Royal Court Application
Thank you for your interest in the Mermaid at Any Age Royal Court.
Applications for the 2021 Royal Court are closed.
- Do you identify as being a mermaid, merman or other member of the merfolk family?
- Are you over the age of 18 years old?
You are invited to apply to represent the Royal Court!
A new court of 21 individuals is chosen every Spring in time for the upcoming mermaid season.
Seven people are chosen per title per year.
Applications are open from May 6th to 11:59 PST May 31st.
1-3 years experience
200-1000 Instagram followers
Monarch of the Lake
3-5 years experience
1001-5000 Instagram followers
5+ years experience
5,000+ Instagram followers
Becoming a member of the Royal Court is a volunteer position. As such, upon coronation, we will request that you fulfill some duties over the course of your reign.
At least once per month, tag #mermaidatanyage and #yourtitle in one social media post (IG, FB or TikTok) wearing your sash. Be creative! Please also tag #mermaidatanyage and #yourtitle in all mermaid related posts.
Wear sash to at least two locally chosen events per quarter.
*It is understood why this may be impacted given COVID-19, so a trip to the grocery store will count.*
Post at least once per quarter what you are doing to support or further the cause you are passionate about and tag #mermaidatanyage and #yourtitle.
Occasionally, Mermaid at Any Age will undertake letter writing and/or social media campaigns to bring about change. As a member of the Royal Court, you may be asked to sign, share and/or take the lead on one of the projects.
At least twice per year, each member of the court will write a blog post about your area of expertise, your travels, an event you attended or another agreed upon topic for the website.
Join the Mermaid at Any Age Royal Court FB group to stay connected with other members and be made aware of any events that we would like to be associated with.
We understand that merfolk make mistakes. If you cause harm during your tenure as a member of the court, the remaining court will convene to discuss what disciplinary steps to take. We believe that sometimes, it is appropriate to recommend actions towards restorative justice, and sometimes stripping an individual of their title may be the prudent approach.
Is this an in-person, virtual or hybrid competition?
The competition itself is virtual, although we are working on creating an in-person coronation for merfolk who are able to attend.
What are you looking for in a member of your Royal Court?
We are looking for passionate and fun merpeople who want to share their love of ‘mermaiding,’ make an impact in their local community, and want to also further the ideas of inclusion, water safety and ocean conservation. We are looking for individuals who are just finding their voice as well as merfolk who are established. There is no swimming requirement to be a member of the Royal Court.
How does your point system work?
Because this is not a traditional pageant, judges will be looking at several things. Creativity: from your bio to your hobbies, does your work stand out? Activism: How are you involved? Online presence: Do you have a consistent message? Do you interact with your followers?
Five points - Outstanding
Three points - Average
One point - Needs work
Someone applying as a River Regent will not be compared to the same standard as someone who is applying to be an Ocean Ambassador.
How many members are there?
There will be 21 members of the Royal Court; seven at each tier.
I am under 18, can I apply?
Due to COPPA rules, and unforeseen threats to underage individuals, we at Mermaids at Any Age do not feel that we could provide adequate protection to our underage merfamily. When you apply for memberships you can become an honorary member of the Royal Court.
I do not live in the United States. Can I apply?
Yes! We are looking for merfolk from all parts of the world.
Will I get booked for work?
Mermaid at Any Age does not hire out members of the Royal Court. Members are welcome to use their title as part of their press kit or publicity, but we are not a booking entity. Anyone looking to hire a Royal member must contact them individually.
Why is there a social media requirement?
We at Mermaid at Any Age believe merfolk should live life in the moment, and that everything does not have to be broadcast. However, social media is the fastest way to get our message across and we hope that as a member of the Royal Court you will use your social media accounts to help spread the word.
How do you define experience?
How long have you been active in the industry either as a professional or a hobbyist?
How will the application fee be distributed?
When you pay your application fee you will see the total amount that has been collected. Only 25% of the fees will go to operating costs (sashes, crowns, etc.) The remainder will go to the three charities that the Royal Court agrees upon. As this is a volunteer position, Court Members will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging and event passes (unless an event or sponsor donates passes to the Court).