Talent managert gets her own spotlight
Name: Christina Robinette-Blowney
Birth place: Cleveland
Occupation: I am the owner of Entertainment Plus Productions and Talent Management
Family: Husband Philip; stepson Ian; and my fuzzy children Rodeo, Ms. Kitty and Gabby Cat
How long have you lived in Tahoe?: 12 years
Where has show business taken you throughout your life?: From New York City to Los Angeles and all around the nation. Also Japan, Monte Carlo, Paris, Italy. It has opened many doors to other avenues and other people in my life.
What are some shows you’ve produced locally?: More than 10 years I have handled numerous programs and events for all the casinos and venues in the Tahoe basin as well as Reno. Currently, I produce all elements of the nightclub dancers at Nero’s, Altitude, Club 219 in Reno and supply clients with talent such as showgirls, emcees, musicians, actors, impersonators, jugglers, models, and just about anything considered entertainment.
And you used to do commercials? Where did you get your start?: I got started in Cleveland at the age of 3 when I did a Howard Johnson ad. I’ve been working ever since. Everything from national spots to local and television to radio.
Did you ever take acting lessons?: For theater and camera, absolutely. And dance, voice, singing, modeling, along with anything else to keep marketable including marketing.
Have you done bit roles on television shows? If so, what were they?: I’ve done lots of commercials, videos and even film — showgirls and Mafia. I decide to pursue the business aspect of entertainment instead of continuing my career into television. However, on the local level, I had the opportunity to do live television every morning for over a year with “Tahoe Today at RSN.”
So you wear a lot of hats?: Because of where we live and needs that are different than a major market, I have had the chance to operate in many different entertainment and marketing related fields. Not only am I an independent producer in the state of Nevada, but I am also a talent agent and manager. On a daily basis I never know what the next phone call will bring. My office handles the casting of print and commercials, requests for all sorts of talent for events, and of course my favorite — producing shows.
Living in Tahoe, do you find there’s a shortage of local talent or is
there are great supply here?: There is incredible talent here. Not only does Tahoe know how to grow beautiful and talented people, but many an entertainer has chosen to make Tahoe home. My latest and greatest local discovery that I’m currently managing are “The Tahoe Jugglers,” three very talented local boys.
How do you scout talent (dancers) etc., locally. Do you have a cast call?: Casting calls through advertising are the norm for larger projects. Locally, I find word of mouth has done wonders and my husband, bless his heart, is never shy about approaching potential talent. Nationally, I receive video tapes and packets on a daily basis from potential talent.
Do you believe there’s a star in most people if only they had a chance to show their true talents?: Aren’t all people already a star? I believe that all human beings are special and talented in their own right.
What keeps you going in this business?: It’s called passion! I’ve been given an ability and gift to do what I do, and I never take it for granted. My favorite part is being able to network and share what I know about the business with up and coming talent.
What is a pet peeve you have?: Three actually: Gossip. I hate it and it seems to be ever present running wild in a small town. People who don’t do what they say they are going to do. Greedy, selfish business types who don’t understand what it is to network.
What is your advice to young people looking to get into show biz?: Don’t ever compromise your morals and values. Stay true to what you know is right because in the end you have to live with yourself. This is the worst, yet best business in the world, embrace it.
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