How to get a job as a Disney character

How to get a job as a Disney character
How to get a job as a Disney character

Playing a Disney character: a daydream! Imagine getting paid to dress up and participate in Disney magic. Do you walk in the shoes of your favorite character, sign autographs, participate in shows, hear children screaming with joy at your sight? Fantastic. Disney has opened parks all over the place, so they're always on the lookout for new artists. Why wouldn't you be the next one?


Part 1 of 3: Preparing for the auditions

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Step 1. Find a Disney audition

Go to the Disney Paris website to see a list of upcoming auditions. There are a few in all the parks. Every audition is special, so think carefully about what you want to do!

  • Read carefully, as each audition is looking for something in particular - characters for the Disney Parade, comedy actors, lookalikes, etc. You may need to travel to get the hearing that interests you. You don't have to go to a Crazy Tea Party audition, even if you are Jasmine's double, unless you want to have a cup of tea with Alice!
  • Each hearing is open. All you have to do is show up early on the day of the hearing. They can fill up quickly, so you absolutely need to be quick.
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Step 2. Make sure you meet the criteria

Most of the Disney characters have a specific style, even if you are not one of the "faces". You must be able to get into the costume. Mickey, Minnie, and the other characters who wear full costumes have to meet less strict criteria, but they still have them. For example, princesses should be no taller than 1.75m and should be at least 18 and under 27, although this rule is not written anywhere.

  • There are physical criteria, obviously. Characters who do not have a full costume should look like the character they want to camp, those who do have full costumes should be comfortable there. It all depends on the character you play (and you may be asked to play more than one).
  • In general, Disney prefers that “faces” do not have any particular characteristics. For example, if Cinderella has a huge mole on her face and it is "gone" the next day, children might become suspicious. This is how it works.
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Step 3. Select your photo portraits and write your CV

It is better to have with you a portrait printed on normal paper, with your CV printed directly on the back or on a paper accompanying your portrait. Take a recent portrait and make sure your CV is up to date. If you have blonde hair in your portrait, but it's dyed blue in life, they might think all of your documents are out of date! The first impression should be the best it can be.

If you've never done a portrait or CV, you have to get started! Call a budding photographer from among your friends and ask if you can play guinea pigs (for free). Then, go online to find what a good CV looks like. If you start now, you will see that it is not that complicated

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Step 4. Prepare the necessary items

For each audition, you will need to show your skills and technique. It makes sense: for a vocal audition, prepare 16 bars of a song. For an audition as an actor or actress, prepare a monologue. For a comedy, improve your improvisation skills. For a musician audition, select three pieces that will allow you to show the diversity of your repertoire. Be at your best, no matter what type of hearing you have.

  • It's always good to have a plan B. You don't have to be in a situation where the song you chose to sing was also chosen by the three people who will be auditioning before you. So always, always have a back-up plan.
  • If you want to play a particular character, study the movie of which he is the hero. If you can get Snow White out to them at any time, the judges are bound to be in awe.
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Step 5. Practice your dancing and flexibility for hearing

You don't have to be a professional dancer, but some habit and experience in choreography will help you a lot. Practice your splits and have a dancer friend teach you a few more steps on top of those jazz steps you've put out at all weddings. Every detail can help!

Be careful when you stretch. If you stretch too much (especially when cold), you could hurt yourself and show less flexibility on the day of the hearing. Always pay attention to your body when you exercise

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Step 6. Get a good night's sleep

You should be fully rested and impatient the morning of your hearing. You will probably be very nervous, so do yourself some good and get at least 8 hours of sleep. If you don't have the energy, it will be difficult to give it your all.

While you're at it, eat a normal, satisfying breakfast. Do not change your habits, as it may irritate your stomach, but eat something strong enough to last all morning. The waiting time can be very long

Part 2 of 3: Measuring Up

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Step 1. Get there early

Registration for the audition will open an hour or two earlier; to make sure you don't miss it, try to come at least two hours in advance. You can take the time to stretch, relax and assess your competition. You will be asked for your portrait and CV, and you will be directed to a room where you will wait, wait, then wait again.

Once there, only candidates will be allowed to enter. So let your family or friends go for a walk once you enter. See the bright side: you can make new friends

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Step 2. Dress appropriately and bring a water bottle

You may need to move around for the audition, even if you don't have to dance, so make sure you are comfortably dressed. Don't dress like the character you're going to audition for; if you show up to audition for the role of Ariel with a mermaid tail, you're going to lose credibility.

  • If you don't want to portray a particular character, they'll probably ask you to improvise. You will have to act out anything, like someone packing their bags or someone enjoying an ice cream for the first time or even acting out a chase behind a man who would have stolen your hat. They could make you run a lot!
  • This can take a while and you will probably be thirsty so bring your own water bottle. And everything you need, like lip balm for example.
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Step 3. Wait

It can sometimes take ages, especially if there are hundreds of you to apply. They can only accommodate a certain number of people each time and will likely leave you in a waiting room more than once. Be outgoing and positive, you don't know who in this room can have influence!

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Step 4. Tear everything up

Whatever you are asked at the audition: singing, doing pirouettes along the hall, tear it all up. Be sure of yourself and don't forget to smile! You can do it. You are ready). You are as good as the other people in this room.

  • If you are auditioning for a particular character, never let go of your attention. What they're looking for is someone with the character in their skin. Every little eccentricity, every little movement must be those of the character in question. It's no longer you who are in front of the jury, it's Cinderella who is packing her bags, it's Goofy doing pirouettes in the hall. You are that character, from head to toe.

    The first part of auditioning is dancing, unless of course you are auditioning as a musician. Although it is not very complicated, if you are unable to master the dance you will not be able to continue with the second part of the audition. After the dance, the judges will give you a scene they would like to see you perform (eg Goofy decorating a Christmas tree, you enjoying your favorite dessert)

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Step 5. You will then have to wait a little longer

Judging an artist can take a long time. After the hearing, you will just have to wait. Have confidence, they'll get back to you if you've given them the right phone number and email address, and you'll know their decision in time.

Part 3 of 3: get down to business

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Step 1. Start training

Congratulation ! You succeeded. Now is the time to start your training! This will probably take about a week. The objectives will probably be different depending on the role (s) you will need to perform. If you are the main character in a movie, they will ask you to know the movie (and your character) by heart. It is a matter of knowing how to recite the film in its entirety from memory. Including the way they move and interact with others!

If you're a character in costume, they'll ask you to focus on that character's quirks as well as the writing instead. After all, if a child receives two autographs from Goofy, they must be similar

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Step 2. Be permanently in the shoes of your character

Permanently. Your character should be alive, even when you feel like no one is watching (there is always someone watching). This means that when a child asks you, Pocahontas, what you think of the Internet, you must answer: "..Inter… net? So what is this Internet you are telling me about, young man (woman)? Even though he exclaims, "Hey, look! It's Goofy! Goofy isn't in your world. He's a talking dog! Ouaaaah!

Disney can take this very seriously. They can be on your back for the quality of your dialogue or because you are too frowning. Of all the rules, this is the most important. And it makes perfect sense! If you don't keep the magic going, you will ruin the stay of kids who have sometimes waited their entire lives to experience the magic of Disney

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Step 3. Play by the rules

Apart from the golden rules above, there are a whole bunch of other rules. You are not allowed to sit down, your break times are strict, you cannot refuse photos or autographs, etc. So, be reasonable and follow these rules! Most of them were written for a good reason.

Unfortunately, being a Disney character is not always very funny (it is not the case with any job for that matter). The pay is not phenomenal (but you dress up to go to work, isn't that enough motivation already?) And there is a well-defined hierarchy ("faces" before "furs"). But many employees say they continue to feel the magic of Disney even after months or years of working at the infamous park

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Step 4. Be magical

In the end, you create a wonderful world for the people who visit the park. Children truly believe they are in a wonderful and magical place and they really are. It can be the happiest place in the world. Enjoy being part of this world. You will probably never have another job like this again!


  • Look at what is written in the fine print. If they say you need to come with a parent, do so. They may have to sign administrative papers. This is no occasion for a family outing, so leave friends and the rest of the family at home. Auditions are quite difficult to pass without your little siblings getting in on the game.
  • Get portraits taken and take them to your audition. Don't feel like you have to spend a lot of money to make them. Take a picture of yourself and bring it to your photo store to print on glossy paper in the 8 x 10 inch format. You can have multiple portraits for a reasonable price.
  • Keep in mind the character of the role you're auditioning for, their story, the movie (s) they're the main character in, etc. Knowing so much will allow you to have a wider range of dialogues and thus convince your audience that you have truly stepped into your character.
  • Princess dresses only go up to size 40. In addition, this size is smaller than the usual size 40.
  • Most actors start out as plush characters before moving on to more real-life character roles. If you've been chosen to be a real character, don't expect to become a princess right away.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. If there are dance auditions, you should consider wearing a pair of jazz shoes or some other type of dance shoe. Sports shoes, dress shoes, or fashionable shoes may not be suitable for the dance moves you will be performing.
  • Be as alive as possible during the hearing. Don't be afraid to sound like a fool. This is the part where you show Disney that you can really be someone else without worrying about what people think of you.
  • Make a CV. If you have a lot of experience performing, dancing, or anything that you would like to share, you can create a resume of what you've accomplished. This can be printed on the back of your portrait or on a separate sheet of paper. Format it like a normal resume and make sure to include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. If you are a minor, you can also include contact information for one of your parents.
  • Rent videos and research Disney characters. Watch their movements and the way they interact with the guests. Keep these techniques in mind during your hearing.
  • Take acting classes at school or sign up for acting classes in your city. Look for courses that offer improvisation techniques and especially pantomime techniques.
  • Join a gym and be in the best shape possible.
  • Talk to your drama teacher at school and ask for advice.
  • Sign up for dance lessons. You will learn how to perform some common dance steps that you may encounter again during the audition. Plan to start your dance lessons a year or more before you start auditioning. A few lessons will not be enough.

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