Kaleidoscope Is Hiring!

March 13, 2023 kscope

Kaleidoscope is hiring for character actors, face painters, and balloon twisters in all of CT, MA, NH, and RI! Positions pay a high hourly rate and travel–get paid to be the life of a party!

No experience is required since we train for everything. Just make sure you meet the requirements and want to learn some new fun skills.


Now Hiring:

  1. ARTISTS – We’ll train you on face painting and balloon twisting! (Future opportunities to learn henna, airbrush tattoos, caricatures, paint night instruction, and more.)
  2. CHARACTERS – We’ll train you as a pirate, fairy, and other characters with face painting and balloon twisting. (Future opportunities to become a princess, superhero, magician, and more.)
  3. CIRCUS PERFORMERS – We’ll train you on stilt walking, juggling, and balloon twisting. (Future opportunities to learn magic, hula hoop performances, clowning, and more.)
Our company books over 1,000 events annually throughout New England. We train creative people on anything from face painting to henna to princesses and magic, then provide them with everything they need so we can fill our clients’ demand for creative entertainment at events.



  • Work is entirely on weekends (with some opportunities to work during the week if you want to pick up extra hours).
  • We’ll train you and give you all the costumes or supplies you need.
  • Gigs are typically 1.5-3hrs long and you get about 2-3 gig a weekend.
  • You’ll get your schedule a week in advanced
  • Basically, you check where we book a party in advanced and that day you head on over to the event, make everyone smile, and have a great time. (Yes, it’s actually that easy.)
  • Training takes generally about 12hrs to start. That’s spread between our offices* on weekends and some creative homework you’re given.
  • *We have locations in West Hartford CT, Worcester MA, Boston MA, and Providence RI. Depending on where you’re hired, you can train at the closest one.


  • ARTISTS – 1 year of experience with art or kids, whether it’s in school, on a job, or volunteering. Because we train our own artists, the biggest thing we look for is crafty people with awesome personalities (not necessarily fine-art portfolios).
  • CHARACTERS – 1 year of experience acting, singing, or childcare experience professionally or for fun. Must be able to submit headshots (selfies ok). If you’re looking to audition as a princess, please additionally submit 2 vocal samples. (Princesses of any race, skin tone, hair type, height, or size are encouraged to apply, although princesses will be cast for best-fit roles.)
  • CIRCUS PERFORMERS – Must love kids, be entertaining, and love working with the public. 1 year of childcare or customer-facing experience is required (retail, front of house, etc).
Additional considerations:
  • No degree or previous event work experience is required.
  • Past ideal candidates have been students and moms, but anyone looking for a part-time job is encouraged to apply.
  • MUST have consistent weekend availability (no other weekend job)
  • MUST have own car and valid driver’s license
  • MUST be fun, outgoing, professional and love working with children
  • MUST be comfortable working by yourself with good self-management skills (once trained)
  • MUST be able to pass a background check against any child abuse charges
  • Starts at $30/hr and goes up with experience. Regular raises are built into the job.
  • Parties have a minimum of 1.5hrs but average 2-3 hours and artists work around 2-3 parties a week.
  • We encourage clients to tip you. About 1/3 of parties tip, and the average tip is $20.
  • We also have plenty of bonuses and travel pay (which we can explain in an interview).
  • Additional weekday work is sometimes available for artists looking to pick up more hours (but is optional).


  • Auditions and interviews will take place over the next few weekends
  • ACTORS AND ARTISTS – Please submit any vocal samples, headshots, or portfolios ahead of time
  • CIRCUS PERFORMERS – Just tell us why you think you’d love to learn!
  • It’s just a normal interview – we interview in coffee shops since they’re nice and public, so no auditions.



Email [MarissaBlaszkoATgmail] with a resume, any head shots / portfolio work, references, or anything else you’d like to send over!



For prior planning, trainings will take place in both our offices (you can pick whichever is closer to you to train at), BUT entertained would be working close to home. (Basically, once you’re trained you have all of your stuff on you at home so you go straight to where ever you’re working that day. The average commute is 30-45min away from home, with travel pay.)

Training takes about 9-12 hours and is unpaid, but after that you’ll start at the full rate



I don’t have a car but I have a reliable parent, friend, or can use public transport. That’s fine right? Sorry, this one is REALLY important to us since a lot of our work is out in the suburbs and your ride would have to wait 90min-3hrs for you. It just hasn’t worked out in the past for us, although some exceptions can be made in Boston itself.

It says full weekend availability – but what about church, temple, community theatre, or my other job? We’re happy to make exceptions if you have religious services that you attend, and getting weekends off for opening the opening of a play you’re in is easy. But because event work scheduling is hard, we don’t accept applicants who have a second weekend job unless they’re planning on quitting it once we offer them one here.


How do we get on parties? You don’t have to do anything – we have awesome marketing and customer service people in our office. We do all of the office work for you – you just entertain at parties!(But if you’re curious, we have a lot of return customers and are growing through word of mouth–partially because our team of talent is so amazing!)

Do I have to buy anything? How do I get supplies? Nope – you don’t invest any money in anything. (You’d be surprised how many people think this job is too good to be true.) Just come to the trainings to get a handle on the job and when you’re done we hand you all the stuff you need and your log-in to the schedule. It’s really that easy.

Why is training unpaid? You’ll become a 1099 contractor, meaning that we don’t take taxes out of your paycheck and that 95% of artists pay less in taxes than if they were a W2 employee. However, the one drawback is that because of federal contracting laws, we can’t pay you for training. Our artists all find the long-term benefit of this outweighs a day of training, so we’ve stuck with it.

Could this become a full-time job for me? The growth opportunities are more focused on teaching artists additional art forms, giving them raises, and putting them on more part-time hours. Many artists who start on 1-2 art types and $30/hr are making closer to $40 within a few years, and there are never-ending opportunities to learn here. To make the transition to full-time, however, it would require a position in our office–and our turn over rate is low enough that opportunity is extremely rare. So YES we have growth opportunities, but it will likely stay your favorite part-time job for a long while.

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