Seminars

Street Characters Inc. offers training programs for mascot performers, their spotter escorts and mascot program managers. These programs are available on a private or group basis. Group seminars are conducted semiannually at our Mascot School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and at regional locations throughout North America. Private training sessions are available anytime at our Mascot School or at a client’s place of business.

Street Characters also offers a round table discussion presentation on the impact of mascots in sports and business. This presentation is designed for organizations that are contemplating the purchase of a mascot but are uncertain what benefits it can provide. Street Characters conducts this presentation by request at trade shows, conventions and sports league meetings.

Street Characters training programs are personally instructed by company president Glenn Street. A former mascot performer with the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames and the world famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Glenn has a wealth of experience to share with novice and veteran performers. Glenn’s subsequent experience administering the mascot programs for major festivals, sports teams and corporations is equally valuable to mascot program managers. Whenever possible, we bring in mascot performers and managers from major league mascot programs as guest speakers on selected topics of interest.

DVDs

Street Smarts Mascot Training DVDs Learn more about the Art of Mascoting with training DVDs from Street Characters Inc.
Based on the experience of Glenn Street, one of the first mascots in professional sports, this three-part DVD series begins with basics of dressing in a costume and ends with entertaining the fans at major league ball games.

Manuals: Street Smarts

The Guide For Mascot Management is THE AUTHORITY on mascot program operations. The only book of its kind in existence, Street Smarts will tell you everything you need to know to successfully manage a mascot program.

Fully indexed in a perfect-bound 8.5″x 11″ softcover book, Street Smarts is 149 pages of must know information.

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Mascot Performer and Spotter Seminar

This eight hour seminar consists of formal classroom lessons, practical training sessions and reviews of mascot video footage. Participants are encouraged to bring their mascot costumes with them.

The goal of this seminar is to teach mascot performers and their spotter escorts how to make their costumed character come to life as a lovable, entertaining and memorable ambassador of the team or company they work for. To achieve this goal, the seminar focuses on three objectives:

Training Objective 1

To familiarize novice mascot performers with the basic techniques of performing in costume.

Subjects include:

  • Costume dressing techniques
  • Developing an appropriate personality for the mascot
  • The basics of non-verbal communications (i.e. gestures)
  • Basic entertainment routines
  • The Mascot 10 Commandments

Training Objective 2

To provide performers and spotters of all experience levels with information to improve their entertainment routines. Subjects include:

  • Prop design
  • Developing appropriate routines for sporting venues
  • Developing appropriate routines for corporate venues
  • How to read and respond to an audience’s reaction
  • Performance techniques for working with children

Training Objective 3

To provide performers and spotters of all experience levels with information to safeguard the mascot’s physical security and public image during performances. Subjects include:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Mascot security (e.g. dealing with abusive fans)
  • Emergency costume repair
  • The basics of media and public relations

All seminar participants are eligible to purchase the Street Smarts Manual and DVD Package at the discount price of $300 (regular $500).

For more information or to register, please phone 1-888-MASCOTS (1-888-627-2687) or click here to email us.

Mascot Program Administrator Course

This is an intensive 3.5 hour seminar style course. The goal of the course is to teach mascot program administrators how to effectively manage their mascot programs so they will achieve maximum public relations and marketing results for their organization. To achieve this goal, the course focuses on three objectives:

Training Objective 1

To teach novice mascot program administrators how to set up a mascot program for their organization. Subjects include:

  • Costume acquisition
  • Selecting and training mascot performers and their spotters
  • Establishing a workable administrative organization for their program

Training Objective 2

To teach novice and experienced mascot program administrators how to efficiently manage the daily operations of their mascot program. Subjects include:

  • Managing performances within the organization (game day performances)
  • Promoting, booking and managing performances outside the organization
  • Evaluating performances for vitality and needed improvements
  • Costume cleaning and repair considerations

Training Objective 3

To teach novice and experienced mascot program administrators how to market their mascot’s image for profit. Subjects include:

  • Merchandising opportunities
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Endorsement opportunities

All seminar participants are eligible to purchase the Street Smarts Manual and DVD Package at the discount price of $300 (regular $500).

For more information or to register, please phone 1-888-MASCOTS™ (1-888-627-2687) or click here to email us.

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DVDs

Street Smarts Mascot Training DVDs

Learn more about the Art of Mascoting with training DVDs from Street Characters Inc.

Based on the experience of Glenn Street, one of the first mascots in professional sports, this three-part DVD series begins with basics of dressing in a costume and ends with entertaining the fans at major league ball games.

” The videos have really helped us train our performer interns for Boomer. We’ve recommended them to other teams.”
Doug Morgan,
Mascot Coordinator,
Indiana Pacers (NBA)

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DVD 1: Getting Started (Duration 17:50)

In this DVD, five new mascots are introduced to their job. The topics covered include:

  • costume dressing
  • basic mascot movements
  • health and safety considerations
  • general duties and responsibilities
  • general security issues

DVD 2: Basic Training (Duration 21:00) In this DVD, the five new mascots are coached in

  • body language gesturing
  • creating a mascot personality
  • working with children
  • the duties of a spotter
  • advanced mascot security
  • basic sports awareness
  • media awareness

” We have every one of our performers watch the videos. Everything in them is so self explanatory.”
Jennifer Smith, Mascot Coordinator, Concordia University.

DVD 3: Your Mascot In Action (Duration 16:30)

This final DVD presents a mascot’s eye view on performing at sports and corporate venues.

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To order by credit card, simply email our Director of Marketing or phone us toll-free at 1-888-MASCOTS™.

Price: $349 plus shipping and handling

Street Smarts – The Guide For Mascot Management

Why reinvent the wheel?

Learn how to make your mascot program the best that it can be with management tips from Street Characters Inc.

Manuals: Street Smarts

Street Smarts – The Guide For Mascot Management is THE AUTHORITY on mascot program operations. The only book of its kind in existence, Street Smarts will tell you everything you need to know to successfully manage a mascot program.

Topics include:

  • costume acquisition
  • mascot program staffing
  • basic training for performers and spotters
  • advanced training for sporting events and corporate functions
  • budget development
  • performance booking management
  • performer evaluations
  • mascot program promotion
  • selecting lines of merchandise
  • costume cleaning and repair

The manual is illustrated throughout, and includes examples of 12 management forms.

Fully indexed in a perfect-bound 8.5″x 11″ softcover book, Street Smarts is 149 pages of must know information.

To order your copy of this outstanding product please email our Director of Marketing or phone us toll-free at 1-888-MASCOTS™.

Price: $399.00 plus shipping and handling.

This manual will more than pay for itself the first time you use it!

Or buy the entire STREET SMARTS PACKAGE (manual & DVDs),

for the bargain price of $499.00 plus $24.95 shipping and handling.

To order by credit card call 1-888-MASCOTS (627-2687) or email our sales desk .

NOTE: All prices are in US funds.

” The manual and videos are especially good for teams just starting a mascot program. The package was great for us starting out from ground zero.”

Nicole Bidwill
Marketing Manager,
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)

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