- Entertain crowds or meet and greet guests at events, sports, and leisure venues.
- You'll need excellent performance skills, confidence, and good levels of fitness.
- Work is often part time, so you may need to combine this with another role.
A rewarding role for someone with a strong personality and bags of confidence.
As a mascot, you'll normally dress up in a special costume representing a creature or other figure and entertain children or crowds at leisure parks, sporting events, or as part of charity events.
Your typical duties will be to greet people, have your photograph taken with them, generate an atmosphere in a crowd, or perform funny activities.
Mascots often work part time and combine this work with other roles. The costumes mascots wear can be quite heavy, hot and cumbersome, so you'll need to be able to manage this. You may also need to work weekends for sporting events and in the leisure industry.
There are no set requirements for this kind of role but you'll need excellent performance skills, the ability to work with children, and good levels of physical fitness.
Experience in childcare may be a benefit for some roles, and you may need to have a driving license and access to a vehicle. You'll also normally need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in order to work with children - your employer will normally arrange this.
Building up your experience of performing is a good place to start, and you may also find opportunities to act as a volunteer mascot for charities - this will help you work out if the role is for you.
While there isn't a typical 'career ladder' for this role it can be a great way to build experience as an entertainer, comedian, or actor and will also help you build excellent people skills. Becoming a mascot for a sports club or theme park can also be a good way to get your 'foot in the door' if you are interested in other roles within these organisations.