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FablesStudios
08-12-2009, 03:31 PM
Hello all,

What was your most embarrissing moment you have had on the job?

When I was working at a house a couple years ago, I jumped off a box, got my pants caught, and tore them in half. So as I landed trying to scare/look menacing my pants fell down and I was “sooooo not scary” at that point.

you?

Peter T
FS

Dr. Giggles
08-12-2009, 06:36 PM
Hmmm
Probably when i tripped on the metal stake and face planted.

Jim Warfield
08-12-2009, 06:39 PM
Rather than staying fairly scripted, I began telling a guy and his new girlfriend how much some people ignore personal hygene and stink way to much....
Afterwards I told my Wife what I was talking about and she asked, "Couldn't you smell HER!?"
I guess that my nose was a little restricted, maybe an on-coming cold.
I guess she radiated stink 10 feet in every direction.
Whoops! If the stinky sneaker fits...it's yours Cinderella!"

Most things that may embarrass some of the rest of you don't phase me, I just go with the flow and make it part of the "Show".
"I meant to do that!"
"Wasn't that funny?"
"I have been practising that for years."
Sort of like if I feel a big phart welling up inside me, I just make the room go dark, phart and blame it on a scared customer.
Of course the stain seeping through my pants is a signed confession.
Blobbed on the dotted line.
Put my confession in your file cabinet Mr. State's Attorney.

freak 'n' stein
08-12-2009, 11:11 PM
Last year when I worked at SCarowinds, I would hide in places which weren't necessarily actual hiding spots. One of which was behind a wall that was hinged so it acted like a door. I decided to hide behind the wall with it pushed out a bit so as the customers came down the hall, they would just think it was a wall at an angle and I'd jump out. I had to prop my foot at the base of the wall because a lot of customers tried to push the wall because it was a rather tight squeeze between the path and the wall. This was a VERY effective scare for the most part because most people just thought it was a wall and I'd bang on it and jump out. Well there was one customer who I'll assume had been through the house and so he decided to jump behind the wall before I could pop out and he startled me! I have to admit, being a character in a haunted house and getting scared by a guest is pretty darn embarrassing!!

Smiley
08-13-2009, 07:22 PM
Oh I've got a couple of em'.

One time I got my leg caught on an IV stand while trying to get out of a group. I was passing through our Lab Room and through a group walking into it, saying "Get outta my way!" in that shrill voice that I use. However, while going through the middle of the group, my foot somehow got caught under one of the legs of an IV stand that was placed there. It wasn't until the 3rd "outta my way" that I figured out I was snagged and taking the thing with me! Sure I eventually got free, and scared a few people in the process (maybe it was my fortune that they were coulrophobic?), but, really, getting caught like that infront of the customers must have looked ridiculous.

Then there was the time I fell through the floor. It started out as a cage scene. The idea was that the patrons would walk past a seemingly empty cell room. I'd surprise them by leaping out of the darkest corner of the cell and land with a loud *THUD*, coupled with yelling of course. One night I was getting ready to scare a group from within the cell. I got into my corner, stood on top of my jumping platform (well, a box that was painted black), and froze my body in a rigged shape against the wall to try and hide the best I could. A group walked by, they hadn't noticed me, so I leaped off my platform onto the cell floor and then......my left leg went straight through the floor! I recovered very quickly, but the group saw my botched landing had a good laugh at it. A long, long, laugh.

After they left, me and one of the big guys in charge inspected the damage. Turns out the floor was made out of what I guess was drywall, and roughly six inches above the ground below. I was alright, but the cell would have a large hole in its floor and be actor-less for the rest of the season. It wasn't a total loss though. When customers saw the gaping hole in the ground, our guides would say one of our clowns tunneled his way into the sewer. "Look before you sit, cause he might pop up and say hi!"

But my most embarrassing moment would be my first scare. I was in a scene that played out like so: Group comes in, actor slams book against a wall, I (behind behind a drop poster) would then press a power button on the floor next to my feet to activate some strobe lighting, then I drop the poster and give the group a taste of the ol' electrical buzz saw.

What ended up happening instead, was that after I dropped the poster, I somehow stepped on the power button again in the middle of my scare. This turns off the strobe lighting and kills the power to my saw. Being surprised by this, I completely broke character and said "oh". Not a comedic kind of "oh", the kind of "oh" you'd say if you opened your wallet at the grocery checkout counter and found out you had no money to pay for your food, yeah, that kind. The group was really unenthused by me and just continued on.

Live and learn I suppose.

hsmag
08-13-2009, 08:41 PM
I have many of those stories lol. I'll add a few to this discussion.

1. I had this one room designed so there were 2x4 blocks above guests heads so I could look like I was walking along the walls after them. I happened to be "going after" this one woman and as I was going around a corner I had been using the 2x4 braces that ran diagonally between wall panels to swing around corners. As I did I heard a *crack*. Next thing I know I fell to the ground and landed on my ankle, twisting it. I yelled out a loud "DAMMIT!" in pain (one of the ONLY times I've ever swore while acting). A few seconds later the lady I had just scared came back and is now looking down at me. She asks "are you alright?". I was embarrassed, so, in character, I yelled at her "No! I'm not! Now get out of here!". She left and I hobbled up and outside to get some fresh air and ice.

2. I always carry a gallon of water with me each night. I yell a lot plus the water keeps me hydrated. This one particular night, for whatever reason, I didn't put the cap back on the gallon right away and accidentally kicked it over when I was going to scare a group. I picked it back up after I scared them but there was still a half-gallon's worth of water on the cement floor in a big puddle. As soon as I spilled it the team leader came in and told me to go on break. I left, took my break then when I came back to my spot a group was literally 5 seconds away from entering my room and so I hurried the team leader out of my spot and got into position. I got so pumped with adrenaline that I ran out as fast as I could and forgot about the water. As soon as I stepped into the water I slipped and slammed face-first onto the concrete floor. The girl in the group pointed at me and laughed and I had my adrenaline going so I didn't feel anything. As soon as I hit and she started laughing I got up and let out this pissed-off growl and started chasing her. She immediately stopped pointing, screamed and ran away.

3. I had this one scare I was doing where people would walk down this hall and at the end of the hall was a short staircase (2 steps down). Right before the steps there's a hand rail and I would be on the other side of the hall and as they walked along the rail I would run up and jump onto the railing right next to them and get right in their face or sometimes hang above them. It was the last night we were open and it was the last group. After they left we were locking up then going to a cast wrap party. When I jumped up on the rail I heard a loud "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiippppp" sound. After they had passed me I looked down and noticed a rather large 9 inch tear in the crotch of my jeans. So I quickly ran to the actor's building and got some duct tape and taped the front of my pants. Unfortunately I didn't think about taping the inside as well so at the wrap party I had this goofy wad of duct tape on my crotch and the sticky part over the hole kept grabbing my leg hair and pulling them. So it was a rather embarrassing and painful night.

There's a few of my best stories. Hopefully this provides some laughs.

maliciousstudios
08-13-2009, 08:56 PM
This is my 2nd attempt at posting this ....LMFAo, the first time I was so angry I walked away

( First of all... I have all the orders casted for the Skinned mask for those of you that have ordered )

Just 30 minuites ago I was trying to fetch something from the storage area above the shop while taking a break from airbrushing .....

I fell off the ladder injuring myself ( YEah my neck hurts )

ANYWAYS... I fell onto the concrete floor and the ladder hit the shelf which held allot of my stone molds.... ( YEAh.... F*CK ! )

I think I can repair 1 of the molds from ~Skinned~

This may not fit in this category of funny embarrassing moments BUT I am embarrassed, Pissed, stressed, frustrated, and humiliated at the present time... much like I would be if I could laugh at my missfortune....

BUT ya know what ?

Because I Do This For The Love....

I am going to LAUGH in the face of despair

I will remake the molds this weekend AND ----> I WILL SELL THE NEXT 20 at 50% off !!

THAT MEANS YOU GET THE SKINNED MASK FOR 20.00 <----- Hows that grab ya ?

( HOWS THAT FOR DOING IT FOR THE LOVE ( AND ) LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF DESPAIR ?

HAAAA HA !

FablesStudios
08-14-2009, 07:59 AM
I will remake the molds this weekend AND ----> I WILL SELL THE NEXT 20 at 50% off !!

THAT MEANS YOU GET THE SKINNED MASK FOR 20.00 <----- Hows that grab ya ?

Thats a big discount!
I think I ll need to jump on one of those!
Will It be for sale on your website?

I hope your neck is ok!!!

Peter T
FS

maliciousstudios
08-14-2009, 09:15 AM
Yeah Im VERY SORE TODAY.... wife says I need to go see a doc. but I think Ill live, Yeah like I said IM PISSED so yeah 50% off for the next 20.... when I get mad I do some funny shit....( LMFAO )

Instead of getting mad at the world ( I LAUGH )

AND SINCE I CLAIM I DO THIS FOR THE LOVE..... I figure its time again to show it and to show how much I appreciate all the business you guys have given me !!

20.00 <---- How can you go wrong ?

Yeah eventually it will be added with others onto the site but not just yet.... Im pretty busy and havent had time to really upload ( I NEED A PC GEEK ) lol....but eventually we will get it up....
( ON THE WEBSITE THAT IS )

UNTILL THE CHECK EBAY I AM GOING TO RELIST 20 SKINLESS MASKS AT 20.00 a piece

FablesStudios
08-14-2009, 09:36 AM
Sounds great! Let me know when, I will def buy one! Take it easy this weekend, No wrestling in the backyard for you.
Ok.... maybe a little… meet ya there..!

Peter T
FS

Kelly Anderson
08-20-2009, 10:27 AM
Ok Ive just got one time I can recall that imbarassed the crap out of me. My first year working in a haunt ever was in 2001 or 2. My neighbor asked me to help him build a room. Im pretty good with construction so I thought it might be kind of fun to help build. We were building a shrinking room.

After spending the whole summer building the shrink room and this forrest area just before it, eventually Oct. rolls around and my neighbor asks me to help out durning the season. I was very much reluctant to say yes to that. Ive never really considered myself an actor by any means. I was all about the building!! Not so much playing a character though.

Well he bugged me about it like nonstop. So I said OK but I'll just run the moving wall of the shrink room. Stay hidden all night, ya know. So my neighbor is working at the other end of the room getting all these great scares and Im back there laughing my ass off, realizing that I got to get in on this scare stuff some how.

So towards the end of my first night I finally decide to peak out of my little cubby hole behind the wall and TRY to scare this group of girls I here walking right buy me. I peak my head out, Im in costum, I let out this......stupid.......pathetic.....groul.... One of the girls turn around, and grouls right back at me........WHAT THE %*%*. Didnt come out of my hole the rest the night... All depressed and stuff..HA My buddy thought it was funny as hell though, and he let me know it, I assure you.

Next night was a complete turn around. I jumped in right away. Had great scares. The two of us were kind of able to feed off eachother. Made for one of the funnest nights in the haunt Ive had yet.

Guess sometimes you got to hit that rock bottom before you can get better. Hope you all get a laugh at my expense!! HA

Kelly Anderson
www.hauntyourhouse.net

FablesStudios
08-20-2009, 11:21 AM
Great story!

It reminds me of this saying.

“Its only until you have lost everything, is when you can do anything.” :confused:


Peter T
FS

Jim Warfield
08-21-2009, 07:48 AM
I had a young woman working here whose job was not to scare but to direct traffic in a room with 5 doors coming into it.
The first night she was very upset when some guy looked her right in the eye and said something like, "Well you are a hell of a looking thing!"
She had no mask or make up on, it was just her own face. She got so down about this she wanted to walk right out the door and never return.
She was a nice looking woman but she had just been through a nasty divorce from an abusive A-Hole husband and her self-esteem was lower than whale shit.
I talked and talked to her..she returned the next night dressed with a black veil hiding her face!
But then she never came back after that.....too bad.
A consideration when hiring, some people working for us can be sensitive, insecure people.

Nightmare_Trance
10-09-2009, 09:29 AM
I unfortunately found out that CAMO netting, strobe lights, and untied shoes are a bad combination.

In my scene there is a 3 foot box that I climb on that has vines, cargo netting, and other material all around. I attempted to jump off my box but my feet had other plans. My shoe lace got caught in some of the material around my box and I found myself shoulder first on the concrete in front of the group.

The ego wasn't the only thing bruised.

WelchWitch
10-12-2009, 08:41 AM
Ok, I just had my first embarrassing moment in all these years of acting. I am Dolly, my full body costume is a mixture of Julia Childs and Dan Ackroyd from SNL playing Julia then add the lunch room lady who served you lunch in school with lots of gross zits. I am wearing a size 6X dress cause I have an ape chest attached to the underneath in place of my butt, so it looks like my butt is extra huge. It is so big, my character can't wipe her butt and has crap stains to show that feature off better. Now I am not the scare, I am the distraction. So picturing what I am wearing, the problem came when I had to go to the bathroom while in flippen costume. We have the smallest port-a-potty it seems and with that butt it is very hard to fit in there. I try my best not to go until I was out of costume, but I had a hard time with that last night. So anyways, I go do my thing, adjust and come back out to continue working. Now keep in mind, we have had little snow and below temps and as I do my thing I am feeling a flippen draft. And after hearing few laughs I find out from the "scare" of the room, that I didn't pull the "ass" down all the way and my undergarments lets say were still showing. Thank god, I didn't have toilet paper stuck, that would have been gross and I would have died, but it is hard as hell to pull all that crap down in a space of a phone booth!

Dr. Giggles
10-13-2009, 04:02 PM
This season, I climbed up on a small table on a whim. Someone had water on it or something. My boot slipped off the edge and i landed on all fours HARD, right as the first group left and another came in. They chuckled until I turned around and asumed my full height. Then they didnt think it was so funny.

Jim Warfield
11-03-2009, 09:04 PM
I said my house was built by a boatload of midgets with bad tools...
I had been standing beside the front door checking everyone's ticket as they passed me..
The lights went up and a very short, frail older woman about 40 inches tall stood up as she got off the couch.
I guess I had overlooked her?
Sort of like the time I politely asked a teenage boy if he had broke his leg, he was on a crutch, cast on the leg.
"No, something is wrong with my leg, it might be cancerous, they might cut my leg off."
(Sorry I asked, just trying to be nice)
Or the time a 12 yr. old boy was coming through for his second time with his parents. I pretended that I wanted to cut his finger off, he fought hard to keep his hand away from me, I said, "What's the big deal? You got ten of them?"
"I got 5!"
"You got 10!"
"I got 5!!" He then pulled back his sleeve to show me he only had five fingers.....
...but he had only been here ONCE before, not 5 other times!
He just kept on coming BACK!!?

drkside77
11-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Most embarasing for me had to be one of the times I was working in our opening rooms. We have two rooms that the patrons go into first before they walk through the house, both are identical except for how their operated. One room has a button for the actor to press in the podeum to begin the show, the other rooms button is behind the bookshelf and needs one other actor to press it from a voice cue (we had to hurry to finish the room). The patrons eneter the room and I make my speech really big, at the end I say the word that cues the other actor to press the button. I must not have been loud enough cause they never pressed it... So here I sit with a room full of patrons and an awkward silence. I had to go behind the bookshelf and tell the actor to press the button...so lame >:(

mikeq91
11-09-2009, 11:52 PM
Ran out at a group with a chainsaw, not realizing i had accidentally unplugged it... far less scary without any noise.

Operating a drop pannel, dropped it but it got caught at the top of the pannel, but i continued to try and pop my head out, so i just smashed my face on the back of the pannel.

Jim Warfield
11-10-2009, 01:00 AM
He got airborne, flying into a room full of patrons, flying with arms out like Superman, crashed and "burned", hitting his head pretty hard, rolling on the floor for his landing zone.
"Are you alright? Did you get hurt?"
"Naw! All just part of the show."
Pretty scary seeing a 300 pounder do this acrobatic!

iscarepeople
12-24-2009, 12:03 PM
Not mine but a friends moment that I feel needs to be shared. He was working a coffin room and one was closed set up like a wake. He was a guy who always wore cowboy boots well that combined with he figure out if he jumped down from the rafters it made one hell of a bang. Well he jumped down to scare a group hit the coffin, feet slid off the coffin and he ended up doing the splits. Gotta give credit he's a tough guy got up kept going like nothing happened. He's also a rodeo bull rider so that might of helped that fact

Jim Warfield
12-24-2009, 04:23 PM
With the cowboy splits incident of a helper here who once entered a room flying through the air like Superman, small cape on, arms straight out, and he was actually flying through the air (for awhile)
He landed on his side and head rather suddenly and hard.
"Are you all right?" The customers asked.
"It's all just part of the show, part of the show." He said.
That was his last time doing that.

NightmareOnYourStreet
07-25-2010, 08:29 PM
Was jumping from a hallway onto a platform in a maze and my coveralls got caught on a nail without me knowing ripped the whole entire butt i jumped down did the scare and walked off and bam they noticed my under roos were showing and i noticed a nice breeze. and it was only the beginning of the night and there was nothing to stitch it up with. and the tear went around to the front. so lets just say i had to think of a story quick as to why half of my coveralls were gone

damon carson
07-27-2010, 12:01 PM
I was 19 helping the local Jaycee's with there haunted house. We had a cemetary and a grave robbers scene. The scare was a zombie in the coffin. And the grave robber persuaded someone to remove a ring from the zombies hand. More or less getting them to help rob the grave. When the person tried to grab the ring the zombie would jump up and scare them. The person dressed as the zombie looked pretty fake under the blacklights, fog, and strobes. Anyway that night I was the zombie and on this particular group I sprung up but didnt get up far enough to get to my feet and fell back into the coffin. LOL! And the group laughed but when they let their guard down laughing at me. We had another actor dressed as a werewolf that came behind them and scared them. Fun times!
Damon

jakprintsHAUNT
08-04-2010, 08:53 PM
In my now 18 years of haunt acting there have been plenty of embarrassing moments...but if I had to pick the MOST embarrassing one...hmmm.

Similar to an above story...but had a night where I was wearing a long but loosely fitting cloak...and black knee high socks...with only other clothing under being boxers (it was a hot night and makeup was covering anything else that would have shown outside the cloak). Well I was creeping through the rafters of one of the haunts and proceeded to jump down behind a group of customers, only the cloak caught on a screw and didnt come down with me, almost cartoon style.

So the customers turn around and there I am in bright pumpkin boxers, black thigh high socks, and makeup on my face and up to forearms...I wanted to just cover myself and run away, but thought quick and ran with it...instantly changed from a ghoul character into a mental patient who's "clothes were lost and trying to attack people" running around screaming "have you seen my clothes?!! They are loose and dangerous!!". Basically ran outside like this screaming and after getting over to the office and sending others back to grab my cloak had about 20 minutes of interesting dialogue and reactions. It was definitely fun though...lol, and not to mention a great story to tell!

Mike "Pogo" Hach

Cutthroat
08-19-2010, 03:21 AM
As a street roamer for Screams, I pick my target and follow them for a while. A group of boys were harassing me as I was targeting a young woman. When I took off after her, I tripped and sprawled face-first into the gravel, my pirate hat flying off my head. One of the boys immediately scooped up my hat and plopped it on his head and took off. Upon regaining my composure, as best I could, I demanded my hat back. He returned it immediately.

Two weeks later when the group of boys returned, I asked, "Who tripped me?" and, I am pleased to announce, his entire group of 'friends' sold him out without delay!

I fell due to my own clumsiness, but they gave-up the kid that ran with me like a rotten apple!

Jim Warfield
08-28-2010, 08:40 PM
As I am explaining the water that runs down the wall of the wine cellar is coming from a well behind that part of the wall I pretend to get so engrossed in explaining it that I "accidentally"
say that is where you will find the bodys of my first three Wiv..."
Then I quickly turn my face away from everyone and begin quietly telling myself, "Their bodies are not there, are not there, not there..."
A few weeks ago as I abruptly cut off the word "wife" in half and quickly turned and went silent, a boy about 14 in the group emmited a sharp, quick sound sort of like "AH!"
He was standing in a creepy underground old room with an accidentally confessing serial murderer!
(Even though the rest of the group were standing right there!)
This reaction had never happened before I thought it was so incredible and Funny!
My three ex's bodies are not at the bottom of that well......only their heads!
I sold the "Good Parts" to a guy from St. Louis who runs a haunted house...hahahahaha!
And ironically an ex of mine will be moving to that area soon, she said!
Head, complete body.
His reaction was so classic!

jasonswoods14
01-11-2011, 04:59 PM
Well, I'm on the haunted hayride, so a lot of embarassing things have happened to me. On the first night of the 2010 season, on the VERY FIRST WAGON, I ran out, slammed into a metal pole, and fell down. I stood up, shook it off, and jumped on the wagon. (I later realized I tore open my shoulder and blood was running down my arm.) As I leaped and spun off the wagon, my foot caught the edge of the cornstalks beside the hayride, and i face-planted about 7 feet straight down into the ground.

darkXmoon
01-11-2011, 09:42 PM
The only thing that comes to mind was back at house of shock there was a waterfall fountain that was supposed to be all spooky!! You stick your hand in and you got garbed and touched a little, Oooooo...scary. This would be scary all the time if you had the right person working it the whole time. No this person went to the bathroom or something and left little 17 year old Jessica in his place that had no idea what she was doing.

Long story short I was goofing off and fell threw the water and got soaked right in front of a nice group. There was no way back in the way I came and the way I fell... My back was soaked and my front was wet all except my crotch. So I had to walk past a lot of people, and then more people that had no idea what happened to get me in this situation. So a lot of people that night think I was just some random customer that got to scared and wet herself.

People even took pictures.

Madhaus32
01-11-2011, 10:16 PM
Last season I played a deranged doctor in our autopsy room and had quite a bitof interaction with the patrons. At one point, I was yelling at a group and my fake teeth flew out of my mouth and landed on a girls foot.

Somehow I stayed in character and berated the group for making me so angry that my dentures fell out.

HauntedOzarks
01-12-2011, 10:26 AM
One of the funniest things I witnessed happened to our chainsaw guy. We had a fire spitter outside the haunt, near the exit. Well I guess the lamp oil she used was all over the pavement. The chainsaw guy came running out top speed after a group of freaked out customers. His feet hit the lamp oil soaked pavement and he went sliding right by the customers! Fortunately all that got hurt was his pride.

Needless to say, we moved the fire spitter away from the exit after that and soaked the ground in kitty litter.

LivingTheHauntedHouseLife
06-21-2011, 10:39 AM
It was the last night that I was working at the haunted house, and I was working at a different location. I heard noises and popped out of my door to see if the person working near me was alright, so I popped out and said "Is everything okay?" And when I popped out and said that there was a group of kids right there in front of me and they answered in a shaky voice "Yes everything is fine." I scared them again in a bit but it was quite embarrasing for them to see me right then instead of when I was trying to scare them!

~LivingTheHauntedHouseLife

Matt Stevens
10-01-2013, 06:31 PM
Hey all, new to the forum :)

Spent 4 years at Universal Orlando's Horror Nights...

the one that sticks out in my mind....I was in the Frankenstein house a few years back. I had 2 scare opportunities in my spot: a very narrow hallway into the crowd and a jail cell with an FX cue. I would normally work the narrow hallway, since it couldn't be seen until you were right next to it. Well, I'm a large guy (6'7" and very stocky) so I couldn't fully fit through the hallway, so I had to go in sideways and work like that. One time, I misjudged and I stepped back too far, and ended up falling backwards, though with how wide the hallway was, I fell very slowly. I had to slowly wriggle out once I hit the ground. I was laughing the whole time hoping nobody saw!

Sarge
10-13-2013, 03:13 PM
Alright, I guess I should post mine like everyone else :P

It was my second season, and I had a fun room that was like a mad scientists experimentation room. The customers would walk around the room in a U shape around a padded table. It was about 4.5 feet tall and looked like a massage or physical chair. It was positionable and very fun to play with.I would hide around the corner and then, as they got to the right spot, I would run out, leap onto the table and start my act and dialogue, forcing them to walk narrowly around me.

A couple entered the room and I seized my timing window. I jumped onto the table, and just so happened to overshoot my trajectory. Being a 270 pound dude, I had a bit of trouble recovering from it and toppled over the other side of the table, and almost taking out the poor female with me. I kept it in character and continued going, working it in to my act of course. Needless to say I was covered in bruises and gashed my head open on something.

I kept doing it after that. Just a lot more carefully!

I think the gentleman with the woman was very aware that what had happened was completely a mistake and he thought it was hilarious.