May 7, 2024 kscope

Colleen is a face painter and balloon twister at Kaleidoscope who began with here in 2019 while she was studying theatre at Salem State University. Since graduating, she has performed with a number of community theatres, deepened her love for visual arts as a cake decorator at Dessert Works in Westwood MA, and of course continued performing as a children’s party entertainer with Kaleidoscope!

Among her many talents, Colleen can provide:

Colleen’s strengths as an entertainer are her infectious smile and sweetness with kids, and the parties where she shines the most are small kids birthday parties.

 

Colleen working as a balloon twister and face painter at an event

Interview with Colleen: Taunton’s Favorite Balloon Twister and Face Painter!

When and why did you start working at Kaleidoscope?

I’ve been with Kaleidoscope since 2019! I was in college for theatre browsing indeed for art-related jobs. An interview and much training later, here I am!

What’s your favorite art form to do here?

Balloon twisting is sooooo my bread and butter. The popping still scares me even after five years.

What is your favorite part of Being a balloon Twister?

Definitely the reverse engineering. Whether a kid wants something I’ve never done/heard of, make it happen! Even watching my colleagues make something I never have, and trying to learn what they just did. We have a great support system with the artists here, so we’re constantly learning from each other which is really fun.

What are people’s reactions when you tell them You’re a professional balloon twister?

People usually say, “wow! That’s so amazing, nobody does that kind of thing anymore!” Or, “so you’re a clown!”

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about Being a professional kids party entertainer?

People would be surprised at the amount of training it takes to do what we do!

What do you think your superpower as an artist is?

Oh boy, definitely patience. It’s such a requirement, and you have to be quick on your feet too!

What was the most memorable party you ever entertained at?

You never forget your first party. I was so nervous, even though everyone was so nice and it turned out great. It was a jungle animal theme, I’ve never painted so many tiger faces.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Making people’s day. Kids love what we do! I once autographed a balloon before, and the kid who I made it for told me she hoped it would never deflate.

What’s your favorite part of being an professional artist?

The act of being an artist itself. Since I come from an acting background I never thought any sort of painting would find an art medium that I excel at. But when you love what you do, you get good at it!

What is the hardest thing about being a Face Painter or Balloon Twister?

Keeping track of my supplies. We have a pretty good system with our central office, but there is so much to keep track of with all the different art forms we do that we’re constantly trying to stay on top of it.

What’s one piece of advice you give to every parent planning a birthday party?

Have plenty of water and snacks. Also, have a backup option in case of rain.

What’s one thing you want every corporate event planner to know?

Sometimes, less is more to keep people entertained. Instead of having just 1 face painter and 1 balloon twister for a huge event, consider having 2 face painters only (or just 2 balloon twisters). The budget will work out the same, and guests will be happy if there are shorter lines.

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April 16, 2024 kscope

Ava is a face painter and balloon twister based out of Norton, MA and currently attending Wheaton College for creative writing.

Ava started with Kaleidoscope in 2023, having graduated from Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a focus on cinematography and traditional photography. In 2022, her story Mother Nature’s Son was mentioned as a Notable Story in Write Rhode Island, her home state’s only short fiction competition for high school students.

At Kaleidoscope, Ava would love to come to your party for:

Interview with Ava: Norton MA Face Painter and Balloon Twister!

When and why did you start working at Kaleidoscope?

I started working here in spring 2023 as I was graduating high school. I chose Kaleidoscope because I was promised a fun, comfortable, and team-oriented working environment that could foster my creativity, while always teaching me the responsibility I needed to begin my life outside of high school. And each member of this company has delivered on the promise time and time again!

 

What’s your favorite art form (or performance etc) to do here?

Face Paint!

 

What is your favorite part of face painting?

My favorite part of face painting is how personal and individual it can be! I’ve found that, for kids, being able to choose something as simple as the color of their face paint, or a design their friends haven’t done yet, makes them feel really special.

What are people’s reactions when you tell them That you’re a professional face painter and balloon twister?

People think my job is super cool and fascinating, I’m almost always asked follow up questions about what I do.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about being in event entertainment?

Although it is certainly nowhere near the hardest job on the planet, it’s not the easiest either! Anyone has the capability to do what we do, but it took us all lots of learning and practice to get where we are! Our skills are developed with time and experience!

 

What was the most memorable party you ever entertained at?

I entertained at a birthday party with only about five kids, all under the age of 7. By the end I knew all of their names and their favorite subjects in school. When there were lulls when they didn’t want any art from me, they brought coloring books over and asked if we could color together. But best of all, was when the birthday girl took my hand and brought me out to sing happy birthday with her and her family. Small parties will always be my favorite because of that one event!

 

What’s your favorite part of being an artist?

It’s honest to me and who I am as a person! I’ve been creative since I was little, it’s not surprising that I am an artist as an adult because that is what I have always been. Art makes me feel my most true to myself.  My favorite part of the job is how authentic to myself I can be while working, I do not need to change for anyone.

What’s your favorite part of Entertaining kids?

Kids are hilarious and honest, but they’re also curious, and I’ve found when you tap into that curiosity, you can learn something from them regardless of their age.

What is the hardest thing about being a Face Painter or Balloon Twister?

I am not a babysitter! I love the kids to death, but I cannot be put in charge of them and their well being.

Many parents think it’s okay to leave while their children are in my chair, which is completely fine for a moment to grab their phone for a picture or something small, but leaving entirely and not returning puts me and the child in a strange position. They’re scared to leave my chair alone and I don’t feel comfortable letting them go alone, causing me to stop what I’m doing and find the parent instead of helping the next kid in my chair.

 

What’s one thing you want every event planner to know?

Large events tend to either be the busiest or the slowest, all depending on the amount of children. If your corporate event is anticipating a large amount of children, please plan accordingly and schedule enough artists to make sure each kid gets the exact art they want! If you are anticipating a small amount of children, an art like balloon twisting, where a kid can get multiple, fulfills the time more than something like face painting, which kids can only get one of.

Get a free entertainment quote for your upcoming party!

Ideal set up for a face painter or balloon twister: inside or under shade; a small table with 2 chairs; enough lighting; and far away from any speakers or loud sounds.

April 6, 2020 kscope

Ever wonder what’s in face paint? (Is it really paint? Does it have any peanuts, soy, milk, or animal products? What about latex? Heavy metals?) What about perfumes? Is it okay for sensitive skin?

We use only 2 supplies for 2 brands of face paint–“face paint” being a misnomer since what we really put on children’s faces is kid-friendly makeup.  Face paint should never be done with actual paints! Our makeup is free of cancer-causing metals, unlike actual paint, all safe for skin, and cruelty-free.

Below is a full list of all of our face paint brands and their ingredient lists. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office during the booking process and we’d be happy to answer them!

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March 26, 2017 kscope

Olivia G began working at Kaleidoscope in May of 2015 as a high schooler who heard about a face painter princess job through her local high school theatre program.

Since then, she’s become one of our most seasoned face painters, balloon twisters, and performers! Olivia has since graduated first high school and then from Stonehill College with a double major in biology and secondary education. While not entertaining at events, Olivia is public school science teacher in Massachusetts who balances her love of education with her passion for the arts.

Olivia is a Ellington, Connecticut native who now lives in the Greater Boston area and entertains throughout southern New England, so no matter where your party is you may see her soon!

Hire her for:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Princess parties
  • Mascot visit
  • Silly science show

A child smiling at the camera with a face painter octopus on her face

Face Painter Interview with Olivia

When and why did you start working at Kaleidoscope?

May of 2015. A recruiter came to Ellington High School theatre program and I thought…who doesn’t want to be a princess for a living? Sign me up! 😀

What is your favorite part of Face Painting?

Nothing beats turning around the mirror to somebody and seeing their face light up with joy 🙂 It’s one of the best feelings in the world!

What are people’s reactions when you tell them You’re a professional Kids Party Entertainer?

It’s hard for them to wipe the shock off their face. Especially when they know I teach high school biology on top of it. They always wonder which came first: the science or the art?!? I always tell them I was born to do both 🙂

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about what you do?

That I teach high school science on top of my KScope artistry! People always think you’re either a sciencey-STEM person or an artsy-creative peep. You can always be both! Break the mold and do what makes your heart happy!

What do you think your superpower as a face painter or balloon twister is?

Being able to engage everybody at the party. I will get all the kids AND adults to participate! Face painting has no age limits 🙂

What’s your favorite part of being a Professional artist?

Having a creative outlet. I never like being put into a box — and being able to freely create with paints, balloons, and characters wakes up my brain and keeps it fresh. Always keeping me on my toes!

What’s one piece of advice you give to every parent planning a birthday party?

Sit back, relax, and have fun. You’ve planned such an amazing event and put in so much hard work – you deserve to enjoy it too!

What’s one thing you want every corporate event planner to know?

Please bring us water!!! And put us in the shade if you can! Usually these events are longer than normal and we want to be in optimal shape for the entire party 🙂