For Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the clowns are the pulse of the circus. They're on the road for 11 months of the year.
They are performing in Dallas and they'll head to Fort Worth next week. But the stop in North Texas has a special meaning for two of the clowns in the show, Circus Xtreme.
“I am home,” said Taylor Albin. “It’s so good to be home.”
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Albin grew up in Mineral Wells and always wanted to be a clown. It's not your typical profession for a college grad with a business degree.
“I used to come to Dallas or Fort Worth every single year growing up and at a very young age was like, 'Those adults down there are making everybody laugh, I kind of want to do that,'” said Albin, who has been with the circus for seven years.
But for Truett Adams of Dallas, it's her first year with Ringling Bros. and a whole new experience. The Southern Methodist University grad took advice from her college theater professor to join the circus. She did, linking up with the goofy, but gifted showmen.
It’s no easy task becoming a clown for Ringling Brothers. Every year, thousands of people audition, but only one or two people are picked for the job and only 12 perform in the show.
“I got on the road, had no idea what I was in for and got welcomed into this crazy family,” said Adams.