11/27/2012 05:01 pm ET

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Tommy DeLorenzo, balloon sculptor

Where do you live and how old are you? I live in Chicago, IL and am 26.

How did you get into balloon art? Even before I could walk, I was always fascinated with balloons. When I was about 7 years old my parents took me to The Festival of Balloons, which is the final day of a worldwide balloon arts convention. I was so in awe by what could be created with something as simple as balloons. I went home and tried to make things with the balloons I had laying around. As soon as I could get a worker’s permit, I was twisting balloons at a local theme park, using the internet as a learning tool. I taught myself most of what I know, a lot of trial and error, but have learned so much by fellow artists.

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