Most entertainers, Clowns and contortionists alike, start out in circus families.
They learn their skills early and well and are graduated into performing.
Still, it’s not impossible to break into the business even if your rearing was less than ideal.
The first thing you need to do is acquire the necessary skills, and a good place to start is a school for the circus arts.
Today the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College offers two-month summer sessions teaching basic acrobatics, juggling, face painting, and theatrics.
Competition is tight, though, and you have to agree to work for Ringling Bros. in low-pay servitude for a while if they want you.
They usually take only one in ten potential clowns, but your name is on their call list for several years.