Are you spontaneous? Sometimes we have split personalities when it comes to being spontaneous. Does this seem like you?
- Try new food: √ Check
- Drop everything to go on an adventure: √ Check
- Meet new people: √ Check
- Try something new with your clowning: …wait — WHAT?!? Uh, um…let me get back to you on that…
Does that sound familiar? Do you avoid change or growth? If this seems like you, then perhaps it’s time to take the plunge.
If we always fear failure, we’ll never try new things. We should really take a look at doing something spontaneous with our clowning.
Here are some spontaneous ideas you SHOULD try:
- Go to a new event (especially if you are a volunteer clown)
- Change your wig color
- Try a new bit (you know, that one you have been practicing, but never do live)
- Change up you costume
- Learn a new balloon and add it to your repertoire
- Come to Mooseburger Camp or a convention
- Take an improv class
But being in “spontaneous mode” all the time in your clowning isn’t a good idea. There are some things you shouldn’t leave to chance.
Do NOT try these things:
- Wearing brand new clown shoes to a parade or long event
- Trying a new make-up design right before you go to a big event
- Trusting GPS on your first drive to a new venue
- Using a new magic trick or prop without practice
- Wearing a new wig without styling or trimming it
Eek! These are things you should certainly test out, practice, and have a back-up plan before attempting!
MYTH: Practice ruins spontaneity
Spontaneity is not necessarily doing things at the last minute. But it is about making the decision to try something new. And YES, it can still involve practice and planning! I am a person who gets most of my clowning inspiration at the last minute. Sometimes this is a good thing, other times…not so much! I think my brain likes the adrenaline rush of making it all work out.
Spontaneity is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised in order to grow; it needs to be stretched regularly so you can be ready to use it at a moment’s notice. As Oscar Wilde said: “Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.”
It is easy to talk about making changes. But when we get right down to it, change is hard. What can you change in the next month, 3 months, 6 months?
Set a goal, write it down, and put it up in a place you will see it every day.
My goal? Clean and organize my office — 😀 LOL! It will help me be more spontaneous! Well, everyone has to start somewhere!!!
To give you a place to start, I have prepared a list for you to read over. I call it “10 Choices You’ll Regret” and I have broken it up into easy bite-size pieces. Please take a few minutes to read these over:
Be spontaneous! Leave a comment!
Will you plan to be more spontaneous in your clowning this year?
Is it hard for you to embrace spontaneity?
Or is it harder for you to structure your time and plan things out?
How do you foster your creativity?
Post a comment below. Share your advice with my readers!
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Take a look at my other articles dealing with being brave and making changes in your clowning:
- Are you afraid to make a change?
- Working with what you’ve got
- Enjoy the moment
- Fun is better when it is planned
- Is your clown brave enough?
- Transitions aren’t always easy
- Setting goals and achieving results
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
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