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Mr. Clown

About Me:

I was raised in the circus, and got my first job as a gymnast before becoming a professional clown. After college, I’ve had a few positions in the performing arts, including as a writer and cast member for a major theater company. A year and a half ago, I started my own entertainment technology company. I’m going to do $3-4M in revenue in 2020.


Undergrad School: University of Chicago

Undergrad Major: Creative Writing

GPA: 3.85

GMAT: 740

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Fundraised for local schools / nonprofits (have raised over $100K)

Work History:

Title: Founder

Industry: Entertainment

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Title: Cast Memeber

Industry: Entertainment

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

Built my company from nothing into a $3.6M revenue (~37% EBITDA margin) business with 11 employees.

Post MBA Goal:

Develop core business skills I need to turn my $3.6M revenue company into a $360M revenue company.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: USC Marshall, UCLA Anderson


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    What business school wouldn’t want a professional clown in their classroom? Seriously. There are, of course, plenty of non-traditional applicants who apply to elite MBA programs. But your profile really stands out among the unexpected candidates. It’s novel enough to make you a viable candidate at Stanford. Now that’s especially because you check the boxes on the fundamentals (which after all are not clown-like at all): a 740 GMAT and a 3.85 from the University of Chicago (isn’t that where fun goes to die?). And you are a successful entrepreneur, having created an entertainment technology company that will do $3 million to $4 million in revenue this year. And you have successfully raised more than $100,000 for local schools and nonprofits. So what would put …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. Clown,
    This is Debbie Choy, GSB alum and Senior Consultant at mbaMission. What an interesting and unique background! In my 8 years of advising applicants, I don’t see many candidates coming from the entertainment industry, so this alone is a non-traditional industry, which always helps you to stand out from the crowd. I also like that you have a robust academic track record (GPA, GMAT), solid community involvement, and importantly, strong work experience building your company. That said, be sure to reference in your apps who will be running your company during school. Schools don’t typically like students to be running businesses on the side. Apart from that, also ensure that you understand what gaps you need to fill to grow your company to …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Clown – Thanks for sharing your profile. Susan Cera Director of MBA Admissions at Stratus here. I’ve been reading MBA applications and helping young professionals with their applications for 15 years and don’t recall ever having seen someone from the circus! You most definitely will be remembered by admissions committee.

    Congratulations on the success of your business to date. While you clearly have a passion for growing what you have started, your applications will need to showcase what, very specifically, you need to learn to move your business forward. Furthermore, what will happen with your business during the ~2 years you are in school? Are you able to lean on others on our leadership team to carry the torch in your absence? Admissions committee …

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