Education and Training Requirements

High School

Clowns need no advanced degrees or certification, although a high school education is preferred by most employers. Business skills are recommended, particularly for self-employed clowns. They will need training in various skills, such as magic, juggling, and acrobatics, but many clowns cultivate a talent on their own or through training conventions. See the end of this article for training resources.

Clowning is physically demanding, so training in athletics, such as tumbling, is important. Acting classes are also helpful. Clowns who want to develop a verbally comedic routine would benefit from classes in writing, drama, and public speaking.

Postsecondary Training

Clown schools teach the art of clowning through classes on pantomime, other physical skills, improvisation, humor, costuming, maekup, and producing clown skits. These institutes usually offer all-inclusive intensive and specifically tailored classes over a weekend or a week Some clown schools offer a certificate verifying completion of these classes.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for clowns.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Skill at clowning and experience performing at birthday parties, picnics, and other events are key to developing the professional skills and following necessary to work as a professional clown.

Clowns must travel to find work. They must be able to adapt to a variety of conditions, from a large arena to a small hospital room. They often perform outdoors. Clowning tends to be seasonal work. More jobs are available during spring, summer, and fall and on weekends and holidays.

There are no physical requirements for becoming a clown; men and women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can make successful clowns. However, individuals must have a good sense of humor and enjoy working and interacting with people.