Does wearing a clown costume make you a clown?
Does being educated at an excellent clown school make you a better clown?
How many people who go to clown school actually have the conative instincts to be good clowns? (Yes, we’ve found there are some conative characteristics that are consistent with successful clowns). If it’s not in your nature, but you wanna do it, can you learn to be a great clown?
Of course, we know that wearing a mask doesn’t change your reality. So, it must be very sad to know what you need to do when you go out there dressed up like a clown, yet don’t have what it takes to do it well.
Perhaps those clowns who seem so creepy are the conatively inauthentic clowns.
Being trained to act like a clown doesn’t make you any more a clown than being trained to act like a salesperson makes you a good salesperson. Maybe that’s why there are so many sales people who make us want to run away? And lawyers, and carpenters, and bosses.
I only dressed up in a clown outfit once. To entertain kids at a camp I ran. It totally embarrassed my son, David. Of course, I wasn’t an educated clown. I was just me being silly. Mom’s being silly always seem to embarrass their sons. Guess the costume wasn’t good enough.