Southeastern student entertains crowds, engages fans across the South
Friday, November 21, 2014
by: Rene Abadie
ENTERTAINING THE CROWDS – Southeastern business administration senior Peter Boraks of Mandeville has used his experience as a performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando to launch a career in entertainment. Boraks will graduate from Southeastern in December.
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University senior business administration major Peter Boraks of Mandeville is fast making a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
Due to graduate this December, the senior business administration major boasts an enviable resume of high-spirited gigs performed from Louisiana to Florida.
Boraks first ventured into entertainment in spring 2013, when he signed up for the Disney College Program as a performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando. After completing the internship, Boraks obtained a seasonal role that allows him to travel to Disney World multiple times each year to maintain his employment status.
When he returned to Southeastern that fall, Boraks visited the university's part-time job fair hosted by the Office of Career Services. There he learned about auditions for the New Orleans Pelicans' game night entertainment squad and tried out for the Pels' "Swoop Troop."
Following his audition, he was invited to become a member of the team, where he was responsible for entertainment during games to keep fans energized and involved.
That opportunity led his next role, when he was asked to fill in for a member of the New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football entertainment team as the mascot "Mojo." After two games in the temporary role, he was hired to be the mascot for the rest of the season, leading on-field contests, in-stand activities and more.
Boraks continued to expand his entertainment repertoire in the New Orleans sports industry when he successfully interviewed with the New Orleans Zephyrs' interactive team, the "Fun Bunch." He joined the team as the Zephyrs' nutria mascot "Boudreaux" and coordinated promotions, on-field contests and the overall fan experience.
Boraks says his passion for and success in the entertainment industry is inspired by the Walt Disney quote, "I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained."
He plans to pursue a career that allows him to continue using his entertainment skills to bring joy to other people.