In the world of mascots, there’s an art to creating characters that truly resonate with audiences. Just as important as the design and quality of the costume is the performance itself. At Street Characters Inc., we specialize not just in creating visually stunning mascots, but in breathing life into them.
Our roots trace back to 1984 when our company president, Glenn Street, worked with two high-profile local mascots: Harvey the Hound of the Calgary Flames, and Harry the Horse of the world-famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. It was during these performances that the idea for Street Characters Inc. was born.
At Street Characters Inc., we understand the importance of effective movement and interaction in mascot performance. Here are some key tips to bringing your mascot to life:
- Understand Your Character:
Every mascot has a unique personality and story. Before stepping into the costume, take time to understand the character you’re portraying. What are their likes and dislikes? How do they interact with others? Immerse yourself in the character’s world to truly become them.
- Master the Movements:
Mascot costumes can be bulky and restrict movement. It’s essential to practice and master movements to ensure they look natural. Work on developing a signature walk or dance that aligns with your character’s personality. Practice in front of a mirror or record yourself to fine-tune your movements.
- Engage with Your Audience:
Interaction is key to a successful mascot performance. Use body language to communicate with your audience. Be attentive and responsive to their reactions. Props can be a great tool for interaction, but remember to always stay in character.
- Safety First:
Mascot costumes can get hot and uncomfortable. Make sure to take regular breaks and stay hydrated. Always have a handler or spotter with you to guide you and ensure your safety.
At Street Characters Inc., we take pride in our history and experience in the mascot industry. From Glenn Street’s pioneering work as Harvey the Hound, to the thousands of mascots we’ve created for organizations around the globe, our expertise is built into every costume we make. Our mascots are made by mascots for mascots, ensuring they’re not just visually appealing, but also performer-friendly.
Remember, a mascot is more than just a costume; it’s a character that brings joy, laughter, and fun to any event or gathering. By mastering the art of effective movement and interaction, you can truly bring your mascot to life and leave a lasting impression on your audience. After all, at Street Characters Inc., we turn dreams into reality and are committed to creating characters that are fun, full of life, and built to last.