I get paid?
usually arrives 4 weeks after the event. Be sure to file all paperwork
immediately following event. If we do not receive your paperwork
within 2 weeks of the event, checks may be delayed.
Checks cannot be issued without paperwork.
Forms we need are:
o TMO independent contractor Agreement
o IRS W-9 Form completed with signature
o Job Sheet for each event
o Possibly client specific paperwork pertaining to the character
my check go?
The address stated on the IRS W-9 form is where your check is
sent. If you move or change address please send us an updated W-9
form so that we may change you information for future mailings
more than 4 weeks where's my check?
We encourage everyone to check with our office to insure we've
received your paperwork. Missing job sheets are the #1 reason for
late checks. Occasionally, there are delays in mailing checks for
other reasons. For instance, if our clients are very late in paying,
it may delay paying talent (unfortunately). We make every effort
to pay within a reasonable timeframe.
Paperwork will I receive?
Per IRS law, if you are paid $600 or more in a year by TMO,
we must issue a 1099-MISC form at the end of that year. Tax laws
require you declare this as income on your taxes and you will be
responsible for tax payments as such. TMO by law must mail a copy
of that 1099 form to the IRS at the end of the year.
Do you offer
Presently we have a limited full-time staff managing our office
and client needs. We occasionally supply full-time mascots for traveling
tours. These opportunities are emailed to all mascots in our database
who meet the requirements of the tour. Currently we do not offer
any full-time employment with TMO.
What am I
required to bring to an event?
*Clean clothes to change into and out of... you'll sweat so
prepare as if going to the gym. Bandannas or sweatbands are recommended.
*We suggest you bring bottled drinking water; we ask clients
to supply this but sometimes it does not happen. *Your job
sheet which you'll need to have signed by the on site contact or
a management rep. following the event as confirmation of your appearance.
Once the signature is received you may also comment on the event.
Please document any problems, concerns or mishaps that may have
occurred since this serves as our official record of the event.
We welcome constructive criticism! TMO would like to constantly
improve it services to clients as well as performers- comments you
make are valuable in shaping our future!
Am I too
tall, too short, too wide, etc. to be a mascot?
The majority of mascot costumes fall into the 5'6" -5'8"
and 150-170lb category however, characters do come in all shapes
and sizes. We do have quite a few opportunities for people 5'-5'4"
and we also see some into the 6' range. Some characters are skinny
and others round. We encourage people regardless of height and weight
to sign up- we'll contact you with opportunities that are just your
do you look for in a mascot?
Reliability first and foremost. If you have a record
of being on-time / early to events, you'll be called before someone
who can break-dance in costume but inconsistently arrives as scheduled.
Professionalism next. Always be professional when IN
and OUT of costume. Follow the rules and don't make inappropriate
moves in costume. Be polite, kind, attentive, humble and understanding
out of costume.
Credentials also. Past jobs successfully done, other mascots
you have played or currently play for other teams, companies or
Performance-ability (purposely last). If you are a great
performer but don't meet the 1st 3 qualifications, we can't use
you at this time. When you've attained the above, expect many phone
calls from us!
do you offer to help one become a better mascot?
A channel to veteran mascots and suit specialty actors across
the US. We're happy to put you in touch with someone in your local
area who can show you the ropes and direct you to local opportunities
for additional experience and training.
Educational resources- books and videos from costume manufactures
& sports organizations. There are also extensive mascot
training camps offered by veteran sports mascots. The camps
are great opportunities to network with other mascots and learn
about the business of sports mascots. If you cannot afford the camps,
networking with your local sports mascot is still a good start.
Bear in mind you will likely be expected to do quite a bit of volunteer
work as you learn the ropes.
Do you offer
opportunities to be a sports or touring mascot?
The majority of those opportunities are handled outside of our
company either by a tour manager or an internal mascot coordinator
for a team. We maintain working relationships with as many of those
people as possible and help them out whenever possible. As such,
we do inform our talent base of these opportunities when they arise.
What's the pay rate?
Depending on client needs your skill level and length of time
you've been a part of TMO, the pay ranges from $12.50 per hour to
$50 hour with the majority filling right in the middle of that range.
When we contact you for an event we will discuss you pay rate for
that event. Rates vary from client to client so they will do likewise
from event to event.
if I move?
You must fill out a new W-9 form and send it to us. If you are
moving to another city or state, please call or drop us an email
letting us know. We fulfill mascot needs in all 50 states so let
us know you might actually find more work in another city. Don't
forget to also send us an updated resume- our talent pool has lost
out on great opportunities because they've changed their contact
phone #'s without informing us.