About Us

Parties and Paint by Kate was founded by Katie Samuel LaPlante with the goal of making your child's wishes come true. Katie has a theatrical performance background and has worked extensively with children in the past, as a substitute teacher, nanny, and camp instructor. She has been professionally trained in acting, dance, and child care, which helps Parties and Paint by Kate provide authentic character entertainment and a magical experience that your child will never forget.

Want to be a Part of the Magic?

Parties and Paint by Kate is always looking to hire performers who have a passion for making magic!

What we look for
  • Performers must be at least 18 years old.

  • Have open weekend availability with 1-2 weeks notice.

  • Be located in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria, or Lompoc, and willing to travel to Santa Barbara or Los Olivos to pick up/drop off supplies.

  • A background in child care or acting preferred.

  • Have strong improvisation skills.

  • Singing skills a plus but not mandatory

  • Second language is a plus but not mandatory

  • Have no visible tattoos (or all tattoos must be able to be covered by costumes)

  • Be a Non smoker

  • Must have your own reliable car

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About the Job
  • Paid by the performance time. Pay starts at $60 for an hour party, $90 for 1.5 hours, and $120 for 2 hours.

  • This position is part time work predominantly on weekends.

  • All positions will require training, we provide all costumes and wigs.

  • Bonus pay - tips and travel rate. For events held outside of Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara, travel rate added.

  • Travel to Santa Barbara or Los Olivos to pick up/drop off supplies

  • Events are improvised based on a script and training

  • Majority of events are solo/one character

  • Leading variety of other activity entertainment (face painting, crafts, games, etc)

We are also always looking for Face painters, balloon twisters, Magicians, and other entertainers.

Join the Magic