The Duties of a Circus Clown
Vicky Manning asks:
What other duties do you have besides clowning?
The other 80% is being the face of the show and company. We do this through Public Relations events (PRs). These are special events to help promote the show and bring some joy into the communities we play. My personal favorite PRs are hospital visits and school shows! We also do a lot of TV interviews, in-studio interviews, and over-the-phone interviews. Ringling is a place you get to learn how to be a clown in so many different areas. Circus ring, TV, stage and hospital rooms.
Another very important job of the clowns is to always be on standby backstage. Just in case something in the show goes wrong; when that happens the clowns go in to cover and entertain the audience until the issue is resolved. It’s just like the old saying: “Send in the clowns”.
We can also help load-in and load-out the show in every city we play to make “cherry pie” money. I do animal walks and help set-up and take-down the whole set in every city. Load-ins take me about 5 to 6 hours; load outs about 4 to 5 hours.
Yes, the circus is a lot of work, but I love every minute of it!
Clowns have many jobs.
We write a lot of our own material, we set and strike our own props, we clean the soap mat, we are the spokespeople for the company, etc.
We do anything and EVERYTHING we can!
Send in your questions!
If you have a question about life as a circus clown, send it via email to email@example.com with “Ask a circus clown” in the subject line, or post it on our Mooseburger Clown Arts Facebook page. Once we get DJ and/or Julia to answer it, we will post them in a blog entry!
Take a look at the other questions my circus clowns answered!
Click on the hashtag #askaclown
Red Unit “Built to Amaze”
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DJ and the clowns will be traveling all over the state of California all summer until mid-September.
Catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in your hometown! View their tour map and schedule online here.
If you are new to this blog, please >> CLICK HERE << to read other posts about my clown kiddos on the road with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. There’s a lot of catching up to do!
If you’re going to run away to join the circus…
…you’re gonna need some serious skills first!
Come to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp and learn from the professionals, just like DJ, Julia, and many of the current and former Ringling clowns have.
I would LOVE to tell you how my excellent staff can help you become the clown you’ve always wanted to be!