|She went to
college to be a
|When people ask Sonia Toledo, a New Yorican Diva
from the Bronx, what she does for a living, her
response, “I’m a children’s entertainer,” always elicits a
chuckle. Her own family jokes, “Can you believe that
she went to college to become a clown?” With visible
sadness, Sonia states, “It hurt at first, but I love making
children happy. Unfortunately, society links success
with affluence instead of associating it with happiness.”
Is it possible to make a living being Bozo? Her family
soon discovered that clowning around is big business.
Children’s party entertainers command a minimum of
$200 dollars per hour cash, and that doesn’t include
tips. Is anyone out there still laughing?
I must be in the wrong business I thought, but she
quickly adds, “This isn’t for everyone. You can’t fake
loving to work with children, and I love putting smiles on
those cute faces.”
How does one become a clown? Sonia was an art
teacher in a catholic school, when she decided to
become a stay at home Mom. For her son’s first
birthday party she hired her friend, Elaine a.k.a.
Bubbles the Clown, who started her own clown
business three years earlier and encouraged Sonia to
do the same.
Sonia was hesitant but with her husband's support she
enrolled in a face painting class, bought a book on
balloon art, and observed her friend at work. She
developed an act incorporating magic, comedy,
games, singing, face painting, spin art, and sand art.
Wiggles the Clown came to life! Soon she was invited
for balloon jams, where children's entertainers gather to
share their knowledge and craft.
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