Once Upon a Time...
The same year I finished my BA in Child Development (with double-honors) (double-yay!), from UC Santa Cruz, I bought a kids' gaudy purple binder from the drug store. It was on clearance for $5. I heard a voice that said, "I'm going to start that princess company. And I'm going to put the orders in this."
I had no idea what I meant. I had not been consciously "thinking" about opening a "princess company." I went home and made a little website called "Magic Princess." It cost $12.
Just one girl, with a closet of costumes, doing something silly.
The company grew. In the first 9 years, I trained over 150 cast members. Here is the very first person I ever hired. Still love you Erin!
Together my amazing cast performed at 14,000 children's parties in SF and LA. The executive director of Children's Fairyland took a liking to us and wrote this article. We developed a whole "Magic Princess" culture. Our bookkeeper was called "The Countess" (she counts, get it?), our scheduler was the "Castle Coordinator." The purple binder was called "The Royal Scrolls" and housed our first 5,000 parties' details until it was replaced by a database. We had a retirement party for the proud little purple book:
Please pardon how worn she is: The Magic Princess Royal Scrolls.
The little binder that could.
Splenderous nonsense continued. We had a sleepover staff party once where all 14 of us were Snow White all night long. We had another staff party that was a sleepover inside a carnival rides storage warehouse where we rode creepy-awesome rides all night and took over the security office's security screens to watch "The Little Mermaid" and all sing along. We had another staff party in a tiny teahouse (that didn't know what hit it) where all 20 of us were different versions of Alice in Wonderland at the same time.
Here is a fun photo from the old days when I took our photos with real film in a camera that I would put on self-timer and then run frantically and get in front of and attempt to act casual. Yes. That's how I got this so-chill photo. Back then customers would call me on this huge landline telephone:
On the sidelines I have always been an industrious bumble-bee of an artist. I'm a painter and was honored to paint the full-room mural in "Alice's Reading Library" at Children's Fairyland. I painted it so the bookcases are trees where the books are "growing."
I am also a professional song writer. From 2011-2015 I won 23"Best Song" awards in competitions throughout California cities with the "West Coast Songwriters" circuit. I attracted professional management and film placement consideration. Here is a photo from that part of my world:
A few years ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. Keeping quality up in a large company is REALLY hard, maybe impossible. Also, you'd think with Magic Princess being that big that I would be making a ton of money. Alas, performer companies are VERY expensive to run... And I needed more time for my songwriting which is heading toward pro. And I felt like the parties could be better if I could sing the princess movie songs at every party, as parents ALWAYS asked for but not all staff could do.
I took a huge breath, lost a good amount of sleep, gave my lovely staff notice, and downsized back to the way it was in the very beginning: Just one girl, doing one party at a time. Viola! And life got wonderful again. And hopefully your parties got even better.
I have personally been to around 3,000 parties and counting.
I have been Elsa sitting with a child in a hospital the day before she recieved an organ transplant. I have been Ariel the mermaid secretly snuck into a boat for the grandpa to act like he found me on the open ocean as we pulled up to his granddaughter's party on the dock. I have been Snow White for an elderly man's 90th birthday.
Between princess shows inside of Children's Fairyland I was invited (!) to sit backstage in the oldest puppet theater in the U.S. and watch master marionette puppeteers in action. I have taken an order from a grandmother in France to surprise her granddaughter on her first day of kindergarten. I got to meet the editor of Harry Potter, twice! At one point (honestly, when the whole thing was getting TOO BIG to do well), my little Oakland apartment happened to be next door to a giant historic mansion so Magic Princess got a tiny office in this "Castle." This is the pink room where we did training:
My incredulous adventure went on...A notorious huge Bay Area mothers' group asked me to write a summary of party tips I've learned at 3,000 events, in one article. When I was lucky enough to travel to some profoundly poor countries, even though we didn't share a language, I performed magic tricks for some kids who really needed it. Three times reality TV producers have wanted to make a reality show about my zany life (I worry about them making my customers or me look bad, as reality TV loves to do...so not worth it, still fun to know).
I was just Tinkerbell in a huge casino (huh?). I was just Elsa standing on actual snow they'd trucked in to San Francisco somehow. I have been a fairy riding in a helicopter to land at the airplane musuem for Easter. I have birthed 50,000 balloon dogs, to the point now that I can twist them behind my back to entertain adults. I have painted 10,000 small faces.
I have had strange whimsical conversations with about 70,000 specific, individual, unique children who educated me into imagination.
Here is a photo from this current era of my life, actually, from yesterday:
And here a photo from this weekend with my main sidekick, "The Jen," because, well, we've been through a lot and I love her:
Thank you, from everything I am.
Yours in Magic,
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P.S.: Little dreams are a big deal.
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