11-21-2012 03:02 PM
11-21-2012 05:23 PM
Yes ageism is alive and well in the music industry. Just the other day I needed to find a replacement for my duo partner. I phoned the agent to run a few names by him, and he vetoed one name on the basis that the guy was too old looking - whatever that means. Kind of upset me as my suggestion is a great player and singer. Hopefully you guys can find a niche, because I think folks would really enjoy your stuff. I would try retirement homes, Christmas parties, upscale house parties, and quirky and quaint summertime gigs like cultrual festivals, farmer's markets... There's also ribbon cutting ceremonies, cocktail portion of weddings, wedding ceremonies and so on. And maybe I'm getting old myself, but I think your friend still looks good.
I wish you could. We basically can't buy a gig in this town. We don't do what the venues are looking for. (And we haven't done a good job of marketing ourselves, either, fwiw.) In the mid-seventies, Diane had her own national show on the CBC, "The Diane Stapley Show." And she's been in professional music and theatre since she was fifteen, when she started as the singer in a swing band. But the entertainment industry is no friend to age and now she's dependent on the pension and supplement and a bit of vocal teaching. It's barely enough to get by on. It's frustrating to me and scary for her but what can you do? Record videos in my living room, I suppose.
11-21-2012 05:42 PM
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