Mermaid Internships: Train to Become a Professional Mermaid
Welcome to the spot that you have dreamed of your entire life - the chance see if you have what it takes to swim in fairy tale circumstances for the most lavish parties, travel to intriguing locations, be challenged to become your best by other smart, kind, and driven women, and to ultimately to be trained and recognized as a Sheroes Professional Mermaid - one Hollywood's elite water stunt professionals.
Application Deadline for Summer 2018 Program: December 4, 2017.
What is a Mermaid in Training?
A Mermaid in Training is an intern - or, as we call them, a "Fintern," who is interested in learning how to become a professional mermaid with the hopes of being hired by Sheroes Entertainment to join its staff. The Mermaid in Training program is a six month hands-on learning period where potential new mermaids are taught what it takes to be a professional mermaid for high end resort and celebrity pool parties through games learning, party skills training, childhood development training, water skills workshops, photo portfolio consultation, and character development.
An existing American Red Cross lifeguard certification IS REQUIRED on all applicants. All of our Mermaid in Training (MIT) candidates start their experience in our company as job shadows (unpaid) followed by working as lifeguards (paid) to gain real world party experience while learning core party skills and developing their risk management and safety skills awareness with children. Lifeguard roles are based on team capacity with MITs being the last staffed on this form of paid work (after Corps level performers). It is expected that any MIT or future Mermaid working for Sheroes Entertainment will be happy, willing, and able to work as a lifeguard for a party team when not staffed on a mermaid-specific role or while in training as we send at least one lifeguard with every mermaid to each mermaid party that we do.
What does this internship cover?
A wide range of topics including but not limited to: client service integration, childhood programming, water-based games and activities, vocal projection, showmanship, improv acting skills, working with teams, character development, swimming in mermaid tails, mermaid tail care, ocean education, working with difficult children and clients, local area ocean ecology, group management, customer expectations management, quality control, water safety risk management, land-based child care activities and games such as crafts, songs, story telling, arts & crafts, face painting, and balloon twisting, on set water etiquette and behavior, and underwater modeling.
Most of our team's work and training is held on Friday nights and weekends. Finterns are encouraged to attend their existing college, have a different job during the week, or engage in other activities M-F.
Mermaids in Training are required to attend all internal non-paid team trainings (4-6 hours), normally held in Simi Valley, on their own time and expense, during their 6 month internship to develop the skills that they would need to possess to be a professional mermaid. These trainings are currently held once a month on Sunday mornings.
Mermaids in Training are expected to complete unpaid computer-based learning modules on their own time to supplement in-person training days. These self-paced modules last 1-12 hours and include written and video tutorials with a wide range of topics such as seasonal character prep guides, land and pool games demonstrations, how to do glitter tattoos, and tutorials on balloon twisting basics. Simpler tasks, such as glitter tattoos, can take less than half an hour to master while more complex skills, like basic balloon twisting, can take up to 2 months based on aptitude. Failure to pass the written and practical exams on the learning modules repeatedly will result in a MIT being removed from the program.
Mermaids in Training are highly encouraged to job shadow on Corps level performer work and volunteer for charity appearances 2x a month to practice their new skills in low-pressure, real world, situations.
Being a professional mermaid is a difficult job that takes time, effort, and dedication to become exceptional at.... unfortunately not everyone is always able to master it.... what you put in to this program will ultimately determine your own success. As a result, being selected as a Mermaid in Training to start the internship program DOES NOT guarantee that you will complete the program or be offered a position on our performance team.
Program Equipment Requirements
The following equipment is required to be provided by a MIT for their own personal use during training on their own expense.
- Lifeguard Kit: Rescue Tube, Goggles, Towels, Black Shorts, White Tennis Shoes, Red Swimsuit, Fanny Pack with First Aid Kit, and CPR Mask
- MIT Kit: A Mahina monofin or fabric tail monofin such as those sold by Sun Tails, The 2 Tails, or Fin Fun. A bikini that is secure enough to swim in, Sinus Saver Nose Plugs, Doc's Pro Plugs Vented Ear Plugs, 1 set of "event blacks" (black blouse and pants or skirt or a conservative black sundress), 6 dive rings, 2 water bomb style soft balls, 1 Qualatex balloon pump, 1 200+ count of 260Q Qualatex twisting balloons, notebook or journal with writing device, and a complete kit of waterproof makeup for personal use.
Mermaid in Training Internships are NOT PAID - in exchange for your work and time we teach you a vocational skill to prepare you to eventually audition for and (hopefully) obtain a position with our company or another children's entertainment provider. The variety of skills learned in this internship result in a balanced resume for people wishing to have better chances at success with improv-based auditions in Hollywood, hotel and resort children's clubs, theme parks, Scout camps, recreational leader positions at local government and parks departments, and water park staff positions. There is one exception to the "no pay" rule: if you are a certified lifeguard staffed as a lifeguard on a paid client event you will be compensated as a lifeguard per our company standard rates.
We do not provide housing or vehicles to interns.
- Meet the Following Logistics / Work Authorizations / Availability Requirements:
- Be in Southern California or Las Vegas
- Be 18 or older
- Be a US Citizen or have a current valid work visa authorizing you to work in the USA
- Be fluent in English
- Be readily accessible via phone and email contact
- Have consistent weekend availability including 3/4 weekends per month between 11AM-5PM May 1 -October 31.
- Possess reliable transportation
- Meet or Exceed the Following Water Skills Requirements:
- Already be a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard with a cert valid through December 2017
- Be able to swim underwater without swim aids for a distance of 25 yards without stopping.
- Be able to efficiently swim a 400 yard freestyle without the use of swim aids and using any stroke but the back stroke in less than 12 minutes without stopping.
- Perform a 2 minute tread in water while tucking hands under the armpits or holding hands above the head without stopping.
- Be able to swim while carrying a 10 pound weight 25 yards without stopping and without letting the weight go under water.
- Meet or Exceed the Following Physical Requirements:
- Be physically able to lift and carry 50 pounds of weight on land.
- Be physically and mentally fit to physically work continuously for two hours or more with minimal breaks.
- No visible tattoos / ink or piercings on the upper half of the body OR have the ability and willingness to remove them / easily cover them with a costume or accessory in 10 minutes or less for party work on your own expense.
- Fit an existing company-owned silicone mermaid tail (27" absolute max around the natural waist, 36.5" absolute max hip around the widest part) OR have your own silicone grade Merbella Studios, Finfolk Productions, Mernation, Kariel / Tail of Art OR Mertailor (pro level silicone ONLY) mermaid tail with company visual appearance approval. If you own your own tail it needs to be a professional level silicone tail from one of these makers - NOT a fabric tail.
- Unfortunately our stunning silicone company-owned tails are extremely fragile and prone to breakage from body weight strain, are not size adjustable, and, due to their extreme expense and lengthy waiting list times (up to 2 years!) to receive them from manufacturers, are unable to be purchased for new hires. If you do not fall in to in either of these tail categories please apply as a certified lifeguard instead or consider applying to a different open position.
- Meet or Exceed the Following Personality Traits:
- Have larger than life, jovial authority and be able to efficiently take control of and lead a group of up to 25 children who are hyper on sugar, possibly tired or cranky, and definitely overstimulated from a party environment while maintaining a broad level awareness of their safety and emotional state
- Possess exemplary people skills, particularly in the aspects of kindness, compassion, and patience when working with children
- Have the ability to cheerfully engage an audience in a performance lasting 1-3 hours
- Enjoy working in crowds and stressful situations with the ability to brainstorm new ideas and games on the spot
- Be comfortable and happy in improvisational and method acting situations for extended periods of time
- Possess outgoing poise, style, charm, and confidence while maintaining character doing extemporaneous speaking