How did you get the idea to start this company?
I get asked this question ALL the time! With the holidays right around the corner we tend to take some time to reflect on our year. This is the first year that I am a “Full-Time Fairy Godmother” after 12 years in the classroom as a teacher. I think the question that i am most frequently asked is “how did you get the idea to do this?” Id like to answer that question once & for all.
I loved teaching. I loved the students, I loved creating music with kids, I loved directing drama productions. I hated politics. I was not good at politics. I am an innovator. I like to be ahead of the curve & sometimes my cutting edge ideas were too bold for the school or parents and were misunderstood. As you know, Music Education is always on the cutting room floor when it comes to crunching the school’s budget and my job was constantly in jeopardy of being eliminated. This was not a healthy way to live as it was constant stress & worry. I wanted to find a way to do what I love in teaching music & acting to teenagers, support my family, and not be in constant fear of being eliminated. I decided the only way to do this was to be my own boss so that I was responsible for my career.
Princess My Party became an idea in 2013. I wrote a business plan, researched, strategized, did market research, and put together a folder of the plan for my company. I reached out to a few actors & singers that I had worked with in the choirs & musicals I taught and had a lunch at my home where I presented the idea to the girls. I ended up signing on 2 girls to start out. We began training, got some starter costumes, and we were off & rolling.
Flash forward to 2016 where we have a cast of 25 actors, offer over 100 characters, have a retail office space, average 60 parties per month, and host large ticketed events. We now have custom costumes & wigs that are meticulously styled. I work with commissioners all over the country to create custom costumes for us and one of our cast members spends hours weekly styling wigs.
I am excited to see where 2017 leads Princess My Party as we proceed to become our own non-profit incorporation. Onwards & Upwards!