Working in a costume is a physical job -- you have to be able to emote and express yourself through movement instead of with your face. Dougie learned to do this by studying mime in college. So save this article, aspiring mimes, for when everybody laughs at you. And they will. Oh, how they will.
But if it all works out, their kids will be playing with action figures of you.
Dougie started with commercials, because the same skill set that's used to portray surreal, otherworldly monsters is apparently also useful for pitching mufflers. "My first resume included 'Mime' and 'Contortionist.' I never traveled with a circus; I can put my legs behind my head and that's my one party trick. But you would be shocked how many times that's come into play, where I could work that into a sight gag and it made me castable."
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Eat your heart out, Julliard.