Get to know us a little better…
As the owner and creator I would like to share a little bit of information on my background and how the company was formed:
I grew up in Prince George’s County Maryland and attended K-8 Grade at St. Bernard’s in Riverdale, MD, High School at Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bladensburg, MD (Class of 2002), received my Associates Degree in General Studies at P.G. Community College in December of 2004 and lastly in May of 2008 I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Bowie State University. I’m an Army wife, as my husband is a recruiter stationed in Annapolis, so I have easy access to any military base for events. I have always had a high-energy, fun, exciting personality that entertains people. In the past I have been nicknamed ‘Bubbles’ for my personality and when I did my first clown performance I was asked what my name was and the first thing that popped into my head was Bubbles, so I went by Bubbles the clown. Bubble Productions matches my personality and what I do.
My costume experience started at a young age. I was a girl scout in the St. Mary’s of Landover Hills troop and during my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade year of school, we performed ‘Bunny Duty’ at Capital Plaza Mall (when it was still around!) to raise money for the trip to Europe we took in 9th grade. Guess what? All 3 years in a row I was the Easter Bunny! Then in High School I was the mascot – The Road Runner – which was a huge professional mascot costume, which I wore with pride and had fun in! Likewise, I have been face painting since I was young as well. I started as a girl scout at different events we did as fundraisers. When I saw an ad on craigslist looking to hire princesses for parties, I thought, what a great idea and from there I grew my own business and expanded. It makes me so happy to hear all the positive feedback I get from events about how the kids and even adults loved the performance. This reason is the main reason why I love what I do. Most of my parties now are done by my
wonderful performers we hire on so that I can be in the background and manage as much as possible to make sure everything goes smoothly.
As of June 2011, my mother, Karen Wisley, came on to Bubbles Productions as my business partner. She handles the logistics of the actual company, whereas, I do the more hands on parts. She does attend some of the parties and is a good amateur photographer. She is also a PMP certified Project Manager and has always been an outstanding business woman in all aspects. This picture is in loving memory Craig, a man very important to both of us that made a great impact on our business and was enthusiastic for how successful we were becoming. You are always in our memories and hearts, Craig
Kristine is Amanda’s assistant and in addition to doing parties, she also helps us out by being the costume cleaner, organizer and doing other errands for the business. She has a happy personality and is well liked by those she entertains. She wears mascots, is a princess, party leads, does a little magic, face paints and balloon twists. She can do everything Amanda can do! She had a strong background in customer service as she was a server for several years before joining us full time. She attends AACC and is going for an Associates Degree in Anthropology. Kristine does a lot of events for us and has been doing so since August 2012. We are very fortunate to have her.
Mandy has been creating magic with her paint brush since 2011. She started her love of face painting when she painted for her daughter’s birthday and has not put the paint brush down since. Her art does not stop at face painting either. She has many talents, including body art, costume making, edgy photo shoots, hair & make-up, and her strongest talent: special FX make-up. Mandy has recently found a love of balloon twisting as well. When tasked to learn balloon twisting, she immediately excelled at this type of art as well. She is a well known and loved artist in the DMV area for her exceptional talent with face painting, particularly her FX skills. She loves to work with children, seeing as she has three little ones of her own. To see a child’s smile after being painted is a great reward to Mandy. She has been with Bubbles since mid 2014. She wishes to expand her talents for her ultimate goal of doing the make-up for the cast members of the film world. When she’s not painting, she is raising three wonderful kiddos which she calls her muses, for they are in fact her inspiration in all that she paints.
Say hello to Renee Waddler! Renee is a graduate of Marymount University and is a professional Makeup Artist, residing in Fort Washington, MD. She has been with Bubbles Production since 2012. Not only is she a fabulous Makeup Artist, she is an even more fabulous princess! Truth be told, Renee LOVES dressing up as a character princess on the weekends. It gives her the opportunity to bring children’s dreams of meeting their favorite princess to life! Her love for children and making people happy is clearly shown at each of her parties. At each party or event, Renee uses her makeup artistry skills to do cute and fun face painting images on children’s faces. In addition to her love for children, Renee has a passion for health and fitness and helping abused/neglected dogs find loving homes. She has an adorable nephew, a beautiful Goddaughter and a super cute boxer puppy (Rocky) whom she absolutely adores and loves! In addition to being our main Princess Frog performer, she also does dedicated face painter work, Little Red Riding Hood, Bubble Mermaid Character, a Christmas Elf and she can even work at mascot events when needed.
With a longstanding background in theatre and performing arts, Lucas English got his start into children’s entertainment and clowning by participating in the annual SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) charity walks where he would tell jokes and made balloons for the kids of parents who would go off to walk for the cure. He has trained with some of Bowie’s most established (and funny) names in the clowning community, and enjoys making kids laugh and smile with his balloon twisting antics and fun party games. He is also trained in the art of face painting as well as magic too. He is extremely professional and polite. His mother, Rose, was one of our wonderful seamstresses who made three of our princess dresses and did many excellent repairs and modifications on other costumes of ours. Sadly, she passed away in January of 2014, but she will forever be in our hearts and her lovely work will live on through the smiles of all the children who enjoy seeing the princesses which don the dresses she designed and created.
Patricia has been with Bubbles Productions since early 2012. She has made very parties happy and currently resides in Northern VA. Although she works full time in Law Enforcement, she loves spending her weekends keeping the magic alive for the kids. She has a degree in Philosophy from Catholic University of America and in addition to her love for children, she also enjoy fitness, animals just enjoying life. Not only does she wear mascots, but she sometimes does the princess characters, clown characters and is quite good at face painting and balloons too. She is versatile in her talents and good with keeping the children’s attention.
Audrey has a passion for horses and horseback riding and is currently taking online courses in equine studies to earn a certification in horse training and stable managing. She is also a talented artist and designer including drawing and hand making costumes. She even has her own homemade costumes she wears to events and conventions! With her costume making skills she does most of the sewing and repair work for Bubbles. She has lots of experience with costume performance and is one of our main mascot performers, but is also a balloon twister and face painter. She has been with Bubbles since 2013 and has grown very much with us since she started. She is dedicated to the company and has a lot of fun at her job!
Katie is Amanda’s apprentice and started to work at Bubbles summer of 2015. Although she might be young, she is hard-working and talented in what she does. Katie is planning on getting a double-major in Animation and Illustration when in college. She loves face painting, balloon twisting, and being in costume. Growing up, Katie always had an interest in two things: Art and entertaining people. Now she can do both while making kids dreams come true. She also has a bright and effervescent personality which makes her well liked by the children at the events that she does. Other interests she has is sports, video games, and music . We are lucky to have her!
And, here is Shaun Dull! He has been performing magic and juggling since he was about 15 years old. With over 10 years experience with juggling, he is still eager to learn new tricks. He taught himself how to do magic, quite a bit at that, and balloon twist as well, which he has become quite talented in as well. He can even make a balloon guitar! He has some unique abilities too, such as the ability to ride a unicycle and balance on a rolabola. He loves to entertain adults and children alike. He enjoys watching people’s faces light up when he finishes a magic a trick or is in the middle or a juggling set. Shaun also is our only stilt walker currently! So an overview of his talents are juggling, clown work, magic, balloon twisting and stilt walking! He is very talented indeed! He has been with Bubbles Productions since late 2012!
Yolanda started working for Bubbles Productions and she currently resides in White Plains, Maryland. She has a strong background in dance, she choreographed for the College of Southern Maryland and is also an amature singer. As the lead Princess she is able to do balloon twisting, face painting, glitter tattoos and nails for your little princess! Having 12 nieces and nephews, she definitely knows how to keep kids smiling. She also has a true heart of gold as she has volunteered her time on many occasions for various charity functions, such as March of Dimes and Bowie’s Shop with a Cop program to name a few. She is one of our most dedicated workers that is not only talented at being many different princesses, but will do whatever is needed to help out and be a team player.
Daniel was born in Clearwater, Fl but moved to Hainan Province, China when he was 12. There he learned about the finer things in life such as surfing, climbing coconut trees, and climbing pretty much anything else, such as buildings (the parents had no idea). Daniel graduated highschool in China and then attended Hainan University for one year before transferring to Simpson University in Redding, CA where he graduated with a B.A. in International Studies. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese (as well as some regional dialects) and is slowly perfecting his superhero skills (he still hasn’t gotten Thor’s hammer off the ground…). He is active duty Navy currently, so are appreciating the time we have with him while he is stationed here! The children always love Daniel, whichever superhero he is, and even all of the parents rave about his awesome skills! We love having him for our lead superhero performer!
Lawrence is a devoted husband and father who loves to entertain people of all ages. He has been studying magic for over 20 years and practicing the art of Origami. He customizes his interactive comedy magic show to fit the audience. He hands our origami creations to each child at the magic shows he does. He offers 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute shows along with strolling magic too. In addition to doing some magician work for us, he also does a lot of our Santa Claus events. He make a great looking Santa! He is eager to please, professional and entertaining!
Crystal is a bubbly, upbeat person who does clown work along with some juggling, puppet interactions (pictures is her faithful puppet!) and beautiful face painting. She can also balloon twist. She is a great childrens’ entertainer and loves what she does. She has been with us since early 2011 and makes a lot of parties cheer for joy. She has a positive outlook on all with her strong Christian values. She also wears mascot costumes and likes to mimic their voices. Crystal is talented in many fields. Not only is she a wonderful entertainer, she is also a healer of the body as she is a skilled massage therapist as well. She is dedicated to making others joyful and we appreciate her for that. She has been entertaining since long before Bubbles as well so has many years of experience!
Jessica is a mother of two young boys and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. She was an art student in high school and recently picked it back up when she began face painting over a year ago. She quickly mastered the skill of balloon twisting and truly enjoys entertaining children. She specializes in face painting/balloon twisting parties, glitter tattoos, body art and can even do wall murals. She has been with us since almost the beginning and does several events for us throughout the year. She even does an occasional princess for us and can do a little magic too if needed.