Life around continues to figure out how the personal budget of different people works. In the new issue - a clown. You will not find this vacancy in recruiting agencies and job search sites. The artist’s salary depends on where he works. Employees of private holiday organization agencies usually receive more than clowns from the state circus, but the latter are considered to be real actors. We asked a clown with a vocational education and 12-year experience how he manages to earn more than others, what he spends money on and what he is going to do after he retires.
100 000 rubles
30 000 rubles
food at home and in the cafe
20 000 rubles
entertainment - karaoke, clubs and so on
30 000 rubles
savings at home
20 000 rubles
How to become a clown
I am 30 years old. As a child, I was engaged in gymnastics, but did not achieve much success. Then we lived in the Murmansk region, there is a very harsh climate. It was very difficult for me to endure it, so at the age of 13 my family and I moved to live in Belarus. There I began to feel better and could practice again, but there was no gymnastics in the city, only a circus studio. I was immediately taken to the main team. The studio looks at your acting and sports data - I had it all. The first year I was an acrobat, and the first appearance on stage coincided with my 14th birthday.
It fascinated me so much that I went back to the theater studio. By the age of 15, I realized that I was interested not only in acrobatics - so I began to engage in clowning. In the 11th grade, he decided to go back to Russia and enter either the theater or the circus. It so happened that at first the exams were at the circus school in Moscow. I went through all the tours, I was accepted on a budget, and I decided not to try to go somewhere else. The first year I studied full-time. But then I was noticed by the dad of the course - an actor of the Maly Theater. On August 31, a healthy peasant under two meters tall came to my hostel and said: "Hello. I’m from the criminal investigation department." I was scared, but then it turned out that it was just a clown who called me to work in the circus. From the second year I transferred to correspondence and got a job. I have been working for 12 years.
Features of work
I worked in the Russian State Circus, then went to the Circus on Vernadsky Avenue, and now I’ve returned to the Russian State Circus and work in the Zapashny dynasty collective. But at first I worked for two years just like that, without an image and without a clowning. In general, this is a long way to understand your image. It is the same as writing poetry or composing music.
We have about 20 shows in one city per month. This means that Monday is a day off, from Tuesday to Friday - rehearsals, and on weekends - two shows a day. It turns out that there are two working days in the week, and do the rest in whatever you want. Many artists rehearse. For example, gymnasts and acrobats need to be in shape. But the clown does not need constant rehearsals. By the way, we do not say “clown”, but “carpet”. Some new things are introduced already at the presentation.
Now on stage I am Stasik. In the arena, his life is not mine. My notebook is full of his biography: he has a mom and dad, a best friend, a dog. And he works there.
I work together with another carpet, and each of our reprise is a different story. It is impossible to say that we are pausing to leave the balls in the hall, as 95% of Russian clowns do. We decided to get away from this all: we are clowns, but modern. We have dance battles, parodies of rhythmic gymnastics, we sing and play the guitar. Pulling the viewer onto the stage is already the last century. I work without makeup at all. A maximum of pencil eyes for expression.
Physically, this is very difficult. If the theater has one performance per day, then the circus can have two or three performances. And this work cannot be compared with the work of those who go out and jump two flips or juggle five minutes. I perceive myself as an actor. I have nine exits per performance, and I hardly leave the arena. We have no second squad and replacement. You exhaust yourself very much for one performance, so I’m, so to speak, furious. Even if you get sick and the temperature is under forty, you need to go out. It was like that, when, one hour before the performance, I found out that my grandfather had died. But I had to go to the arena and forget about the problems.
We tour different cities all year, I have a vacation in May. Nothing changes over the year: we move from city to city and show the same program. Of course, there are long journeys between cities, about two weeks. Then I can hit the road at least home, even to Thailand.
In the Rosgoskirk system, the maximum rate is 2,300 rubles per performance. Most work for 1,500-1,800 rubles. If you want to raise your bet, you need to do new tricks or clowning, record on video and send it to the head office. There, the director's board looks and decides - for example, to raise the bid by 300 rubles or not to raise it at all. Everything is a little different for me, because we have few really good clowns in the circus. My bid is 5 thousand rubles per performance, no one else gets it. Someone is jealous, and I say: "Make a normal number and get even more." In the team I communicate well with everyone, although there is enough gossip.
About 100 thousand rubles are obtained per month. I spend them only on my needs, for work I can only buy a couple of jars of varnish, because I am putting hair in.
I don’t pay anything for housing, because we move from city to city and the organization rents hotels or apartments for us. All my life is transported in a mail container one and a half meters high.
I do not follow the wallet and do not look at how much I spent going to the store. Therefore, the costs are only approximate. About 30 thousand rubles are spent on food. I love to cook and enjoy it. I spend about 20 thousand rubles on entertainments - karaoke, clubs and the like. I rest like ordinary people: I sat with friends, went to a restaurant ... We often go to karaoke, yelling songs. There are still common needs such as pay for phone and internet, clothes.
I also save up: I try to save 30 thousand rubles monthly, saving up for my own home. I recently received a second citizenship in Israel, I want to buy a house there, but I understand that I can only pull an apartment. I also record an album and spent about 20 thousand rubles last month on it.
I have five years left until retirement. Initially, I was an acrobat, so I can work for 15 years and retire. But what will this pension give me? This money is about nothing. I do not know what will happen in three years, not to mention five. Most likely, I will live either in Rostov, because I really liked this city, or in Israel.