Q&A With Tim Leatherbarrow | Caricaturist | North of England



Tim Leatherbarrow caricaturist

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?

A: Absolutely!

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?

A: Sometimes.

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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