I hope you’re having a magnificent week! Mine has been full of laughter, all day, from early in the morning until late afternoon; I’m smack in the middle of a 5-day “Master Clown Intensive” here in Honolulu, Hawaii with a world-renowned acting/clown teacher from Spain. It’s a small group and so the “work” we do is intense and there’s lots of feedback from the teacher. What I’m learning in this workshop goes beyond the acting and theatrical realms - I am learning to let go, to keep going when I am incredibly embarrassed, and step way out of my comfort zone. I am learning that everyone LOVES to laugh, and so if you make people laugh (even if it’s at yourself) that’s a very good thing!
Today we were asked to bring in a silly costume.
I did not have one. As a transplant to Hawaii, with most of my clothes and belongings back in NYC, there’s not much silly costume material in my closet. What I came up with was a pink and orange heart-patterned blanked draped around me like a dress, with a giraffe-print tummy slimmer wrap on top, and a motorcycle helmet. We were asked to change into our costumes and then, one by one, model our outfits to the class to terrible (but funny) pop-music. The songs were long, meaning that we had to just keep going, and going, and going...even when you wanted to stop after about 3 seconds. For a perfectionist like me, making a complete fool of myself in front of other people is painful and almost impossible. My first try was pretty bad- I stopped early and walked off the stage out of sheer humiliation. But, on the second try, I managed to get up and model my silly costume for the entire length of the song, and actually have fun with it. And, everyone was laughing the entire time :0)
As I’m still in the middle of this intense clowning experience, I can’t come to too many conclusions yet. But, I did want to share a bit of it with you and ask you to do ONE thing today- notice things that are funny. Rather than getting annoyed and frustrated over something that happens to you, see if you can change your perception to be able to laugh about it. I guarantee your day will be brighter :0)
Aloha from Clown-land aka Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii,