We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyvia Ferrel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alyvia, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“That old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help him with some hard work of your own” -James (Tiana’s Dad, Princess and the Frog).

I love this quote and the messages behind the whole movie of Princess and the Frog. Ever since I was little, I’ve been a big dreamer. I always dreamed of getting the solo in choir, being the lead in the musical, being the fastest swimmer on my swim team, or winning the soccer championship.

Just like Tiana’s parents, my parents encouraged me to turn those dreams into goals and work hard to achieve them. As I became an Entrepreneur, I kept this quote in the back of my mind. Whenever I stayed up late at night restyling wigs or sewing costumes after a long night of homework, I remembered that I’m working hard to pursue my dream.

Every time I see children light up as they meet their hero, or see a parent tear up as they see everything come together, I am reminded that every minute of my hard work is worth it.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m Alyvia Ferrel, owner of Wish Entertainment.

Wish Entertainment is a character entertainment company that serves the Greater Phoenix Area. We have Princesses, Princes, Super Heroes, Storybook characters, Holiday characters, Video Game characters and more!

Each of our characters are trained to act, sing/dance, look, walk, and talk like their character. All of our characters perform, lead themed games, facepaint, balloon twist, read stories, pose for pictures, and more!  We make sure everyone is having fun the entire time we are at the event!

Starting a business in the entertainment industry only a year before the COVID-19 lockdown was difficult.  We had to do all of our events remotely for several months and had to learn to adapt to a virtual situation very quickly. It taught all of our performers that life doesn’t always go as planned, but the show must go on. Art and creativity always find a way to bring joy and life to the world. We are now attending birthday parties and special events in person and are doing better than ever!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite part about Arizona is that there is are so many different places to eat, shop, and explore! When my best friend visits the area, I would love to go for a short hike or do something outdoors because Arizona is so uniquely beautiful. I also love shopping at Tempe Marketplace or Scottsdale Mall because there are a large variety of stores to shop at.  Recently, I discovered Cinnaholic in Gilbert and Aloha Kitchen in Mesa and I am beyond excited to take her there next time she visits!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout out to my beautiful mother, Jana Ferrel. She has always supported my dreams and encouraged me to pursue them. She put me in voice lessons, drove me to musical practices, taught me how to do makeup, did my hair, and helped me run my company for the first few years. She has played a huge part in my dream of starting Wish Entertainment!

Website: https://www.wishentertainmentparties.com/

Instagram: @wishentertainment

Facebook: Wish Entertainment Princess Parties

Yelp: Wish Entertainment

Other: Contact Info for inquiries: Call or text: (571)524-0649 Email: wishentertainmentpp@gmail.com

Image Credits
Bellami Thruston

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