A clown’s-eye view on the Ringling Brothers circus!

LindseyLauren Visser chatted up Ringling Brothers clown Matt about the circus life. (Photo by Tim O'Shei)

LindseyLauren Visser chatted up Ringling Brothers clown Matt about the circus life. (Photo by Tim O’Shei)

Generations of kids have dreamed of running away to join the circus.

(I did – briefly! My inspiration was the movie Toby Tyler, which I highly suggest you check out.)

But of course, as with many “spotlight” jobs, working under the Big Top and living on a circus train probably aren’t as glamorous as you’d think.

To find out the truth, LindseyLauren Visser (one of our original LSY! teen reporters, who’s now about to enter graduate school) and I connected with Matt, a clown from the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. And frankly, he did make working for the circus seem pretty cool! Not necessarily glamorous, but the job seems culturally intriguing, creative and (if you can get past the disappointment that clown noses no longer squeak!) a lot of fun.

Check out Lindsey’s interview below, or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

Enjoy!

Tim O’Shei, LSY! founder

 

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