By ┬ánow you’ve probably heard via PR Newser that Sesame Workshop has announced Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned.

Scandal aside, it couldn’t prevent us from thinking about all of the puppeteers at Sesame Street. Seriously. There are several pointers we can learn from all of their brightly colored careers.

1. Do what you love and do it every day for as long as you can. Seriously. Carroll Edwin Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. (We gasped, too — had no idea Big Bird and Oscar were played by the same puppeteer!) Read more