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TODAY’S Santa Claus is NOT what he used to be

Santa Claus today hears and does things that he would never have heard and done 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago. How about this…

“Santa, we’re live on Facebook, quick talk to the people.”

 “Santa, can you make me a video I can use on Social Media to promote my product?”

“Santa, what do you charge for a ½ day commercial shoot?”

Since the iPhone came out 10 years ago things have changed dramatically for professional Santas. Even in the last 3 or 4 years internet based opportunities like video chats and commercial YouTube videos have come to age.

Not only has portraying and performing as Santa Claus significantly changed in the past few years but how Santa’s get work has also changed.

Amazon and other online retailers have siphoned off customers from many malls. Consequently, there are fewer mall jobs and many pay less than they did a few years ago.

On a positive note, direct booking websites like Gig Salad & GigMasters have popped-up and they’re allowing Santas to book their own gigs and retain the 20 to 100%  “booking agent fee”.

Another new income source for Santas, even Santas in small towns, is “Internet commercials”, these are often produced local production companies and small business owners and they can be a great new opportunity for Santas. I’ve personally done several of them.

After being a “volunteer Santa” for 7 years in Southern Oregon I decided to become a full-time “paid” Santa. I launched my new Santa career in Los Angeles.

I started in LA with zero connections and in the past 7 years, I’ve…

  • Appeared at hundreds of Home Parties and Visits including A-List celebrities
  • Appeared at hundreds of company parties including Facebook & Mattel Toys
  • Appeared in dozens of community & organization events including the Rams & Lakers
  • Conducted hundreds of video chats including several with the media
  • Been featured in many Internet commercials
  • Appeared in 18 local, Internet & national TV commercials, including commercials for Chrysler, Reddi Whip, Band Aid & Kohl’s earning my SAG-AFTRA card
  • Appeared on many local and national TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel
  • Been in 3 movies

THE TIP- Make sure your Santa training is up to date.

As a GOLD or PLATINUM Member, you will learn from me and dozens of other Santas, proven ways to have fun, deliver an extraordinary performance and how to build a solid Santa business in today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving world. Join us.

WARNING! Practice Does NOT Make Perfect

Contrary to the popular adage, practice does NOT make perfect. Practice makes PERMANENT. PERFECT practices makes perfect.

Of course, in the world of Santa & Mrs. Claus portrayal, there is no such thing as being PERFECT… but there is such thing as getting BETTER.

I KNOW I can definitely get better and each year strive to improve, and I plan to continue do this for as long as I portray Santa Claus.

By the way, I don’t strive to improve to get more bookings or to charge more money… I do this SO I CAN HAVE MORE FUN AND BE MORE FUN AS SANTA CLAUS.

In order to get better, I constantly look for ways to improve MY PERFORMANCE.

When it comes to your portrayal of Santa or Mrs. Claus WHAT are you practicing?

Do you have a “routine” for home parties? How about company parties?

Do you have a go-to story or 2 that you can use to build engagement while extending your stay?

How about your “performance skills”? Are you refining your language? Developing engaging questions?

KNOWLEDGE ALONE DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER SANTA!

Being extraordinary as Santa or Mrs. Claus is NOT about WHAT YOU KNOW… it’s about WHAT YOU DO!

Learning more “Santa history” does not make you an extraordinary Santa or Mrs. Claus.

Being extraordinary is based on the impact you have, the impression you make, the quality of photos and the videos you’re captured in and the fun you help others have. In short, your PERFORMANCE.

What are you doing and practicing to improve your PERFORMANCE this year?

Are watching or re-watching the sessions or STORYTELLING, SIGN LANGUAGE, BEING SANTA FFOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?

How about the Gold Member sessions on Becoming Extraordinary, Performing at Community Events?

 

The GREATEST GIFT from Santa Claus

My 39-year-old son is with me in Los Angeles right now. He’s been going with me everywhere, doctors’ appointments, shopping, classes, on walks… everywhere. He’s seen people ask to get photos with me. He’s seen me interact with children, parents, and employees in restaurants and stores, he’s seen me interacting with people on the street, parking attendants and other drives on the streets & freeways.

For the past 20 years, he’s primarily seen me in our small town of Ashland, Oregon where I know, and am known by a lot of people. In that small town environment the friendly relationships seemed natural but here in the hustle & bustle of the “big city” it was unexpected.

He said, “I can’t believe how nice you are to everyone, and how nice everyone is to you.”

I’ve long said that for me the best thing about portraying Santa is BEING Santa in my day to day life. I’m not over the top with it I’ve just developed the habit of having a “resting smile” and whenever I make eye contact with anyone I increase my smile and perhaps ad a nod.

From there it’s all reaction. I simply be me. No phony voice or forced Ho Ho Ho’s. I be respectful of space and keep the volume of my voice normal for the environment. Yes, there is a Santa element but it is as close to being me as I can make it.

Now let’s look at the last sentence backwards. I could say that I am making myself as close to Santa as possible. WWSD? What would Santa do?

Santa has added a lot to my life. Many unbelievable experiences.

I’ve had many magical experiences as Santa. I’ve delivered gifts in The Projects, to the children of inmates in a Women’s Jail, made visits at the Children’s Hospital and for Make A Wish. I’ve been at incredible parties in Beverly Hills & Malibu mansions, been on TV and in movies… but the most transformational experience, the Greatest Gift that I’ve received from portraying Santa has been in allowing me to become more as I envision Santa Claus as being kind, generous, just, considerate, empathetic and of course JOLLY.

Just as my resting face is now a slight smile, my resting personality is tipped to the positive, to the optimistic, the happy, the jolly.

Cultivating a Positive Upbeat Demeanor

How do you always stay so positive?

I just read a message asking “How do you do it? How do you always stay so positive, so upbeat?”

I decided answer via this video.

First, I’m not ALWAYS, so upbeat and positive. I have my moments. Times when for a brief time, I’m stuck in the problem or angered or upset by the way things are.

I do believe that I stay in these negative states for less time than many do.

When these “stuck” or unempowering states of mind come up, which is increasingly less frequent as the years go by, they typically stay with me for a matter of a few minutes. Not hours, days, weeks… or longer, like they do for some.

I think some of my “positivity” is innate, God-given, I think I was born with it. Some is a matter of upbringing, and some is a matter of beliefs I’ve consciously adopted over the years.

Of course, we can’t change what we were born with or how we were raised, but we can change our beliefs and the meaning we give to the events of our lives.

We can decide to view the world from a perspective that allows us to experience more joy. A perspective that is 100% correct and accurate and at the same time much more empowering.

Many years ago I began to consciously question my beliefs. I challenged my beliefs and the meaning I had associated with the events of my life. I discarded beliefs and meanings that were inaccurate or incomplete. I developed many new beliefs that I can now say have served well.

My earliest teachers “personal development” teachers were Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale. Later Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, J. Parker Palmer, and many, many, others.

As you’re watching this I’m preparing for my 700-mile commute from home in Southern Oregon to work in Los Angeles.

During this 10+ hour commute, I’ll most likely listen to several books on tape, I’ll probably re-listen to The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, the 4 Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and Loving What Is by Byron Katie.

I’ll spend time listening and thinking. Thinking about how I can implement what I’ve heard to be a better husband, a better father and friend and of course how I can be a better Santa Claus and a better performer.

I’ll spend hours thinking about how I can serve more people and have a larger impact… and how I can add more significance to my life.

These 10+ hour drives are, at least at times, a time for deep thinking.

But not all deep thinking… At times I’ll be listening to the Allman Brothers with my widows down and the volume, my hair and beard being whipped around by 85 degree winds.

Enjoying the moment.

Whatever you are doing on this fine day I hope you too are enjoying each moment. Whether you’re accumulating or sharpening your tools, or simply letting your hair down, be there. Not worried about the future, or unhappy about the past… be present in the now and be grateful for what is.

18 Santa Claus Mistakes Webinar

This FREE session, “18 Common, Costly & Embarrassing Mistakes Made by Pro Santas & Mrs. Claus’”, is a “MUST WATCH” for every professional Santa & Mrs. Claus world-wide.

“Santa Summer School” Special Limited Time Bonus is also mentioned at the end of the session.

Here’s how you can instantly access the video recording.

Santa Claus Summer School

What’s MOST important to you about being Santa this year?

Would you like to earn more money?

Get on TV?

Be in parades or community events?

Would you like to do more volunteer work? Be Santa in more high-profile venues?

This summer school session will help make 2017 your Best Santa Season ever & you can attend from home with super easy 24/7 access.

Work your way through the 9 Core Sessions by watching 1 session per week for the first 3 weeks of June, July & August. We’ll have a LIVE Recap Discussion the 4th week of each month so you know EXACTLY how to implement what you’ve learned.

JUNE “Santa’s Workshop Sessions” sessions:

  • Week of June 6, CLASS 1- How to Set Up Your Santa Business  (video recorded session)
  • Week of June 12, CLASS 2- How to Market Your Santa Business (video recorded session)
  • Week of June 19, CLASS 3- Home Visits- Book More & Perform Better (video recorded session)
  • Week of June 26, LIVE Recap, Discussion & Q&A with Santa Ed Taylor

JULY “Internet and Corporate Relations” sessions:

  • Week of July 3, CLASS 1- How to Become an Extraordinary Santa Claus (video recorded session)
  • Week of July 10, CLASS 2- Video Chats to Boost Income from Home (video recorded session)
  • Week of July 17 CLASS 3- How to Book & Perform Corporate Visits (video recorded session)
  • Week of July 24, LIVE Recap, Discussion & Q&A with Santa Ed Taylor

AUGUST “TV and Community Events Sessions” sessions:

  • Week of August 7, CLASS 1- How to Get on TV for Fun and Profits (video recorded session)
  • Week of August 14, CLASS 2- Developing Other Revenue Sources as Santa (video recorded session)
  • Week of August 21, CLASS 3- Booking & Performing Community Events (video recorded session)
  • Week of August 28, LIVE Recap, Discussion & Q&A with Santa Ed Taylor

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Increased Rates = More Bookings?

I’ve had several Santa’s tell me that when they raised their rates their bookings increased. I have personally experienced the same thing.

I’m NOT saying that increasing rates caused increased bookings… I’m not sure if that’s true. I suspect it has more to do with being another year smarter with marketing efforts, perhaps having more referrals and probably being a bit more confident, and it’s also a possibility that charging a little more may actually increase your perceived value.

By the way, if you are considering the idea of giving yourself a raise this season now is a great time to update your rates on your website and online profiles.

FREE WEBINAR– “18 Costly & Embarrassing Santa Mistakes” this Thursday. Learn more & register here- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1805949330754129922

FREE Webinar- 18 Common, Costly & Embarrassing Mistakes Made by Pro Santas & Mrs Claus’


Perhaps the greatest value of The Santa Claus Conservatory is the sharing of experiences amongst Santas & Mrs. Claus’.

With over 1,000 members worldwide, and years of shared knowledge, we’ve assembled the most complete professional Santa & Mrs. Claus training library in the world. Many hours of training is absolutely free to your FREE Members.

If you’re not already a member join here now…

And, as important as learning what TO DO is… perhaps even more important is learning what NOT TO DO.

DATE CHANGE- Thursday, May 25th 5:30 PM Pacific time.

This session can save you money and perhaps, more importantly, it can save you from anxiety and embarrassment.

I’ve narrowed the focus of this session down to 18 mistakes…

These are not little mistakes, like forgetting to put on your Santa glasses. These are big mistakes that can cost you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

Mistakes that can get your name in the newspaper… for all of the wrong reasons.

This session is free to all members, including FREE Members of The Santa Claus Conservatory. Members can simply log in to register. Non-members can join in 30 seconds and then log in, and register.

Of course, this session will be video recorded and will be available to all, even FREE members through 2017.

The live session will be conducted, Thursday, May 15th at 5:30 Pacific Time.

Santa Wisdom Captured & Shared

I’m working on my new “Santa actor” website & I would love to hear your thoughts- https://edtaylor.com/

What More Do We Memorialize? (PLEASE add your suggestions at the bottom of this post)

Over the past several years I’ve worked hard to create a deep reservoir of shared wisdom & experiences for Santas & Mrs. Claus’ across the country and around the world.

Well over 40 hours of video recorded sessions, interviews, conversations and Q&A with dozens of incredibly talented and experienced Santas & Mrs. Claus’ are currently available.

3 Excellent Session You Can Immediately Access for FREE

  1. “18 Tips to Make this Your Best Santa Season Ever”
  2. “101 Questions for Santa Claus (with answers)”
  3. “Professional Santa Claus Season Debrief”

For only $47 (Sliver Membership) you can access 5 additional sessions.

  1. “9 Tips to Earn More & Have More Fun as Santa”
  2. “Beard Whitening & Care”
  3. “Simple Sign Language for Santa & Mrs. Claus”
  4. “Being Mrs. Claus”
  5. “Being Santa Claus for Children with Special Needs”

GOLD Members ($197) also receive 12 more sessions:

  1. How to Set Up Your Santa Business to Maximize Your Fun & Income
  2. How to Market Your Santa Business for Maximum Fun & Income
  3. Home Visits- How to Book More & Perform Better
  4. How to Become an Extraordinary Santa Claus
  5. How to Use Video Chats to Boost Your Income While Having Fun from Home
  6. How to Book & Perform Corporate Visits
  7. How to Get on TV for Fun and Profits
  8. How to Develop Other Revenue Sources as Santa Claus
  9. How to Book & Perform Community Events
  10. Storytelling as Santa – The Coal Story
  11. The Mistakes Santa’s Make Session (Santa’s from across the country share mistakes they’ve made as Santa.
  12. Working with Photo Studios as Santa Claus

Recent Reviews

“My take away from taking all of the classes was a feeling of confidence.  I really felt that I had a lot to learn. I enjoy how everything was presented, down to earth and joyful.”

Santa Rich Axline

“Fantastic information and tutelage from Ed. I personally most benefited from the information on SEO and GigSalad. My “Google Ranking” is much higher now! Thanks, Ed and Lori. I’ll continue to review all of the back years and renew next year. Like Rick Rosenthal stated, your service provides a great value to the Santa community! Keep up the great work!”

Santa Michael Wilson

“Becoming a Gold Member of the Conservatory was hands down the best decision this Mrs. Claus made in her rookie season.”

Jacki Chamberlain Simply Mrs. Claus

“I loved the classes! For this being my first year, it was very helpful, so Thank you very much!”

Mike Nichols

“Ed covered everything from how to become an excellent Santa to improving the business side of Santa. Ed even showed opportunities for the off season!

I highly recommend Ed Taylor’s extraordinary classes.”

“Santa Bob” Osterhoudt

TV Commercial Conflicts

If you book an Internet or TV commercial be sure to read the contract very closely.

It’s common practice for them to include “non-compete” language. One contract I saw recently included very broad restrictions for 4 years. I’ve also heard horror stories of “in perpetuity” restrictions.

Santa Claus Chrysler Commercial

Chrysler Commercial Santa Claus

Local non-union commercials often pay between $500 & $1,500 and national commercials can pay $3,500 to $35,000. Imagine if you were paid $500 and signed a contract that caused you to be ineligible for a national commercial that could have paid you many thousands of dollars.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate when it comes to being Santa Claus on TV & movies and I’ve been fortunate enough to have one of the top talent agents in the country to protect me from these kinds of things.

I’ve had a ton of fun and earned a lot of money from the Entertainment Industry. I encourage you to pursue it… and be very cautious of any contract you sign.

Remember, as exciting as it is to book a commercial, you can negotiate the details. On SAG-AFTRA Union jobs your get compensated for “holding a conflict”.

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