I didn't decide one day to become a Santa Claus to make some extra cash. It wasn't another character added to the list I've portrayed. No, it ran much deeper than that. I've loved Santa Claus since I was a child and I always wanted to be him, I just forgot about it till a few years ago.
Growing up I loved to play pretend. I dressed up as Peter Pan, Robin Hood, a Musketeer, a Pirate, a Superhero, and Santa Claus. When I began to realize my love of filmmaking, I began collecting pieces that would contribute to an Indiana Jones get-up. When I revisited a familiar Beatles tribute band, I found myself wanting to start one as well. From the style of wide-brimmed fedora to the gauge of strings on my replica guitars, the details contribute, not distract, from the overall picture.
As a doubting child myself, I always wondered where Santa's sleigh was. I've built one to combat that doubt in children today. This is more than just a hobby to me, it's a gift I can bring to those during the holiday season.
I don't know if I would classify myself as an "entertainer" or "performer" really. I don't want to appear as if I've spread myself thin over all these endeavors. Yes, I have a Beatles tribute band. Yes, I portray Santa Claus and have a sleigh. Yes, I'm a part of the East Idaho Renaissance Faire during the off-season. Yes, I make films for my "day job." But, in the end, I feel I'm just a man who wants to make a difference in the world through the mediums I enjoy most. For me, that's the magic of it all.
-Santa Stuart Claus