By Jada Butler
Asst. News Editor
While some students work in the student run businesses on campus, Samantha Samant, a sophomore theater major, has created and runs her own business, Fairy Godmother Face Painting, outside of Post.
She started Fairy Godmother Face Painting in Sept. 2016 to provide entertainment for birthday parties, classroom visits, festivals, and corporate groups in the Long Island area. Along with face painting, the business offers glitter tattoos, balloon animals, a swimming mermaid, coronations, and meet-and-greets with Disney princesses.
Samant has been an actor for seven years. Her first show was “Twelfth Night” at the Usdan Performing Arts camp. She believes that performing for children will sharpen her acting skills. Children are the hardest audience to please. “They notice every detail,” she said.
Samant, who runs the business on her own, will be collaborating with playwright Elizabeth Kotite to create new Disney-like stories for the business. Samant is also searching for a composer to create original music to accompany the stories, and for actors to join her team.
With any business comes responsibilities, including insurance. Samant’s parents were supportive of her business, and assisted in setting it in motion. They contributed funds for the insurance for the company. “This is most important, especially with working with kids. You want to be covered for any accidents that could happen to the children or yourself,” Samant said. It is important to have the right kind of insurance, Samant advises to those who wish to start a business that deals with children, a policy that will cover everything.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions while working in this field, because 9 out of 10 times, the question that you didn’t ask will be where you trip up,” Samant said. To find out more information about Fairy Godmother Face Painting, visit the Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/Fairy-Godmother-Facepainting