Job Fair Calls on Clowns

Lots of travel will come with the job

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009  |  Updated 7:50 AM PDT
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So You Wanna Be a Professional Clown

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Oh ya-- you also need to be able to cake on the make-up.

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Here's a career option for people who are a bit sad about the job hunt: How about a career in clowning around?

Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey is holding a job fair of sorts Tuesday in San Francisco.

Instead of a typical interview, they will be holding auditions at the Marines Memorial Theater from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers say they welcome people with circus experience, but are very open to newcomers.

The job comes with travel, of course, as the troupe of circus performers prepare for a 80-city two-year tour.

Here are the requirements for autitionees:

  • Perform a three-minute routine
  • Display the ability to show exaggerated facial expressions
  • Show 'em if you got 'em: athleticism, any unique skills or physical comedy routines
  • Be ready to explain why they want to be part of "The Greatest Show on Earth"
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Whoever gets the gig should be prepared to spend a lot of time with animals, daredevils a bunch of other clowns.

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