1. Mona Cauley

    Thanks for the nice article and insights! I got kicked out of a Facebook face painters’ group for telling the admin that they shouldn’t slam and openly criticize people that tried to help them with an immediate need. It was me that tried to help and I got slammed. I suggested she do it in a nice manner or in a private message. So – negativity won but I moved on. I just retired from my “day job” and now am wondering what I want to do when I grow up 🙂 More clowning/face painting is already under way!
    I’m with you on the “just a volunteer” – that is your JOB if you do volunteer for something. Firstly – SHOW UP when/where you committed and then – give it your “A” game. Trying new stuff is always scary and exciting. Can’t wait for you to come back to AZ to visit – you are always an inspiration and your Julia is awesome as well!!!!

  2. Alene Kraus

    I love your article. A few short months ago, I was in a life dilemna of which I had no control. It’s circumstances were so sad that I lost my ability to clown. I had to do one gig because I promised and it was for a school. So I did it. The kids and staff were amazing and they laughed and applauded. I felt I had let them down because I had to push myself to just get through it. My heart wasn’t in it and I relied on the tried and true. No spontenaity from me!
    During this life crisis I lost my husband, sold our home, bought a new one and moved back to my home state. I also left my very lovable clown alley. After unpacking and all that goes with setting up a new home,there comes the day when you are not “busy.”
    I had choices to make. I felt a familiar twitch; the need to clown, to share a smile, to be with people! Do clowns hit the streets and make cold calls??? I wasn’t sure where to begin, so I just began. I went into town and met people and if the opportunitv arose, I talked about being a clown.
    It was exciting. It was “Spontaneously” prepared and carefully delivered! I sent for my criminal clearances, purchased insurance and gathered references. I learned to twist new balloons, i revamped business cards and created a brochure. I practiced face painting, I played with my puppets. My first opportunity came at Easter. I clowned at a local Easter Egg Hunt. I got the job of First Friday Clown in my new hometown. I did two charity benefits for pediatric cancer. In the fall, I am offering a Clowning 101 class at our local school district’s community education program. This area was not too familiar with clowning. I had to prepare before pitching myself as an unknown entity. It was that prior preparation that gave me the credibility and confidence to be off and running with smiles to share.


    • Alene, this is such a GOOD, GOOD personal story to share. I hope lots of clowns read your comment, because I’m sure many of them are in the same boat as you were.
      I’m so proud of you for pushing through when you didn’t feel like it; a clown doesn’t break her promises. But I was elated to read that you got the “itch” back and jumped back into clowning with a refreshed heart. I hope you find another clown community soon.
      You are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the great work. God bless all that you do for the clowning world. 🙂


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