PROFESSIONAL RECORD, REFERENCES OR TESTIMONIALS.
to "HOW TO HIRE" INTRO
When you hire an
artist, do you want a personable, fun, professional entertainer?
Or would you be just as content to have some kind of a "picture machine"
sitting there, expressionless, barely interacting with your guests, just
cranking out drawings?
Sitting down to have your caricature
drawn can be a harrowing experience for
some people. It is important that the artist have a personable
easel-side manner! A BIG part of the art of drawing
caricatures as an entertainer at an event is putting the "model"
side of that responsibility is to entertain the onlookers. The artist
cannot simply wall themselves off and interact exclusively with the person
being drawn. So there is a bit of a balancing act involved between keeping
the subject at ease and keeping the onlookers amused by the whole process.
So how do you verify that a candidate under consideration for the job
has the necessary "people skills" to truly entertain your guests?
This is where word of mouth can be useful. Or signed letters or affidavits
from satisfied clients. But the most reliable resource is the UNSOLICITED
endorsement--from a real person with a name, not "M.F. of Fridley"
or "B.Y. of Milwaukee..."
To go one step further, look for an artist who is not
merely cordial but truly entertaining. A background as a performer
onstage, especially in standup comedy or some other closely and logically
related art form is something you might want to look for.