Circus of the Mind

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My first gig

Posted November 02nd, 2007 at 11:20am

So last year I decided that I wanted to be a clown. I was actually considering clown college. However later that kinda died out but it now it has been renewed. I am not going to college for it I mean I can learn it on my own.

So I had my first gig saturday. It didn't go so well, I enjoyed some of it though. I could tell that only about 4 kids actually liked me. I didn't mind the really small children but the big kids(3rd from 5thgrade) %#&@$!ing pissed me off. Whenever they where not ganging up on me, they played keep away with my nose and wig. The little kids did that alittle bit not as much but when they did it they said "see your not a real clown" at first I was alittle bit hurt, but then I realized that I was hearing this from 3-4 year olds. I mean they actually believe there is a race of people with very colorful hair, incredibly pale skin, huge red noses, and monstrous big feet. However thats still bad because I failed as a performer.

I can say that I am greatful that no child was afraid of me. One of my real close friend who is eighteen years old and is terribly horrified of clowns. One time we watched a movie together and it had a circus scene and she started hyperventalating. So that was definately a big fear of mine.

I am not discouraged, the important thing is that I learned something and I will not make the same mistakes. Here are a few things I am going to have to do for my next gig.

1. Do not use wig or fake nose. It give kids an easy way to lose attention off me and can give a way for them to distract me from my performance. For next gig use real hair, dye it orange some other silly color. I don't know what I am going to do about the nose yet.

2. Spend more time and devolping a character for this clown. Always stay in character.

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