Recently I had a clown ask me about developing a clown character through the things that interested him most.
He had eight very different interests!
Now, most of us do have that many interests and then some, but…how to incorporate ALL of that stuff into one character???? Good luck!
That is a big question.
Don’t try to over-think the process.
It is difficult to put EVERYTHING you love into your clown character. I have found it best to narrow it down to a few things. You can always add facets to your character as it develops.
Think about the things that make you feel funny or make you laugh and enjoy life. Find your character through those things first.
Then get out there and clown around. Your character will eventually grow from performance experiences.
There is no substitute for experience.
I knew a woman who put much time money and energy into going to clown schools, conventions, and practicing — but she never got out there to perform. She never felt good enough.
You never will perform in the vacuum of your living room. Get out there and do it!
Don’t wait until you have everything down pat.
Always remember to do your best with what YOU have and who YOU are. You will be rewarded with the smiles and laughter from your audience. Enthusiasm and good intentions can cover a multitude of missteps.
But please remember: there is NO excuse for laziness or lack of professionalism.
Are you trying to develop your clown character? We can help you!
Come to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp this summer and be exposed to countless hours of instruction which relate to your clown character.
Take a look for yourself at our list of Main Courses and Afternoon Workshops, and you’ll see the word “Character” is mentioned a LOT!
Be inspired! Read these other blog posts to help boost your confidence and get you thinking:
- “You Never Know” You never know who is watching that might need a smile. You never know what dreams you may inspire.
- “You Are A Gift” Feeling down? Remember, each time you put on that red nose, you’re going to make someone’s day!
- “Clown Goals” We need to set goals in order to grow. How do we do that?
- “National Clown Shortage” Where have all the clowns gone?
- “Clown: Plain Clothes Division” What do you do when your client asks for no clown makeup?
- “Are You Funny Enough?” Sometimes it’s not about the costume or the props.
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