We had the good fortune of connecting with JETUAN WHEDON and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JETUAN, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be joy. I want people to say that I always put a smile on their face when I was around. I love when someone sees my balloon creations and their face lights up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I fell into balloon sculptures and balloon decor because of bad customer service. 2020 was the year of canceled plans, by September I’d had enough postponing and decided to have a huge party for my daughter’s sweet 16. By huge I mean decorate and pretend there were fifty people. We only invited 2 of her friends. I began calling around for balloon decor and the first person was so abrupt I decided they didn’t need my money.
I did my research and created a cute yet very unpolished birthday party for my child. I was hooked. Every night I was reading, buying tutorials, watching videos and joining groups online. Everyday I was making something new and posting photos. My friends loved them even though they weren’t that good.
The business grew so organically that eventually I had to get licensed and insured. I will also begin studies to become certified in balloon arts.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If it were winter I’d take them for a hike in the White Tanks then brunch at Ground Control with a flight of craft beer and amazing garlic parmesan fries.
If they were here for a first Friday of the month I’d take them for a free ride on Ollie the Trolley in downtown Phoenix. We would visit some of the more obscure art stops near 15th avenue and Grand. Perhaps stop for tea at Cha Cha’s then walk to Grand Avenue pizza for a slice of whatever their special is for the night. Then we’d walk across the street to Novel ice cream for a slice. We could also hop in our car and head to Circle 6 for live glass blowing.
The next day we’d hit up a museum, perhaps the Heard, MIM or Children’s museum if they brought the kids. That night we could get dressed up and go see a play in Phoenix perhaps with Nearly Naked Theatre then maybe dinner at The Gladly. We’d share an appetizer of roasted sprouts and the chopped salad. I’d get the scallops with cola gastrique. After dinner we could hit up somewhere for live music or go to Angel’s Trumpet for a flight of craft beer and maybe a yummy dessert.
Sunday maybe we’d sleep in then hit up a Sunday afternoon Phoenix Mercury game. After the game we’d drive around downtown to see the murals. Phoenix mural festival might still have a map available.
Monday, perhaps take then to Tempe to see the lake and walk down Mill. We could also hit up the Smash room there.
That evening we’d take it easy at my place and relax.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to thank Arizona Rick, the Balloon Cowboy, who was my very first time seeing a balloon artist up close. It was well over a decade ago. He does shows at local libraries and the kids adore him. I would also love to thank so many other twisters from around the world who are always there to mentor, encourage and challenge me. Two artists in particular, my fellow Balloon-a-chicks. Thank you to Michelle from Texas and Pip from New Zealand.
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