Representatives from Paramount Pictures contacted me this past week and asked if I would entertain at four theaters premiering their new kid’s movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons and based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The action-comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccups’ world is turned upside-down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
To kick off the movie premier, they looked for a performer to make balloon dragons before the movie. The concept and opportunity sounded great, but the main reason I said no to Paramount representatives was the event was located in LA, and they had no budget.
Now I can understand the mix-up of calling the wrong state. This week, I have had three calls from CA, 1 MN, and another from NJ. It is easy to call the wrong state with all the area codes, but not having a budget for a movie premier typically kills any twisting deal. Considering that they will make millions the first week, let alone what they will make off DVD sales, I hope that the next movie producer who calls has a budget to pay for premier entertainment.
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