This is part of a series of articles to combat coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), educate the uninformed public about the consequences of masquerading as “scary clowns”, and defend #REALCLOWNS. CLICK HERE to read the other articles on the “creepy clown” stereotype.
Clowns, Now More Than Ever
We need clowns more than ever in this tired, weary world! Since the “scary clown” craze has swept across the country, I have done multiple interviews with various media outlets state-wide and nationally.
My biggest hope is that maybe after the cheap Halloween pop-up stores close on Nov. 1st we will see this phenomenon quickly disappear.
Better Than Before
What we can do right now is support the positive image of clowns everywhere we go.
We need to be better than ever at what we do. It is no longer an option to slap on some make-up that’s just “good enough” to get us by. Now I am not saying that folks reading this blog do that! But we all can be a little bit guilty of cutting corners. (And if you need help with clown make-up application, come to Mooseburger Clown Camp!)
Let’s up our game and set some goals for ourselves to be the best clowns we can be.
When you do meet and greet for a gig, what do you do?
Is it enough just to shake hands and pass out stickers? Not anymore.
- Try to add a magic trick, a silly small prop, or a funny routine to your walk-around clowning.
- Get out that kazoo or ukulele and learn a new song. If you can’t memorize it, make yourself a song book. It’s just as funny and an audience member will love being your music stand.
- Learn a simple sponge ball routine. Nothing big or complex. It can be just a simple trick that you can carry in your pocket.
I think you see where I’m going with this.
The point is that we have to become better than we were before.
What was “good enough” before to get by is not “good enough” now.
People are looking at us and then at the photos of the “creepy clown”, and comparing the two. We have to make sure there is enough of a marked difference between us REAL CLOWNS and those scary imposters.
That’s why we can’t be lazy; we have to be better than ever.
Changing the Conversation
Get people on our side! That’s right, let’s create some converts!
When you go out clowning, consider keeping your pocket full of inexpensive foam noses. Here is some fun patter you can say to successfully give them away:
- “You are so cute! Too bad your nose is so small… I have just the thing!”
- “You are such a happy person! You would make a great clown. Would you like to help spread the word about happy clowns?”
- “You look great today; your outfit is beautiful! You are just missing one thing. Here is the perfect accessory!”
- “We are giving out free attitude adjusters today! Just put this on and it will instantly improve your attitude!”
Be sure to carry around a little mirror to show them how fun they look.
Help them take a selfie with you!
We need to change to conversation and show them the POSITIVE side of clowning.
Our signs will say: “NO SCARY CLOWNS!”
We’ll make our own holiday to mark the occasion. The heck with Red Nose Day. It’s Happy Clown Day!
(okay, okay, Red Nose Day is a good cause, but they have hijacked our image without giving us #RealClowns credit for being the original wearers of red noses!)
…I think I feel a harebrained scheme coming on! Uh-oh! 😉
Need encouragement after these creepy clown stories?
Take heart! Read these inspiring stories to help left your spirits:
- Clowns have feelings, too: http://mooseburger.com/moose/how-to-make-a-transition/
- Defending our art with charity and clarity: http://mooseburger.com/moose/dont-water-clown/
- What are #RealClowns like? http://mooseburger.com/moose/what-is-a-real-clown/
- Clowns really do matter to a hurting world: http://mooseburger.com/moose/why-clowns-matter/
- Don’t be discouraged! Share your gift: http://mooseburger.com/moose/gift/
- How to work around the “clown fear” http://mooseburger.com/moose/clown-plain-clothes-division/
- Make improvements to your performance and be better than before.
- Post photos of your fun clown friends with the hashtag #REALCLOWNS on social media
- Be a part of our letter-writing campaign to keep scary clown masks & costumes out of stores
- Hand out our cards educating people what a REAL CLOWN is (free download)
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