Part-Time Princess

Part-Time Princess


JASMINE: Hopefully she doesn’t see me. JASMINE: It says the little girl will be here
in like five minutes. JASMINE: When I was little I always looked
up to fairy tale princesses and I would always pretend to be a princess, I always loved sparkly
things like tiaras and dresses and that stuff. And I always felt like they were good role
models for children, at least the ones that are portrayed in the famous fairytales. JASMINE: I started making my own costumes
one day just kind of for fun and I began by doing volunteer visits for women and children
centers, sometimes to children’s hospitals, I would do that too. And then all the sudden I just thought, well,
this could be a really cool event to have at a birthday party, ’cause kids always have
like princess themed birthday parties, at least little girls do, so then it just kind
of took off from there after I did my very first party. JASMINE: Believe it or not I get a lot of
stuff at the Goodwill and piece it together with things from fabric shops and just like
regular clothes and I just try to– I piece a lot of things together. JASMINE: It was like a prom dress of some
sort and it didn’t have all theses beads and lining on it, I actually sewed all of this
on too too make it look a little more bedazzled. JASMINE: Very difficult dress to move in but
very pretty none the less. JASMINE: People ask me to make costumes for them and I have no idea where to start because when I make costumes I pull them
from everywhere there’s not like really an assembly line of making them so…
it’s a lot of work that goes into them. JASMINE: I would say right now my most popular
character is the Snow Queen, and she has, she has this lovely long cape which gets stepped
on a lot so I have to wash it a lot and spray it with Scotch Guard so it doesn’t get stained. And then this is the under-dress, which has
got a ton of sequins. But she is definitely my most popular right now. JASMINE: I think I like the Snow Queen’s
makeup the best because it’s just, she’s got very cartoonish eyes that really pop out so I can kind of have fun with white eyeliner and blue eye shadow and things that I wouldn’t
normally wear on a daily basis. JASMINE: It’s one of those jobs where you
really do just have to leave all your problems at home because you’re not, you’re not
you for this job, you have to be this this fairy tale person that kids look up to and
you kind of have to be perfect for a little while. So it’s kind of, it can be kind of emotionally
exhausting sometimes if you’re not like in a good mood. But that doesn’t, that doesn’t usually
happen very often. And actually what will happen is I’ll do
a party and be in a better mood afterward because kids just have a way of doing that
for you and brightening up your day. JASMINE: I started doing visits to children’s
hospitals and I came across this one little girl, her mom had called me in to come visit
her because she just loved the Snow Queen and she was battling, she was battling a really
aggressive form of cancer. And so I visited her in her hospital room and
we had story time and sang songs and I decorated a tiara for her because she wasn’t able
to move a lot that day, I think she was just having a really bad day. So I did the best I could to you know to keep
her entertained and smiling and all that stuff and I had so much fun with her and I left
that day and the mother was, you know, so grateful for me coming and then I just was
so moved by this little girl that I decided to start like a donation fund for her,
through my businesses. And so we were able to raise around, I think
$800 dollars, to go to the family for either medical needs or groceries or anything
they just actually you know, just needed. And then about a month, a month or two later
after I visited her, they told me that she had, she had passed away, and she lost her
battle with cancer. And they didn’t want to have like a sad
funeral for her they wanted to do something happy, and so they decided to have like a
celebration memorial. And they wanted, because she loved the Snow
Queen so much they wanted it to be princess themed. So everyone had to come to her funeral dressed
as some kind of princess or fairy tale character and they wanted me to come as the Snow Queen
and kind of say few words at the burial and to sing her favourite song. So I did that at her funeral and I think that’s
the most difference event that I’d ever had to do as a princess. I never thought I would have to do a little
girl’s funeral. But, I mean, you get called to do a lot of
different things. I’m glad I was able to do that for her. PRODUCER: That sounds really rewarding, did
you feel changed by that experience? JASMINE: I did. I feel like I started taking my Princess parties
a little more seriously. Like before it was like “Oh yeah I just,
you know, entertain the kids and it’s fun and okay, now its’s over” — but I think
I put a little more, a little more heart into it now because just to see these kids who
are so healthy and, you know, so happy and then to know that there are other kids who
are not healthy and don’t really live to see even seven years old. So I just kind of really cherish all my moments
with the kids now. JASMINE: I feel like in every fairy tale there
is a — it seems like it’s in this far off, you know, place where “oh that never happens
in real life” but I think they all kind of have stories of their own that are semi-relatable
to our own struggles in life and I think it’s nice to be able to relate to stories like
that especially for little kids and little girls and I think that’s what special to the parents and that’s why they invite them to their birthday parties. JASMINE: Ta-da! JASMINE: It’s always funny when there are
kids in the other car next to me and they’ll see me and they’re just waving out the window. So, spread a little bit of magic on the road too. JASMINE: (laughing) I knocked on the
wrong house door one time. I’ve only done it one time out of all my parties
and it was a little old man. And I’m like, “You didn’t order a Princess did you?” He was so sweet he pointed me in the
right direction and everything. WOMAN: I have five minutes. And then I will bring you in and say,
“Look who’s here!” JASMINE: Okay, so you’ll come back out? WOMAN: Yeah. JASMINE: Ahh! KIDS: Elsa! Elsa! JASMINE: I get so many hugs right at the door! KIDS: Come in, come in, come in– KIDS: Where’s Anna? BIRTHDAY GIRL: Me and Holly are dressed as you. JASMINE: Is this your house? KIDS: No–
BIRTHDAY GIRL: This is mine. JASMINE: Your house, you’re the birthday girl. KID: Where’s Anna? JASMINE: She has to take care of the
kingdom while I’m away. Are you going to carry that for me? MOM: Are you going to let her in? MOM: Give that bag to the queen. KID: Goodies for the children? JASMINE: Thank you very much. BIRTHDAY GIRL: You’re welcome. JASMINE: Do you guys know the story? KIDS: Yes! KID: I even have a comic book of it. KID: Me too. KID: …right off of that seat. JASMINE: Yup, she did! JASMINE: You know I don’t know what they did…
I heard his brothers aren’t very nice though– KID: Elsa?! JASMINE: Yes? KID: My mom watches this show called
“Once Upon A Time” KID: Elsa, is that your real hair? JASMINE: (reading) Big mistake though… JASMINE: … well he seems like a nice guy
at first though, huh? (the kids get louder) JASMINE: (whispers) Sit down. JASMINE: So — you guys really know
this story don’t you? JASMINE: …oh and also, he’s the official
Ice Master now. KID: I also remember when he accidentally
bumped Kristoff into a pool JASMINE: Poor Kirstoff! JASMINE: I feel like I have a little more
respect for myself, just having started a business on my own and kind of, you know,
trying to put together my own costumes and stuff like, I used to not have like really great self-confidence,
kind of had low self-esteem. And I think starting this and pulling this
off and having people actually really like what I do has – it’s been kind of a confidence
booster and it makes me feel pretty good about myself. (everyone singing) GIRL: (singing) Oonnnn! (claping) Jasmine: So let’s see now, where would… BIRTHDAY GIRL: So I match him with the prince? JASMINE: It could be a prince or it could be… JASMINE: Some times there are boys. So they’ll decorate their own crowns and
then after they decorate their crowns they get to wear them for pictures. They can be really shy, and like
“Oh, it’s girl stuff I don’t want to touch that,” and then other little boys will just be madly
in love with you and just want to impress you and be your Prince Charming.
So I get different reactions, but usually they warm up to me by the end of the party. KID: Hi Anna, I see you. JASMINE: Alright, so on the count of three
— one, two, three. Bippity boppity boo. And then close your eyes. KID: (singing) Boo-bah booty boohoo bah, bippity boppity boo, the mouse ran up the clock… JASMINE: Well let me get your favorite
color for everyone. KID: Purple! KID: Green! JASMINE: What color would you like? JASMINE: Do you want a pink one? MOM: Can you say “Thank you, Elsa”? JASMINE: I have a lot of little girls who
want to invite me to their house and like, have sleepovers, which I think is really funny. And I’ve had little girls say things like well,
“I want to be like so-and-so when I grow up,” you know, whatever princess I’m playing that day. And that always makes me feel good. I mean it’s kind of cool that you’re embodying
this character that they look up to so much. And it also makes you realize that you have
to be a good role model for them because they are, they’re watching you very very closely. JASMINE: I think that’s an important lesson
for little girls too as they learn about these princesses, there are so many different ones,
and you have to kind of understand they don’t all come in, you know, the same shape and
the same size – maybe they do in the films but in real life that’s not how people are. You don’t have of fit a certain mold to achieve something. If someone is not letting you do something
you just kind of have to find a way to do it yourself and that’s how it gets done. JASMINE: And I’ve had kids hug me afterward
and say things like “You’re a really nice princess.” And I’m like, good, that’s
how, I mean, all princesses should be. There should never be a mean princesses. (party continues) KID: Will you please come on my birthday? JASMINE: Well, when is your birthday? JASMINE: After you get done doing a party
it kind of feels like you just went for like a marathon jog. Like you’re tired from like dealing with
all these really high energy kids but you feel like endorphins almost released because
that was so tiring but so fun! JASMINE: You really can’t just sit there
and like, wish on a star. That’s only like the first part of it. It’s good to have a dream and be dreamy,
but you have to put some hard work behind it, you have to really like, you have to
have goals, and you have to make plans otherwise your dreams are just always going to stay dreams. PRODUCER: Thank you, that’s exactly what we
were — yeah.