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Meet Dayane Araujo of Chica’s Party Entertainment

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dayane Araujo.

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 involved in the arts since I was a child. My mom used to be a dance teacher, so I have been around the arts since I was in my mother’s womb!

I started taking dance classes when I was two years old. I joined a chorus group at the age of 10, and then I started taking private singing lessons as well as acting classes and later, circus classes. Throughout my life I did jobs such as dancing, TV commercials, modeling, acting, etc.

In 2011, I joined a professional Musical Theater Company and had the opportunity to travel and perform within Brazil and Chile performing in plays such as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.

I have always admired the circus arts and in 2013 a close friend of mine had introduced me to juggling! At first, I thought that it was very challenging and some tricks seemed impossible to reproduce, but I realized that if you continue to put time to it, stay persistent and continue practicing you are going to see results and improvement. Especially with that trick that might seem impossible at first, which in the beginning, is juggling even three balls! With effort and dedication these tricks become much easier, and soon enough, you will be ready for the next challenge: juggling balls that are on fire!

In that same year of 2013, I moved to Boston and continued to practice on my own until I found out about the MIT Juggling Club which meets every Sunday. I joined this club and started practicing with them every week.

Juggling for me was a lot of fun, but I did not have high expectations regarding it. My attitude changed one day when I met a few people who worked professionally as jugglers and party entertainers whom then invited me to do gigs with them. At first, I was hesitant, but I accepted their offer.

I have never stopped since then. I learned how do face painting, balloon twisting and I started putting my skills together and adding my own personality to them.

While doing parties and gigs I feel so much joy, it’s such an incredible energy being around children; how simple they are and how appreciative they are of the simplest things! I started to remember my own childhood – the more parties I did the more vivid my own childhood memories became.

When I was five years old my mom hired two artists to perform at my birthday party, and they had me interact with them on stage. This had a lasting impact on me. I remember how special that was for me and I felt really inspired by those performers. As I got older I started to create things such as choreographies, puppet shows and my sister and I would even perform on our birthdays, our parent’s anniversary and family reunions. I remember how much joy I felt and the urge to deliver that same joy to others is what inspires me the most.

I decided I wanted to follow that path, that’s when I founded Chica’s Party Entertainment in 2015. For me, it is very important that children live their childhood with joy and innocence which is the essence of childhood. I hope to continue to create great memories and help inspire them to remember what it is like to be a child.

As my favorite quote says, “Never forget your inner child”.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting the business was the most challenging part. Like all new entrepreneurs, there is a lot of uncertainty and my experience was no different. I had my fair share of doubt, and even financial struggle in the beginning, but Chica’s Party Entertainment was created out of genuine passion for what I am doing, therefore everything always aligned itself in the correct manner.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Chica’s Party Entertainment – what should we know?
Chica’s Party Entertainment performs at Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, School Assemblies, etc.

We specialize in character work, clown and mime shows, juggling and more. We bring your favorite princesses, superheroes and other fun characters to life!

We also offer services such as face painting, balloon twisting, music, dance and puppet shows!

As a company, what makes me the proudest is doing what I love. For me, Chica’s Party Entertainment goes beyond the normal notion of a business. I have been given the opportunity to blend my passion with the pure joyous nature of children to transcend a “party” into a lifetime memory that timelessly resonates with both the child and the family.

One aspect that separates Chica’s Party Entertainment from others is our ability to tailor each party around the client’s needs and wants. No party is ever the same! Not only does the client have almost unlimited choices with regards to packages and combos as well as a selection from over 20 different characters. I communicate with the client in detail before each booking and we work together to build a party that is best fit for their children.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mom has had the biggest impact on me. She deserves most of the credit. Thank you mom! She gave me the opportunity to explore my artistic abilities and the arts. I was raised in Brazil, thus, she did this in a culture where the arts are not well supported. Therefore, she went against the status quo out of passion and love, and I am forever grateful for that. My sister deserves credit because she helped me share my work with others.

Also, my friend Fabio Venturini who introduced me to juggling, and continues to inspire me. Arthur Lewbel, who founded the MIT Juggling Club where I continue to practice, Boris Koski who introduced me to the party entertainment world and taught me new skills, as well as Joseph Kouyoumjian, who invited me to do gigs with him which had a significant impact on me. He also gave me tips on where to advertise my business once I started it. And of course, my family, friends and clients, who have many times referred me to others or supported me somehow. Thank you!

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