Balloon Animals

The world of balloon entertainment, by Dale Obrochta

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Have you looked at the temperature and wondered…how am I going to keep cool at today’s gig? Remember taking that great action shot that was going to be your next great promotional picture, just to see underarm sweat rings that encompass the entire length of your shirt? Have you tried wearing clothing stuffed with ice packs just to be annoyed by the condensation that, when combined with sweat, looks like you’ve had a victory Gator bath? One afternoon, I learned […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jul - 7 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Monday BE-HAPPY

Making something out of nothing is remarkable to begin with, but add in the ability to make somebody smile, now that’s the frosting on the cake. My passion for balloon entertaining has transformed a job into a career. Yes there are times that the planets are not in alignment and the money tree is bare, but that’s life. The benefit I have is that I can control my destiny, and along the way I make people smile as I go […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Apr - 27 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Balloon colors have exploded over the years. What originally started out as nine colors has now escalated to forty-seven colors. This is not counting the offbeat imprints and seasonal balloon colors. Instructional books dwindle as fewer are being produced. Yet YouTube is fueled by thousands of individuals teaching techniques once only taught in books and on DVDs. Balloon forums are stagnating. There are hundreds of Facebook groups all trying to grab the attention of balloon entertainers. Groups dedicated to headbands, […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Mar - 12 - 2015 13 Comments READ FULL POST
POV from my Smartphone of me reading about linear speaker systems.

This Sunday morning I found myself spending 90 minutes reading about sound systems. I’m not shopping for a new sound system, but read a post from a ventriloquist friend who was trying to solve an acoustic problem. The past 60 minutes I spent researching linear sound systems was interesting and educational. I found a detailed article along with a Finder Expo system. As I researched different products and reviews I was struck by how I was more concerned about information […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jan - 18 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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It bugs me when I see the same message posted or tweeted over and over again on a friend’s social media site because they have associated all the sites together. As a result, I’ve mind mapped my social media tweets and post to ensure I don’t spam my followers. The concept of mind mapping was not new, but I had never mapped out a speech and this was going to be a new experience. After my presentation at TEDxNaperville, I […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Nov - 17 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
TEDxNaperville-Stage

The room goes black at TEDxNaperville and there in glowing neon balloons is the cryptic word “awesome”. Balloon entertainer Dale Obrochta has visually mind mapped Jill Shargaa’s presentation, “ Please, Please, People, Let’s Put the Awe Back in Awesome” out of twisting balloons. “This was a first for any TED/TEDx talk”, says TEDxNaperville producer Arthur Zards. Over the years TED/TEDx producers have used scribes to visually draw a mind map, but this year TEDxNaperville 2014 is tipping the sales by […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Nov - 13 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
90-minute-marketing

In the blink of an eye, another day passes; and with each passing day so does another day spent marketing my business. The countless hours spent making new connections, networking with old clients, interacting with entertainers, and developing new websites are never ending tasks. With the holidays quickly approaching I am already looking past them to January, February and March 2015. It feels like it is a long ways away, but it’s not. I need to have all my marketing […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Sep - 23 - 2014 5 Comments READ FULL POST
Bears headbands

“Never let them see you sweat,” a phrase which must have been coined by an individual who wasn’t working in the heat. Summertime entertaining is always a battle of keeping cool, and keeping the blinding and burning sweat out of your eyes. I considered keeping cool like Jim McMahon and Walter Paton wearing head bands, but felt more like John McEnroe. Headbands are great for working out, but not for professional entertaining. I used to use handkerchiefs to wipe the […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jul - 10 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Forest

The sky darkens and rain comes down in buckets. There I stand before a line of twenty people looking to the sky as the rain comes down. My first reaction is to protect my equipment and flee, but fleeing is not an option. To the right of me is Dave Evans under his hot dog stand umbrella, twisting balloons and cracking jokes about the rain as his line slowly thins out. Behind me I hear Andy McDonald make a mad […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jun - 24 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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During my thirty-plus years of balloon twisting I have learned some valuable information when it comes to line twisting. Line twisting is when a balloon entertainer is faced with the challenge of making as many balloons as possible in a given period, while kids stand in line waiting for a balloon. Every balloon entertainer will be placed in this situation, and the ability to work efficiently is key to being a successful line twister. I personally try to avoid jobs […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jun - 11 - 2014 15 Comments READ FULL POST
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