Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the time of year to count your blessings. And when I think of my clown friends, I count you twice!
Thirty-five years ago I had a magical experience. I clowned for the first time.
From that first day I knew I would be a clown for the rest of my life.
I had never had anything move me so profoundly. It actually kind of scared me.
But thirty-five years later I can only laugh and be thankful for the crazy ride this has been. Most of you know that shortly after my introduction to clowning I ended up on the circus clowning with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Fast-forward through my career as a circus clown, performing clown, costume designer, and clown arts educator.
Now fast-forward to my two children: Julia Bothun my daughter is performing in her second season with RBBB, and DJ Weiss my adopted clown son is with his third season with RBBB, and my sweet foster daughter Cali Kvstad is cooking on the pie car (circus restaurant), with the RBBB.
Whew! What a family!
Next week I will be packing my bags and going to Chicago to see Julia and Cali with Ringling’s Circus Xtreme! The Thanksgiving Day Parade is traditionally kicked off by the Ringling Circus. Part of being in the entertainment industry means being away from home during the holidays. I look forward to going back to the show.
The clowns all look so young!
Was I that young as I trudged through muddy train yards, put my make-up on in poorly lit dressing rooms, had my breath taken away by incredible vistas on train runs through the countryside, performed for thousands of families and circus fans?
If I could travel back in time to give myself some advice it would be this:
- Relax. Enjoy every moment. Even the ones that seemed frustrating and unbearable at the time.
- Soak it all in. Realize that this is a fleeting moment in time.
- Keep a journal; write it all down. What you think you will remember will eventually slip back to the corners of your mind, crowded out my more pressing details of everyday life.
Recently I had the opportunity to tell some circus stories for the local Cocoa Cola Collectors society convention. They had a circus theme and thought it would be great to have a real live circus clown tell them some stories! Hah!
As I told my favorite tales and answered questions, I was reminded in great detail how blessed I am with the life I have been given.
So as I rush around in the coming month getting ready for the holidays, I will do my best to feel blessed and thankful. I am thankful for my God and my family, my clowns and the clown community at large. I am amazed at all the wonderful people have in my life family friends and co workers, and my business that keeps me in touch with them all.
If I fast-forward to the end of my life I can look back and say, “If I could have given myself some advice…be thankful and feel blessed, EVERY day!”
Visiting the Circus?
My kiddos LOVE to get visitors, especially Mooseburger Clown Camp alumni! If you get a chance to stop by and say “Hi”. Below is the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus route for this month.
Or just check out their tour map and schedule online here at ringling.com
Julia Bothun (Red Unit) “Circus Xtreme”
DJ Weiss (Blue Unit) “Legends”
- Little Rock, AR
December 23 – 27, 2015
First time here?
If you are new to this blog, please >> CLICK HERE << to read other posts about my clown kiddos on the road with “The Greatest Show on Earth”. There’s a lot of catching up to do!
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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