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My self-summary
A self does one do it without sounding like an advertisement or a travelogue? Here goes... Raised in NYC with the benefit of a good family and a private school education. A child of the 60's, I wanted to make a difference. Went on to university with the thought to a life in politics but soon realized the folly in that pursuit. Decided instead to affect change not through policy but through artistic expression. Studied at a prestigious theater academy and then fell into the arms of the circus and found a very beautiful, timeless and profound form of expression. The fool. The visionary. The eccentric. The clown. I thought, to an ever more barren world of wastelands and desiccated joys, a clown is a nova sun, radiant with the energy of his animated ecstasies. His power to conjure smiles from indifference is something akin to sunshine’s ability to make leaves green…both satisfy a thirst for color; both nurture a craving for vibrancy; both bring life to the dying.
While the capacity to be a living sun lies somewhere within each of us, it is more often realized in clowns than in others, clowns being among the few free enough to be what they dream of being; free to stick there tongues out at stodgy bureaucrats, free to turn cartwheels in the streets, free to dance their existences with uninhibited abandon never pausing to worry how foolish they might appear to their fellows, for the foolish and the irrational are their acknowledged domain. Men bounded by the limits of reason and logic cannot be whole, cannot be free, cannot be suns. If a man refuses to accept the irrational, his attempts at finding joy are limited. An existence that denies the absurd is sterile, desolate and incomplete.
A clown immerses himself in the irrational, revels in the absurd and in doing so becomes a source of energy, a sun. But the clown is also grounded in the mundane, integrating the real and the fanciful with a grace and a gentleness born of his love and respect for the world that breathes and grows around him. He reacts to, responds to and celebrates his mutual existence with every living event he encounters; a bumble bee, a street cleaner, a rainy day. Another man’s distractions are a clowns delights, because where other men live in spite of these things, a clown lives in communion with them.
…And because his audience is composed of people with passions and fantasies not so very dissimilar from his own, he will touch them in very special places reserved for unspoken wishes and unlived dreams. When he touches these tender places, they may not laugh uproariously…they may not even laugh at all. But the clown will feel their smiles and at that moment everything that he has given to them, which is everything that he is, will have been repaid in full.
I guess that summarizes me as well as anything.
What I’m doing with my life
Expanding my horizons. My work takes me all over the world, wherever people need to laugh, allowing me to explore and experience so much of the spectrum of living on this planet. Love it! So much to see and do.
I’m really good at
Solving problems and being resourceful. Supporting, inspiring and encouraging those around me. Finding the absurdity in life....laughing and making others laugh...making bad choices with good intentions.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know. I guess they're too polite to say.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ah, books, movies, favorites? I have a broad and eclectic taste in all, so my favorite is the one that is speaking the loudest to me in that moment. As for food, well.......
Six things I could never do without
my appreciation of beauty
my ability to feel
my sister
a map
an audience
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to spend what time is left wisely.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typical? Oh my, is there such a thing? Usually I am performing in a show and enjoying all that comes with that. Saturday is usually a busy day as well, so friday nights resemble a "typical" monday night. My weekends are not on the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Secretly, I am indulging in a hope that all this might actually work...
You should message me if
You want to.
The two of us