Vision statements & Slogans

Vision statements & Slogans

Tony Borders
Tony Borders

August 27th, 2008, 10:49 pm #1

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
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Ron Crowley
Ron Crowley

August 27th, 2008, 11:24 pm #2

Ron "Bern, Mr. Borders would like us to give a vision statement."

Bern "Who's he?"

Ron "Mr. Dowt, you know he's a regionally recognized entertainer. C'mon what's your vision statement?"

Bern "I have such poor vision I can date anybody!"

Ron Seriously, Tony is not fooling around this time. He's trying to be serious so that people can think about what their life's goal should be.

Bern Well I guess my vision in this life is that poor eyes limit your sight and poor vision limits your deeds. That's it Reverend Borders..I'm tired now. I'm going to study the Cemocratic convention and select my favourite thoughts
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Montana's Santa
Montana's Santa

August 28th, 2008, 3:09 am #3

Over the years I've seen children who have no one to talk to -- no one who will listen. As Santa I've always been there for them, letting them know there is at least one person who loves them unconditionally.

In that effort I have discoveed ventriloquism and magic give me a special key to their hearts that other adults can't acheive.

My only goal is to help as many children as I can with love and laughter.
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Tony Borders
Tony Borders

August 28th, 2008, 6:17 pm #4

I am thinking that I have different visions:

1. To be the best I can be at what I do. (Which is a far cry from being the best overall. I used to think I was the best puppeteer, but when I saw John and Jeanine Bartelt perform I was ready to quit. I spoke to them after the show and told them how much I admired their talent and they encouraged me to stick with it. That was over 20 years ago.)
2. To create lifetime memories for children in the audience.
3. To lead a child into making a positive choice.

So if I put all that together for my vision statement I get, "Tony Borders' Puppets and Magic exists to provide high quality shows about making positive choices, which children will remember for years to come."

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Neale Bacon
Neale Bacon

August 29th, 2008, 2:31 am #5

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
This hangs framed in my office for me to look at every day.

"My purpose is to express my sense of humour, my skill and my pride in being a clean entertainer by making sure my shows are fun for everyone and by doing the best shows I can.

I want to follow in the example of Peter Rolston <my mentor> and create happy memories for a whole new generation.

To that end, I will set aside regular time for practice and development.

I plan to become Vancouver's number one Ventriloquist."
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Ron Crowley
Ron Crowley

August 29th, 2008, 7:05 pm #6

I am thinking that I have different visions:

1. To be the best I can be at what I do. (Which is a far cry from being the best overall. I used to think I was the best puppeteer, but when I saw John and Jeanine Bartelt perform I was ready to quit. I spoke to them after the show and told them how much I admired their talent and they encouraged me to stick with it. That was over 20 years ago.)
2. To create lifetime memories for children in the audience.
3. To lead a child into making a positive choice.

So if I put all that together for my vision statement I get, "Tony Borders' Puppets and Magic exists to provide high quality shows about making positive choices, which children will remember for years to come."
Questions about the missing statements.
First who are/were John & Jeannine Bartelt; and who is Peter Rolston?
Ron Bern, wake up I need your help.
Bern Take it easy on me. The American convention is tiring me.
Ron Forget about it. Bern, you've read the mission statements..do you have any questions?
Bern I sure do. if Neale Bacon is going to be the best in Vancouver does that mean he's already beat all rivals in Port Moody, Coquitlam and New Westminster?
Ron Take it easy. If you're so smart what would suggest as a vision for Neale?
Bern Be like a beaver. Don't get stumped; just cut things down to size.
What about a mission statement for Montana?
Bern I don't have a statement, but I have a question which is,if Montana John is already the best vent in Montana which state does he next want to be the best in?
Ron And finally what should Tony Borders attempt to do?
Bern Reverend Borders should try to (without using his awful puns)to change the course of human events through humor and the furthering of humorous thought. This is so that mankind may gain true supremacy over the apes, felines, and hyper-advanced trees.
Ron Bern, have a good ,three day Labour Day weekend.
Bern Thank you. Ron, aren't we lucky to live in a country which recognizes the contributions of women who've had babies. It makes me proud to be a Canadian, eh?
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Tony Borders
Tony Borders

August 29th, 2008, 11:12 pm #7

John + Jeanine Bartelt were the keepers of the bookstore for Puppeteers of America. They are puppeteers and puppet builders extraordinaire. They see a puppet show as a production with special lights, (in miniature), music, unique puppets, and new script. They live(d) in the south Seattle section of Washington state.

I won't get into the convention arena, and I have no idea who Peter Ralston is. I used to be the best ventriloquist in Vancouver. Vancouver, WA, that is. My goal is not to be better than anyone else. I just want to be better next year than I am this year. I was once introduced as someone with 20 years of experience. I told them afterward that I had one years experience 20 times.

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Neale Bacon
Neale Bacon

August 30th, 2008, 4:52 am #8

Peter was my mentor, my friend and my teacher. He was also the best children's entertainer I ever knew.

He had a local TV show called Pete's Place that ran from 1963 to 1979. He won an Actra (Canada's answer to the Emmy).

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Neale Bacon
Neale Bacon

August 30th, 2008, 4:56 am #9

Questions about the missing statements.
First who are/were John & Jeannine Bartelt; and who is Peter Rolston?
Ron Bern, wake up I need your help.
Bern Take it easy on me. The American convention is tiring me.
Ron Forget about it. Bern, you've read the mission statements..do you have any questions?
Bern I sure do. if Neale Bacon is going to be the best in Vancouver does that mean he's already beat all rivals in Port Moody, Coquitlam and New Westminster?
Ron Take it easy. If you're so smart what would suggest as a vision for Neale?
Bern Be like a beaver. Don't get stumped; just cut things down to size.
What about a mission statement for Montana?
Bern I don't have a statement, but I have a question which is,if Montana John is already the best vent in Montana which state does he next want to be the best in?
Ron And finally what should Tony Borders attempt to do?
Bern Reverend Borders should try to (without using his awful puns)to change the course of human events through humor and the furthering of humorous thought. This is so that mankind may gain true supremacy over the apes, felines, and hyper-advanced trees.
Ron Bern, have a good ,three day Labour Day weekend.
Bern Thank you. Ron, aren't we lucky to live in a country which recognizes the contributions of women who've had babies. It makes me proud to be a Canadian, eh?
I have already described who Peter Rolston was in another reply.

I don't know if I will ever be the best, but I can say I am the best of Port Coquitlam or New Westminster as there are no vents living there

I was always told when setting goals, how can you hit a target you don't have. That's how I set my goal of wanting to be the best in my area.
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Ron Crowley
Ron Crowley

August 30th, 2008, 9:54 am #10

Good answer. Neale, can you remember a vent act at the Drawbridge..towards the end of the conference..an evening performance? I was sitting at the back with one of the door guards(total name blank) and a man came on. I think he was an East Coast surgeon and his vent figure looked like a wraith.
Now Neale, by then we were vent lagged and as we listened to the dialogue we leaned forward and then looked at one another in disbelief. It was the only time at Vent Haven(2 yrs.) that the humour was over the top--(even for me)!
I believe, unless this is a mind mirage, that the figure was a ghoul who liked to visit graveyards to communicate with the interred. Who was that vent...was the routine really as far out as my addled( see Tour Director-summer 2007)mind has conjured up? Also Neale, this week while watching John Hopper's 2008 slide show there was a picture of you and a young man with respective vent figures. I believe his figure is a small lambchops type. The reason I ask is that, in my opinion, this is a a young man who refuses to be placed in the setup-joke mold..and suffers for it. And he's someone whose act I like to watch.
Anyway, best of the Labour day weekend.
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