3 Things You Should Never Do in a Mascot Costume
Every job has its dos and don’ts. Performing as a mascot is no different. When you’re on the job, you’re acting as a representative of the company you work for. This is doubly so when you’re in a mascot costume, as the character you’re playing is closely associated with a brand or organization. However, performing as a mascot is very different than other jobs. When you’re in a mascot costume, you must stay in character at all times. The following don’ts are behaviors you should avoid when you’re wearing a mascot costume to maintain your character:
- Don’t Talk
A common characteristic of most mascots is that they do not speak. This serves several purposes. First, it allows you to be completely in character and put forth a physical performance without words. Second, your voice is heavily muffled when you’re in a mascot costume, making it hard to hear you speak. By not talking, you avoid this issue. Third, several different people may take turns playing a mascot. While all voices are different, silence always sounds the same. So when in costume, refrain from talking to maintain the illusion of a character and stay consistent. Having an escort or out of costume co-performer can help as they can add all the verbal elements you yourself cannot while in costume.
- Don’t Be Confrontational
Not everything that happens when you’re wearing a mascot costume is all fun and games. We’ve all heard stories about mascots being picked on by kids and adults. While it can be hard keeping calm, being confrontational is not the correct response. For children who are acting up, always remember that they’re kids and may not know any better, look for their parents so that they can take control of the situation. In the case of rowdy adults, disconnect yourself from the situation, and don’t respond in an aggressive or confrontational way. In more extreme situations, alerting venue security may be required. If you have an escort or out of costume co-performer with you, they can alert security without attracting much attention. Above all, keep your safety in mind.
- Don’t Forget Safety
Lastly, you have to take your personal health into consideration. Performing as a mascot is a physically involving job. As a performance it has much in common with slapstick and physical comedy. Such performances require a good deal of moving around and can be very strenuous. Because you’re in a full body mascot costume while performing, getting hot and sweaty are common occurrences. Because of this you want to dress lightly when putting on your costume. Overly heavy clothing can lead to you becoming overheated, becoming dehydrated, and increase overall discomfort. Wear lightweight fabrics and make sure your clothing won’t rub or chafe your skin. Also be sure to stay hydrated and take breaks when you need to do so.
As you can see, wearing a mascot costume is a bit more involved than people think and requires a lot of practice. However, it can be a deeply rewarding and unique opportunity. If you would like more information about being a mascot or buying a custom mascot costume, contact Hogtown Mascots today. Our experts can provide you the assistance you need no matter what you need a mascot for or the type business you represent!