Girl Clown Aims To Bring A Smile To The Faces Of New Yorkers

Girl Clown follows the journey of a shy girl in New York City
Girl Clown Aims to Bring a Smile to the Faces of New Yorkers
Source - Photo by Crystal Scott Faith

Coming from the land of happiness and smiles in California, it probably didn’t take Crystal Faith Scott very long to notice the discrepancy on the faces of her new neighbors in Manhattan.  But when she began to tire of waiting on tables to supplement her income and wore her new business attire to work, she really came to understand that what lies beneath the jaded looks allows New Yorkers to energetically persevere and provided the impetus for both a short film and an upcoming feature.

“I became a clown. This had me going out wearing my costume – a little nose and pigs tails.

People would waive and smile or stop and ask me questions,” said Scott. “This was interesting to me because nothing fazes them. But a clown did so I decided this was something I wanted to write about.” 

Called Girl Clown, Scott used a little of herself to bring something to a story that is anything but sad clown. “I was shy as a little girl so my mom put me in theater to help,” said Crystal, and this story is about a similar girl in New York City who struggles with isolation.

The short situates Scott as a cutesy girl anxiously trying to approach the guy upstairs in 2E. She too takes a job as a clown and steals hearts on the platform, while literally being right on the nose in terms of her pent up affections directed above. “Girl Clown won awards at some of the film festivals, and everyone asked me if I was going to make a feature,” she said. “So I did.”

More a happy ending of happenstance in the short, the feature involves a real journey for a girl who lives on the upper west side with her mother and barely subsists through her dilemma.

“It’s a process, and she comes into herself,” says Scott, who studied acting at the Sande Shurin Acting School.

Nonetheless, Scott is certainly aware of the squeamishness some have for clowns but is confident that her big nose and pigtails won’t put off.  She doesn’t envision any pushback from the clown community either. “It’s very pro-clown,” she jokes.

But at this point, she is mostly focusing on the Crowd Funding as she sits on the completed script and a large database of friends who are ready to act if called upon. Working on a video for the campaign,” she says, “You have to approach it like a job. It’s also a great way to attract a loyal following and generate publicity.”

In the end, Scott hopes this quirky film is reminiscent of another offbeat excursion by a taciturn girl. “It’s a bit of a dramedy like Amelie,” she says.

A lot to shoot for, but she’ll definitely settle if her highlighted check bones brighten New Yorkers smiles half as much as that Oscar nominated film.

If you would like to contribute to the Girl Clown Crowd Funding 

For the short

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