I’m a freelancer helping a small business design a mascot. It’s one of the biggest projects in my career so far, and I want to get everything just right. Ideas are being thrown about right now, but is there anything to know or ask before we get into the design phase?
If we were to approach a company about helping us with the design and other ideas, what are the most important considerations before we get the ball rolling?
One consideration would be to find out who will be wearing the mascot uniform. In the majority of cases, the person wearing it tends to be a staff member or a volunteer.
Also remember that the person wearing the costume must be willing to do this. If it is thrust upon them and they don’t want to do this, it will show in their performance. Imagine a happy-go-lucky kind of mascot uniform that’s supposed to be moving and dancing being worn by someone who acts depressed and is sluggish and shy. That’s not going to work, is it? Find out who will be the mascot and if they are going to be a willing participant. This can help ensure success.
I see your point! As I was reading your comment, I was thinking to myself that there is no way in hell I would be the mascot! I’m too much of an introvert. Besides, I have two left feet. If I tried dancing, I’d dislocate my shoulder or suffer a fractured hairline!
LOL! A fractured hairline? That is funny. Never heard that one before. But you can see my point, right? They must be happy to do it, so that it shows.
Yes, I agree. Thanks for that tip. We were considering appointing someone. Perhaps that is not the right approach.
I also think that you should think about whether your mascot is a short-term thing or a long-term thing. This can help you to determine what features to add. Is your mascot meant to be a permanent thing? Is it just for one season or campaign?
If your mascot costume is just going to be worn on five occasions, then you will need to make it differently. If it is going to be for the long haul, then you want to make sure that it is durable and can withstand wear and tear.
Knowing how long you intend to keep your mascot helps to determine many design features and ideas. You also need to let the designer know what it is going to be used for.
While in college (not that long ago), I was part of a team that was in the same position as you are now. We had to have a mascot designed. We approached Hogtown Mascots for their help. They were very helpful and experienced. That mascot is still going strong, by the way. You could contact them. It will make your life a lot easier.
I think we will have to contact someone pretty soon, so we’ll give your recommendation a try. Thanks!
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