Mascot Performer Safety
Always send your mascot out with a chaperone. It is difficult to see and to hear while wearing the costume. It is also very hot. A chaperone needs to act as your mascot’s eyes and ears and voice as well as its bodyguard. It is not uncommon for people, to hit or kick a mascot, or pull it’s tail. There have also been cases of mascots being assaulted and the crowd thinking its part of the show. It is very important that your mascot never be left alone.
Not everyone can be a mascot. If you are prone to claustrophobia, fainting or heat exhaustion, you should not be a mascot. If you begin to feel panicked, sick, dizzy or light-headed, have your chaperone take you away and get you out of the costume as soon as possible.
Determine hand signals with the chaperone in advance. As mascots shouldn’t speak you will need to create a sign language to communicate things such as… “This kid keeps pulling my tail,” “ I need water” And “Get me out of here, now.”
Prearrange breaks. Know how long you can perform without getting overheated. Have plenty of water on hand.
Bringing the Mascot to Life – Hints and Tips
Now that you have your mascot, it’s time to bring it to life. The performer is as important to the character as the costume itself.
Know what kind of audience you are performing for. Is it a big game? A parade? A casual Meet and Greet?
What is your mascot’s personality? Are you tough? Are you a jokester? Are you shy? What sorts of image are you expected to reflect?
Practice movement with your chaperone. Get feedback. While practicing, figure out your hand signals, as mentioned before.
All gestures need to be larger than life to communicate to large crowds. Arm and hand gestures are very important, don’t leave them out.
“Here I am” Wave Is useful to get the attention of large audiences. Use your whole arm with large sweeping gestures. Stretch out your hand and fingers. Make yourself as big as you can get.
“I’m a little shy” Wave is useful for relating to small, shy children. Open and close your hand in a child-like wave. Shy and giggling body language and games like peek-a-boo will make you more approachable.
“Thumbs up” Works great with pre-teen and teenagers. This lets you acknowledge the person in a fun and positive manner.
“High five” is a great way to greet a teenager or adult. Most teenagers find a hug or a handshake too uncool. A high five allows them to be a part of the process while remaining “cool”.
React to your surroundings. Cover your eyes and shake you head when the opposing team scores. Be the life of the party. Joke around, flirt, dance, make your presence known, but always be respectful.
The more you get to know your character and your audience, the more fun you’ll have. As you learn how people react to your actions, you can develop a character that really “speaks” for your organization. Remember, you represent your organization while in the costume so mind your behavior.
Be Safe. We have heard of dozens of mascot stunts, most of which have hurt the performer and destroyed the costume. Think twice before doing anything crazy.
Always remember to have fun!
Preparing for the “Big Event”
Be sure your costume is clean. It is wise to check this out a week before you need it.
Are there any repairs needed? Check all your zippers and seams. Nothing looks worse than a mascot held together with duct tape and pins.
Has your battery been charged and is it in good working order? To charge your battery, plug it in to the charger and the charger into the wall for not more than 12 hours. The battery should be fully discharged before charging.
Have you frozen your gel packs and do you have extras if needed. Transport them to the event in a cooler.
Make sure everything you need is in the bag, ready to go. It helps to have a checklist.
Know where you need to be and when. Know where you will be changing. Nobody should see you getting in or out of costume. And, Never, Ever, take off your head in public.
Arrange a meeting time and place with your chaperone. Know your hand signals in advance.
Do you need a pass or a ticket to get into the venue where you will be performing? If so have it ready.
Know your boundaries. Know where you are to perform and where you are not allowed. Some teams only let you in the playing area at half time, some not at all. It is important to know all the information ahead of time.
If your in a parade be sure you have a safety or rescue vehicle with you so you can get a ride should you get tired. A float is always better you can then enjoy the parade and wave at the crowd.
Safety Safety Safety, Very important never put your self in danger. Don’t go into the water with him on, don’t go around cars, open flames, or anywhere you are not accompanied by a handler. Never go out alone.
Wear as little clothing as possible. (A swimsuit, or cotton shorts and a tank top work great.) Be aware of the temperature and of how hot it will get inside the mascot.
Have plenty of water available at the performing site and in the dressing room. A water bottle with a long straw can be used while in costume, just make sure nobody can see you. Don’t drink soft drinks or liquor, as they will only dehydrate you. A mascot that smells of liquor is not a very good image.
Go to the bathroom before you get into the costume.
Look in a mirror or have someone check you out before you go into public. Make sue your costume is in proper order, neat and tidy.
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