I don’t believe it!!!!!
Good News for clowns … in October! I know it is kind of hard to believe.
Two years ago we — the clown community — really took it on the chin with mass scary clown sightings going viral on social media, creepy clown merchandise in all the stores, and the remake of the It movie. Fake clown images totally overtook our popular family-friendly image making it difficult for real clowns to even go out in public in October.
Now for the good news!
A TV station bucked the trend and did a positive segment on a wonderful clown. Birmingham, Alabama news channel WBRC’s ‘Doing Good’ segment featured one of our very own Moose Camp alumni, Brian Fason. If THAT wasn’t already great news, it was published during October — the most treacherous month of the year to be a clown.
Brian performs as Fazo the clown on The Bingo Show at the hospital. I know you will enjoy watching this segment. Brain calls bingo over the hospital’s own cable network and then delivers the prizes to happy patients.
Brian says: “That makes my day that I visited a lot of people and gave it all we have. We put a lot of energy into it and I can’t wait for the next show.”
He has good advice for all of us whether we’re in the hospital or not: “The smile on your face is what it’s all about. People smile, laugh and have a good time. Life is too short to be sad about things that don’t work out. Just laugh it off, keep laughing.”
Please note that Fazo the clown is in full wig and make-up. Yes, full wig and make-up in a hospital! And the patients and staff love it. Believe it or not, not every clown performing in a hospital setting has left behind the traditional clown look. Interesting!
I fell in love with his idea for the Bingo show ever since we met and he told me about it; I have been following Brian’s progress along the way. Last year at Moose Camp I had Brian teach a workshop on how to create your own hospital “Bingo Show”. He will be teaching it again at camp in 2019.
This is a perfect example of what we are hoping to achieve with The Clown Summit at Mooseburger Camp. From the Bingo Show to The Red Nose Reader program, we hope to teach clowns how to change the clown narrative in their own communities.
How did Brian get noticed?
He invited a reporter to be on the show. Let’s start thinking like a promoter. One of the five columns of the Clown Summit is to not only improve the message the media is sending about clowns but to increase the frequency of those positive messages.
How can we get more positive press for clowns?
Ask for it!
When your clown club is doing a performance notify your local paper, news station, or favorite family friendly radio station.
Put more pictures on social media!
Make sure your clown club has a Facebook page and keep it regularly updated with postings from your events. Yes, each and every event. Let’s flood the airwaves with positive images of clowns!
I invite everyone to share my blog with your friends via email and social media. Spread the word and encourage your alley and club members to create at least one positive social media post about clowning this month and include the hashtag #REALCLOWNS in your post.
Are you up the challenge?
Brain says: “I just love giving back to the community and people. It’s a calling for me, you can connect with anybody, everybody can connect with this red nose.”
What an awesome message, Brian. Keep up the great work. You’re doing us all proud! Thanks for being a good example of a REAL clown.
To read the complete article from the news station, visit http://www.wbrc.com/2018/10/17/fazo-clown-doing-good-uab/
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