Meet the Performers
Your experience will not only be authentic with meticulously designed costumes, but with attention to details of the performers. AWYHM Performers truly become the character to provide you with a totally believable performance. We work with talented people who take this roll seriously, while having fun with the kids at the same time!
Abbigail is a student at College of the Sequoias. She has always been in love with the magical world of Disney, and will continue aspiring to work with what she loves by majoring in Theatre Arts! She is a cosplayer and cartoon/ makeup artist. She has been dressing up as characters for over 2 years and is super excited for the opportunity to be friends with some of her favorite princesses!
Alejandra is a short sparky girl who works as a barista, enjoys to speak a lot and loves to laugh and dance. Always as a little girl dreamed to be a princess, she studied to be a bilingual interpreter. Also has performed in plays and folkloric dancing . She has worked a lot with kids and is also a babysitter. Always has a smile on her face and always super cheerful and very goofy. She has taught little kids folkloric dances.
Alyssa is a senior at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo studying Human Resources. Her passion for helping others and making people smile has inspired her to help create magical memories with A Wish Your Heart Makes. Alyssa’s love for Disney and interacting with characters at Disneyland has sparked her desire to help bring back some of the magic to the Central Coast! Fun fact: Alyssa has been a part of a choir for over 6 years and is currently part of the advanced choir at Cal Poly!
Amanda puts the P in positivity, she’s an outgoing, exciting individual with exceptional customer service skills. She’s worked as a Nanny, for the last 7 years caring for children, and interacting as a family member. She goes above and beyond in her roles as a nanny, a princess and performer. She’s diligent in her mental and physical health, and thoroughly enjoys roll play, costumes and makeup, in a variety of styles. She’s up beat and flexible to meet desirable schedules and proactively helps with her mothers in-home daycare needs. In her professional roles as a salsa dancer and instructor, she has reached 2-time champion recognition titles, in multiple competitions as well as preformed twice abroad in Rio de Janeiro for the annual Carnival Celebration.
Amanda is a student at Cal Poly and is currently studying to become a veterinarian so she can help out furry friends both great and small! Even when she’s pursuing her career with animals, her goal is to also help people! Amanda shows kindness and compassion to everyone! Among hobbies like hiking, lifting, and surfing, she loves the world of fine arts, especially music and theater! In a great many ways, Disney shaped her childhood, and has led her to aspire to always be loving, intelligent, adventurous, and strong, just like her favorite princesses! As a good friend of the optimistic and kind Princess Rapunzel as well as the soft and patient Queen Elsa, Amanda is excited to teach young princes and princesses to dream big and to grow into the heroes they always want to be.
Amaris Laurette Taylor is a California born singer-songwriter, dance instructor, and all around performer who has been putting forth her music regionally for nearly a decade. She was in several bands based out of San Luis Obispo county for which she fiddled, sung for, and writes music and lyrics with and has been blessed to play stages up and down the West Coast with many other incredible artists, from the House of Blues in Hollywood to venues and music festivals everywhere from Apple Valley all the way out to Seattle and New Mexico. She has also done much solo work performing everywhere from fine restaurants, local wineries, and weddings following the music wherever it takes her. Her unique blend of skillful blues and jazz guitar picking combined with soulful vocals create an ambiance not soon to be forgotten. She graduated from PCPA's acting conservatory in 2011 after an unfolding lifelong learning adventure in music, dance and performance and has had the honor of bringing smiles with A Wish Your Heart Makes since 2013. She is also a proud children’s theater teacher for Klein Dance Arts in Santa Maria in addition to being a busy mom to two boys, and she loves to encourage both the children and the child-like to trust in the Creator’s love and follow your dreams!!!
Ashley is a California Central Coast-based Entertainer, Actress, Singer, and also a Children’s Educator! Talk about a jack-of-all-trades! She loves sharing music with people of all ages, both personally and professionally. Her and her father even sing and perform together in their own dynamic duet! Ashley’s passion is to inspire young princes and princesses through entertainment, allowing them to sow the seeds of imagination in their own lives. Ashley also has a website where you can learn even more about her, you might even see a few of her friends, perchance a curious mermaid or a lovely French princess! You can find her website at ashleybrownacts.com
Austin is a great lover of Star Wars and especially all things Disney! As a father of two, Austin knows just what it takes to bring the fun, the excitement, and the entertainment to any event no matter what. He loves to bring characters to life for people of all ages! One of Austin’s friend’s just so happens to be everyone’s favorite Wookie!
Avery is a student at Cal Poly with a passion for art and spreading happiness! Her love of Disey and Storytelling has led her to pursue her degree and major in English! Avery has spent a fantastic eleven years spreading spirit as a cheerleader, both during high school and also as a teacher for little ones! Talk about some serious cheer! In the past, Avery has been the president of a club called Wings to Grow which is dedicated to brightening the day of local foster kids! Avery is an ecstatic performer, just like Princess Anna!
Bethany enjoys combining her passions of working with children, singing, and performing. She has been performing since she was ten years old and was cast as a tree in a school play. Shortly after that she landed a role in a local community theatre. From that point on she has been a passionate thespian. Her first paid performance was a grueling month-long gig as Snow White in a haunted house production at Hobb’s Grove. Beth also enjoys working as a nanny, and got her first job as a nanny to three children (ages 6 months, 2 years, and 8 years) when she was 17, though she’s been babysitting since 13. When she’s not working Beth loves spending time in nature, either at the beach or walking in the forest.
Born and raised in the Central Valley, Brandon is a California native and a lover of all things Disney, Star Wars, and Super Heroes! Brandon has been a performer for as long as he can remember, from band concerts in the 3rd grade, to karaoke night every other Wednesday! He's never afraid to be too goofy, too bubbly, or too fun; and there's nothing that kids love more than enthusiasm. Brandon's wish is to make every celebration an amazing one for not only the children, but the families and his fellow performers too!
Bria has an associate’s degree in dance and came all the way from the panhandle of Florida straight over here to California! Being a newlywed brought her here and brought her strong love of all things Disney as well. She’s an aspiring dancer and dreams of one day dancing for Disney. Before moving to California, she would spend her time off going to Walt Disney World once a week. She has a super fun personality and working with children is her specialty. In fact, her unending energy makes its appearance through her job as a part time dance teacher! She thoroughly enjoys teaching little ones how to dance and also how to act like a true royal. Her and her friend Princess Tiana can’t wait to dance at your celebration!
Brooke is a tattoo artist of 16 years, "and fortunately knows a little magic. It's a talent that I always have possessed (wink*)". She has a BA in psychology and is currently in her graduate program for School Psychology. She loves the arts and has made a living as an artist for 20 years. Starting as a special FX make-up artist in her 20s, she has a passion for creating and understands how the magic of expressing yourself through the arts provides much-needed support for our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. She believes you are never too old to dress up, and keep your inner child thriving through performing, painting/drawing, singing, dancing, creating music, etc. Escaping through art is an important necessity of life and it allows us to thrive and deal with everyday stressors…it helps remind us to let go and take time to do things that we love/enjoy, even if it isn’t all the time. Brooke remembers how awesome it was to be a kid and believe in the magic of the world. “The adults in my life made everything so magical and fun, and that is something I always remember and want to forever feel, and dressing up and performing is a way I capture that magic.” She believes life is short and it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, and the moment we give in to the thoughts of “being an adult involves letting go of the things we love, the things that bring magic into our lives since youth” is when we dive into a person we do not recognize, and we get into the routine that can suck out our 5-year-old souls (poor souls). Brooke has a love for Disney, and throughout the years it has only become a greater love. She said: “There is an excitement to see the characters from Disney, at any age. I am more excited as an adult to see characters than I did as a child, and that is something to always remember when playing a character. When performing involve all ages and see everyone's eyes and smile light up the room, and in doing so our will hearts light up too.” Brooke reminds us that the adults need it more than the children sometimes, "and do I help them? YES, I DO (hahaha)!”
Caeden is an Economics Major and a Music Minor at Cal Poly! Hailing from San Diego, Caeden has been performing from a very young age. A great love of the arts has led him to roles both on stage and directing the stage! It’s even won him an award for Broadway San Diego’s Best Musical in 2019 for Mama Mia! Caeden is also very involved with music! After all, Walt Disney himself once said, “It is natural for people to want to go to music…the various rhythms enter into our lives every day.” Caeden has also recieved the John Phillip Sousa band award, and can be found playing in his band, writing or recording music for radio, podcasts, or television! Caeden has also been noted to be good friends with the star-spangled man with a plan, Captain America! And our sources also note that he is trained in the ways of the Force and is a certified Jedi Knight!
Camryn is currently majoring in Child Development! She has worked for a before and after school program for the last two years, helping little ones to achieve their true potential. She strives to inspire and teach all children to believe that anything is possible and dreams do come true! Her own dream is to become an Elementary School teacher. Camryn grew up with a passion for singing and performing that made its appearance in her involvement with choir and musical theater for the past ten years! Camryn loves all things Disney, especially the princesses! She is overjoyed to join both her love of working with young children and her passion for performing together as her and her best friend, Cinderella, teach little ones that no matter how big or small, all dreams come true!
Born in your very own Central Valley, David Bello is currently attending CSU Fresno State. With an oh-so-cheerful and spectacularly energetic personality, David makes it an absolute mission to help you feel like the bright superstar that you are! Though a love of all fun things like; superheroes, Disney, arts, creativity, and an overall excitement for a terrific time, nothing could be more infectious than that of an amazingly whimsical and enthusiastic live performance by the great David Bello! In the most exciting ways, time will fly as you have a new adventure with the friend of your choice! Excitement and opportunity awaits!
Elizabeth is currently serving as the Director of Trade and Technical Affairs for a number of state and federal commodity board, such as the California Apple Commission, the California Blueberry Commission, and the California Olive Committee! She grew up in the Central Valley and even recieved her Master’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. Elizabeth currently lives with her husband, her one year old son, and their welsh corgi! As a new mother, Elizabeth knows the joy felt through the happiness of young princes and princesses and she looks forward to bringing smiles to the faces of many young people! Some of her good friends are the kind Princess Auroura as well as the serene Queen Elsa!
As a longtime Disney enthusiast and costume aficionado, Elizabeth considers her work with AWYHM a creative outlet and has performed at over 100 events with the company. She loves working with kids and is passionate about bringing their favorite stories to life. She is currently funding her education at Fresno State University through her participation in the Miss America Scholarship Organization and was First Runner Up to Miss California 2022. When she’s not performing or studying, she can be found thrifting, practicing vintage hair and makeup styles, watching sci-fi movies, and joining in fellowship with the community at Visalia First Assembly of God.
Hello! My name is Gabrielle Iwerks and I am currently studying Elementary Education. I am originally from South Dakota but I sure didn’t leave behind my love for all things Disney. I have always enjoyed singing, dancing, acting and most importantly, making kids smile. My passion in life is to make those around me happy. Being able to bring the Disney magic to life is such a wonderful thing. My goal is to inspire children and to make their dreams come true!
Gessell is a fun, kind individual with a contagious laugh. She is a philanthropist with a genuine heart. She focuses on cross cultural learning through experience, and has spent a school year in Thailand accumulating knowledge and volunteer experience to help her excel in her mission to spark conversation of God’s love, community unity, and world peace. Meditating with monks, she learned how to find happiness in self and inner peace; she is now an experienced meditation leader. She is currently attending CSU Fresno, and majoring in Business with a focus on Human Resources. Her inner peace, joy, and gratitude for life shine through her onto her passion projects. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, making specialty candles, making international foods, or browsing through the aisles of your local thrift stores. She is a Disney movie and musical enthusiast, they inspired her to perform with her high school theater and choir teams. She is extremely excited to be joining AWYHM and their magical team.
Heather is a graduate with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves all things whimsical, creative and aspires to always make other people’s day more joyous! Heather is a mother of two young children. Wendy Darling once said, “A mother is the most wonderful person in the world.” And this is certainly true as Heather’s role as a mother has made sure she knows the importance of making sure that each event she participates in is special for both you and your little ones! She’s had a heart for all things Disney for as long as she can remember, so much so that she even spent her honeymoon at the Disneyland Resort! As a young girl, she always dreamed of being a Disney Princess, and now, as a performer for A Wish Your Heart Makes, her dreams are coming true. The magic is absolutely undeniable.
As a little girl, Jackeline always wanted to be a Disney princess! Her parents would always make sure she had the most magical dresses when she was little and she would happily act out her favorite princess scenes. Getting the opportunity to become good friends with Princess Jasmine and Snow White brought back so many wonderful memories from her childhood! Its a perfect reminder to her of how much she loves bringing characters to life and making people, especially little princesses and princes, happy! Jackeline loves to babysit, and volunteering at church and in classrooms, she’s even studying child psychology so she’s able to understand and bring happiness to little ones going through hard times. If everyone believed in happiness and magic like children do, the world would be a better place!
Kayla has been involved in competitive dance for ten years! Talk about dancing through life! She loves to paint, draw and play tennis for fun! Kayla loves everything Disney and is so excited to bring all of the magic to little princes and princesses as well as all of their loved ones! She’s super good friends with Princess Anna, and they’ve both got the same amount of overflowing joy and energy to share with everyone!
Kira is a junior in college and nis studying business and marketing management. She’s been a dancer since she was three! She’s also been involved in competitive Taekwondo since she was five! She models for a boutique in the Central Valley and loves spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis and, of course, loves everything Disney! Kira’s done a little bit of everything, but, as a certain Pooh Bear once said, “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” Kira has been a princess performer for six years and loves bringing a sparkle of magic and joy into little princes and princesses lives! A good friend of Kira’s happens to be the magical Queen Elsa!
Marissa is an elementary teacher in the Paso Robles School District! She absolutely loves working with little ones and helping them use their imagination and creativity. In her free time, she likes to babysit, tutor, surf, dance, play volleyball, and she even know how to use flamework to make glass sculptures! Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marissa was in many local theater Disney productions, and it was always her dream to be a Disney princess! She definitely agrees with Cinderella when she says, “If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true!” She can’t wait to teach little princes and princesses to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams. Unwavering hope (and a little pixie dust) goes a long way! Marissa is very good friends with the hardworking Princess Cinderella!
Maya is a Theater Arts major at Cal Poly. She has grown up performing, knowing ever since she was young that her dream was to be an actor. After all, “All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” as Walt Disney said. Maya has experience in plays, musicals, short films, and commercials! She’s also involved with Cal Poly’s improv team, Smile and Nod. She’s even worked with children as a camp counselor and leader! Maya is a lover of all things Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. She aspires to make a positive impact on everyone she meets!
Megan is a lover of all that imagination creates, whether it be drawing, reading or writing, and, of course, a great lover of all things Disney. Megan is a professional cosplayer and loves to make and design her own clothes and costumes! She’s been a princess performer since 2019 and pours herself wholeheartedly into each adventure she approaches. After all, as the Cheshire Cat once said, “Each adventure requires a first step.” With a love to see young kids happy, she has learned that no one is unimportant and, above all, be kind, show love, and laugh hard! Some friends of Megan’s happen to be the brave Princess Merida, and the creative Princess Rapunzel!
Tori graduated from Biola University with a Bachelors in Music, Music Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. Tori’s love for performance has allowed her to perform with several world class organizations and all over California, the Midwest states, and also Hawaii! Before moving back to the Central Valley, Tori performed with Disneyland in Anaheim and was close friends with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and more. She is so sooo excited and thankful to be a part of the AWYHM team and looks forward to keeping the joy of magic alive!