For a while now, I have been working part-time as Elsa. Yes, I am working part-time as an Ice Queen.
So, today, I decided to write about it. So here it is, an account from an ice queen who works as an Ice Queen.
As one with a better command of English and Bahasa Malaysia, I guess that made me a passable Elsa who is able to read stories to children. Most of the time, I would read Frozen or Cinderella, either in English or Malay. When I was done, there would be a photo session with the children.
Personally, I like how this job is. I get to use my hobby, cosplay, as a way of earning extra income. Of course, it isn't all about the dough. Working with children can be very interesting. I have met kids who were so starstruck, their mouth wide open as they set their eyes on me. There were also those who started bawling when they saw their favourite Ice Queen. Some who were huge fans of Elsa, reacted by chanting her name over and over, and well, behaving like how a fanboy/fangirl would. Gasping, grinning, jumping, doing a mini dance, you name it, I've seen them in these kids. There was only a time I was mildly violated by a little girl. She kept inspecting me, running under my cape, pulling my clothes, dragging me away, and the most shocking part was her smacking my bum. Yes. It happened. My handlers had to keep me safe from her. There was another girl who made me question my existence, as she said, "You're not real."
Perhaps she was referring to Elsa. Most likely. Or else, I'll probably go through an existential crisis.
There were instances where during the quiz session after stories, I made a twist by having some children sing instead of telling me what the songs were. It surprised everyone when they were able to sing the song so well. If those kids ever make it big, I hope they'll remember that I discovered their talent, haha (don't take me to seriously on this, I'm only joking).
Of course, there will be those who get petrified as they walk up to the stage. I do help by singing along with them or give cues. Probably the only time I'll ever sing in public, really.
It is a peculiar thing, as before all this, I was telling my mother how great it would be to work at Disney parks. I did, after all, grow up watching Disney classics. The songs are also forever a tune in my memories. The universe works in mysterious ways, doesn't it?
All in all, I do enjoy and am happy with this wonderful opportunity. My employers now are people I consider good acquaintances/friends. This job also exposes me to more potentials and people. Most importantly, I made the children's day.
If ever you get the opportunity to work with good people, even if it is considered a small job or with uncertain continuity, take it. It's the experience that matters, and it could be worthwhile.