A mime lover is someone who enjoys mimes, either performing them or watching them. A mime is a theatrical performance where a performer plays a character. The performer tells a story without using words but with the aid of body movements and facial expressions.
A mime can also be the performer. In other words, a mime is the performance or the one who performs.
The mime lover enjoys the exaggerated as well as the subtle movements of the mime. The mime is also found in costume and makeup, which further helps to tell his story.
Mime performers, since they don’t use words, are often thought by some to be mute. But this is not usually the case.
Harpo Marx was a famous mime born in 1888 who many thought was mute. He wasn’t. Harpo came from a famous family and was the second oldest of five brothers. Groucho, who was verbal in his performances, was the most famous of the brothers.
Marcel Marceau, a world famous mime born in 1923, wasn’t mute either. Marcel created over 100 characters, the most famous being a mime named Bip. This character was based on a 19th century melancholy vagabond. Read more about Harpo Marx and Marcel Marceau.
The word mime is a shorter version of pantomime. Pantomime skills evolved from dance and circus-related acrobatics and was used in silent films. Clowns also use some forms of the pantomime rather than strictly adhering to using mimes.
As children and adults, you may have played pantomime games.
You made gross facial expressions, body contortions and even subtle nonverbal communication where one who was allowed to speak, verbalized what you were trying to say without using words.
But pantomime games aren’t played as often as they used to be and mimes are not as popular.
Although mimes aren’t as popular, they still exist. They tell stories. They evoke emotions, sadness as well as joy.
Mime lovers probably realize that being a mime takes skill and hard work, which is both physically and mentally challenging. Like any other craft, miming takes serious practice to be believable and entertaining to an audience.
An article on JobMonkey, an online site, details life as a mime. It says, “Mimes are highly trained professionals… A good mime is going to get professional training at places like the American Mime Theater or the Theatrical Mime Theatre. These places offer courses and training in pantomime or dramatic arts.”
The article goes on to state that mimes can look for work with theatrical groups, entertainment companies, and can also be self-employed, working in popular tourist areas.
If working as street performers, these mimes will need proper permits to perform in public places.
JobMonkey says, “Once you are a professional mime, like the Blue Man Group, you’ll be doing any number of things. You may be part of a window show during fancy parties, mingle with guests at a social function, imitate audience members, act as a human statue, or tell an epic tale on the stage of a community theater.”
It’s important for mimes to know their audience, to have good audience interaction skills, and have good material because if the mime does a good job, they will become popular and will earn good pay. A fulltime mime can make about $77,000 per year.
As a mime lover, whether you’re looking to enjoy an evening performance with your significant other or you’re looking to take it to the next level by becoming a mime performer yourself, it sounds like you have a lot of fun times ahead.
From the JobMonkey site, you can find helpful mime employment links...
American Mime Theatre
World of Mime Theatre
Theatrical Mime Theatre
Goldston Mime Foundation
"Mime Jobs - Pantomime Artist Skills, Mime Training, Pay." JobMonkey. Accessed May 24, 2019. https://www.jobmonkey.com/uniquejobs4/mimes/.
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