CLOWN COMPETITION: TO COMPETE OR NOT TO COMPETE?

    I have been a Shrine Clown since 1982.  My first competition was in Denver at Imperial in 1983.  I competed as a White Face (all new members of our unit had to begin as a white face for at least one year before changing categories) and although I did not take a top 10 award in White Face Make-up, (there were over 100 White Face clowns in competition at that convention) I did take 3rd place in White Face with a Gimmick (Paradeability).  I’m really proud of that accomplishment, especially because the Gimmick I used, I personally came up with the idea and made it myself.  That convention set the hook and I’ve been competing ever since.

    I am often asked, why do you compete? I have competed in many clown competitions all over the US, both in and out of the Shrine.  I enjoy the competition and I look forward to seeing the score sheets from the judges.  I have learned a lot from the comments of the judges, who took the time to score me and make comments.  Each one of those score sheets, especially the ones with comments helped me to improve and become a better clown. Personally, I feel that if one judge makes a negative comment on your score sheet, you can say that was that judge’s opinion that day.  You may choose to agree, or disagree, however if all three judges make the same negative comment, time to reconsider what you are doing.

    This brings me to a discussion I hear from many competitors when they look at score sheets.  Why did I get a 9 from two judges and a 6 from the third judge?  You need to look at the other competitors score sheets that day to really understand the scoring. That 6 may have been the highest score that judge gave.  Those 9’s may not have been the highest scores given.  Maybe the judge that scored you a 9 gave someone else a 10.  Although the numeric portion of the score sheets determine the winners, I feel the most important part of the score sheet is the comment section.  It is obvious that a score of a 9 or a 10 is a good score, but I challenge the judges who score a 6 or below to make a comment to explain the lower score.  In my opinion, a score of 6 or below should require a comment to support the score.  To me a low score without an explanation is not helping the competitor.

So, when planning to compete I suggest you do the following:

1. Read the competition rules for your Association.  Don’t get surprised at the convention.  Know what will be expected of you in each category that you will be competing.

2.  Review the score sheet for each category you will be competing in, before you compete.  Know what the judges will be looking for when you are being scored.  Score yourself before you compete.

3.  Practice what you will be doing before you arrive.  If you are competing in a skit, plan it out, make sure you have a beginning, middle and blow off.  Find a way to use music in your skit.  But please, don’t compete trying to do something for the first time in front of judges.  It will look like it.

Hope to see you in competition.  Remember practice makes perfect.
See you down the parade route,
John “JAY JAY” Joseph
ISCA, 3rd VP
Jayjay360@hotmail.com

December 3rd, 2014


December 02nd, 2014

September 02nd, 2014 The International Shrine Clown Association and the Antioch Funster Clowns present:

The 2014 ‘Bump Nose’ MAKEUP AND CLOWN SEMINAR
FEATURING:
JIM HOWLE, FORMER RINGLING CLOWN AND WORLD REKNOWN ARTIST AND MUCH SOUGHT AFTER PRESENTER!...
The tentative schedule includes: makeup and costume, character development, skit development and presentation, parade ability, magic demos, face painting demos, ISCA judging session and certification. Q and A ALL DAY!
Doughnuts and beverages all morning, lunch available, dinner available on site ( so that you are not late returning from meals and risk missing anything!!)
Pickup and return to airport available upon request.


THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT ANTIOCH SHRINE CENTER, 107 EAST FIRST STREET, DAYTON, OHIO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 FROM 9AM TO 8PM.
REGISTRATION FEE IS $50 PER PERSON. Pre Registration not required but would be the courteous thing to do!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AFFILIATED WITH ANY CLOWN ORGANIZATION TO ATTEND.

THERE WILL BE MAGIC, MAKEUP, AND COSTUME VENDORS THERE FOR YOUR SHOPPING NEEDS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION, CONTACT:
BRET STAHLER, ISCA EDUCATION DIRECTOR
937-935-9851
SNAPTRAP@COLUMBUS.RR.COM


August 28th, 2014
Hello All  !!!!!
    My name is Barrels Da Clown , as of some time this summer I become your new (G.L.S.C.U.A) Sgt.At Arms.  If any one cares I would like to take the time tell you all about me, I am a blue collar union worker that came form and respects the non union side, I am about 50k year worker,that came from 10k a year Mom ,loss my Dad July 1977 I was 9 years old.Spent 1974 to 1984 on the inter city street of Cincinnati Ohio, A poor kid with a hard life. side note from 1990 to 1995 I was a street cop. In 1979 I started working for Stagecraft,inc as a jack of all trades. One of my jobs was a entertainer , at that time I learned that God had giving me some thing very wonderful ( writing and spelling was not it ! lol) the ability to make people happy lough and Smile. I also coach youth sports mainly wrestling for 27 years now. People say I am a good clown, they say I am a good coach. what makes a good clown ? What makes a good Coach ? Whats does my Make up look like ? Its is so so to poor, My little kids don't start off winning ,I tell then to have fun, "but I lost Coach" Then I say you most learn how to loss before you can be a winner. ( to date I have part in sending at least 10 young people to State to con peat. I did learn RESPECT along time ago I teach RESPECT, When I clown I clown with respect.I have Friends that have very little,and I have Friends that have it all. I treat them ALL with Respect ! So at this point if you are still reading , the question is what are you getting at Barrels ? Like my Union our Union is dieing. Yes you my wife and kids would say Barrels/ Rob/Dad, you are all over the place, sorry, But the way did I tell you all that I am and have been the Cincinnati Syrain Shriner Clown unit Director for the past 7 or 8 years. I will not win alot of clown competition ,but I mite learn something or may teach something. Thats why I am here, in GLSCUA. to get help & be helpful make clowns gooder! To grow our Clown Union, To have Respect to have alot fun.

TO CREATE MORE LAUGHTER THAN TEARS,TO DISPENSE MORE HAPPINESS THAN GLOOM ,SPREAD MORE CHEER THAN DESPAIR.

 You can laugh at me , or you can laugh with me, just as long you are laughing .

 Barrels  Da Clown                  
   


Special Election Members of GLSCUA There will be a special election
for the 2015 Vacated 2nd
Vice president seat. Robert, Barrels, Neelan from Syrian Shrine has stepped
into, by appointment, the 2014 vacated Sargent of Arms position. He is willing
to continue in the line progression. The Election will take place at the general
meeting in Fairview Heights.


               
Please get your registrations in soon

July 29th, 2014 Hello my fellow Joeys. 
 I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone at Medina for their top notch hospitality. I can’t
begin to explain what a great time I had from the moment I arrived to the moment  I left. Judjie, you and your crew arranged for non-stop fun and engaging activities along with education and great vendors.  Aladdin will have its work cut out for them but I assure you we’re up for the challenge.   Speaking of  Aladdin, we are preparing a fun filled weekend starting on Friday night with a tailgate party featuring guest appearances from former Pro and college football
players. Educational classes are being planned and firmed up. The banquet menu is being mulled over while we search for the best caterer.  In code that means I am sampling food from all over the city. I hope to see everyone in Fairview Heights. Please check out this Chatter for registration
info.


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