Gina Bohorquez - Vendor Spotlight
What do I do? Face painting, balloons and crafts for the little ones.
Kids Parties Entertainer.
Relevant ages: 4-8
Location: NYC, NY
Gina answered our Meet the Vendor questions:
How did you start working as an entertainer?
I started working in the kids party industry when I was 14 years old. My uncle had just started a driving job for an entertainment company in South Florida and his boss asked him to bring someone to work as an entertainer. He picked me out of his numerous nieces and nephews, little did I know that it would become my vocation. I am 26 years old now, and I still love what I do; It makes me happy.
Tell us about the first party you did?
On my very first show, I was Minnie Mouse! I had lots of fun with the toddlers, they would hang out at my feet and hug my legs, I thought it was the sweetest thing ever, I smiled a lot however they couldn't see my face, and thank God because I was melting inside the huge costume. I remember that I always wanted to learn more, do face paint, balloons and entertainment, eventually in 2012 after graduating from high school and moving to NYC, I found a company where my skills were taken into a whole new level.
Can you share a fun fact about your activity?
Fun fact about me; I don't carry catalogs as some other face painting artist do. I let the kids tell me what they want and work from there - the children and their wishes are my inspiration and every painting is different from the other. I also like to dance a lot, don't be surprised if you see me dancing and singing along with the party tunes.
What are the most relevant group ages?
I found out that kids between 4 and 8 years of age are more likely to complete the arts & crafts projects.
What are your customers say about you?
Customers say they really like my patience and kindness when dealing with the kids and my ability to communicate as if I am one of them. My reliability and punctuality are a big plus as well.
A party tip for our parents?
I think a good tip for parents if they have small children (less than 4 years old) is to not push them into getting their face painted. Most children that age will either eat in a messy manner or cry at a certain point and their face painting gets ruined. For toddlers, I'll suggest hand painting as a good option that suits their age and attention level.
Anything else you would love to share?
I love working with kids, they are so full of fun, love, and trust. I tried different jobs throughout the years but I am always drawn back to working with children, like a magnet. They simply fill me with joy, and being a part of making them happy in their celebrations is invaluable. I feel gratitude and honor to be able to have fun and share special moments with the kids. It warms my heart to know that I played a small part in making their birthday unforgivable.
Gina is an artist, face painter, and balloon twister who gives every child her full attention and creativity. She likes to let children state their desires for paintings and balloons, and then flow with her imagination. In addition she can offer a great art and craft activity to keep the kids busy while they’re waiting for the face painting.