Recently I read an article and it really rang true to me. I thought to myself “This is so true! My clown family would appreciate this article.”
It was written by Angel Chernoff, and had 10 sections to it. To help you digest it easier and let it soak in, I will break it down over the next couple of weeks. I also want to share my clown perspective on each point. Enjoy!
Section III: Ten choices that ultimately lead to regret, and how to avoid them:
7. Trying to micro-manage every little thing
Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath.
When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether or not you understand it yet. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.
Many “Type A” clowns want to be in control of every aspect of their performance, including the people they perform with. Sorry — it just doesn’t work that way. We have to learn to be flexible when we work with others. No one’s priorities are exactly the same.
On any given day we have surprises and challenges. We often get caught up in thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if the show would go exactly as we had it planned!?” It seldom does…and most times it turns out better!
Remember to breath, and see what new things can happen. You will have more fun. Be careful not to put your standards on someone else’s performance. You are only in control of yourself. Let yourself off the hook of being in charge of the world.
No matter what happens in a show be positive and upbeat. It will encourage others to relax and have fun too. Clowns show up to events when everyone has fun. Trying to control every little detail wears you out, and takes the fun out of the clown.
8. Settling for less than you deserve
Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Don’t measure your self-worth by someone else’s measuring tape. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.
A Clown’s Perspective –
This is a tough one, but here goes:
Let’s start with competition and critiques. Many folks get devastated by make-up critiques in competition. Remember: the judges are looking for flaws to separate competitors. They only have so much time to write critiques between each clown.
Needless to say, you will probably get a page of things to improve or change. To the novice it can look like a list of failures. Not so! Take critiques with a grain of salt. Now, if every judge says your eyebrows are too big, then perhaps you should seriously think about a change. But if only one judge suggests red shoes instead of blue, you don’t need to throw out your $500.00 clown shoes and go barefoot!
You may WANT to have your own unique style. Just realize the judges have a tough job. Don’t take it all so seriously. A clown competition is a fun way to get some experience and new ideas. Just remember that your worth as a clown isn’t measured by how many points you receive from the judges.
…Ten life choices that lead to regret…
I would love to hear your opinions on these pieces of advice. Have a real-life example of putting it into practice? Tell me about it!
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