Now It Can Be Told
The L.A. Downtown News has an article all about the booming sign- twirling industry. There's a sign-spinning agency based out of San Diego that puts twirlers through a "boot camp" and actually has patented sign-spinning tricks. 19-year-old Stan Aopert (that's him in the photo) makes $17 an hour and says:
I've really learned to connect with my audience... When you're on the corner you're performing, you're supposed to be giving it your all. It's a performance, a competitive sport and a job.