“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
Are you ready for spring performances and summer parades? It is easy to fall into a false sense of security hiding in our homes avoiding the winter chill.
But very soon it will be time to come out of hibernation and clown around in the sunshine.
Will you and your clown club be ready?
Plan ahead; plan for success.
In this article, we’ll examine three important things:
- clown club goals
- restocking supplies
- caring for props and costumes
As the weather warms up, your club calendar will fill up. Before you hit the road and spread smiles, take a little time to organize your fun.
I have written a few articles already covering important issues like safety and parade preparation. I encourage you to share these articles with your club members:
- Handling an accident or emergency in clown
- Are your club assets protected? What about supplemental insurance?
- Preparing for a parade
- How to keep your clown club thriving
- Organize for success
- Improve communication; prevent misunderstandings at meetings
How about shaking off the winter blues by shaking things up? Try something new with your club this Spring. Think outside the box and challenge yourself.
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a new bit to perform at the nursing home this year?
Is your clown alley tired of the old skits?
I invite you to read my articles all about trying new skits and taking a risk on something new!
- Don’t be afraid to make changes
- How to set goals in your clowning
- 10 choices you’ll regret
- How to please everybody in your club
- Giving and taking performance critique
Talk about these important things at your club meetings. Remember those business cards and brochures we talked about in a previous article?
Be sure to make them available at each meeting, but don’t push them on people. After all, they may not have contact with enough people to hand them out, and then those items will just end up under the seat in their car.
Order now. Do not make the assumption that every vender will have your items in stock. When everyone waits to the last minute and orders at once, there can be a delay in shipment.
When ordering expensive items or customized products, there may be a waiting period you are not aware of.
If you wonder how long it will take to get an item, email or call your vendor. Don’t assume. Ask questions. It is better to know than to get caught short.
Keep track of what you buy, the quantity, and where you buy it from. That way, at the end of the season, you’ll be able to see how much money was spent on supplies, and you’ll be able to contact them if anything is defective or you need to re-stock.
Some insane folks will pack away their supplies and props at the end of an event without checking them over first! Those items are your bread and butter.
You need to treat them with respect and care before packing them up. How is your balloon apron holding up? Repair those little tears before they become big ones!
Need a new coat of paint on your parade props? Keep in mind that it takes 36 hours for a paint job to completely dry — so don’t wait until the night before a show to give your prop a new coat of paint.
Does anything need fixing? Does it require a specialist to help you? If you have to hire someone to fix something, take that time into consideration and plan ahead.
Gladys (my Rubber Chicken) says:
“If you won’t take care of your props, who will?? Cluck-cluck!”
Looking for something quick and simple to make? Need a light-weight walk-around prop? Take a look at some of my ideas:
- Ring-a-ding-ding (ring)
- Keep this Ticket! (freebie giveaway)
- iPod (peapod)
- Grade A fresh-picked noses (red sponge balls)
I can only speak for my company in regards to these time-frames. A complete new costume custom-made in your size and colors can take 6 to 8 weeks. You don’t have to pay all at once, but you certainly do want to start the design process NOW.
Depending on your need and my travel schedule it could take a week or more for me to be able to do a design for you. Or it can be as quick as one day.
If we have it in stock we ship it the same or next day!
Now would be a good time to take a look at your costume, make-up, and wig and be sure it is ready to go for the Spring.
Have your socks lost their elastic?
Did one of your gloves crawl off to places unknown?
Did your grandkids or family pet make a wreck out of your wig?
Do you need to replace your shoes or give them a good polish?
Did your glue dry up?
How did your make-up case get so dirty??
…I bet you’re about to run to your closet or make-up case right now, aren’t you?
Good. I’m glad I could help. 😉
Will you plan ahead?
Whew! Just a few things to consider as you enjoy the last throws of winter!
I know this is a lot to digest right now, so why not bookmark this page and revisit it again in a week?
Mull it over, share it with your club members, and start making a list. Before you know it, spring will be here, so don’t wait too long to plan!