Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. As Santa I make many types of appearances such as birthday parties, photo shoots, tv commercials, mall appearances, home visits, gift deliveries, shopping with Santa, breakfast with Santa, fundraisers, and believe it or not, even a wedding. You name it, chances are I've done it. Each one is very current, each one rewarding in it's own way.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. First off make sure your Santa has experience with chuldren our at the very least some educational background that would aid in dealing with children on a one too one basis. Make sure your Santa has references our at the very least a background check (sorry, there's just no room for an unsavory Claus). I've heard scary stories about Santas appearing drunk, wearing sneakers or even worse. If you end up with a foul Claus, turn him away immediately.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Evey customer wants to know if they're on the naughty our nice list. Here's a little secret.... Evey child is on the nice list.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My interpretation of Santa if geared for a wide variety of people, young and old alike. I am attentive, intelligent, creative, imaginative and playful. I'm not just "some guy you've hired to show up at your party or house... I'm there to entertain and make your Christmas memorable, not just short term, but forever. Last year I was joined by LITTLE CLAUS©, a young elf that willet one say grow up to be the next Santa. Please feel free to visit my website and click on the link to LITTLE CLAUS to read more about this special elf.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Having adults tell me that I've convinced them I'm the real Santa. The kids already know it, it's always the adults who are the skeptics. When I hear "if I didn't know better I'd swear you're the real thing" simply reply "What makes you think I'm not the real Santa?"
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. There are so many terrific stories it's hard to know where to begin... one of may favorite tales took place as I entered a fairly large party. You could hear the excitement as the children saw Santa enter, but I'll never forget hearing one child who I had the pleasure of meeting earlier exclaim "I know, he's the, real Santa; I've seem him before."
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Customers should know that as Santa, I ready everyone as my special friend and both LITTLE CLAUS© and I want you to know we will do everything we can to make your party or event as special as it can be.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. My Santa career actually started with a tragic event, the bombing of the World Trade Center. I became a volunteer Santa as a way of staying thanks to the families of the brave police and firemen who risked and/gave their lives to protect civilians on that fateful September day. Prior to that day, I had only been Santa for family and friends. Now I've been Santa for thousands of children.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I'm proud to say I'm the official Santa Claus of St. Mary's Hospital for Children; WPLJ Radio and their Blythdale Hospital benefit, the New York Foundling Hospital, many many Toys for Tots events, hundreds of private parties, made many television appearances, radio broadcasts, but I'm still walting for the call to be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Being Santa requires knowing psychology, math, geography, language, magic, knowing how to tell a joke, knowing how to take a joke, knowing how to read publicly, being animated, religion, even law and first aid. Let's face it, Santa has been around for a long long time. He has to be quite knowledge about more than toys.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Rates vary depending in date, time, location and of course type of event. Availability preferences are given to repeate customers and charitable institutions, but I work hard to meet all requests. My suggestion is to book as early as possible. Remember when Santa makes a promise to appear, he'll be there!
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Being Santa of hard work, long hours, but very rewarding. Study hard and be prepared for everything, it will happen.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Can anyone be Santa? Anyone can put on a red suit and go "ho ho ho" but not everyone can be Santa. You have to have a certain love of children, even be a child at heart to be a real Santa.