Non verbal communication

A mascot performer must communicate with their audience non verbally, meaning “without speaking.” With practice you can build up a large non verbal vocabulary that will allow you to convey actions and emotions without saying a word.

Mascot Emotions

When showing emotion as a mascot, think of it in acting terms, on a level on 1 through 10, 1 being the lowest. As a mascot it is easy to feel that you have to be “at a 10” the entire time. If you do this you will soon find yourself out of energy and the audience may lose interest. It’s best to do your emotions/acting in waves, that is to say low, medium, high, medium low, etc. Throw some variety in there. Go from a 10 to a 1, or the other way around.

Some common emotions:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Shy
  • Scared
  • Angry
  • Impatient
  • Sexy
  • Tired
  • Bored
  • Shocked/surprised
  • Depressed/defeated
  • Scheming / mischievous
  • Lazy
  • Embarrassed
  • Cheerful
  • Arrogant
  • In love

and many more. Let the moment affect you. If a little kid is scared of you and starts crying, that can make you sad. You slump your shoulders, hand your head, and wipe away a tear. Or the crying kid could scare you. You act afraid, tremble, and run and hide behind someone/something and occasionally peek out to see if that scary crying kid is still there.

Non Verbal Vocabulary

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