He didn’t set out to be a puppeteer. He just wanted to work in TV.
But at seventeen years old, when he went looking for a job at a local TV station, they rejected him.
While there, he saw a sign on a nearby bulletin board. They were looking for a puppeteer.
Jim Henson went to the library, checked out a book on puppetry, built a few puppets, and returned to the station.
“Now I am a puppeteer, will you hire me?”
They gave him five minutes.
It was all Jim Henson needed.