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Leslie Ann Akin also known as Flower T. Clown, is uniquely qualified to bring together magic and clowning like few other people on the planet. Her book is a treasure trove of practical routines and advice for the serious magic clown hobbyist and professional. Are you a clown who performs at birthday parties, picnics, parades or visits hospitals? Do you try to overcome the fear of performing and creating a show worth paying for? Are you clueless about how to start? This book is for clowns or wannabe clowns who already have their makeup and wardrobe established. You will learn how to start a gag file for your one-liners, plan birthday party routines, work a company picnic, meet hospital staff and patients and a whole lot more.
About Leslie Ann
Leslie Ann Akin was a professional clown from 1975 through 1991 and even performed twice at The White House. Her performing career took her to many of the embassies in Washington, D.C., hundreds of corporate picnics and parties, and a circus tour with former RBBB clown Steve Rancatore. Leslie Ann’s articles about clowning were published by Laugh-Makers Magazine for six years.
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Leslie Ann was also a jazz radio deejay for twelve years in San Francisco and in 1989 began designing CD art for fellow deejay musicians.
Through the foundation of branding, Leslie Ann Akin helps her clients enlarge their visual presence. Leslie Ann’s award-winning designs have developed a strong following for her distinctive style of personal and business branding. Her grasp of design and ability to understand what her clients need is something that comes naturally to her.
Leslie The Brand Boss works with smart people who want to show up in a bigger way. Her clients have more to accomplish in their lives and are at a crossroads in defining how to move forward with a significant presence. Since 2009 Leslie has enjoyed meeting her clients in her Lake Oswego office, and on the now popular zoom platform.
During 2017 Leslie Ann spent her summer writing the book she promised herself she’d write, A Fool’s Guide to Clowning. Her perpetual love for all things clown inspired her to create a Facebook group by the same title. Hundreds of clowns worldwide are enjoying interactions, the sharing of ideas and heart-warming camaraderie.
Jest for Clowns digital publication is a natural outgrowth of the online activity in A Fool’s Guide to Clowning Facebook group.
Leslie Ann is a dynamic and humorous speaker on ‘Building your Birthday Party Business,’ and ‘Building your Business through Brand DNA.’
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Adventures in Clowning
The Best and Worst of the Best Times, Volume One
Adventures in Clowning, The Best and Worst of the Best Times, Volume One is a CLOWNpilation of gratifying and challenging encounters told by clowns worldwide. In their journey to bring more joy into the world, clowns are met with many joy-filled and amusing moments, difficult times—some are heartbreaking. Adventures in Clowning reflects on these experiences and shares what clowns learned from their amazing encounters.
Release date: December 1, 2018 – $9.99
Call for Entries
Global Touch Press with JestForClowns
Adventures in Clowning,
Amazon Print-on-demand and eBook
Deadline: June 8, 2019
Genre: Clowns, Theatre, Family Entertainers
Party and picnic clowns, parade clowns, hospital clowns, and circus clowns!
Adventures in Clowning, Volume 2 will further document the outstanding and outrageous stories clowns experienced in their quest to making people laugh.
Adventures in Clowning brings stories from clowns around the world, bringing their comic cut-ups to hospitals and birthday parties, street parades and traffic stops. Clowns worldwide share their stories of laughter and tears, triumph and disaster. For a clown, it’s a reminder of why your work matters.
For someone who’s not a clown, it’s a glimpse into a life of laughter and goodwill and a ready response to the slander of the scary clown.
Clowns sometimes face challenging circumstances that don’t always align with staying in clown character. These are moments clowns are tested and rise to their highest calling, to show up in an even more significant way. On one hand, clowning requires massive maturity—on the other, it requires us to lose ourselves in childlike joy, to be ever-present and manage anything awkward that may pop up, while staying in character.
Your experiences could be included in this book so clowns everywhere can benefit from your experience and wisdom. Stories already submitted for Volume 2 will delight and astound readers.
1. Send your most gratifying experience as a clown. How did it feel? What was the outcome?
2.Send your most challenging or frustrating experience as a clown, with how you handled it, or wish you had handled the situation. Include your takeaway lesson from your experience.
ENTRIES MUST BE YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES.
- What are the benefits to you?
- Become an author in Adventures in Clowning with your experiences.
- You will receive full credit. This book will be available on Amazon and other outlets.
- Adventures in Clowning will be professionally designed and edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity.
- You will have bragging rights for being included in Adventures in Clowning.
- There is a $75 fee for professional editing. Covers both of your entries.
- You will receive two of the published books upon it’s launch.
- Your two experiences not exceeding 700 words for each one
- Your full name and your Clown name if desired
- Short bio, under 100 words
- Phone number
- Email address
- Headshot – In clown, Photo will be edited and converted to BW
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Leslie Ann Akin in the news and as seen on TV.
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The author of “A Fool’s Guide to Clowning” and “Clown Mentor”, Leslie Akin shared her fun stories as a clown…and even showed Tra’ a magic trick! You can click here to purchase her book!
Adventures in Clowning
he author of “Adventures in Clowning”, Leslie Ann Akin brought “Dr. Fun E. Bone” and “Cha Cha” to share their stories, adventures and tricks!
Lake Oswegan Leslie Akin, as Flower T. Clown, influences business brands, clown culture. You can either blend in or stand out in life. Leslie Akin of Lake Oswego is all about standing out and makes it her business to help others do the same. Through her business,...
Nancy Dunis shares insights into the value of laughter and friends who bring joy. Frank Sinatra sang “Nancy with the laughing face;” but in my world I would have had him sing Leslie with the laughing face. I met Leslie Akin, owner of Lake Oswego Graphics, about a year...
It’s always a joy when I learn something cute from a child that I end up holding on to and sharing with others to make them smile. Recently, I met a young girl who could not wait to tell me her little pick-me-up speech. I loved it so much I had her record it on my...
BOOK REVIEW in Clowning Around Magazine, World Clown Association A Fool’s Guide to Clowning, Leslie Ann Akin What do a folding tray table, an old telephone, a popcorn box, and a big bag of peanuts have in common? They are all used as props in some of the tried and...
Leslie Ann Akin is a real clown. Really. She knows the art, she lives the art, she loves the art, she’s performed the art at the highest level, and she teaches and coaches and mentors the art. And she knows how to paint her lessons learned in such vivid colors, making...
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