MEMOIR Excerpt- ‘TAHOE PEACE’

(Continuation from ‘Imperial Palace’) ‘TAHOE PEACE’ AFTER THE  Imperial Palace half a song gig I finally got ‘released back out into the world. The contract ended. YIPPEE! I cleaned out my dressing room and walked out for the last time of the Imperial palace. It felt like I was a prisoner who had done my time with all my belongings piled in a backpack slung over my back and walking away. I never ever  wanted to go back or look back. It was a humbling time. So I had a wee bit of money left  but I  wasnt sure what I would do next or where I was heading. I knew I had to somehow do my original music though. It was my gnawing calling. I just had this need to prove to myself once again that I could be a viable performer/entertainer in my own right. Im not sure why that was so important to…

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MONDAY MEMORIES- IMPERIAL PALACE- MELT DOWN.

(EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING MEMOIR- Continuation from chapter ‘THE IMPERSONATORS LIFE”) IMPERIAL PALACE MELTDOWN  SO AFTER THE RENO GIG and getting my feet wet as Streisand I felt pretty good overall about my chances of getting called back. The way this show worked, I was told was  that the producers would start the new impersonators at the other shows first, not the Imperial Palace, to get their feet wet  before they put them in to the BIG SHOW. I guess they wanted you to prove you could do it. I thought I had proved  to myself and the producers that I could do the job (getting those few good reviews)  even though I did  have  a rocky start. They told me that there was a waiting list to get into the BIG show at the Imperial Palace so I had to wait for the call. Anyway, a month or so before…

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MONDAY MEMORIES.’The Impersonator Life’ Im a fraud?

(EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING MEMOIR) ‘THE IMPERSONATOR LIFE’ (IM A FRAUD?) So I got the job impersonating Streisand! WOW I honestly  didnt think I did that good but..I suppose I did ‘good enough’. The first gig I got was at John Asquagas Nugget Hotel in Reno, Nevada. My agent said its a bit like Vegas but smaller. ha. They flew me from Denver to Reno. Actually Sparks, Nevada. The show was called “LEGENDS LIVE’. I didnt even have a proper Streisand wig back then. I just sorta did my own hair and figured I sang enough like Streisand that it would be ok.   I was very nervous during rehearsals but also I was so new at the whole thing (singing in a big show!) that I was inspired to do a great job with it. I do have a part of me that is very determined. My bf calls it the “Ill…

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MONDAY MEMORIES. “Scared Shitless’

(EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING MEMOIR) THE AUDITION(SCARED SHITLESS) So the talent agent Casey Fields talked me into going down to the Imperial Palace Hotel for my first audition as Barbra Streisand. We walked in to the showroom which was all red and black paisley velvet. It felt intimidating to me. I saw the cushiony velvet booths and the massive stark stage which had nothing on it– so it made it look even more huge. Casey the agent then  introduced me to Nelson Foster, a kind Hugh Hefner looking classy dude who had this very chiseled handsome face. He had a clipboard of some kind in his hand. Although he was not young, maybe in his 50s I could tell he was quite the studly guy in his  youth. He smiled in a comforting way and said  he was the co-producer of the show. In a friendly tone he said “Welcome to the audition…

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MONDAY MEMORIES.’Singing for tips..’

(EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING MEMOIR) After high school I began singing in lounges around the Denver area. It was the only thing I could think of doing that was in any way fulfilling and that I was good at. I tried temporary office jobs because I typed very fast but would either get fired (for singing at my desk once!), daydreaming, not answering the phones with enough gusto or not being great around humans. YEP I wasn’t too fond of human interaction! So I decided to try to figure out a way to sing for money. SINGING FOR MONEY! WOW I’M IN SHOWBIZ!! I recall walking into the Continental Hotel lounge in Denver and asking for the manager. For some reason I had some confidence (not sure where it came from) about my singing and I asked him if I could audition. I got the job and started singing in the…

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