The life of an amusement park performer, It’s a lot of fun but also is very challenging. One thing we do is an audition process for roles. I’ve done many auditions to get roles for the seasons they do.
I first started my journey when I was 17 years old. I work with the entertainment department at sea world! It’s such an amazing job! I will break down a typical day for me this year, I just finished my first weekend of Howl-O-Scream.
My day starts at 7:30 am, I get up and start getting ready for the day, on the drive, I normally stop and get Starbucks then something for breakfast. I get to sea world I walk walk for about 10 minutes unless I decide to take take the shuttle, now here is where I clock in at 10:30 am for my first shift as a scarecrow!
Once I clock in I start doing my makeup! I love doing this, Its a lot of fun turning myself into the roles I play such as Sandy the scarecrow. After makeup, we typically would start getting into costume unless we have some time to kill then we all just sit and talk about how our mornings went, traffic or the nighttime when it turns into Howl-O-Scream.
When we first arrive we would check where we would be and our times for it as well, Depends where you are but we give out candy as part of a trick or treating event throughout Bay Of Play. After that, we clock out for a lunch break then clock back in for an hour and a half to finish off scarecrow shifts at 4:30 pm.
Nighttime we have rehearsals often, costume checks which they gave me my costume from last year, I am the same character. Sometimes they ask us to do research on our characters or watch a horror movie on silent to see the actor’s emotions.
For the nighttime product, I am a Scare Captain. I help with costumes, Fangs, and helping my stage manager out with things she needs help with.
I play a vampire named Lucy, I clock in at 5:30 for Nighttime Howl-O-Scream, We start makeup which is airbrushed on for us. Typically makeup can take from 5:30-almost 6:45 for every single haunt and pathway that gets ready.
We start warmups at least 10 minutes before we do creature crawl. Creature crawl is when every haunted house and TERRORtory walk to their areas. Milton Creek Manor is our newest haunt, You can preview it below.
Once we get to our locations we can start scaring. The park this past weekend closed at 10 pm, so we would clock out at 11 pm.
I have so many stories of amazing scares I’ve gotten during my time scaring. I will be making a video talking about everything as well as talking about the day and showing it. The life of an amusement park performer.
Image: Ashley Bizzell