Did you know I was not born an actor or clown artist? Yep, I was your 9 to 5 gal, and then I quit.
Here are My 5 Whys:
1. Because as children, we were all experts at play and I LOVE TO PLAY. Becoming a clown is my way of reconnecting with that inner child who found wonder and delight in every moment. The truth is I wanted to have more fun and take life less seriously and to be free to be me! La vida es un Carnaval !
2, I left the corporate world as it felt like I was living in a never-ending episode of “The Office.” I craved something more meaningful, something where I could genuinely touch people’s lives with laughter. Office life for sometimes felt like a never-ending cycle of seriousness. I yearned to reintroduce the element of play into my daily existence, to rediscover the joy it brings.
3. When it’s tough out there in clowning world I often ask myself why choose this path ? Picture this: a room filled with kids’ laughter, parents forgetting their worries, and strangers becoming friends over a shared laugh. That’s the magic of clowning, and I wanted to be the magician. Clowning isn’t just about entertainment; it’s about reminding adults and children alike of the importance of play. Play fosters creativity, empathy, and connection – it’s a universal language that transcends boundaries.
4. I left my comfy salary because comfort zones are cozy but uninspiring. At the time it was time to trade my suit for a red nose and the monotony of office meetings for the unpredictability of clown shows. One of my highest values is adventure and life in the clown fast lane is one giant unpredictable joyride!
5. Life is too precious to waste on anything less than what sets your heart on fire. I want to be the reason someone smiles on a tough day, and I’m ready to give it my all. And play is a fundamental part of being human. It relieves stress, sparks innovation, and brings people closer together. By spreading laughter, I aim to highlight the significance of play in our lives.
I just want to keep on playing and making shows that inspire laughter and good times! Nothing wrong with that I say!
Alicia Gonzalez is a clown and coach living the beautifool life.