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Its that gorgeous time of year full of parties, weddings and just wanting to feel pretty cause its SPRING (in Florida is already the surface of the sun ughhhh!!)  This dress though checks off all the boxes for me, its lightweight, super comfortable and looks stunning on.  Can you beat the fantastic cut on this dress?  I’ve worn it out and to the office and it worked perfectly for both AND ONLY $25!!!

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The Realities of the Party Princess Industry

The “Party Princess” industry has grown exponentially in the past 3 or so years.  The sudden extreme availability of cheap costumes from China has created an extreme explosion in young, inexperienced girls opening “businesses” because they have always wanted to be a “Princess” not a teacher or a lawyer or a doctor but a princess.  So for a few hundred dollars they can purchase a poorly made dress from cheap fabrics made just for them in a China sweatshop and they too can make dreams come true because “how hard can it be?” and I SHOULD be a princess, I know better than a multi billion dollar corporation.

There are more online Facebook groups than anyone can keep track of asking for how to run a company instead of doing research on businesses and trashing other companies (typically no worse than they are) and theme park performers, its like the halls of high school with a whole other set of mean girls who now feel like top dogs because they wear $200 ballgowns from China and pretend to be cartoon characters.

I found that party companies fell into one of three categories, people who know its a business and treat it as such, people who are in it to stroke their own ego and cling to the idea of being a perfect princess no matter what anyone says and those in it for a .

Now what do I mean by each of these?

In the first where this is a business the owner is separated from having to be a princess and is more than happy to take a back burner on performing, lets be real we can’t play 16 year olds forever.  They know this is a business and not about being a princess, its about the kids and making “magic.”

The second is those in it to stroke their ego and they are often way inappropriate but its about them living the fantasy of being a princess.  The magic be damned its ALL ABOUT THEM and don’t tell them anything that means they aren’t a princess. They are often very sadly still clinging to the idea of being a princess despite not fitting the character they are impersonating!  This is where you most often find the aging princess who simply can’t give it up because they are defined by being a cartoon character.  Please really read that statement they are DEFINED BY A CARTOON!

The third is the simplest, its the people who buy a $50 dress from a party or costume store, maybe use a wig and don’t care beyond the fast buck.  They often have an attitude of “how hard can it be” and “kids don’t notice” when it comes to half assed standards.

Always be careful when either pursuing this line of work, do your research, know the companies and know what they stand for.  At the end of the day protect yourself.

 

Love and Light

Jess

P.S. Whats the craziest thing you have seen come from this line of work?

My Gorgeous Retro Inspired Dress Under $35!

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Love and Light,

Jess

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When the Spoon Isn’t Full of Sugar

I sat down over a fantastic dinner and drinks with my friend Christen and we chatted about her many years in theme parks.

Christen had a dream just like so many girls, to be a princess.  Stubbornness was the key piece in her hiring.  She decided after enough auditions and fittings they would eventually have to pay her and sure enough that day finally came.

She was hired as part time and as she puts it, its the worst place to be.  You aren’t guaranteed the types or frequency of shifts, and poor Christen was stuck in the costume that is dreaded the most in her height (and it was the only she was approved in).

The glamour and magic of the job ends the first day after training when you realize its just like groundhog day, you literally say the same thing over and over again hundreds of times a day.  As a group her roles performers were incredibly outspoken about serious issues plaguing them, but the things like the health and wellness of the performers was sacrificed time and time again and the process to change it was incredibly slow.  

To this day she is annoyed she spent that time (and much of her voice) on a job that leads no where.  She left with no new skills to help her down the road and never finished her classes, but as she puts it “so many just need to get it out of their system and nothing I can say will change their minds, I wish I could.”  So many girls never finish school (not saying my education has done me a ton of good outside of having that piece of paper), but their lives get put on hold for a job.

Christen recently closed her full time show but has (as per usual style) landed on her feet and performs still in one show and has joined my retired princess life (literally works with me now 😉 ) in the car show industry.  Life after it all isn’t as scary as people think and heck it can be a lot more lucrative!

 

Love and Light,
Jess

P.S. Yes she can say it backwards in the accent 😉 but is there a story you want to hear?