I'm an Norwegian immigrant who goes to school at Penn State where I mime around campus. Pic:http://24.media.tumblr.com/70aafd4adc051207957350b38f097e95/tumblr_mlti7lls7l1qm2e88o1_500.jpg

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dontuforgetaboutme2395 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen41 karma

Howbout an upvote?

bachiswach36 karma

Just FYI as I read this I am picturing you sitting on an invisible chair in the middle of the quad typing on an invisible keyboard

SolskjaerOlsen45 karma

Actually that's part of my routine.

ReincarnatedBum22 karma

SInce you don't speak. How much do you hear a day that you can analyze?

SolskjaerOlsen25 karma

It's surprising actually, I usually base a lot of my performance on what the audience is seeing, so I'll take a fake smoke break with cigarette smokers, or take a phone video of someone recording me.

ReincarnatedBum8 karma

Are you a good listener?

SolskjaerOlsen11 karma

I assume so ha.

ReincarnatedBum7 karma

How do you do it to not talk all day? Does it ever slip?

SolskjaerOlsen13 karma

At most I mouth things out for people, (which I grew up thinking was aloud) but it's a lot easier than one would think.

Squidmyth4 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen12 karma

Ha I think I meant allowed, apologies, English not being my first language and all. There are a groups of mimes I think that won't mouth thinks out, thinking it's the same as speaking.

MUSTY_BALLSTACK1 karma

do you speak off the clock like to ur wife or something?

SolskjaerOlsen2 karma

Eh I'm single and yes I do.

SolskjaerOlsen12 karma

Hahaha, I haven't seen that before, pretty good.

braindamaj12 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen4 karma

If only if only

Gravy-Leg__9 karma

Have you ever been physically assaulted during a performance?

SolskjaerOlsen13 karma

Ha no I hope that doesn't happen often to mimes. I have once though have had a strong man come up to me after making fun of another telling me not be so disrespectful. That was as close as it got though.

blacklutefisk8 karma

I want to write a fiction piece featuring a retired mime, but know nothing about Mimes. Where's the best places for research?

SolskjaerOlsen7 karma

Sounds good yo, cities in Europe have more mimes than the states so Internet research may be the best you can get.

Nittany558 karma

Have you ever accidentally lost character while performing? By the way, WE ARE!

SolskjaerOlsen5 karma

Ha only around people who actually know me and PENN STATE!

Burnsie3127 karma

Has anyone ever gotten you to talk while performing?

SolskjaerOlsen14 karma

Ha not yet, I usually imitate a preacher who's been considered a nuisance.

Hobo4rizzle8 karma

Haha Yes! It's always fun to see people take shots at the Willard Preacher.

SolskjaerOlsen6 karma

I'll be there again tomorrow around the afternoon if you'd like to watch.

chaptheripper6 karma

What does a mime even look like when it's having sex?

SolskjaerOlsen29 karma

We act out our dirty talk.

dkfilms135 karma

out of 100%, how many people that appreciate your act (don't ignore you when walking by) actually attempt to get you to say something?

SolskjaerOlsen8 karma

Maybe about 5%, most people are pretty knowledgeable that mime's aren't supposed to talk and are respectful.

Skydiver793 karma

Du trenger mer hvitmaling... (Eng. You need more white paint.)

SolskjaerOlsen6 karma

Jeg vet.... =[ (I know)

Ward883 karma

What is the worst thing someone has done to mess with you as you performed?

SolskjaerOlsen23 karma

A girl once smeared my make up, I was pretty pissed about that.

JorWat3 karma

What's something you're really good at, or enjoy doing? For example, a previous mime on here was good at windows and doors.

SolskjaerOlsen15 karma

My favourite is getting a nearby ledge and fishing, then giving up after a few attempts and grabbing a shotgun and shooting and falling off from the kickback

SolskjaerOlsen2 karma

Ha no I hope that doesn't happen often to mimes. I have once though have had a strong man come up to me after making fun of another telling me not be so disrespectful. That was as close as it got though.

tsaage1 karma

How did you get into this mime business? How did you learn the moves? How did your first performance go? Were you afraid that people would just ignore you or think something like "pffft, what a douche."? How did you get over that fear?

Sorry for a lot of question, but I am really curious about street performers. And mimes are amazing! Which means you are amazing too!

SolskjaerOlsen4 karma

I first started doing in the summer of a bet in DC. It actually went very well I got a nice crowd going and cheering me on. I just watched a shit ton of videos online and practiced them when they came up. And eventually started working on my own things. No worries, thanks a bunch!

Justsin71 karma

I read that as "I am a street mine." I was cofused at first. So what drives you to perform this way?

SolskjaerOlsen2 karma

I find it fun, and I love just to see an inkling of a reaction from somebody.

SolskjaerOlsen4 karma

Nope lol

Fwyatt2501 karma

Do you talk when you're not working?

SolskjaerOlsen2 karma

Yeah of course, I know a few mimes that talk off the clock as well.

JewCurls1 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen5 karma

I flirted with a gay guy once without knowing he was gay and he kissed me.

JewCurls1 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen10 karma

I winked at him and danced around him seductively.

rmf51431 karma

Where at penn state do you mime? I'm a student here

SolskjaerOlsen1 karma

Sometimes IST, sometimes Business building, rarely the HUB, and just recently Willard.

NoTimeForInfinity1 karma

Box is standard.

Have you ever mimed your dick in a box?

Ala Timberlake

SolskjaerOlsen3 karma

Know but that sounds interesting, I'll keep it in mind.

BeaconOfBacon1 karma

It is really awesome how you interact with the crowd. What is the one thing you do that usually impresses or entertains the crowd the most? And what are some more examples of crowd interaction besides writing down what they say, pretending to film them, etc..

SolskjaerOlsen1 karma

I haven't had a killer move yet, usually all of what I do has the equal or same reaction. With the preacher however, I like to base my reactions off of anything he says and I dance around acting like a fool

EuphoriaLCD1 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen2 karma

I play around with them a lot. If they're saying something I'll "write it down" stuff like that.

EuphoriaLCD2 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen4 karma

My parents immigrated when I was a lot younger, they wanted to escape socialism. D:

iamnothatblind1 karma

Norway isn't socialist though?

allthehobbies1 karma

Why did you become a mime? Or what led to that path?

SolskjaerOlsen1 karma

It was more off a bet but had a little previous interest.

LobsterTache1 karma

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SolskjaerOlsen9 karma

I do it for fun, I never considered taking tips so I usually reject it when anybody does.

HeartwarmingLies0 karma

Do you talk when out of character?

SolskjaerOlsen5 karma

Yeah sure, I'm a regular class clown.