As soon as I could get a worker’s permit, I was twisting balloons at a local theme park, using the internet as a learning tool. I taught myself most of what I know, a lot of trial and error, but have learned so much by fellow artists.
What is the largest number of balloons you ever used for a single project and what was the project? About 10,000 balloons for the Pride parade in Chicago. I had about 70 people, each wearing giant balloon “fireworks” on their back along with other displays such as giant letters spelling out PRIDE.
What does it take to be a great balloon artist? Don’t be afraid of popping balloons or of heights, keep up with trends, be innovative and think on your toes. There is a helium shortage in the world, so you have to work around using helium. Most importantly, do something nobody has seen before!
Do you really make a living as a balloon artist? Yes
How much do you make? Some months are better than others, and I keep growing pretty rapidly every year, about 50% every year for the past 4 years……. Read full article here!
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