The single most common factor you are likely to encounter with any mascot costume – custom, off-the-shelf, animal, humanoid or object –is that you will get hot after wearing the costume for a period of time. Whether you are a seasoned sports mascot or a company volunteer may determine how long it takes before you
Whether you’re on stage or on the field, here are our top 10 picks for ‘must have’ items in your survival kit when doing any kind of mascot shows, until you can get a proper repair done. In no particular order: Lint Roller Pick up all kinds of unwanted fuzz and dust with a sticky
Whether you’re in a big city or small town, there are plenty of opportunities available for different mascot jobs, if you know where to look. Here are some tips to help you start your search. Local Schools Many schools at all levels have a mascot costume. While the school might have volunteer students or staff
There are different mascots created for all kinds of reasons. Whether you are a company, sports team or school, your mascot character may be called upon to appear on different occasions and with very different audiences. The following tips will help you decide how to best characterize your mascot, depending on the situation. Parades and
If you’re an aspiring mascot performer looking to go pro, it can be tough to figure out how to break into the business. But, with the proper training, networking and hard work, you can find a fun and rewarding career as a professional mascot. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how you
While mascots are typically designed to be approachable and fun characters, they can sometimes be a little intimidating or scary for small children. Keep in mind that children of different ages will have varying reactions to your mascot performance – some will be shy, while others will be energetic and eager to participate. In any case, it’s up to you to adjust your performance accordingly. In this blog post, we’ve put together a number of suggestions for interacting with children to make sure everyone has a great time!
Let Children Approach You
Before you dive into engaging with your young fans, stand back and wave, avoiding large movements that may be frightening. Make slower, less dramatic movements, allowing children to approach you for photos and hugs.
Interact With Parents First
If the children you are performing for seem at all unsure of your character, and you’re not sure how they will react, try approaching a parent first. Have a friendly, positive interaction like a hug, high-five or handshake with a parent to demonstrate to children that you are approachable.
One of the most important elements of a great mascot performance lies in your ability to communicate without actually speaking. In order to maintain the illusion that comes with portraying your unique character, you must never speak – and that includes all communication you have with your mascot handler!
There are also several practical reasons as to why a mascot performer does not speak. Speaking through a mascot head can sound very muffled and become difficult to understand for your audience. Additionally, you may have several individuals performing as the same mascot with different voices, so keeping things silent allows for more consistency among performers.
A talented mascot performer builds excitement into any event. But even people who are the most natural performers take advantage of training and careful planning to hone their craft. Here’s a look at some of the most important planning tips and tricks to consider in order to make your performances stand out.
Improve Communication With Your Audience
Communication is key to any successful mascot performance, because the first rule for mascots is: never speak. Therefore, you must become an expert at communicating using only physical gestures.
Every mascot needs to know how to wave, blow kisses, hug, and generally exude emotions like shyness or joy that must be expressed with physical gestures rather than facial expressions, words and tone of voice. For example, mascots wave using their entire arms to make a grand gesture unless they are up close to little children, in which case a hand-only wave is appropriate.
Mascots are one of your most important marketing tools. But a good mascot does a whole lot more than just tell people about your company or put on a show. A good mascot can also educate your audience about a wide variety of topics. Animal mascots are some of the most common and endearing of mascots, making them ideal for educational programs. Here is a brief overview of why animal mascots are a great choice when you’re looking to educate your audience.
Learning new things is not always fun. When trying to educate your audience, an important thing to remember is to create a presentation that keeps them engaged. Much like a child in a class they hate, or an adult in a work meeting they don’t want to be in, a boring attempt at education will be one that results in very little being learned. By using animal mascots you add an element of fun right from the beginning. By making learning fun, you make your audience much more receptive of what you’re saying and greatly increases the chances of them absorbing your message.
We are all familiar with the crazy stunts we’ve seen mascots try at big sporting events. While these outrageous tricks require lots of preparation, skill and can even be dangerous, your stunts can be much simpler and still be effective and fun for all. What fans are really looking for are funny, entertaining, and impressive
Wearing a mascot costume can be a hot and sweaty experience. Wearing the right clothes under your mascot costume can help you to stay cool and perform at your best. Use these tips to keep your cool when playing your team’s mascot. Wear Light Clothing Don’t make the mistake of wearing too much clothing under
It definitely looks warm in a mascot suit. However, they’re a bit deceptive in terms of the warmth they hold. Unfortunately, they can make even the most enthusiastic mascot a bit nippy on chilly nights or on parade day. Wear a Hat or Kerchief This may sound silly, especially if you’re wearing an entire head