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Hollywood Clown: An inside look into the competitive and political world of children's birthday parties of Hollywood's rich and famous Paperback – September 26, 2013
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About the Author
An actor with over 40 commercials to his credit, an accomplished musician and now an author, Jason Lassen resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and and two dogs. Through he'll always be a New Hampshire farm boy at heart, Jason's other passions besides his family and his work are playing guitar, photography, video editing and painting. He's still waiting for his big break.
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The first chapter is a hook - plunging the reader smack into the middle of Jason's career as a children's entertainer where he is playing a "Honey-Bear" type character for the first birthday of one of Hollywood's biggest A-listers' kids. Hollywood Clown then backs up to the beginning of Jason's adventures in Hollywood nuttiness as one of so many ambitious actors looking to make their mark in the world. Throughout, stories of Jason's various clown and costumed character gigs for celebrities and other people, flashback-type insights to his pre-Hollywood history and details of Jason's heart-on-his-sleeve personality kept me engaged and wanting to read further.
At the end, when Jason hangs up his hat as a children's entertainer, even though I knew what was coming, it was a real pleasure to read how he found love with his wife and family. It is clear to me that Jason's journey through this interesting Hollywood subculture has had a profound and positive effect on who he is today.
I wholeheartedly recommend Hollywood Clown. It is well written and fun, for sure. But it's more - in an abstract sense, it embodies that lyric from John Lennnon's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" that - life is what happens to you when you while you're busy making other plans.