More than a million people have seen Tom Sadge perform as a Neil Diamond impersonator. Several have become acquainted with him through the years. I have met very few. Our children, who were born ten years apart, needed me at home (no babysitters). I also needed to remain at home to take care of the complicated business end of two businesses: Tom's and my own.
Tom and I have been together since 1983, married since 1984. Our blessings have been great: two children and two grandchildren. A wonderful daughter-in-law.
Fact about me, if you care: I have been a night owl all my adut life, and an Insomniac at times. This has been in my favor, as there is always so much to do.
Show business requires a lot of time and work, and it is not the glamorous business that many think it to be. A couple of naive fans once asked Tom: "how was your limousine ride was from the airport to the hotel?" We had a very good laugh over that one! Yes, there are many sacrifices to be made on the road to a career in entertainment. But the rewards are many, as well. Entertaining is what Tom loves to do, for the most part, his dream has come true.
Talent alone won't make you a living. It's called show business for a reason. Tom Sadge and I are a team: I've used my college education and years as a business professional and manager to harness Tom's enormous talent and take it in a profitable direction. In addition to coming up with the idea of Tom's transition from local "Singing DJ" to internationally acclaimed Neil Diamond impersonator, I designed all of, and created some of, the costumes, choreographed the on-stage moves, produced the debut promotional CD, built (and still maintain) the TomSadge.com website, made the initial contacts, keep the books, communicate with agents & clients, create and send out the contracts, do the bookkeeping and taxes, and do much of the work that takes place off stage. Over the years, Tom has gained tremendous business savvy, and these days puts in a great deal of time into our business behind the scenes, as well. Last but not least, when the children were young, they had to make many, many sacrifices - their father was often away from home or on a schedule which did not dove tail with their lives - and deserve much credit for our success.
Being self-employed is a high-wire, risky business. Your income is never guaranteed. Some months are "feast" and some are "famine". The overhead is daunting and only self -employed people get that. Yet there are benefits: a couple will either grow closer or farther away, and we have grown closer over four decades. Except for professional travel, which I occasionally engage in with Tom, we work side by side daily from our home office. Tom and I make both business and personal decisions together, as a team. Sometimes our work day ends at 4am. But, on the up side, there are whole days we can spend with our children and grandchildren. We can stop work in the middle of the day to go for a walk or drive together. - which we frequently do. This type of freedom helps to balance out the down side.
The nature of the entertainment business means you meet a lot of people from all walks of life. Most are interesting, appreciative, considerate, respectful and even encouraging. But, as any public figure's wife (or husband) can attest, you also meet your fair share of obsessed groupies and crazies who can, without proper boundaries set by the celebrity, become quite intrusive - even invasive and dangerous. The worst? The "Gal Fridays", the new, or relatively new, "best friends" and those who claim to only want friendship and to "help your career" as an excuse to remain close, physically and mentally, to the celebrity. These types are a dime a dozen, as any celebrity wife / long-time companion knows,
I write on a regular basis, love to draw, and always have. One of my dreams has always been to write and illustrate a book. I hope to entertain readers with stories taken right from my experiences in life and in behind-the-scenes show business. The book may never happen, but my biggest dream has already been achieved: to be a wife and mother. I am grateful for each "normal" day and what it brings. That is especially true as time marches on.
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