Lots of little girls dream of growing up to become a princess – and for Zoemarie Sheldon the dream has come true.
She spends the majority of her working life playing the Snow Queen – based on the character Elsa from Disney’s smash hit film Frozen – and loves every minute of it.
The 36-year-old mum-of-two launched her entertainment business PartyAngelz in 2005, providing entertainment packages for children’s parties, discos, plus corporate and charity events up and down the country.
“I love my job so much. It’s such an honour to be part of someone’s special memory,” says Zoemarie, who lives in Gedney, with fiancé Martin Morris and their children Joel (13) and Jade (5).
“PartyAngelz is all about making dreams come true; there are loads of kids who don’t get to go to Disneyland, so I like to think that if I can do a little something to bring the magic to them, that can only be a good thing.
“I want to inspire them, and to help make them believe in themselves.”
It was after watching Frozen with daughter Jade she tried out a party package based on the movie, and two years on it’s still her most requested. With a sequel in the pipeline the bookings don’t look like slowing up either.
“I learnt all the songs, bought a blue dress for £10 from a car boot sale and a wig and tried it out at one event and the kids absolutely loved it,” she laughs.
“Since being Elsa I’ve gone through four dresses, five wigs and I’ve even had hair extensions put in to make me look more like her! She’s definitely one of my favourite characters – she’s such an inspiring woman.
“I asked my kids recently if I embarrass them – well it’s not a normal job. I’ve turned up at the school gates in costume, but they don’t seem to mind.”
After starting off as a team of two, PartyAngelz now has an entertainment crew of ten, who cover up to five events a week. And Zoemarie has entertained at numerous events.
Having just returned to college to complete an art and design course, Zoemarie is hoping to grow the PartyAngelz brand further and is looking forward to making many more dreams come true.
Positive attitude shines through
Zoemarie’s positive philosophy has stood her in good stead over the years. After losing her father to cancer when she was just 16, she decided on a career in the caring profession, rather than her favoured choice of the performing arts. But she quit her life in Lincolnshire following the death of another family member.
“I just thought life is too short,” she recalls. “So we sold everything we owned and went to Portugal, where I ended up as the head entertainer in a holiday resort.”
After returning to England and the birth of her son, she decided it was time to follow her dreams and start her own business.
“When Joel turned two I did him a little party. I built a stage and a DJ booth and loads of kids came along and we had a great time. Then my sister-in-law asked if I’d do my niece’s party and I just got more and more requests,” she said.
She started providing entertainers for corporate and nightclub events, organised pub karaokes and parties for older children, but the smoking ban marked the end of many of the pub events so she launched party packages aimed at younger children.
These include games, songs, face-painting and activities with themed characters including Scooby Doo, superheroes and Minions.
* For more information visit www.partyangelz.biz or contact Zoemarie on 01406 258549.