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Meet Lincoln Finance Manager Who Brings Smiles as a Clown!
Besides working as an accountant at our school, Hernán Blasco coordinates a social project that brings clowns and smiles to hospitals, schools, and vulnerable communities. Meet one of our coolest #Communicators
The accountant and the clown. That’s only two of the multiple facets of the life of Hernán Blasco, Finance Manager at Lincoln. Nowadays, he not only performs as a clown but also coordinates the group Los Crispines: a social project of the Espacio Aguirre Clown Academy that visits nursing homes, schools, and neighborhoods to put on shows and bring smiles to vulnerable communities.
It all started in 2011. Having just turned 40, already a choir singer, Hernán went with his family to see a children's musical show by the group Caracachumba. There, he met a clown that would change everything. “He made me laugh and laugh. I don't remember having felt that since childhood. That aroused curiosity in me. However, the prejudice was strong...How could (at the time) the CFO of a Japanese multinational also be a Clown?”
After a peak of stress due to overwork, Hernán decided it was high time he googled about it. He decided to start a clown intensive course in Espacio Aguirre theater. It so happened that the teacher was the same clown that inspired him during the Caracachumba’s show! That was the beginning of a long training, which continues today after more than 10 years. We interviewed Hernán to get to know the life of a finance professional and an artist!
I deeply love my two professions. I am passionate about numbers and connecting with people through the language of gaming and clowning.
What does it mean to be a clown?
It’s a modern clown with a theatrical technique in which we interact with our companions and the audience through an intense emotional connection. We show and share our vulnerabilities, fears, and feelings openly and sincerely to make them laugh and feel good. This technique requires training to overcome the fear of ridicule, emptiness, failure, and shame. We make a great effort to accept ourselves as we are, to be able to play with it and make the public have fun when we share it with them.
How do the Finance Manager and Clown complement each other?
In the beginning, Hernán (the Manager) and Sebástian (my clown) fought a lot. Over time, the clown managed to get the Manager to relax and allow himself to be more sensitive to his environment. Today, they both feed each other. I managed to understand that both profiles seek the same objective: to provide service, either through information for making economic and financial decisions as well as for managing emotions, sharing a joke, a song, a tongue twister, or a dance, that makes us smile and reminds us that the universal language is games. I deeply love my two professions. I am passionate about numbers and connecting with people through the language of gaming and clowning.
“Do not prejudge yourselves and go all out to pursue your dreams, no matter your age. ”
What would be your advice for our learners and communicators?
Follow the impulse you feel and listen to yourself. Do not prejudge yourselves and go all out to pursue your dreams, no matter your age. It is never too late or too early. Study and be the protagonists of your destiny.
How would you describe a Lincoln artist?
A Lincoln artist is the fruit of a community that supports and encourages diversity of abilities to transcend and collaborate to make this world a better place.
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