In addition to always being in character you also need to maintain constant motion as a mascot performer. When in costume, YOU are the entertainment. People will be watching you and expecting you to perform, so it helps to keep moving at all times.
No matter what type of emotion you are trying to convey, the mascot costume will have the same facial expression. Because of this, it can be more challenging to accurately portray a certain emotion or expression. It is important to exaggerate all movements so that the meaning doesn’t get lost on the outside of the costume.
MASCOT TIP: Take some time to practice in and out of the costume to master exaggerated motions, body language, showing emotions, and simply walking. Try to film all these actions or practice in front of a mirror so you can truly see and perfect the motions for performances.