Santa Jobs: Hourly Pay Ranges from $175 to $10

Ho-ho-ho. Santa jobs are at the top of the food chain in seasonal hiring.

Hourly pay can reach $175, but more likely is at $10. If the Santa develops a brand name such as being known as the "real Santa," being hired every holiday will be automatic. In addition, atypical Santas are now being recruited. You can be young, black, female, short, skinny, and bilingual. This position can be the platform for other entertainment roles such as Father Time, the Easter Bunny, or a professional actor in television, film, and advertising.

The really experienced could adopt a stance of public service and become the spokesperson for an advocacy group tentatively titled Safe with Santas. Its mission is to educate about possible dangers to children. That could lead to creating a foundation and being in demand on the lecture circuit.

As with all jobs involving children, you need a clean criminal record, reputation in the community for being a solid citizen, and to pass a drug-screening test.

The jobs are everywhere, be it large shopping centers, commercial boutiques, private parties for both adults and children, retail special events, fundraisers, and commercials. They can be found on digital job boards, by applying directly to commercial establishments, booking with theatrical agencies, promoting yourself online, in the newspaper classified, and through word of mouth. Check the local regulations before you stand at the farmer's market with your Santa-for-hire sign.

The best bet for Santas who aspire to be employed throughout the year in theatrical roles is to learn how to become masters of self promotion. That could be by distributing press releases to organizations that use performance art, getting articles about themselves in media, downloading videos of themselves on YouTube, and sharing their photos of their myriad personas on social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn. A useful guide on this is 'The Digital Handshake' by Paul Chaney.

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