Sean Aiken must have the longest resume of any 26-year-old, and last weekend he added professional sports mascot to his work experience.
Aiken has undertaken a project he calls “one-week job,” chronicled on www.oneweekjob.com, in which he takes on 52 jobs in 52 weeks. Over this span, he has worked as an advertising executive, Hollywood producer, firefighter, and cowboy, just to name a few. Last weekend he worked with the Washington Capitals, learning what goes on behind-the-scenes at a professional sporting event.
Aiken served as an assistant to Capitals’ mascot, Slapshot, during the team’s game against Atlanta on Friday, March 14, at Verizon Center. The following day he applied what he learned, as he donned the Slapshot costume and interacted with young fans at the Capitals Kids Club skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Aiken also strolled around Washington, D.C.’s National Mall in the mascot costume, taking pictures with fans among the landmarks. Aiken managed to gain some experience outside of the bird suit as well, working with the Capitals entertainment team and promotions staff, rolling t-shirts for the parachute drop at Friday’s game and handing out fleece helmets to fans at Sunday’s game against Boston.
During his experience – which has taken him to 49 jobs already– Aiken has made a number of national media appearances, including visits on CNN, the Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, MTV, 20/20 and more.