To assist you in booking Tim Leatherbarrow – Caricaturist – North of England, we recently had a Q&A session with him!
Q: What are the most common events that you perform at?
A: Any kind of social party or event, weddings, parties, staff events, studio caricatures for presentation purposes. Also any corporate events for business or trade fairs.
Q: How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
A: I’ve been live cartooning and caricaturing for over 30 years.
Q: What’s your favourite gig to date and why?
A: I did some work for the wind up of the Josh Brolin film ‘Everest’ at Pinewood film studios and got to meet a lot of stars and film crew.
Q: Describe your act in 5 words.
A: Quick, slick, extravagant, funny n’ friendly.
Q: Whereabouts have you played in the country/world?
A: All over the UK and Ireland, France, Europe, Canada, Macau, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Q: Performing your act, what’s your biggest achievement so far?
A: That nobody has taken offence at one of my drawings. Yet!
Q: Is there audience interaction in your act?
A: Yes, I always chat and listen to what they have to say. I don’t have a fixed set of funny one-liners as everybody is different. I deal with each person separately and go with the flow!
Q: What is one of the highlights of your show?
A: Presenting the finished drawing to the target!
Q: What do you personally enjoy most about performing?
A: I put pen to paper and I don’t have a formula, so I just pray that what comes out will be a good representation of my subject. Thankfully, it usually is, which is a relief and joy to me!
Q: Are there any occasions that your act is better suited to?
A: Not particularly. My act is suited to absolutely any kind of event, as long as people are there in any capacity.
Q: Are there any occasions that you would not advise to book you for?
A: Since I once did some drawings at a funeral, my answer would be no!
Q: Is your act child-friendly?
Q: What’s the biggest crowd you’ve performed to so far?
A: Festivals and trade fairs, drawing hundreds over days!
Q: What type of occasion/event have you the most experience in performing at?
A: Staff parties, weddings and trade fairs.
Q: Do you have over-time charges if the event runs late?
A: Yes, but not extortionate.
Q: What questions would you need to know from a booker?
A: When and where!
Q: Can you tailor your act to the booker’s requirements?
A: Dependant on those requirements, yes, I’m flexible and agreeable to most things.
Q: Do you need any special arrangements in order to perform?
A: Not really.
Q: What is the average duration of your act?
A: I normally do 3 hour stints, although all day events such as trade fairs and conferences are not uncommon. Each drawing takes 3-5 minutes.
Q: Do you have an ideal age-range for your act?
A: Not at all, my act suits all ages.
Q: Are there any cancellation fees?
A: Normally, yes.
Q: What sets your act apart from your competition?
A: I’m better!
Q: What was your worst gig and why?
A: An army gig as there was a very drunken group, who thought I was great, but turned nasty when I was asked to draw some of the other guests.
Q: Do you have an interval?
Q: How long before the event do you typically arrive at the venue?
A: Within an hour.
Q: Do you require a meal?
A: It’s always nice if it’s offered.
Q: How far in advance would you advise that the booker book you?
A: At least a month or two, to avoid disappointment.
Q: Would there be any fees that the booker is not accounting for? Such as travel fees?
A: Possibly, depending on the form of travel and distance.
Q: What kind of outfit will you wear?
A: Normally smart. I usually wear a suit.
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