UPDATED: May 27, 2022
Tom and I have been together since January 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 adult life, and an insomniac at times. This has been in my favor, as there is always so much to do. Those who know me well know I usually get "it done" - no matter what it takes.
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 have always been 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, shield him from overzealous fans, 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. In his last years as a celebrity impersonator, he put a respectable amount of time into the business end of our work. Last but not least, we are grateful to our two wonderful (now adult) children.. When they 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 they deserve much credit for the Tom Sadge business. They are now grown and very successful in their own right.
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 after weathering the bumps. Except for professional travel, which I occasionally engaged 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. Often our work day ends at 4am. But, on the up side, there are whole days we can spend with our children and grandchildren, which we are helping to raise as our children pursue careers. 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 fans who can, without proper boundaries set by the celebrity himself / herself, 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. On occasion, they can even be dangerous.
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 a blog already has - ti's been online since 1999. That said, my biggest dream has already been achieved: to be a wife and mother. I am grateful for each "normal" day and what it brings. And for every night when nothing "bad" has fallen on those I love - or like. That is especially true as time marches on.
Retirement: COVID19 has taken it's toll on many people and businesses. "Tom Sadge" , the business - has been officially retired from the entertainment business. But it's not over until it's over - we have future plans for other endeavors. Stay tuned!