Hello and welcome to this week’s installment of Welcome to the Insta-hood. Where I interview fascinating people and their Instagram Accounts. This week I interviewed IG account:
1.Tell me a little about yourself.
“Hello there! My name is Ferguson Lahr. I am a devoted entertainer for all of mankind ; the young and the old, the tiny and the tall, the strong and the weak, the conventional and the freak. I am Fergus the clown, and making people smile is my profession. “
2. What made you interesting in becoming a clown? How long have your been performing?
“My father was a clown, and his father was a clown as well. Becoming a clown, to me, was more of an obligation rather than an aspiration; not only to carry the tradition that my fathers created, but to help get through the struggles that we lived with at the time. There was a period in our country where it suffered a massive economic downfall, in which many were desperate for jobs and hope, including myself. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: making people smile, and having a bed to sleep on. That is why I am a clown.”
3. Who are your top three idols that help create your clown persona and why? (be as descriptive as possible)
“One of my top idols has to be Klaus Nomi. There is a certain peculiarity to his style that is so appealing, and I love that he is able to deliver it with so much energy and power. I can only dream to be as confident and self-reliant as he was.
Another important person that has had a great influence in my life is Fred Rogers. His perception in life is something that I immediately connect with. Even as an adult I watched his television show; and every time Mr. Rogers spoke, his words were always of good intentions. He educated the youth with love and truth, and that is something I will always try to incorporate with my life.
My greatest idol that I won’t ever forget, is my wife, who passed away many moons ago. She was radiant, benevolent, and especially intelligent. She was perfect. She taught me to love myself and to love others, and that is something I will hold forever in my heart. “
4.What is some things and hobbies that you enjoy to do that does not involving clowning and why?
“I love exploring the woods. You never know what or who you might find in there. I also do enjoy reading, every now and then when I get the chance. One of my favorite books that I own is a picture book of the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz. It’s gigantic pictures are terrific to look at!”
5. Do you have any upcoming news or event that you would like to share?
“I don’t believe I have any upcoming news or events to share, at the moment. I do have some ideas that I’d like to set in motion but I’m not entirely sure where to start. One of the ideas that I’ve been wanting to get started on for quite awhile now, is to make short stop motion films of myself in a form of a doll / figure.
Another, is to create comic strips of myself going through life as anybody else would. I have ideas that pertain mainly to storytelling, but right now I am just trying to figure out how to execute them properly. It’s going to take some time.”
If you like to know more about Fergus or would like to add him on Instagram. His link to his account is below:
Thank you so much for the interview Fergus!!!
Until next time!