Photo courtesy of the Pfening Circus Archives
NO ONE's clown character springs forth fully-formed and complete right from the start. It takes years and years to find the makeup, wig, costume and props that are "you".
Here's a perfect example. This is a photo of a young Harry Dann, a man who would soon develop into one of the greatest "picture clowns" in the history of the American circus, with a makeup and costume that were widely imitated in his day and his image continues to be influential around the world.
Here he looks "professional", by just about anyone's standards, but hasn't yet found the elements that will spark something that will make him truly unique.