For this week’s Deep Dive Series, we are interviewing a talented and entertaining Clapper creator: @BlooberryBaggens
@BlooberryBaggens is a hilarious clown and performer on Clapper. In this Deep Dive interview, she told us about her inspiration behind becoming a clown. We got to know the story behind her character’s name and talked about the stereotypes people have of clowns. Also, we got to find out that Blooberry is going to Clown Academy and we couldn’t be prouder of her.
Keep reading this Deep Dive Series to find out more about this creator’s amazing story. Make sure to tune in every Thursday at 5pm CT on our @Clappertalks account, to listen to the bonus questions that will only be available on our live radio show: Clapper Interviews.
Deep Dive into this amazing creator’s life!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What does a day look like in your life?
I wake up and I am a homeschool mom to my almost 10-year-old. That takes a lot of my time, it’s the reason why I do all of my livestreams fairly late at night. Pre-pandemic was a little busier, but I am home a lot, I do a lot of gardening, we have two dogs. It’s not a crazy clown life, I wish I could say I live in Pee Wee’s Playhouse or something.
What inspired you to want to become a clown?
I feel like I’ve always been one, I just didn’t have a nose. I was involved in musical theater, I did marching band and all kinds of social performance activities as a kid. Once I started traveling, I started playing music on the side of the road and that kind of opened it up even more. I started getting birthday party gigs from friends and painting faces and it grew from there. It’s been over 10 years now.
What is it like to develop your own character, you have so much freedom. What did it take to create Blooberrybaggens, any inspo from lord of the rings?
Blooberry Baggins was a nickname that I’d gotten due to a camping trip and a poor hair dye decision. I had hair-dyed my hair and ended up falling asleep. It stained a huge portion of my body blue and I was in the middle of the woods. I couldn’t do anything about it and ended up getting the nickname. Because I am below five feet, “baggens” came into play.
What is the most challenging part about being a clown and what is the most rewarding?
It’s about taking those things that you are insecure about and kind of embracing them. You are embracing those little nitty bits of yourself and showing them to the world in a positive way. I feel like is rewarding in its own way to see people change their perspectives on not only clowns but people in the same situations.
How do you feel as a clown when they portray clowns so negatively in the film industry?
There is a psychological reason. The clown phobia comes from the fact that as humans we are looking at each other’s faces and we are subconsciously reading their body movements. Subtle movements that we are constantly reading. Clows have strong lines on their face, they have a white face, their nose and mouth are too big. It triggers something in your brain that some automatically take as dangerous.
How do you deal with a kid that is scared of clowns at a birthday party?
The best thing to do in that situation is just to give them space and just to let them see how you are interacting with other people and make their own decisions. When they are very young they can be permanently affected by that sort of thing. My job in that instance is just like I always say: Consent is the coolest. If you don’t want to hang out with me that is totally fine and when you do I’ll be here.
Tell us about your radio show: “Casual Clown Radio”. When did you create this radio and what’s it about?
I started the casual radio on TikTok and it evolved very quickly. It was not really the place for it. I came over to Clapper and I wanted to create a radio show. Something like MTV but with more clowns. It’s been really interesting and cool, to say the least. We’ve got a variety of shows on the list.
So, When did you join Clapper? How did your journey as a creator begin?
I started on the other app. It just wasn’t what I was looking for. Once I found Clapper, it was more of a way to have a real artistic outlet. When you are getting booked, you are getting booked for a certain character, but being here on Clapper has been nice because I kind of change the makeup with the mood. It’s a lot more free and varied. The community is overwhelmingly welcoming.
What do you enjoy most about Clapper? In what ways do you feel like Clapper needs improvement?
Again, the community for me has been the biggest. The fact that we can have these moments with you guys, which is unheard of in any of these other apps. I think that is a beautiful way to keep us all connected and motivated to be better as creators.
I am a music show so as far as improvements go, the music section is so tedious. Scrolling through forever and ever. My biggest change would be putting a search bar on the music feature.
You are always shouting out people on your account. You have a very uplifting community. What advice would you give new users that want to build a strong community on Clapper?
Consistency is key. If you are falling behind on groups or you’re having a mental health day and you’re supposed to meet with someone, consistency is key. So, if you are having a bad day be honest about it. If you are having a great day use that time to try to lift somebody else up. So, consistency, and positivity. If someone is making you mad, remember the conversation over confrontation.
For our latest deep dive on @BigBrotherGMoney, read here.