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Knowing your Building

These two north-of-the-border mascots show they know the space and how to make a moment within the friendly confines of their buildings.

Another mascot post to round out a busy week at the Water Cooler for mascots.

These two posts jumped out at me since they both showcase a mascot entertaining their fans in the stands, but showing they know their surrounds.

As a mascot who has worked in four different “home” arenas and literally over hundred more venues as a touring act, I can firmly attest to the importance of finding the right places to perform,

First you have to find places that don’t impinge on your fans enjoyment of the game.  Blockings seats or walkways can make a game experience miserable for fans in the area.  Passing in front of a fan a couple times isn’t likely going to upset anyone, but camping out in the same place and blocking views all night certainly will.

Then finding building nuisances fit for performing can be tricky.  For example, will a railing support you? Will be secure enough not to come loose, with the potential to hurt someone?  And can you perform the trick you have in mind without fear of injuring your self or someone else?

These two mascot found spot to perform and showcase some interesting bits., take a look.

Finding these spots, checking their safety and not making the game experience less for the surround fans is a pretty important part of mascot performance.  Taking a walk around the venue (especially a new venue or one you have not worked in before) can help you find clever places to work from, new spots for stunts or liabilities you weren’t aware of like loose railings, wobbly supports or high traffic areas where you are bound to upset people sitting nearby.

Know your surrounds and keep up with changes.  I also lean into your staff and handlers to keep an eye on how fans are reacting when you perform in new areas.

Are you a welcome addition or are you in the way?

These two north-of-the-border mascots show they know the space and how to make a moment within the friendly confines of their buildings.

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