You’ve probably heard some variation of this joke: A young ingenue mingles with a group of big-wigs at a social luncheon of sorts on the Upper East Side. At some point she is asked by one of the attendees if she is in a relationship. She truthfully responds that yes, she is. Curious, he ask her what her boyfriend does for a living. She responds that he’s an artist. “Really?” he responds as he leans forward and smiles. “At what restaurant?”
Yep, artists have it hard — really hard, and it’s not surprising that many — or most — have to resort to cleaning houses, busing tables, bartending, and if Illinois’s recent history is anything to go by, run for governor, until they make it in the field. But pulling balloon tricks as a clown in Times Square?
That was the reality for Jason Hackenwerth, who after nearly 20 years of shaping balloons into poodles and kittens, has turned his skill into an art form. And a most exceptional one at that.Click here to read the rest of this post on NBCChicago.com.