THEMED ENTERTAINERS
FOR CHILDREN

THEMED ENTERTAINERS
FOR CHILDREN

Ready for the most unreal, 'real' career?

Get paid to dress up as unique characters and enchant children with memorable activities.

🕤 Takes 3 min

What’s the job?

You’ll dress up as unique characters and enchant children with memorable activities & games within 50 miles of your home.  

 

You are paid for all training, travel to events, costumes, and supplies. 

What will I get for playing with children with Happily Ever Laughter?

Starting Pay

$20-$30/hr + tips
  • Paid training provided
  • Supplies provided
  • Keep all your tips
  • Choose when you work
  • Current employees work 3-20 hrs/week
  • Overtime pay
  • Sick pay
  • Travel compensation to events
  • Employee status keeps you protected by local labor laws
  • ...and a community of creative (and hilarious) new friends

You are right.  There are companies that offer flat compensation like that. 

 

The difference is that they pay for time worked at a gig (only). 

 

That’s it. 

 

This is because they pay you as an ‘independent contractor’.

 

Instead, we pay you hourly as an ‘employee’ for *everything* it takes to do the gig (driving, prep, supplies etc) AND the gig itself.

 

So, which is right for you?

 

Employee or independent contractor?

 

If you already have your own set of costumes, insurance, skills, supplies, are comfortable budgeting around flat fees, and have a big roster of companies that hire you, working as an independent contractor on your own is probably right for you. 

 

If you prefer to have that ‘be your own boss’ feeling, but without all that risk, working here as an employee is a better fit. 

 

As an employee here, all you have to do is tell us the days you want to work, and we take care of the following for you:

 

~ Pay you for the time it takes to drive from your house to the gig and back, and anything in between.

 

~ Pay you for the wear and tear on your car by mile

 

~ Save your time by booking clients for you

 

~ Provide all your costumes

 

~ Pay you for your time at each gig, including overtime

 

~ Provide safety and sanitary supplies (masks, sanitizer etc)

 

~ Provide all activity supplies (balloons, magic tricks, face paint etc)

 

~ Pay for your liability insurance (in case you break something at the gig)

 

~ Pay you for the time it takes to do your hair and makeup

 

~ Pay you to learn how to do all the activities we offer (balloon twisting, games etc)

 

~ Provide sick pay

 

~ Give you access to worker’s comp (if you get hurt at work)

 

~ Pay the employer’s share of tax payments (we take care of ½ of your social security, federal taxes etc)

 

We also offer you something that working one gig at a time as an independent contractor does not.  

 

Community.  

 

Here you’ll meet fellow quirky, playful, creative, intro-extroverts who love children, costuming, and a good party theme, just like you.

Working jobs that suck…sucks.

Don’t you deserve a better use of your time?

How much of your time is being wasted doing a job you don’t love?  

 

How many managers have overlooked your talents and given you shifts that left you feeling half-empty?

 

It’s time to fill your life back up with the good stuff by applying to the most fun and rewarding job you’ve ever had today.

What does a typical day look like?

See it for yourself on our live instagram feed!

How does scheduling work?

What’s the hiring process like?

Apply

Fill out an application.

takes 3 min

Phone Interview

Answer a few quick questions using our fun phone screening bot (the friendly kind).

Takes 3 min

LIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW

Get one-on-one time with a current performer here to go over questions you have..

approx 30 min

Audition in person

Auditions do not require you to compete against other applicants - if you are a good fit, we'll hire you.

You'll play a few group drama games alongside other applicants.

Auditions are held in Santa Cruz, CA (near the Bay Area) & Los Angeles, CA 2x per year.

SEE LIVE PERFORMANCE

Get a real feel for the job by watching a Happily Ever Laughter performer at a live event.

Receive Offer Of Employment

Start paid training with the most experienced children's entertainers in the industry.

Initial training takes about 40-60 hours to complete at $15/hr. 

You can finish those hours as quickly as you want to.

Complete Final Audition

Perform live at an event with your teachers on site for support.

Get a raise!

Your wages rise to $20-$30+/hr after your initial training is done.

Wage is based on quickly you pick up the skills needed to successfully play with children during training.

Start Advanced Training

You'll continue training to expand your skills.

It's also a great way to earn extra cash during slower seasons.

Become full performer

Once you finish your advanced training, you'll be reviewed for raises and other growth opportunities.

6-12 months

Ready to apply?

Snag your spot in the next hiring round.

🕥 Takes 3 min

Up-up-up and away!

Did know that you can grow here?

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Is this…legit?

Yeeeeep.  

So legit that we just celebrated our 15th year reunion.

Which we played dress-up for (duh).

Have questions?

We figured 🙂

 

Yes.  But they aren’t about how you look. 



Happily Ever Laughter is unique because we do not offer impersonators (think Elsa or Cinderella). 



Instead, we offer professional children’s entertainers (people really good at using unique activities to play with children).

 

This allows us to hire based solely on talent as opposed to appearance.

 

It doesn’t matter what your hair color, gender identity, skin color, disability, body shape, or career background is, if you have the skills to keep a room full of children giggling, we want to hire you. Help us show children that Fairytale Characters can look like them! Faeries (or elves!) from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Here is the only physical requirement:  You’ll need to be able to lift up to 40 pounds to move your supplies in and out of your car repeatedly and to easily stand up and crouch down multiple times an hour when you are playing with children.

In order to help you transition into the job, your initial training (40-60 hrs) can be completed at your own pace during your first 30 days. 

 

After your training month, we automatically book you up to 8 hours a day on Saturdays & Sundays.

 

“I have a job in the evenings on weekends – can I still do this job?” 

 

It might work! 

 

Just talk to us about the hours and we can see if we can work around it for you.

 

We understand how lucrative evening Lyft, restaurant, or babysitting can be.

 

We want this job to help lift you up and are flexible when we can be as long as you communicate clearly with us.

 

“But what if I don’t want to work every weekend?”

 

You don’t have to.  Each month, just tell us the days you want to be scheduled. 

 

We only require that you be available for 6-8 full weekend days per month.

 

“Why do you require 6-8 full weekend days each month?”

 

Because our clients mostly invite us on weekends so we had to set this minimum in order to take in enough work for it to be worth investing the thousands of dollars into your training and supplies.

 

“I won’t have 6-8 full weekend days each month available.”

 

No prob. 

We hire twice a year, come back another time!

 

“I’m available on some weekdays.  Can I work those as well?”

 

You can! 

 

Each time we get a weekday inquiry, we’ll ask you if you want it. 

 

“How will I know what my hours are on the days I choose to work?”

 

You’ll get your schedule every Friday with your weekend hours and any weekday work you agreed to in the next 7 days. 

 

You will be scheduled up to 8 hours per day on the weekend days you choose to work.

We take this pandemic extremely seriously.  On a level of 1-10 of ‘how careful are we’, we are an eleven.

 

Here are the ways we’ve updated children’s entertainment to be safe:

 

  1. You will receive a specially designed flagged perimeter to keep children distanced from you during activities that inspire excessive shouting (like our Magic Show).  They are optional to use.

  2. You’ll receive filtered, sparkling masks that match your costumes along with a hands-free mic kit so you don’t have to yell through it to be heard.

  3. Every performer is fully vaccinated to be safer when performing with coworkers.

  4. All of our ads and email correspondence reflect how we take safety seriously which attracts like-minded clients.

  5.  You’ll receive several cleaning supplies and will be paid to go through sanitary certification courses to further ensure your safety.

  6.  All company gatherings require day of tests and are optional to attend.  We’ve successfully held several so far and not had a single case appear.

You’ll learn how to keep groups of children enchanted with different activities. 

 

From learning how to twist a pink poodle balloon, to how to successfully handle over-excited children, you’ll finish training with the tools you need to rock this job (and blow your friend’s minds when you show them you can make things disappear with magic).  

We hire in different locations throughout the year. 

 

Our 4 main locations are in California. They are:

 

~ Los Angeles and some of the surrounding area

 

~ The East, North, South, and Peninsula of the Bay Area

 

~ Sacramento and some of the surrounding area

 

~ Santa Cruz County

You are right.  There are companies that offer flat compensation like that. 

 

The difference is that they pay for time worked at a gig (only). 

 

That’s it. 

 

This is because they pay you as an ‘independent contractor’.

 

Instead, we pay you hourly as an ‘employee’ for *everything* it takes to do the gig (driving, prep, supplies etc) AND the gig itself.

 

So, which is right for you?

 

Employee or independent contractor?

 

If you already have your own set of costumes, insurance, skills, supplies, are comfortable budgeting around flat fees, and have a big roster of companies that hire you, working as an independent contractor on your own is probably right for you. 

 

If you prefer to have that ‘be your own boss’ feeling, but without all that risk, working here as an employee is a better fit. 

 

As an employee here, all you have to do is tell us the days you want to work, and we take care of the following for you:

 

~ Pay you for the time it takes to drive from your house to the gig and back, and anything in between.

 

~ Pay you for the wear and tear on your car by mile

 

~ Save your time by booking clients for you

 

~ Provide all your costumes

 

~ Pay you for your time at each gig, including overtime

 

~ Provide safety and sanitary supplies (masks, sanitizer etc)

 

~ Provide all activity supplies (balloons, magic tricks, face paint etc)

 

~ Pay for your liability insurance (in case you break something at the gig)

 

~ Pay you for the time it takes to do your hair and makeup

 

~ Pay you to learn how to do all the activities we offer (balloon twisting, games etc)

 

~ Provide sick pay

 

~ Give you access to worker’s comp (if you get hurt at work)

 

~ Pay the employer’s share of tax payments (we take care of ½ of your social security, federal taxes etc)

 

We also offer you something that working one gig at a time as an independent contractor does not.  

 

Community.  

 

Here you’ll meet fellow quirky, playful, creative, intro-extroverts who love children, costuming, and a good party theme, just like you.

Ready to apply?

Snag your spot in the next hiring round.

🕥 Takes 3 min