The majority of people assume that being a party Princess requires strong vocal ability and a pretty face, but to be honest, that’s not what we look for during auditions. In reality, you can’t just boil an audition down into ten tick boxes but hopefully the list below will help you on your way to becoming a Princess. It should be said that this is personal preference and not all companies are the same.
A Princess needs to be able to lead a whole party herself so showing some independence during the audition is a good idea. I’m looking for someone who can easily take charge of a situation and won’t rely on me the whole time.
Everyone gets nervous during auditions and sometimes being shy can be mistaken for a lack of confidence. However, there is a difference between confidence and being introverted so don’t let being shy hold you back. The most important thing is to be confident with the children.
A big part of being a Princess is being able to think on your feet. Granted that this can be difficult to demonstrate during an audition, but if you can showcase how adaptable you are in difficult situations, it will be seen as a big plus.
This is the most important thing to consider when hiring a Princess, and I probably should have started with this. Being a Princess is more than a pretty face, there are long hours involved and lots of social interaction with children. If you can’t keep a smile after being asked the same question 14 times in a row, then this job isn’t for you. During an audition, I’ll take note of personality both in and out of character.
Slightly related to the above, your behaviour in front of the client and children are something I take into consideration during an audition. We’re looking for someone that can play a character for the children but still maintain professionalism in front of parents.
6. Quick Learner
There is no formal training for a Princess so you need to be ready to learn and learn quick. I’m looking for someone who only needs to be told the rules to a game once, or immediately picks up on what I am trying to say and gets on with it. When you are in character you can’t teach someone in a standard way so being a quick learner helps with this.
Being a Princess is more than wearing a dress and wig for a paycheck. Princesses need to love what they do. They need to be excited about making magical memories for children and be willing to go above and beyond what is expected of them. You need to be passionate about Disney, princesses and entertaining and this should shine through on your audition.
Whether its the words to a song, a complicated backstory or just how to hook up the sound system, a Princess should be knowledgeable in these subjects. If you are unsure, you can always ask but you should have the basics before attending an audition. If you have been asked to perform a song, make sure you know the words off by heart. I’d rather a Princess admit she can’t perform than risk upsetting a client.
A Princess should be clean and professional looking on arrival and ready to start the party. Her dress should be unwrinkled with no marks and her wig as realistic looking as possible. If the company has provided the dress, I expect you to look after it before, during and after the party. It goes without saying that a Princess should also have suitable makeup and deodorant (you’d be surprised).
Princess parties are hard work and anyone who says otherwise is not doing it right. From start to finish you have to be in character, full of fun and bursting with energy. If you are the kind of person who gets drained easily, then you should consider Meet & Greets or appearances instead. The children and client should never see your cheery façade falter and neither should I until the party is over.
I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about becoming a party Princess. If you have any follow up questions, feel free to put them in the comments below.