don't make it don't yell at us! (however, if you DO get the job
feel free to heap credit on us, or send
a monetary donation..... just kidding.) In all honesty,tips on how TO
and how NOT TO try out are valuable!
have all the answers, but we may have some tips that we can share with
the beginning character
performer concerning trying out and getting a job. The information
may NOT apply to your situation, so if
Do some research. Find out what the old mascots did, and copy some of
their best schtick. Some schools require pushups after each touchdown.
If you're going to a football powerhouse you'd better start practicing
Try and talk to some of the cheerleaders. See if there is anything they
know the cheerleading coach liked to see the mascot do.
While you're at it, see if any cheerleaders might be willing to tell
you what kinds of cheerleading partner stunts they've seen mascots do.
Even a small stunt can be impressive in a tryout.
Put together an employment resume, mention high school, college,
corporate and/or minor league work. Have your resume focus especially
realistic goals and objectives for your team's mascot program. Create a
resume, even if it's you in a rented costume, dancing in your living
room. The more teams can see what you can do the better your chances
are of promotion.
Talk to your employer, find out what the most recent mascot did that
was good, what things they would like to see the mascot continue to do.
A good question is "If you were able to have any other mascot from any
other team who
would it be and why?" Finding out what performance skills your team is
looking for is key!
Call Up mascots from the league and see what the team mascot did. Ask
some advice from those league mascots.
Try and wear a suit or professional looking clothes. Even if they say
dress casual, try and be as formal as possible without going too far.
Mascot Tryout Checklist!!!
-costume (if you are expected to bring one)
-change of clothes
-resume (if necessary)
-video resume (if necessary)
-props you want to use
-audio tape or CD of your tryout skit (if necessary)
When choosing a skit, try to stay true to the personality of the old
character, or develop a personality for a new character. Some teams and
schools frown on violence, so make sure your skit follows the correct
"rating" for your team.
Many times you will have 2-5 minutes to show your physical skills.
During this time make sure you get your best stunts in!
Practice the whole stunt before your tryout, preferably in front of a
mirror, or use a video camera to judge your performance. Practice makes
perfect! Practice in front of a mirror how you would respond to
different situations, like "your team is losing bad" or "you've just
scared a child", etc.
The skits more often effective are those that compact a number of music
clips together, showing diversity in flavor, speed, emotions, etc. Mix
15-30 seconds of song clips that you can perform from. Show lots of
energy and positive
"Usually if there is a large group of people trying out they will have
you do a choreographed dance. I was never any good at learning the
so when they said go practice, I usually find a person that picked up
dance well and had them help me. Also, if I mess up then KEEP
MOVING. Even though you are not in costume, make large movements,
facial expressions. If you have to do a kick do it with authority.
Pretend as if the
people that you are trying out for don't see you and you are in a
costume. Plus, try and do the dance that they make you do. You may find
it odd that
they are making you do a dance, but they just wanna see how you move
you are shy or not. -Tiger Bunny (Towson Tiger, and Bugs Bunny at Six
From Our Mascot Speak Members
"For the UConn Husky tryouts, the process was a grueling, a 3 week one.
Essays, personal interviews with Cheerleaders, current mascot, athletic
Director and University President (finalists only). We had 30 trying
out for one
spot then. Also, minimal acrobatics (pyramid climbing, tumbling),
situations, our own skit, and stand up comedyin front of a small crowd.
Pay was nada, BUT I was sponsored by Nike, so received all sorts of
gear, and all my traveling and lodging was
covered by the teams. When I gave up the gig, I then received 2 very
sweet scholarships for my final 2 years at UConn, due to my antics...so
it really did pay off in the end." - UCONN Husky
"At our school, it was a week long process, the first two days were
very laid back, people trying out were given all the equipment that the
mascot uses. <unicycles, trampoline, rollerblade ramp, stilts,
etc.> They were told to practice a bit, and also that they were
being observed. The
third night everyone performed tumbling in front of the judges in suit.
night, everyone performed on the equipment in front of the judges. The
night, there were interviews and a short interaction
event at the intramural basketball games, the sixth night phone calls
were made and three of the ten that originally tried out were chosen to
perform at the senior grad party, for about 30 mins each. Two were
the three. Although the mascot position is a full-tuition scholarship,
both mascots currently have donated their scholarships to the team, and
doing things voluntary." - Kid Simba (Brigham Young)
I used to be the Syracuse Orangeman for three years and this was our
audition process consisted of:
1. An elevator (when two guys lift you up from your feet)
2. Short informal interview (5 min) with judges (old Ottos, alumns,
3. 1-2 minute skit
4. Crazy tumbling
5. Performance during Spring Football Game (7 minutes in costume)
6. Quick Improv. In terms of the position itself, it wasn't a paid
position but did receive Nike shoes and warm-ups. - Dan (Syracuse)
"30 people tried out, no compensation besides a duffel and shoes (Nike)
until a previous mascot got an inheritance and set up a 150$ per
semester fund... Tryout was a written application, panel interview,
(athletic director, mascot advisor, cheer advisor, previous mascot, 2
female character mascots), then the four that made it through the
interviewperformed in costume for 10-15
minutes at a mens basketball game." - University of Arizona
"In recent years, Boston University has had trouble getting people to
try out, but for the first time this year, we put a small ad in the
paper and had 20 people call for more info. Previously, we only would
four or five people come to tryouts when we did poster advertising. We
tryouts in Sept, and it is sure to be our best turnout ever." - Boston
"University of Kentucky also runs advertisements in the school
newspaper. However, the best way to get people to come and tryout would
just be word of mouth in my opinion. Tell everyone that seems
interested in the position that you know, especially if they would be
someone that you could work well with. If your school offers
scholarships to the mascots, then make sure
to advertise that point. Kentucky only had ten people tryout my
year. I think that ten is a good number because with too many people
out, the process can become very tedious."
"I guess my biggest peice of advice would be to have your routine down
pat. Doing a lot of practice runs might help you eliminate some
or errors that the other applicants might run into. All the skit stuff
sounds great but the hardest part of our tryouts was the running and
Make sure you are physically fit to do the job. if you get that down
will be set. Keep it real...Real FUNNY"
to give it simply and briefly, the people are wanting
someone with LOADS of energy, a creative imagination, school spirit,
improvisational usage, athletic knowledge and skills, ability to create
and appropriately use props, responsibility to uphold school values and
image, ability to
work well with others, affection for children and sports fans,
for totally bizarre situations and activities, care for school and
property, ability to withstand high temperatures for
long periods of time, charisma and little to complain about, and...did
I mention LOADS of energy? " - Boss Hog