Jim Henson Essay example

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Jim Henson Jim Henson once said, “Follow your enthusiasm. It’s something I’ve always believed in. Find those parts of your life you enjoy the most. Do what you enjoy doing” (qtd. in Fionaurora). Jim did just that. He loved puppetry and made many others love it too. The creator and a performer of the Muppets, Henson is known worldwide for his creations, which include shows like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and characters such as Grover, Elmo, Big Bird, the Swedish Chef, Bert and Ernie, and Miss Piggy to name a few. Jim’s most famous character was Kermit the Frog. Kermit remains the Muppet with which Henson is most closely associated. Through television and feature films, Henson developed the art of puppetry to new heights…show more content…
“By listening to the radio and watching TV Jim had learned a lot about storytelling, comedy, and performing” (St. Pierre 23). Only three years after getting their television Jim got his first chance at fame. He got word that a Washington D.C. station, WTOP-TV, was looking for a puppeteer for a Saturday morning children’s show. Although he had very little experience with puppets, he decided to audition. Jim and a friend made a couple of hand puppets and got the job. The show was called The Junior Good Morning Show. Jim was only seventeen years old when the show began. The show was cancelled after three weeks on the air (St. Pierre 22-29). After the show was cancelled, Jim began college. He attended the University of Maryland. He took studio art classes because he wanted to be a commercial artist. One of the classes he took was a puppetry class. The class taught Jim many skills that he used to create of his characters. He excelled in the class and began helping many classmates with their work (Andres). Jim was not deterred after The Junior Good Morning Show was canceled. He remained persistent and soon got a job at the local NBC affiliate, WRC-TV, on another Saturday morning children’s show. He worked hard and the owners of the station took notice. When he was just a freshman at the University of Maryland, he was offered his own show. The show was called Sam and Friends. Sam and Friends
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