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|Brittney Mayer • 8/09/16|
The Short Version: A clown’s life is often filled with laughter and smiles, but dating can sometimes be a less-than-funny challenge for a working clown. ClownDating.com was created by Carl Lush, a part-time clown who knows what it’s like to juggle life as a performer with trying to find love. On this site, clowns, performers, or even those with just a great sense of humor can all find partners with personality. ClownDating’s combination of great dating features — like photo and video galleries and one-on-one chat — and spirited atmosphere have drawn in thousands of fun-lovers from around the world.
It’s not easy being red — red-nosed, that is. While clowns are loved for their ability to turn fun into an art form, the same silliness that causes audiences to laugh with them on the job, can get them laughed at in the dating world. Even in our modern culture, where tolerance and acceptance are heavily preached, it can be challenging to overcome the social stigma of a nontraditional profession.
What do you do, then, when you’re a clown looking for love? You get a better audience — by joining ClownDating.com, the online dating venue where clowns can connect.
The website’s creator is a part-time clown himself, so he knows a thing or two about the challenges they face. “I found it difficult to meet people in my normal life,” admitted Carl Lush, as he described the inspiration behind ClownDating. “I never got taken seriously.”
While it may seem an odd sentiment from a clown, nobody enjoys being the butt of a bad dating joke. Carl created a safe place to find like-minded dates, without fear of being judged. And the website isn’t just for clowns — they welcome anyone with an interest in finding a partner who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
“Many people are looking to fall in love with someone who can make them laugh,” Carl said. “People love to be with someone with a sense of humor.”
Signing up for ClownDating is super easy: just enter your gender, email, and DOB, and then pick an eye-catching screen name. Your screen name doesn’t have to be clown-focused, but it is a great place to show a little humor.
Your profile will, of course, be the real star of the show. It all starts with the ubiquitous “About Me” and “About My Match” text boxes, where you describe yourself and ideal matches. This is the best place to let your inner entertainer shine and all your clowniness bubble out.
On ClownDating, it’s easy to be yourself — you know from the start that everyone who reads your profile appreciates a good sense of humor. Users can share their creativity and vibrant personalities without worrying about how others will react.
List your general interests under the “Interests” heading for ease of browsing. Just control-click all of the appropriate options to share them with potential matches. You can add as many interests as, well, catch your interest, though make sure to include at least a few. “Sharing a common interest with someone makes a strong foundation for a long, loving relationship,” Carl said.
Don’t forget to add a profile picture. ClownDating lets you upload multiple pictures as well as videos (up to 20.0 Mb) to your profile. Media can be set as public or private, and you can also designate favorites.
It takes a lot of personality to fill a pair of clown shoes, and ClownDating provides a variety of ways to share that personality with other enthusiastic singles.
If you’re as outgoing behind the curtain as in front of it, take the direct approach — craft the perfect joke and open a chat. Users can chat one-on-one with any other user who is online at the same time; it’s the perfect way to really get to know a potential match.
If the person who caught your eye isn’t online, then delight them upon their return with a truly hilarious email. Upgraded members can email any user as many times as they like.
For those who are a bit more reserved when the makeup comes off — or perhaps not a performer at all — there are more subtle ways to signal your intention. ClownDating allows you to send a flirty wink to another user to break the ice, eliminating the pressure of coming up with a witty one-liner.
For a more personal touch, send your pick a digital card; the site offers a selection of fun, romantic cards to show them your interest. The options include everything from flower bouquets to couples embracing, including something for every personality.
Besides finding a partner with the right personality, a working clown has more practical challenges to dating, like being on the road. ClownDating excels at accommodating the life of a traveling professional, with features to make sure you can always find — and communicate with — a like-minded match, wherever you go.
For starters, ClownDating is worldwide. Singles log in from all over the globe — from Afghanistan and Albania to Zambia and Zimbabwe — and every country alphabetically between them. No matter where your act winds up, you’ll be able to search for nearby singles. Narrow your search by region or city; upgrade your membership to access additional filters, including interests and characteristics.
If, on your travels, you find a local whose picture grabs your attention, don’t despair just because you don’t speak the same language. The site’s unique translate feature will instantly convert your message so your local interest understands you. Each open-ended item on a profile can be translated into your language, utilizing the popular Google translator.
ClownDating doesn’t want you to stop there; the translate functionality extends to their email system, so you and your potential match can make a real connection. Both of you can use whichever language makes you most comfortable, all the while knowing the other person will be able to understand each witty, well-thought response.
Whether you don the red nose part-time or full, dating as a clown can be a serious challenge. Started by a clown, for clowns, ClownDating.com makes it easy to make connections with those who live — or just appreciate — the clown way of life.
“We thrive on making people happy,” said Carl, describing the site and the team behind it. They get success stories from members regularly, Carl said, adding, “It’s such a pleasure hearing about successful relationships.” The site is even expecting its first wedding this year!