In another article, we covered what you need to do to wrap up your Christmas gigs like a professional (volunteer and paid ones alike).
This time we are focusing on five more things you need to after all your holiday events are over.
Five things you should look at, top to bottom:
The reason December is the perfect time to upgrade these items is TAXES!
Yes, those dreaded taxes. But hear me out.
If you make a purchase BEFORE the end of the year, it goes towards your current taxes. If you itemize your taxes for your clown business, that’s even better.
The BEST part?
Whatever you purchase is an investment for next year, but you get to count it towards this year’s taxes. So it’s the most optimum time of year to invest in your appearance and supplies.
5 questions you need to ask before January 1st:
#1 Clown Wigs: Do you own more than one clown wig?
You had better buy at least one back-up wig immediately. The most bizarre freak-accidents I’ve heard from clowns involve their wig getting destroyed. Don’t chance fate. From curious kittens, to gale-force winds, to ropes and pulleys, there is no telling what might ruin your one — and only — wig. In fact, you had better have two back-ups. Just in case.
Okay, good. Now, do you know if your favorite style is still being manufactured?
Some of the most popular clown wig companies have discontinued a few of our old standards in the past years. Giggles, Dimples, Sis Hopkins Braids, Gypsy, Circus Circus, Beehive, Color Cleo, and Ggachi are just a few of the styles which are no longer available from Westbay Sepia Wigs and Lacey Wig Company.
Luckily, we have great relationships with our wig suppliers, and they let us know in advance when a style is going on the chopping block. That way, we can stock up on the popular clown colors and make sure we have a large supply for our customers so they don’t have to panic when the wig style is discontinued. You might see this occasionally in our newsletter when we advertise a “pre-order” sale to gauge your interest to help us determine how much we should order in advance.
Wonder if YOUR clown hair style is “out of fashion”? Call us and we’ll let you know if it is an endangered species, or if you can breathe easy. Call toll-free: 800-973-6277 (or 320-963-6277 for our Canadian friends).
Don’t remember the name of your wig? EMAIL US a photo of it (when it was still as new as possible) so we can help you identify it! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
#2 Clown Make-Up: When was the last time you cleaned out your clown make-up kit?
Oops. Wrong answer!
You should go through your kit at least once a year to make sure all the containers are intact, clean up spills, throw out empty bottles, and examine stuff to be replaced. Items which need special attention to cleanliness are those which touch your eyes: mascara, eyelash glue, eye liners, etc. Take a facial wipe and clean inside the lids and around the threads which the lid screws onto. For a deep clean, check out this article.
CLICK HERE for the best way to clean your face-paint and make-up brushes.
- Um…6 months ago, maybe.
Take another look. Chances are good that you depleted some of your most-used make-up supplies during your busy summer season. If you winter as an elf or Christmas clown, take care that your nose glue doesn’t FREEZE when you travel to your events! Even if it thaws, it will never be sticky again. Keep your clown make-up kit in a place which does not have extreme temperatures. Too cold means death for your glue, and too hot means your greasepaint may separate.
#3 Clown Props: How long ago did you build/buy your favorite prop?
- More than 8 years ago.
Handle gently! After many years of use, rivets and joints can develop weak spots. Go over every inch and make sure it is still in tip-top shape. Give it a new coat of paint. Tighten screws. Contact the store where you bought it, or the original manufacturer to see if it is still being made (just in case of accidents). If you built it yourself, you may want to check into the availability of any special materials you used.
- Last summer.
Excellent. If it is already your favorite out of your entire collection, then you want to treat it with care. Notice any wrinkling, warping, or weakening yet? Reinforce those areas now before they get worse. If it was inexpensive, go ahead and buy yourself a few back-ups of that prop, to insure against disaster.
#4 Clown Costume: Do you have a special holiday-themed costume?
Great! I’m glad that you specialize for Christmas events. It shows your clients that you care enough to dress up for the occasion, like a professional should. Before you put it away for the winter, be sure to properly clean it and repair those small rips before they become be ones!
CLICK HERE to see our instructions on how to wash Santa’s Beard, Wig, and Suit.
Well, NOW is the time to invest in getting a new one made. You have the extra Christmas income, and if you pre-order it now, the purchase gets counted towards this year’s taxes. What could be more practical? Pricilla Mooseburger Originals can custom-make you the costume of your dreams, but we also have Santa Suits and Mrs. Claus dresses from HALCO, which is a name we have trusted for over a decade.
Not sure exactly what to get, but know you want to deduct it? Buy yourself a gift certificate! I have very clever customers (*wink, wink*) who do this every year to use up funds before the tax year is over. They use their holiday performance money to “bank” towards a new costume they will actually order in January. Smart, eh?
#5 Clown Shoes: Did you know that you can use hand lotion on your shoes?
Really? I just recently found this out myself! John Spear told me this great little tip. I’m glad you know it, too!
Yep, really. You can! Use high-quality lotion that is meant for dry skin. Rub it into your leather shoes to soften and protect them. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive leather conditioners.
You can find the rest of our clown shoe tips by CLICKING HERE.
Five ways to be a more professional clown
So, now that you’ve taken in account your holiday appearance from head to toe, how about the rest of your business?
I suggest you read my advice on how to thank your clients like a professional (even if you are a volunteer).
And next, why not look forward to next year and think about how you can improve upon your success? CLICK HERE to see ideas for using your clowning skills in other ways!
Have a tip to share with my readers? Post it below in the comments! 🙂
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277
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