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Wishing all of you a wonderful, prosperous, joyous New Year ahead!
It has been a great year and we look forward to the coming year with enthusiasm and positivity.
There have been a few challenges and growing pains this past year and I thank all of the talent and casting alike for their patience during the transitional periods. Namely, in the beginning of the year-I dealt with some personal life changes which were difficult at best to deal with and then in the spring welcomed my two sons to the business, focusing on the summer ahead and that good old saying..."the show must always go on" was my mantra.
Sadly, in the fall I lost my wonderful assistant Natasha who went on to pursue her degree in Creative Industries since she loved working with us so much-she plans on one day coming back. While she continues to work with us on a casual basis, we hope that she will come back full time upon her graduation. Good Luck Natasha! You are missed.
My son Eric joined me as background booker. Eric has truly been a godsend to me and the background division. He has helped me to be able to get back to what it is I need to focus on this year. I receive nothing but positive feedback from talent and casting alike which does me proud! I can tell you that he earns more than his keep working late into the nights, and weekends at all hours, so that clients know they can always count on us to book our talent truly 24/7 as we aim to do when needed. Thank you Eric for your hard work, and for sticking it out. Since he was performer himself as child and understands the demands of this business and has a well-rounded perspective on the booking side, as well as the performer side of things. He seems to love all of the talent as much as I do..and treats everyone with respect, and loves what he does. I am so glad, as this was the thing I feared the most, with expansion. I needed to be sure that everyone felt that personal touch that I was so set upon with this agency. I have heard the compliments, and received the wonderful feedback and it warms my heart when I hear talent say, he goes out of his way to return a message, an email, or wish someone happy birthday! Thank you Eric...we love having you here.
As well, Ryan my other son (Eric's twin) was able to work this summer assisting in the office. Since he is still a student and due to graduate this spring form U of Guelph with his Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing degree, I am hoping he will be able to join us full time sooner than later. It was nice having him the few months around the office and his help was much appreciated.
Michelle our bookkeeper was also a fabulous new addition that I welcomed to the agency in the summer, and she has been fantastic to have. Lightens my load for sure! Thanks Michelle for the work that you do, that helps make it easier to stay on track!
As a smaller boutique agency-I must often wear many hats. I am happy to say it was well worth the hardships initially as I see Eric working so well with all of you, and the background division doing wonderfully this year despite the changes, and the workload. Thanks to all of my principal talent for their patience while I trained him and others while overseeing business operations on the whole this year.
I am proud to say this is now a "family business". I had aspirations when I started this agency again after some time away, that they truly meant what they said when they told me they wanted to learn the ropes, and I was not disappointed. While I bit off what I could chew without them in waiting for their graduation and avail to free up..it wasn't easy..It is all ithoe up..it wasn't easy..It is all worth it now..I see the wonderful men my boys have become andd are endless.
Since I do understand the difficulties as well as the advantages of having a five (5) year business expansion plan in place that include my two sons-I have taken the next steps ahead and I will be looking to expand my principal agency to include a children's division and on-board another principal agent this year.
It is my hope that bigger/better things lay ahead for all of us, and that we continue to work full-steam ahead bringing nothing but enthusiasm, positivity and professionalism to the table for all!
Thank you for your support and patience this last year, and for calling upon us to represent you, or to book for your shows... Your business and loyalty means a lot to us.
Truly appreciate all of you. Happy New Year to all, and wishing you nothing but the best!
Liisa, Eric and team.