Take Notes

Todays post comes directly from my starting days. When I first started this was my number one tool to becoming a better clown. You may notice that this one says “New Clown Notebook”, that is because the original one go destroyed when I left it in the yard and the sprinklers got it. This is the one after that, thus …

5 Steps to Better Clowning: Execute

It is finally time to finish this series off. We have covered everything from the importance of simplifying everything, practicing, marketing and planning; now we need to coer the final and most difficult step: Executing the plan! Please go back and reread the previous posts and make sure have completed everything in those posts. The more prepared you are the …

Battling Up Hill

As I am sure everyone has noticed, the economy is still in the toilet and as such people are not hiring entertainers with the gusto of previous years. What to do with all this free time? Redesign, Re-invent and Reconnect. Redesign- This could be the perfect¬†opportunity¬†to try a new clown face, develop a new character or put together that awesome …

Lets Talk About Talking

One of the hardest parts of being a professional entertainer is learning to communicate your abilities through talking. When you are talking to a client, potential client or just some guy in the street it can be hard to get across what exactly you do. How do you explain your amazing juggling routine to someone or discribe the look on …

Travels

Something to consider when starting out as a clown is how far from home you would like to travel to entertain. A lot of clowns choose to limit the area in which their services are availible to the public. What is a better idea then saying that you aren’t availible in an area is to charge a fee for having …

13 Tips to a Better Looking Clown

Today we are going to look into common mistakes new and old clowns make with their makeup. Nose is to Big: We have all seen these clowns, heck for a couple of years I was guilty of this. While a big red nose is the trademark of a clown a smaller nose will make you seem less foreign to children …

How it All Works

I have recently been spending a large quantity of my performing time at a restaurant working for tips. More specifically making balloons for tips. If you are interested in growing your clown business then it is quite possible that making balloons for tips is just the thing you need to do. As I mentioned in my last post The Call: …

The Call: Restaurants

As most books on clowning will tell you, the first contact with a potential client is the most important call of the whole gig. Most of the time you have about 30 seconds to two minutes maximum to impress the client enough to get them to hire you. This doesn’t mean that you have to blow there mind, you just …

What to do as the economy slows

One of the hardest parts of being a professional entertainer is when the economy starts to decline and people start making the choice to pay bills instead of hiring an entertainer. If this hasn’t hit you yet I hope that it never does. There are a few ways to adjust your clown business model to compensate and adjust to still …

Make ’em laugh for better tips

First in a series of tips for working for tips I got into clowning so that I could do theater on the fly, not to be a balloon machine. I’d been working at growing a theater troupe out of a church basement, was writing and performing original comedies, finding it more and more difficult to get 20 or 30 volunteer …

The Tips of the Iceberg

As a clown you will find numerous interesting opportunities to perform in all sorts of venues. One of the most potentially rewarding venues is on the streets. As a street performer you have the chance to try out new material as well as pass out business cards to new customers. A few important parts of street performing are patter, tip …

No Really You Can Make Your Own

A lot of clowns when they first start out get in a mood to buy, buy, buy. This unfortunately leads to a lot of purchases left unused in the garage and a lot of money spent on equipment before it can actually be used. One thing that can be used to remedy this spending spiral is to build\make more of …

Insurance It’s For Clowns Too

As a clown you should strive to be as professional as possible. One of the smartest ways to make yourself more professional is to have insurance. A lot of clowns choose to forgo the expense of insurance and this is a big mistake. All it takes is one person to decide that you caused them heartache, damage or other disservice …

Clown Marketing for Beginners: Print

In this three part series you will learn the ins and outs of clown marketing which will allow you to more effectively market yourself. The most important thing you can learn is that a well marketed clown is a hired clown. Without a well thought out and executed marketing plan chances are you will sit at home while some other …