What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.