I meet lots of clown every year, hundreds upon hundreds. I go to conventions for clowns, schools for clowns, festivals of clowns. I attend clown meetings. I meet people who just want to dress like a clown in my rental costume shop as well.
When people tell their families they want to learn to be a clown, most get the same reaction:
“What took you so long? We always knew you were a clown…now you have an excuse.”
What does it mean to really be a clown??
There is something special about the first time someone in the crowd stops, looks at you, and exclaims “You’re a REAL clown!”. Once that happens you will never forget it.
Being a real clown goes beyond a great make-up and costume.
When I was on the circus with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, everyone in our clown alley looked great. But not all of us were real clowns.
In all fairness, some of the clowns on the show were just passing through. It was a phase in their life; something fun to do. I’m okay with that. Even if it only fits into your life for a certain period of time, you still have the heart of a clown!
Honestly — you don’t have to clown for your entire life to be a real clown.
…It is the spirit of clowning that I am trying to put my finger on…
I think that a real clown shows who they are not only when they have the greasepaint and red nose on but in everyday living.
We are a different breed. We see the funny things in life, and dare to point them out and laugh at them, especially when that funny thing is us! We try to bring a smile to people’s faces just by saying hello, or giving a compliment.
One clown I know purposely says “Hello” to the convenience store staff where he buys coffee each morning. At first he would just get a grunt or a mechanical response. He knew that would happen, so he kept it up for a few days. Before he knew it, a friendship was born. They know him by name and they smile and say “Hello” back now.
Real clowns make an impact on these little daily things.
Real clowns are the people who look to help people
Clowns are always helping people.
Clowns are lifting spirits and hopes in hospitals and nursing homes. Nobody is getting rich doing that kind of work, most of it is done by volunteers. But it is important, and clowns are there doing it. Clowns volunteer for cancer walks, fund raisers, Special Olympics, and a bunch of other needy worthwhile causes.
Real clowns help out wherever it is needed. They are the people who show up at your door with a casserole or leaf blower, whatever is needed to get the job of being human done.
Do we do this stuff because we are emotionally-insecure ego-maniacs who need to be the center of attention?
…I don’t think so.
I think a real clown has a driving need to make the world a better place, one smile at a time.
So keep that in mind as this year draws to an end and you begin to plan for next year.
During the hustle and bustle of the parades, when you tell your corny jokes, or when you do your favorite trick — remember that you are a smile warrior.
If you are in make-up or out, you are making the world a better place, one smile at a time.
What makes someone a real clown?
Having the spirit of doing a good thing in your heart is the start of it.
The spirit inside of us that urges us to make people forget their everyday troubles drives us on. That is what makes a real clown. For me, that brings real comfort in knowing you are all out there, making the world a better place one smile at a time.
God bless you for all your hard work this year.
But we all pulled together and made the best of it.
Because that is what real clowns do.
Now it’s time for clowns to get back to work. All eyes are going to be on us, so we have to be better than ever before.
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