The 6 Key Duties of a Mascot Handler. Call them by any name – handler, buddy, escort, companion, cohort – this is the person assigned to make sure every mascot appearance goes smoothly, both for the performer and the public. The role of mascot handler is highly under-valued and often seen as unnecessary, but we
If you’ve recently landed your first gig as a mascot performer, congratulations! However, you may not be sure what your next steps are to ensure your performance is a great success. Putting on a mascot suit and interacting with a crowd can be a very fun and rewarding experience for all, but it pays to be prepared!
Luckily, we at Hogtown Mascots have put together this guide for first time mascot performers to help you prepare and feel more confident in your performance.
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.