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PUPPETEER: I Get Paid To Play With Dolls

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Jesse is a professional puppeteer. He spends his typical day playing with dolls and puppets, and he is paid to create and play with them. After failing as a clown, Jesse was able to apprentice with a puppeteer. Now he is a teacher himself for his apprentices. He tells us that apprenticeships are the best place to learn for a career like his.

Job Title: Puppeteer

Job Summary: Craft Artists

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, People skills
P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='210'>My</span> <span m='400'>name</span> <span m='530'>is</span> <span m='630'>Jesse</span> <span m='820'>Vail,</span> <span m='1160'>and</span> <span m='1440'>I</span> <span m='1530'>am a</span> <span m='1750'>professional</span> <span m='2350'>puppeteer.</span> <span m='3730'>And</span> <span m='4390'>I</span> <span m='4440'>spend</span> <span m='4650'>my</span> <span m='4760'>day</span> <span m='6260'>playing</span> <span m='6310'>with</span> <span m='6510'>dolls,</span> <span m='6950'>to be</span> <span m='7090'>perfectly</span> <span m='7510'>honest.</span> <span m='7800'>That's</span> <span m='7960'>what</span> <span m='8070'>I</span> <span m='8130'>do.</span> <span m='8560'>I</span> <span m='8630'>get</span> <span m='8800'>paid</span> <span m='9060'>to</span> <span m='9120'>play</span> <span m='9280'>with</span> <span m='9420'>dolls.</span> <span m='9920'>But</span> <span m='10830'>I</span> <span m='10930'>also</span> <span m='11110'>get</span> <span m='11280'>paid</span> <span m='11910'>to</span> <span m='12100'>create.</span> </p><p><span m='13425'>That's</span> <span m='13680'>right.</span> <span m='14260'>So</span> <span m='14620'>I</span> <span m='15840'>have</span> <span m='16100'>fun,</span> <span m='16600'>and</span> <span m='16790'>I</span> <span m='17400'>entertain</span> <span m='17820'>kids,</span> <span m='18160'>and</span> <span m='18270'>I</span> <span m='18380'>teach</span> <span m='18730'>kids,</span> <span m='19540'>and</span> <span m='19750'>I</span> <span m='19810'>get</span> <span m='19970'>to</span> <span m='20040'>build</span> <span m='20400'>a</span> <span m='20430'>wonderful</span> <span m='20760'>things.</span> <span m='21600'>And</span> <span m='22590'>one</span> <span m='22950'>thing</span> <span m='23120'>I</span> <span m='23160'>love</span> <span m='23360'>about</span> <span m='23560'>my</span> <span m='23670'>job</span> <span m='23920'>the</span> <span m='24050'>most</span> <span m='24790'>is</span> <span m='24960'>that</span> <span m='25100'>it's</span> <span m='25340'>different</span> <span m='25930'>every</span> <span m='26440'>single</span> <span m='27420'>day,</span> <span m='28420'>every</span> <span m='28640'>single</span> <span m='28910'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='29280'>Well,</span> <span m='29650'>I</span> <span m='29800'>had</span> <span m='29990'>the</span> <span m='30050'>rare</span> <span m='30260'>opportunity</span> <span m='30690'>to</span> <span m='30760'>actually</span> <span m='31180'>apprentice,</span> <span m='31850'>like</span> <span m='32070'>old</span> <span m='32409'>school</span> <span m='32860'>apprentice,</span> <span m='33450'>where I</span> <span m='33610'>actually</span> <span m='33940'>met</span> <span m='34200'>somebody</span> <span m='35120'>who</span> <span m='35230'>did</span> <span m='35520'>my</span> <span m='35690'>job</span> <span m='37060'>and</span> <span m='37370'>I</span> <span m='37530'>asked</span> <span m='37820'>them,</span> <span m='38000'>can</span> <span m='38210'>I</span> <span m='38320'>apprentice</span> <span m='38750'>with</span> <span m='38910'>you?</span> <span m='39650'>And</span> <span m='40350'>they</span> <span m='40460'>agreed.</span> <span m='40940'>And</span> <span m='41110'>so</span> <span m='41750'>I</span> <span m='41880'>got</span> <span m='42050'>to</span> <span m='42130'>ask</span> <span m='42440'>questions,</span> <span m='43600'>I</span> <span m='43710'>got</span> <span m='44010'>to</span> <span m='45410'>try</span> <span m='46090'>things</span> <span m='46420'>out.</span> <span m='46880'>I got to</span> <span m='46910'>fail</span> <span m='47440'>a</span> <span m='47530'>lot,</span> <span m='48550'>and</span> <span m='49780'>eventually</span> <span m='50280'>became</span> <span m='51170'>a</span> <span m='51260'>teacher</span> <span m='51530'>myself.</span> </p><p><span m='51900'>So</span> <span m='52090'>now</span> <span m='52340'>I'm</span> <span m='52480'>considered</span> <span m='52960'>a</span> <span m='53230'>teacher</span> <span m='53520'>because</span> <span m='53830'>I</span> <span m='53990'>also</span> <span m='54240'>have</span> <span m='54390'>apprentices.</span> <span m='55530'>And</span> <span m='55740'>I</span> <span m='55830'>can't</span> <span m='56130'>tell you,</span> <span m='56320'>that's</span> <span m='56760'>the</span> <span m='56830'>best</span> <span m='57100'>place</span> <span m='57480'>to</span> <span m='57600'>learn,</span> <span m='58110'>besides</span> <span m='58570'>college,</span> <span m='59020'>kids.</span> <span m='59960'>What</span> <span m='60480'>I</span> <span m='60510'>would</span> <span m='60620'>tell</span> <span m='60730'>my</span> <span m='60840'>younger</span> <span m='61100'>self</span> <span m='61490'>is</span> <span m='61770'>to</span> <span m='61930'>not</span> <span m='62110'>be</span> <span m='62210'>afraid.</span> <span m='62800'>To</span> <span m='62950'>just</span> <span m='63150'>do</span> <span m='63290'>it.</span> <span m='63470'>You're</span> <span m='63690'>going</span> <span m='63950'>to</span> <span m='64000'>fail</span> <span m='64200'>a</span> <span m='64290'>lot,</span> <span m='64560'>brother.</span> </p><p><span m='65110'>And</span> <span m='66160'>every</span> <span m='66440'>single</span> <span m='66850'>time</span> <span m='67060'>that</span> <span m='67180'>you</span> <span m='67280'>have,</span> <span m='67920'>something</span> <span m='68340'>great</span> <span m='68620'>came</span> <span m='68900'>out of</span> <span m='69150'>it.</span> <span m='69810'>Literally</span> <span m='70520'>every</span> <span m='70910'>single</span> <span m='71290'>time.</span> <span m='72250'>I</span> <span m='72310'>can't</span> <span m='72500'>think</span> <span m='72610'>of</span> <span m='72670'>the</span> <span m='72730'>time</span> <span m='72960'>that</span> <span m='73100'>I</span> <span m='73390'>didn't</span> <span m='73690'>make</span> <span m='73880'>a</span> <span m='74360'>huge</span> <span m='74590'>mistake</span> <span m='75530'>and</span> <span m='75950'>look</span> <span m='76130'>back</span> <span m='76340'>and</span> <span m='76440'>said</span> <span m='77080'>I</span> <span m='77470'>really</span> <span m='77850'>wish</span> <span m='78160'>I</span> <span m='78230'>didn't</span> <span m='78440'>do</span> <span m='78540'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='78710'>I</span> <span m='78740'>mean,</span> <span m='78920'>you</span> <span m='78990'>know,</span> <span m='79160'>you</span> <span m='79400'>really</span> <span m='79790'>wish</span> <span m='79960'>you</span> <span m='80050'>didn't,</span> <span m='80400'>but</span> <span m='80560'>then</span> <span m='80710'>you</span> <span m='80820'>see</span> <span m='81010'>some of the</span> <span m='81260'>things</span> <span m='81490'>in</span> <span m='81540'>your</span> <span m='81620'>life.</span> <span m='82730'>And</span> <span m='83140'>believe</span> <span m='83440'>it or</span> <span m='83530'>not,</span> <span m='83750'>puppetry</span> <span m='84130'>is</span> <span m='84250'>one</span> <span m='84380'>of</span> <span m='84430'>the</span> <span m='84500'>things that</span> <span m='84780'>I</span> <span m='84840'>gained</span> <span m='85540'>from</span> <span m='85990'>failing</span> <span m='86830'>as</span> <span m='86990'>a</span> <span m='87070'>clown.</span> <span m='88870'>So,</span> <span m='89470'>there you</span> <span m='89770'>have it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":357003,"video_id":"3218199089001","name":"2044-Jesse-Puppeteer1","duration":90791,"thumbnail_url":null}});