CELEBRATION VS CELEBRITY - Bo in the trenches / by Bo Gerard

The difference between celebrations and celebrities - no rehab!

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Every major career choice I have ever made has turned me away from celebrity.  Instead of celebrity, I have chosen celebrations as a means of making a living.  Take the two shows I did yesterday.  In the afternoon I performed at an adoption party, celebrating a family’s arduous journey through the adoption process.  In the evening I performed at a wedding rehearsal dinner.  Company banquets, business mixers, festivals, birthdays, award dinners - all year long, people ask me to be a part of their very special celebrations, and I am honored and grateful that they do.

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I have never chased celebrity.  In fact, I have turned sharply away from it many times in my life.  First time was in 1982, when we moved AWAY from NYC, in hopes of finding a cleaner, less manic place to work and raise a family.  Soon after we moved here, I was offered the opportunity to work corporate incentive trips on cruise ships in the Caribbean, but it would have meant being away from my family for weeks and months at a time.  Not for me.  Not while I had a wife and two-year-old daughter at home.

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A few years later I was offered the opportunity to “middle” (that’s the guy who is not the MC or the opener, or the headliner) in a national Stand-Up Comedy Club circuit, but that would have meant being on the road 40 weeks a year.  Thanks, but no thanks.  I have traveled extensively doing corporate shows and trade show, but I’ve tried to never be away more than 5 days. 

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Saying no to opportunities that mean you would be away for extended periods of time, does not exactly catapult one into stardom and celebrity.  But, that’s just fine with me.  I would much rather make my CLIENTS the celebrities, and gratefully do my best to make their celebrations memorable. 

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And as my good friend and fine performer, Dal Sanders, once said to me, “Everybody’s famous, somewhere.”  I am happy being one of the most famous people in my own house.