Razzamataz Thurrock franchisee, Kasey Banks, has achieved a lot by 25. It may feature singing princesses but this is not a tale as old as time, this is her story
How did you get started with Razzamataz?
KB: I have a BA Hons degree in music, specialising in jazz vocals. When I left, I applied for a job as a teaching assistant at Razzamataz Brentwood and also had fun being Princess Belle. When the singing teacher left, I was promoted and then quickly expanded my teaching days. I had a five-to-10-year plan to eventually open my own Razzamataz, but principal Jess came to me with a plan to open a school together. I knew I had to grab it because when someone shows you how to reach your goal years earlier, you just have to go for it.
Did you have any initial worries or concerns? How did Razzamataz help you?
KB: Not about the brand or the running of the school because I knew I loved the ethos and what Razzamataz stood for. But I did have lots of concerns about the business side of things because I don’t know anyone who has owned a business before. With the Razzamataz franchise, there is endless support and specialist advice on every aspect of running a business. I also love the fact that I can say that I’m part of something so much bigger than we are as an individual school. The other franchisees in the network have also been amazing, I simply couldn’t do it without them.
The training week is so informative but there is such a lot of information it can feel overwhelming. But having the support of the head office and other franchisees also starting out, was so important.
What does a typical day look like for you?
KB: Every day is very different, and I really enjoy the role. I love how flexible the work is and that I can go to the gym every morning before I start my day.
What should potential franchisees look for in a franchisor?
KB: Look for a good support system and good vibes. Razzamataz is a network that supports each other. Our brand is also very strong and customers recognise it, which is beneficial when you are launching in a new area to help you stand out from the competition.
What have you learned from your franchise experience?
KB: I’ve learnt so much about myself and really feel like I’ve grown into myself more as a person. I’ve realised that I’m much more resilient than I thought I was, and my confidence has also increased. So much of my job is problem-solving and now I just look for solutions rather than getting stressed.
What has been your highlight so far?
KB: Being my own boss and making my own timetable at a young age is so rewarding. I sometimes look around the school and it takes me a moment to realise that this is mine and I’ve grown it through my own hard work. I also love it when parents and families come up to me and say how their child is growing in confidence each week and the amazing compliments that I receive about their behaviour and how much fun they are having.
What are you looking forward to?
KB: We have our first show in May and I’m so excited to see the children perform and the reactions from our families. I’ve got lots of big dreams now, which include growing Razzamataz Thurrock and opening more schools in new territories.