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How to Become a Santa Claus

You probably saw how Tim Allen became Santa Claus in the movie “The Santa Clause”. Well, it’s nothing like that in real life. 😊

Here’s how it happened to me and many other professional Santas I know.

We somehow volunteered (often pretty reluctantly) to be Santa Claus at a function of some sort, a church function, a fund raiser, a community event… and we fell in love with it.

Many professional Santas are retired and they “become Santa” strictly for the love of it. Often, they do primarily volunteer activities… I did that for seven years.

Others become Santa Claus to supplement their income. Many Santas work in malls or other retail shops like Bass Pro. They get to do work they love and earn some extra money while they’re at it.

Some Santa’s want to “take it to the next level”. This is what I’ve done. After 7 years of primarily volunteering as Santa Claus at local events in southern Oregon, I decided to “go all-in as Santa Claus”. I arranged for seasonal housing in Los Angeles and started drumming up business.

I booked some great Santa Claus gigs in Los Angeles, before long I had a Hollywood Talent Agent and I was going on auditions to play Santa Claus on TV commercials.

Santa Claus Chrysler Commercial

TV Commercial Santa Claus

I think I could write a book on “How to Become Santa Claus in Hollywood”.

Well, here’s my Santa Claus resume…

Personal Appearances:

  • Santa Claus Jimmy Kimmel cast & crew party (2016)
  • Santa Claus Ellen DeGeneres cast & crew party (2016)
  • Santa Claus The Late Late Show with James Corden cast & crew party (2016)
  • Santa Claus Montage Hotel Beverly Hills (2015 & 16)
  • Santa Claus International Cinematographers Guild (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Motion Picture Editors Guild (2016)
  • Santa Claus Paramount Studios (2016)
  • Santa Claus Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Los Angeles Rams (2016)
  • Santa Claus Los Angeles Lakers (2014, 16)
  • Santa Claus Los Angeles Clippers (2014)
  • Santa Claus Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (2016)
  • Santa Claus Mattel Toys (2012, 13, 14, 16)
  • Santa Claus Microsoft/Century City Mall (2011)
  • Santa Claus Pinterest Company Party (2016)
  • Santa Claus Facebook Company Party (2014, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Jib Jab Company Party (2014)
  • Santa Claus Riot Games Company Party (2014, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus US Air Force (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus USC (2015)
  • Santa Claus Young Americans (2014, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus The Ebell (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus In N Out Burger (2014, 15)
  • Santa Claus L.A. County Women’s Jail (2015)
  • Santa Claus 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus YouTube Space (2014, 15)
  • Santa Claus ArcLight Cinemas (2016)
  • Santa Claus Wiltern Theater (2016)
  • Santa Claus Old Town Pasadena (2014)
  • Santa Claus Many More Company Parties (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Many Events at Country Clubs (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Many Foundation Events (2013, 14, 15, 16)
  • Santa Claus Many Home Parties & Private Celebrity Events (2013, 14, 15, 16)

Entertainment Industry Related:

Film

Beverly Hills Christmas 2 Santa Claus
Daddy’s Home (Movie Trailer) Santa Claus
Conversations with God Santa Claus
Santa Stole Our Dog! Santa Claus Ed Asner Stand-In

Television

Jimmy Kimmel Show Santa Claus
The Doctors Santa Claus
Greatest Holiday Commercial Countdown Santa Claus
The Today Show Santa Claus – Guest
MTV’s Ridiculousness Santa Claus
Guilty Pleasures Santa Claus
The Talk Santa Claus – Guest
KTLA News 2015 Santa Claus
Dose Morning Show Santa Claus
That Awkward Game Show Santa Claus
TMZ Santa Claus
Let’s Ask America Santa Claus
Supreme Justice with Judge Karen Santa Claus
KTLA News 2014 Santa Claus
The John Kerwin Show Santa Claus – Guest

Commercials

Chrysler ‘PacifiKids: Elves’ Sales Manager / Santa Claus
Meijer – Do You See What I See Mystery Man / Santa Claus
Band Aid Stocking Stuffers Santa Claus
Chrysler ‘PacifiKids: Manager’ Santa Claus
Reddi Whip – I Am Not Your Dad Santa Claus
Chrysler ‘PacifiKids: Great Deal’ Santa Claus
Kohl’s “Celebrate Healthy Lives” Santa Claus
Chrysler ‘PacifiKids’ Song by OneRepublic’ Santa Claus
Urban Home Santa Claus
Chrysler ‘PacifiKids: Stowing & Screens’ Santa Claus
Imperial Woodpecker w/NDA Santa Claus
Visit Palm Springs Santa Claus
Coca Cola – Tinder Santa Claus
Hello Santa Santa Claus
Palm Springs Tram Santa Claus

Print

Ho Ho Ho Holidays Santa Claus Palisadian Post Cover
Sunset Magazine Santa Claus Ashland Visitors Bureau
PhotoFuse Santa Claus Microsoft
Cover Story Santa Claus LA Times
Oregon Dept. Transportation Santa Claus ODOT
Hello Santa Santa Claus JibJab
Palm Springs Tram Santa Claus Phillip Large
Sunday Entertainment Santa Claus Daily Breeze
Santa at Home Santa Claus Colt Seman

Internet

Coca Cola – Tinder Santa Claus Colt Seman
Hallmark – “Secret Santa” Santa Claus Spirit Clips
SnapChat Wizard Rylee Ebsen
FLIR – The Heat Santa Claus Sean Blixseth
JibJab – Hello Santa Santa Claus Clinton Fanelli
Santas Try Xmas Treats Santa Claus BuzzFeed
Santas Try Novelty Candy Canes Santa Claus BuzzFeed
Santa Visits Eliopulos Jewelers Santa Claus Pete Eliopulos
The Try Guys Santa Claus BuzzFeed

I was also the Santa recruiter, trainer and national “Brand Ambassador” for 2 years with “Hello Santa”

I’ve worked with photos studios, open air photographers.

I’m Santa Claus for the “Just BeClaus” sticker emjoi’s with Hallmark eCards.

I’ve appeared as Santa Claus in many parades & Tree Lighting ceremonies.

I was Santa Claus at a Hollywood “Red Carpet” movie premiere at Paramount Studios.

Do you want to learn how to become a professional Santa Claus?

Join us here at The Santa Claus Conservatory.

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