Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Thomas.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been a performer since a young age. Starting in Elementary school choir. I got my start in community theatre in Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area. I studied musical theatre in highs school and after finishing school started booking professional gigs such as Disney’s High school musical one and two as Ryan Evans and Hairspray as Fender. As I always had such a connection with princesses and an obsession with fairytales, Wizard of Oz, Harry potter and Little Mermaid specifically. It dawned on me that these characters come to life would be so fun. I started a company in Indiana called Looking Glass Friends where I would have costumes made and me and another associate would dress up and go to Hospitals, Libraries and special need events around town. This slowly grew into festivals requesting us, to birthday parties and city events.
From there, I wanted to continue my career as an actor and decided to close shop and move to Houston. I loved the idea of the beautiful weather and mostly the no snow anywhere thing Houston is known for. After living here for about 2 months I was scouted by Disney to work for Radio Disney Houston. I started as a road crew member and was quickly promoted to as Host. Through this time with Radio Disney I found myself missing my character company and erected one here in Houston, thus the birth of Fairytale Headquarters. At the time (about 7 years ago, there were close to no princess party companies. We started from humble roots. Thought the local and professional theatre that I was doing around town (Houston Family Arts Centre, Broadway Bound, Main Street Theatre and A.D Players) I was able to connect with other actors and started to hire people to play princesses, super hero and impersonators in general! It has been a long road and a rewarding one. we have served over 9 thousand families to date (that is at least as big as our mailing list is for newsletters) We have been blessed and have worked with KRBE, The Children’s Museum, Houston Symphony, City Walk Sugar Land, Cynthia Woods Pavilion, The Skeeter, Discovery Green, Make a Wish, The Mayor’s office, Memorial City Mall, City Centre, Magical Winter Lights, Relay for life, City of Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Corpus, Houston and many more. We have put up Ball in ballrooms, Easter Egg hunts yearly and dance lessons with trained Princesses monthly. I couldn’t do it alone. As work got more and more busy Leeanne Denny has been my backbone, she for me plays manger, scheduler, wig stylist and best friend. She owns and operates our sister company Houston Hero Headquarters as well. What sets us apart is out quality. I take every step to make sure our costumes are custom made from beautiful fabric. Nothing we offer is a Halloween costume straight out of a bag like many of our now competitions, we find out competitors buy cheap costumes from China and cosplay wigs which is fine for them.
But we, however, like to keep all the magic and provide nothing but the best and most beautiful princesses we can offer. We also have very strict and tedious audition process to make sure that we only hire the most beautiful inside and out humans that have a passion to do what we do with just the right look for what we are using them for! They are required outside of parties to do at least (but not limited to) one charity event or visit a month, many of our girls (and boys) visit kids in the hospital, go to fundraisers for kids with cancer, relays for life, or house visits to terminally ill kiddos.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not always been a smooth road. It has been a lot of hard work. We have had the privilege of hiring and training actresses who work for us for a little while, learn the ropes and then leave to start their own business and do exactly what we do to. Imitation is not always flattery. It used to be discouraging BUT I do not like to think negatively.
God has always had a plan for us. I know what we provide is a superb and polished product and you cannot do this job just for the money alone like so many others try. The passion has to be on the magic, the children and making our world a more beautiful and magic place. I believe we do that. It is a business, so of course the money is important but by no means is it why we do what we do. It is because it is our passion. The passion and love that goes into making the first footprint in the sand cannot be replicated and cannot be duplicated but poorly.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Fairytale Headquarters – what should we know?
Our quality and attention to detail set us apart. our passion and love of the fairytale magic. We are never ever out of character when in costume. Even when we call to confirm we are in character. The world is our stage. I personally am the owner, often the costume designer and/or buyer, the creator, I do the casting, I arrange the Balls and big events. It is such a privilege to work with the lovely people of Houston. We always feel welcomed by the southern charm and kindness.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Leeanne Denny is such an important employee. She does booking with clients, scheduling our 50 plus actor and actresses, wig styling and restyling and plays the most important role of my biggest cheerleader since day one and best friend. She is my rock and #1 go to girl. She also owns and operates our sister company Houston Hero Headquarters that specializes in Super Heroes!
- $195.00 for one character for one hour
- $275.00 for two characters for one hour
- Website: www.thefairytaleheadquarters.com
- Email: Houstonprincessparty@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefairytaleheadquarters/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houstonprincessparty/
Focal Points photo by Carlo Alcala