Being a children's entertainer is magical

Last updated 15:37 27/03/2014
Michelle Bone
Ciara Pratt
CREATING JOY: Michelle Bone, known as Fairy Mellie, enjoys facepainting and entertaining children including her daughters Stella, 5, left, and Jessamie, 7.

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Why become a fairy?

It's something I've always wanted to do, I like doing creative things.

I used to be a personal trainer but I found I was working a lot of hours and I was missing out on my girls.

One day my friend asked me to facepaint at her daughter's party - and the rest is history.

I used to be a makeup artist and I have that creative spark so face painting has been easy. The internet is great for ideas as well.

Mellie was my childhood nickname so I felt that was a great fairy name.

I feel very lucky to be able to build this small business and have a creative outlet.

What does it take to make a good children's entertainer?

You have to enjoy children, of course.

Having a positive and bubbly personality helps.

I love fairies myself.

The point of face painting is to inspire imaginations, encourage play, have fun and create magical transformations.

It makes you feel a little special, gives an extra sparkle and is a simple way to add fun and excitement to a party. I also include extra add-ons like a crowning ceremony where I make a crown for the birthday child and I can also create a choreographed dance at the party as well.

What do people think of your occupation?

I get a really positive response and kids love it.

The best is when a three-year-old girl saw me and her eyes lit up because she thought I was a real fairy.

Some of the parents even ask to get their faces painted afterwards.

I'm so thankful for my family and their support, encouragement and their patience regularly modelling for my many practice sessions.

My husband makes a great monster/hulk and my girls enjoy being growling tigers, slithering snakes and beautiful mermaids.

What is the hardest part about being Fairy Mellie?

There isn't really anything but I would say the hardest part is turning down children who want their faces painted when they are sick.

What is the most requested face at parties?

The most requested faces are butterflies and Spiderman but I like to use different colours, brush strokes and designs for variety and to keep it interesting.

I love to paint pretty fairy faces with swirls, flowers, teardrops and of course fairy glitter.

I really enjoy trying new faces, anything with big teeth is lots of fun too like snakes, tigers and crocodiles.

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