IamA Professional MERMAID AMA!
Hey folks, I'm a mermaid. It's my job. It's pretty cool. For proof, you can see I've done some other threads on here, and I'll post on my FB that I'm doing this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raina-the-Halifax-Mermaid/183327321702019
So this past summer, I had a post go to #1 on the front page and one of the big requests was that I do an AMA. (see: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1k4cv8/today_a_13_year_old_boy_stole_his_first_kiss_from/ ) But I actually DID do an AMA over a year ago, (see: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/107b31/iama_professional_mermaid_and_enviromental/ ) However, things have really geared up and changed and evolved since then, so I got overwhelming feedback that people would like another. So Mods: I really hope that's okay!
I perform in several functioning silicone mermaid tails. Yup, I swim in them. I have my own company where I employ 3 other mermaids and two assistants I have dubbed "Mer-Wranglers". I get to do LOADS of awesome things!
I'm also a licensed teacher, and there just isn't any work where I live. Moving isn't an option at the moment so I had to become creative. I have performing background, and two degrees so I decided to combine them. As a mermaid I do children's entertainment and education, and general entertainment and performing.
I've appeared on Canadian TV show: This Hour has 22 Minutes for a Harlem Shake spoof, gotten to be in a few music videos, published a book that's doing pretty well, and I work CONSTANTLY. In fact, I can't keep up with the demand, so that's why I have others working for me.
We do everything from birthday parties to public education (world ocean's day), speaking at schools and universities, museums and science centres, underwater performing and modelling, tv/music videos/films, parades and festivals, and I even get to travel to mermaid conventions (oh they TOTALLY exist) to give workshops on working with kids or starting your own entertainment company.
It's really rewarding, and really helped me push my physical limits. I can hold my breath for 2 minutes ad 30 seconds underwater (actually fairly low on the mermaid scale) and swim faster than most of the super muscly men in my life.
It's a growing industry and quite popular in the USA, though I am one of the few in Canada, and I believe one of the only companies that represents several mermaids. My busiest months are December and March, despite being considered "off season" because of weather.
Anyway, ask away! And thanks for reading!