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After 24 years as a professional caricaturist and entertainer, I still find myself battling against the same deadly foe; The Amateur Artist!  Despite my excellent reputation for quality service and product, I am constantly compared to ‘the local bloke, who draws for half the price’!

Today I demonstrated my skills as an artist and entertainer at a local Wedding Exhibition, after which I was approached by two venues, both of whom used the same local caricaturist at their weddings. Their main complaint was that he sat in a corner, head down and took 10-15 minutes to draw each individual, which did not impress the Brides or other guests, waiting to be drawn. They could not believe how fast and entertaining I was and both venues offered me a space at their next exhibition, on the strength of what they’d witnessed.

Now I’m no exceptional caricaturist, just a professional, much like dozens of other professional caricaturists, all having to fight against the infux of untutored, unskilled amateurs, who are collectively killing our industry! It should not be my place to constantly educate the public to the standard of artists and entertainers available, it should be the place of those selling us and those competing with us to step up to the mark, as opposed to us lowering our standards and fees. Unless these Artists and agencies peddling our trade get their act together and start selling quality entertainment, then our industry will be reduced to a novelty much like a chocolate fountain or crappy photo booth!!

I’m just saying!

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I am regularly contacted by people who want to become Caricaturists and essentially take my job or at least a piece of my market from me. Just had to post my latest requests for professional assistance:

“Hi George. can you tell me what I need to start my digital on the spot caricature business. I’ve been doing on the spot for years and now I’m getting asked to do digital.”

P. Wilcox

“I am wondering if you can help me. I need some advice and I don’t know who to talk too about it to see what to do. I am currently a part time postman and recently I had an interview for a job as a caricature artist. I had to draw someone in my interview and the person said I did well and has offered me several places with how I got on. But she said I needed training to speed up but i’d be good at it. The problem I have is, is she wants me to try it part time and do it as well as my other job but my   work won’t let me do it. There was a full time vacancy too i’m just wondering is it worth me taking the plunge and do it full time and quit my job. I’m sorry to bother you I know you’re probably extremely busy and this email is out of the blue. I just wondered if you would have any advice on what I should do.”

D. Bucknor

I know certain caricaturists out there are keen to offer advice and charge for promotional books or videos on ‘How To…’ etc, but as a veteran I have seen the market become flooded and work become more sparse over the years, thanks to an influx of the kind hi-lighted above. Helping your potential competition is simply BAD BUSINESS practice!

Before emailing me for a quick leg-up into my job market, just stop and think what your response would be to such a request;  “Dear sir, please help me take a slice of your living, as it seems easy and I need your help”!?