Professional Mermaid or Merman (Experienced Hires)

Underwater Mermaid Show with Kids at Aquarium

Professional mermaids and mermen are our lead entertainers who are able to seamlessly juggle water safety, character-based acting, and intensive water play together in to a stellar, Disney-style, party entertainment service revolving around games, songs, education, safety, and imagination for ages 3+.

Sheroes Entertainment leads the world in the skill level and customer service demonstrated by each of its professional mermaid character entertainers and is the top ranked entertainment company for pool party safety, skill requirements, and staff member programs.

Our professional mermaids and mermen regularly work at A-list celebrity parties and for major studios such as CBS, MTV, Disney, Universal Studios, and Sony - being the “go to” company in Hollywood for exceptionally trained and professional water entertainment.

We accept applications from all religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and people who have served in the armed forces.

Note: This page is for experienced professional mermaid hires only. If you do not have an existing party entertainment job background with the below listed skills (and can show them, immediately, on demand) please go to the Mermaid in Training Certification page instead or apply as a certified lifeguard.

Time Commitments

  • This is a part-time, on-call, job based on job volume demand from clients.

  • Most of our work is seasonal (summer), lasting from April to November each year for water-related events.

  • Most work occurs Friday nights, Saturday afternoons / evenings, and Sunday afternoons. If you are not available to work consistently on weekends then this is not the job for you.

  • Mermaids and mermen are assigned to parties based on their location, seniority, skills, and experience.

  • On average, mermaids work 1-8 parties a month based on their location and seniority during the summer season. Mermen work less due to less of a market demand.

  • Professional mermaids and mermen at Sheroes Entertainment are expected to be available for lifeguard work when not staffed as a character to an event. If you are not comfortable being staffed as a lifeguard when not working as a mermaid then this is not the job for you.

  • Professional mermaids and mermen who are willing to play other land characters such as fairies, knights, pirates, or explorers are staffed before non-flexible performers who only want to work as mermaids for events.

Pay & Perks

Pay starts at $40/hour for one hour of party work unless otherwise specified before event booking. We give people extra money for travel time (minimum wage), prep time (minimum wage), additional waiting time (minimum wage), gas, and allow our people to keep 100% of their tips. When everything is added up our experienced professional mermaids and professional mermen make, on average, $100-$150 before taxes and gratuity for a one hour party appearance.

Our largest mermaid job perk is our outstanding staff / performer network. Our mermaid team prides itself on being helpful, gracious, and kind to each other, making “behind the scenes” at Sheroes one of the most amazing experiences of a performer’s career. We have some nice hidden job perks too - we cover general liability insurance and worker's comp insurance on our staff at our events to make sure that they can get help if they ever need it, offer neat invite-only company day trips, parties, and ongoing educational opportunities, and take care of all the paperwork and other details so that our people can completely focus on performing to be their absolute best.

Work Locations

We are specifically looking for female mermaid character performers who live in the following areas. Relocation is not available:

  • Napa Valley, California

  • Orange County, California (Dana Point, Specifically)

  • Palm Springs / Cathedral City / Coachella Valley, California

  • San Diego County, California

  • San Francisco, California

  • New York City, New York

We are also accepting completed professional merman and mermaid applications for other USA locations for performers who possess the below skills, can prove that they have them through video audition / submissions, AND have their own professional grade silicone mermaid / merman tail(s).

Experienced Hire Mermaid JOB REQUIREMENTS

General Job Requirements:

  • Have three excellent water work or child care related references

  • Have a clear criminal background

  • Possess reliable transportation

  • Have high levels of enthusiasm and energy for work

  • Possess exception communication, client management, customer service, and organizational skills

  • Have consistent weekend availability - primarily Friday evenings after 4PM and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 10AM-7PM between April and November each year.

  • Be readily accessible via email, text, and phone call

  • Be 18 or older and authorized to work in the USA

Educational & Physical-Related Requirements:

  • Be fluent in English (both writing and speaking).

  • Have proof of the California Child Care Workers: Mandated Reporter Training course completion

  • Be able to lift and carry 45 pounds

  • Do not have any 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 time and expense.

  • Conform to ONE of the following wardrobe categories:

    • Be in the Southern California region and fit an existing company-owned silicone mermaid tail

      • Our regular size company tails typically fit a person between 5’5”-6’0” tall with a 22-28” waist, shoe sizes between women’s 6-10.

      • Our tall size company tails typically fit a person with long legs between 5’9”-6’2” tall with a 26-32” waist, shoe sizes between women’s 9 and men’s 14.

    • Have your own silicone professional mermaid tail from one of the following companies: Merbella Studios, Finfolk Productions, Mernation, Kariel / Tail of Art, Sea Through Sea, Merrowfins, or Mertailor (pro level silicone ONLY)

      • Personal tail usage is subject to company approval based on condition and appearance.

  • Have a current, valid, lifeguard certification.

  • Any professional mermaid or merman applications without a lifeguard certification are automatically deleted.

  • If you have lost your card you can pull up a digital version from the Red Cross by CLICKING HERE.

  • If you do not have a current, valid, lifeguard certification you can sign up to take one through the American Red Cross.

  • Ellis brand licenses are not valid as they are only valid for the waterpark / amusement park that you received your training at.

  • Please also indicate if you also have current Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, SCUBA Rescue (or above), or Freediver certifications

Mermaid / Merman Character-Specific Job Skills Requirements:

  • Be able to swim in a silicone mermaid tail at least 200m without stopping.

  • Be able to tread water, using hands only, in a silicone mermaid tail for 1 minute.

  • Be able to back float in a silicone mermaid tail for 1 minute.

  • Be able to haul out (e.g. get out of the water and on to a pool deck without assistance) from the water in a silicone mermaid tail in two attempts or less.

  • Be able to do a surface dive and retrieve a dive ring from a depth of 15’ in a silicone mermaid tail.

  • Know at least 3 ocean themed children's songs and be able to teach them to group of children aged 3+

  • Have the ability to lead a 5 minute ocean or mermaid story in character with vocal projection, audience control, and inflection changes

  • Know how to pose for photographs on deck and under water in tail

  • Maintain proper buoyancy control with a breath hold of at least 20 seconds while swimming

  • Be able to discuss a minimum of five ocean animals with facts and terminology

  • Be able to discuss the current risks to the ocean and what people can do to solve them or reduce their impact

  • Be able to lead at least 6 pool-based / swimming games for children

Child-Related Job Skills Requirements:

  • Possess exceptional customer service skills including dispute resolution, taking care of children throwing temper tantrums, and client expectations management.

  • Organization, show structure design, and group management skills for groups of up to 20 children between the ages of 3-15

  • Know how to apply a glitter tattoo (AKA glitter body art design)

  • Know how to do basic face painting with mastery of the following key skills: tear drops, line work, dots, stars, stripes, use of stencils, and outlining.

  • Know how to lead 6 or more indoor-suitable games and 15 or more outdoor games

  • Know how to do the following balloon twisting designs in 3 minute or less per design: sword, flower, heart, fairy wings, and butterfly

If you Don’t Have Our Required Skills

  1. We highly recommend joining our Mermaid in Training Certification program if you do not have these skills. Our Mermaid in Training Professional Mermaid certification program is the #1 preparation program in America for children's pool party entertainers and provides teaching, practice, and feedback on core skills. The program effectively teaches to our training and hiring standards to ensure that new mermen and mermaids are ready to work at a professional level right out of the program. 100% of MIT graduates have been successfully placed with our company for paid mermaid work.

  2. You can alternately sign up for community classes or buy basic supplies and take online learning / video tutorials for skills like face painting, glitter tattoos, and balloon twisting to create a video and photo portfolio for submission.

  3. You can also volunteer with children’s organizations, day cares, or public libraries to learn things like games and story telling and then tape a video once you have the skills down for submission.

Experienced Hire Mermaid Job Application

Did you read all of the job requirements above and agree that you meet them? *
Name *
Phone *
If you are in Los Angeles please indicate where, e.g. "Santa Monica" or "Downtown LA" etc.
List any CURRENT Emergency First Responder, college, sports coaching, or water safety credentials here.
Many of our clients are major film and TV celebrities who have made millions on their feature films for being incredible actors - being, themselves, at the top of the entertainment world. What about you would make them glad that they paid to have you at their party above any other person in Hollywood?
Please send us a short (less than 5 minutes) video link to somewhere like Vimeo or YouTube where you introduce yourself, talk about your background working with kids, and show a quick sample of you swimming in a pool or the ocean. Video should clearly show what you look like, what your personality is, and what skills you have.
Do you have any other skills you think would help you in this job?
Please list any additional web links to demo reels or relevant content to your application that you would like us to see here.
Do you have any current or planned conflicts of interest such as: starting or working for a mermaid/merman/monofin training program or exercise program, working for another mermaid company or performance group that hires mermaids/mermen, having your own mermaid/merman or water work business, self promoting yourself for work as a mermaid, merman, or water performer, or owning/co-owning/working for any form of theatre, party, or event companies?