The ripple effect of clowning
I have written before on the topic why clowns matter. Our cheer is infectious. I like to use the “pebble in a pond” idea — you know, the ripple effect. How the acts of joy we bring to a weary world are so important to the public at large. It is almost impossible to think about your problems when you are laughing!
As clowns we shock people (in a good way) out of their boring or negative thought patterns and give them something to smile or wonder about! I know I am preaching to the choir on this topic. WE already know the power of the clown!
I sat in a community meeting today and listened to the Superintendent of our local school talk about the funding challenges facing schools today in the area of mental health help for students. After the meeting I talked to a Registered Nurse who is a volunteer for a mental health awareness program called Bounce Back. http://www.bouncebackproject.org/
She said that we are not able to keep up mentally with all the changes that are happening in society on a regular minute by minute basis. This stimuli causes so much stress in both children and adults!
One surprising fact she told me was that we actually need to be bored so we can daydream! It helps our brains create!
The point is this: We as clowns matter to society for the joy we bring. But we also benefit from the giving we give! We are healthier after we clown. Clowning helps us stay engaged with society. Did you know that being isolated and lonely is as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes?! Yikes!
Take off the big red clown nose
Right now we face the unhappy challenge of “scary clowns” being in the media, retail stores, and public.
You know what? We may need to put our clown away for the month of October so as not to get painted with that broad ugly brush!
I encourage you to still do as much fun stuff as you can as a family entertainer. Wear some of your bright colorful clothes. Keep on face painting and balloon twisting. Keep those magic tricks at the ready!
While we need to be very careful at the events we choose to clown up for in October, please keep spreading the joy. It is important for our audience and for our own mental health.
Here is another sermon for the choir! Some of us suffer with depression. Our clown work is our medication. We know that the random act of kindness called clowning helps us to stay balanced.
Don’t let the “creepy clown” crap get you down.
It will pass. Don’t let it get to you!
I actually had “normal” people go out of their way to tell me how much they hate all this scary clown stuff. They love the clowns and the good they do! So, cheer up — folks are on our side even if it doesn’t seem like it.
If you find yourself getting down in the dumps this month take action! Do something to lift your spirits. Here are a few things that can help.
Check out http://www.bouncebackproject.org/ for lots of great ideas. Here are some examples:
- Be Thankful. Write a list of things you are thankful for. Do it at night right before you go to sleep. You’ll have a better night’s rest.
- Do something kind for someone. It can be as simple as a complement. Do it every day.
- Turn off the media and turn on some happy music.
- Use the time off from clowning to prepare for the holidays! Get that elf costume together, plan some holiday fun for costumes, routines, or props.
- Volunteer at your local school or library to read to the kids or seniors.
- Practice some new routines or skits.
- Think about coming to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp! (sorry, that’s a shameless promotion…but camp makes me smile!)
Know that this too shall pass. Soon October will be over, the scary clown masks will be in the garbage, and we will be able to get back to the cheer of spreading joy.
And never forget that clowns do matter!
Keep up the good work and Clown On!
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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