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Playing with the TV cameras

Entertainers entertain. That seems obvious enough. Well, place a bunch of performers in a room to learn a skill and turn on a camera that will show them learning that skill, and they'll do their best to look good to the television audience and forget about their lesson.

I'm no different. I happen to like making large balloon things, but I've always been an entertainer. I wanted to play for the camera as much as these guys. The difference is that they were warned of what was coming. Some of them even knew when to brush up their makeup. No one told me when or where a camera would show up. I was just expected to be ready for it. For nine days, in a country I didn't know, with everyone speaking a language I didn't know, I really could have used some guidance.

Regardless, it was fun. I did my part to smile for the camera and joke around with everyone. There was always a delay before I got a reaction for anything I said since it had to be translated, but I did get reactions.

As of this writing, I haven't seen the film yet. I'm still waiting for it to arrive. I have no idea what I looked like on film. All I know is that when the show was actually taped, with the finished sculpture behind us, after I had been awake for almost 40 hours, I was dragged in front of a camera. I was tired, sore, and really had no idea what was going on around me. I imagine that will be very obvious to everyone watching at home.