We had the good fortune of connecting with Kahlia Ferguson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kahlia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued this career because I genuinely love performing and making moments in children’s lives extra special. I worked as a character performer in Los Angeles and learned so much regarding high expectations when it comes to costumes/wigs and child interactions, that I thought it would be beneficial to bring those same expectations to Arizona. My goal is to send performers out into the world who truly love working with children and will provide an event that guests will never forget.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At this moment, I am most excited about having a roster full of wonderful performers who give their all to this company. I look forward to growing the company in such a way that they have consistent events to perform at, and more families to connect with. I also look forward to seeing us all grow together as a team through collaboration and shared experiences. I believe what sets us apart is that many of our performers are already very close, so their ability to communicate and interact with each other is organic.
My professional evolution is still in its beginning stages, I think. I will say that having parents who have both been entrepreneurs has provided me with extreme insight regarding my approach to this business. Starting out as a character performer was also incredibly helpful with the transition to owning a character company. As a performer, I know what questions to ask clients to gain a firm understanding of their wants/needs for a successful experience. I would say the difficulties I face are simply learning the ropes of running a company; it’ll get easier over time. The easiest part is buying pretty dresses.
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.
What an amazing question. I have recently fallen in love with a place called Fate Brewery in Tempe. Their strawberry mojito is fantastic. I also love this place called Schmooze in Scottsdale. They have a gated patio with misters and water fountains- it’s very tranquil. I am also in love with The White Rabbit. I love speakeasies and the whole experience that comes with it. I would have to take my friend hiking in Sedona, as well as A Mountain. We would also have to visit a rooftop bar, particularly during sunset!
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?
My family. My parents have always been supportive of my dream to start and grow this company and I appreciate it deeply. My niece also plays a huge part in the development of this company. I grew up loving dinosaurs and my interest in princesses were nonexistent. It wasn’t until she was born that I came to love the wonderful world of fancy dresses and whimsical songs. My significant other has also been incredibly supportive of this endeavor. I have to thank him for reminding me to take a break every now and then. Lastly, my fellow princess performer friends. They’re there for me when I have questions about running the company, styling wigs, and training new performers.
Belle: Arizona Photographer