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 #REALCLOWN. CLICK HERE to read the other articles to help combat the “creepy clown” stereotype.
Halloween is right around the corner. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. More people are decorating their yards and homes. More adults dress up to take their kids trick or treating or to go to their own parties.
Honestly, I say we don’t. It is a good time to take a break.
There are lots of folks who will be putting together their scary clown costumes. Those folks who can’t wait to scare the crap out of people. A Halloween party is not the time or place for you to fight the “not all clowns are scary” battle with your neighbors.
If you have clown jobs, you are obviously being brought in by people who love clowns, and that is a good thing. If you are working at a Halloween-themed party, I suggest you do not dress up as your clown character.
And try to resist the urge to attend a Halloween party as a clown. Let your clown have a rest. And please, PLEASE do not dress up as a “creepy clown” for a party or haunted house!
Here is your chance to put your creative skills to a different use! You can put together a cute comedy witch or silly wizard character. How about a fun-looking scarecrow who paints faces or a goofy ghost who does magic? You are still doing the same bits, just in a different costume. It helps you diversify, which will gain you new jobs and performance opportunities.
‘Tis the Season…
It is also the time to go through all your Christmas and holiday costumes. Pull out the elf, Santa, and Mrs Claus costumes and make sure they are in good condition and clean. How is that wig and beard holding up? If you need to order supplies, do it NOW. Don’t wait!
Start brushing up on your holiday balloons and face painting designs. Take pictures of your work and put them on your Facebook and website to promote your festive skills!
Take the initiative; don’t take a relaxed approach to your holiday gigs.
Contact last year’s clients and see if they are ready to book for this year. Don’t wait for the phone to ring. If your clients include an organization or business, don’t assume it’s the same person booking the talent every year; call them now and make sure they have your contact information.
Really ready to hustle? Don’t be afraid to call around to different cities and chamber of Commerce to find out if they have special events. You may get some great leads.
The local library is a great way to get your face out in front of kids. Check out their reading program. Create a holiday coloring page with your contact information on it. Offer to read a holiday story and ask if you can hand out your coloring page or put up a poster.
When it comes to staying busy during holidays, a clown needs to think outside the box!