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?

2 Comments on The Realities of the Party Princess Industry

  1. I was really obsessed in going to work at the Disney theme parks. Good thing you posted this! Please write more on this topic of characters on the job and why being one of them should not be our first priority. That is another reason why I uninstalled Instagram. I see many teenagers like me having new friends everyday. I envy them. But I know sometime they may feel it’s one big cycle and go back to NORMAL jobs with higher pay. Still, I might try cosplaying and wonder around FREELY with no expectations to be paid.

    • You just gave me the ultimate compliment, my entire goal is to show the reality of the princess industry. Cosplay is amazing! You can be anyone you’ve ever wanted to be with zero expectation and all the fun. And for the record social media is ALL smoke and mirrors. There is an influencer who literally rented expensive stuff to pretend he was a multi millionaire to sell his classes on how to become one. Its all a giant game!

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