I was asked if I would do a parade for a wonderful client. They wanted to hand out items as well as candy. I knew this was a tough thing to pull off. But I said little. She also had young people tossing candy. I foresaw the problem…. Let me say this parade is still one of the few I know of where Candy can be tossed to those watching. I believe it should be handed out! I was glad what I was giving out I handed out. But my fear was realized when EVERY Child wanted what I was giving out. But before we got half way through the parade we were out of things to give away. Too much candy given out to early in the parade.
What to do? Well I had brought juggling balls with me. I did a 3 ball cascade and played to the crowd as much as I could. But I had also a large number foam clown noses with me. So I would go and talk to the crowd and was asking if they had seen any of my family members around. It was then that I took a foam nose and placed it on my “victim” I was able to repeat this 24 times in-between my juggling act. Cool thing was, I made this work all the way until the end of the parade.
I took this “job” on, mid week and had a couple of days to pull it off. It went okay and people were appreciative of my “act” Was it the best parade routine ever? No. Can I do better? Yes! We will find out next year!
I was so thankful to have done this parade. It was the first parade I had done “in Clown”
But here is the thing, so often we are quick to take the job and we go along with the customer. Even when we know something won’t work, or could have been better! But we stay silent and think “this is the customer’s baby and I am getting paid.” But guess what? If you can offer advice that will make the event better, even if it means the customer is said to be wrong. Maybe it is not that they are wrong, but you have advice that could have made your customer look good and you as well. As professionals we need to show expertise and speak up! If I could go back I think I would have said “let me be funny and you guys can hand things out.” I would have also said have adults on the float controlling how much is given away, divide give-a-ways into 2 sections. half for the beginning of the parade and the other half does not get used until we have passed the halfway point.
I think I learned a lot from this parade and the person who put our float together also did a good job. I think next year it will be better and so will I!