Posted 16 January 2006 - 06:22 AM
1. Is there a clown school in South Florida? Does anyone know?
2. Our clowns make $125 an hour and sometimes we can't get one.
3. I am a teacher, so i know how to set up a routine.
4. How hard is it to make those balloons and do some magic and face painting?
5. Any suggestions on how to be a good clown will be helpful.
Thanks to all!
Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:01 AM
As far as Balloon Art and Face Painting. Grab some books, my son picked it up in no time.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 12:24 PM
Find a clown costume and clown name your comfortable with and you'll be fine.
For reasonably priced balloons try http://www.tmyers.com/ They've also got books.
Amazon is also a good place for balloon sculpting books.
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I too have thought about being a clown. They make darn good money. I've done pretty good with balloon sculpting and I've thought about a costume....I'm still afriad I won't know what to do....LOL. I definently would be more comfortable if I went to "clown college"....LOL.
and I know I've seen clown books too.
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On another note.... I starting doing balloon sculpting at home.... I was planning on bringing some balloons along and make a balloon sculpture or two for the birthday child....that added special touch!
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:10 PM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:29 PM
Yea there are dvd's for balloon sculpting. They helped me out more than the books did. Actually seeing it I think makes it easier.
I would love to be able to make balloon animals and things just for fun! What is a must have? Do they have DVDs?
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:47 PM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 02:03 PM
Searched all over for clown schools...but at the time I was employed full time and couldn't devote the time to going away for that much time...There may be some a clown school or two left in Florida...Check the Sarasota area...Ringling was cutting them out and sending everyone to Baraboo, Wisconsin and the Minnesota area the last time I checked...
I ended up at a community college...there was a circus arts organization there...which put on a not-for-profit circus each year for the community...(for the last 32 years) Everybody volunteered...It was a great experience...I did it for 4 years...It takes a lot to put on a circus...And the volunteers handled everything from stage lighting to sound...to rigging the big top...We basically transformed a college gymnasium into a circus tent...We handled concessions and all...They had everything that a regular circus would have except live animals...I of course, hung out with the clowns...and even though most of our time was spent rehearsing skits for the actual circus...the lead clowns would devote the first 1/2 to 45 minutes per rehearsal to developing skills...such as makeup...gags, paradibility, how to act big...costuming, character development, balloons...etc...so I picked up a ton of knowledge...
Since then, I've learned most of my balloon work from books and videos...once you get good at the dog...your life will transform into a neverending quest to learn more...I've never face painted...and I've been clowning for about 9 years...I've just never been good at drawing or painting...and that's on a piece of paper that's sitting still...so imagine what my stick figures might look like on a moving face...not so good...
I've also attended various semimars, lectures, workshops and conferences...and they provide a wealth of knowledge as well...
Little things...like a professional clown or at least professional by peer standards would never wear a multi-colored wig...and a blue nose is typically worn by gay clowns...
There are 4 types of clowns...
1)White faced - (Bozo for those of you that remember or are familiar with him) White faced clowns, traditionally, are the jokesters/pranksters and usually get the last laugh...
2)Auguste (pronounced Aw Goose) (Cookie from the Bozo Show) More of a flesh colored clown...usually the butt of the jokes that the white faced clown is doing...(kinda mirrors the racial divide we face in society)
3)Tramp/Hobo - Need I say more
4)Character clowns - i.e. fireman, police, nurse, magician, etc...
I started as an Auguste clown because I wanted something that wouldn't require me to wear so much makeup...and I kinda had the skin color already...and because I wanted to incorporate my goatee into my design...otherwise if I take it off, I look like a muppet outside of makeup and costume...I'm currently working on going with less makeup...and becoming more of a family entertainer...as opposed to a clown...
I usually get between $150 - $200 for a show...I never quote by the hour...cause some shows are 45 minutes, some are 1:15 ...I usually start with some dancing...a magic show and end with balloons...
You'll find mixed philosphies on a lot of things...such as eating in costume (which I never do...) certain things are no nos...which I'm sure you can imagine...drinking, smoking...etc...but I've seen both from other clowns...
I will go into stores sometimes...esp. after a show...I might go in McDonalds or the gas station...usually where I pass out a ton of cards...
You can feel free to ask more questions, or pm me if you'd like more info...
Posted 17 January 2006 - 03:05 PM
Capt. Visual's Big Book of Balloon Art...
There's two versions...one is holiday oriented...and goes through each month and shows instructions on how to make things for each holiday...
Posted 17 January 2006 - 05:35 PM
For Face Painting, I got him some of the Snazaroo stuff.
Posted 18 January 2006 - 05:39 AM
Posted 19 January 2006 - 02:04 PM
A friend of mine came up to me the other day, we had gotten our Master's degree together a few years back. She asked me if I wanted to go for my Phd with her and I told her , that i was going to clown school, she thought i was joking, untill i told her what clowns make. (lol) It got her thinking!
Have a great weekend!
Posted 25 January 2006 - 06:27 AM
Posted 09 April 2006 - 06:24 PM
COME TO THE CONVENSION
also you could use snazaroo, and I like ed chee's balloon dvd's
the first four clowns are bad a the others are good
And now you just dont need a costume and a name to be a clown you have to feel what your doing because clowning is just like snow on christmas and never never land. And its not easy to do it buy yourself to know if what you are doing is good or bad COME TO WRCA
Edited by A Rock'n Party, 09 April 2006 - 06:19 PM.
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