Andre’ Talks Endeavors with Peter Pavone

Peter PavoneBy Andre’ Haynes

Las Vegas Informer

As long as I can remember, Las Vegas has been dubbed the “Entertainment Capital of The World.” Millions of tourists, including whales and royalty from around the world, visit Las Vegas every year and the town generates billions of dollars as a result. As a matter of fact it is the tourism dollars that drive the local economy and encourage gaming giants to write mega-sized checks to international icons in hopes of keeping the tourists and their checkbooks or credit cards coming back for more. For example Celine Dion earned over $100 million from Caesars Palace from 2003 to 2007, and Terry Fator signed a five year, $100 million contract from The Mirage in 2008.

Although many new and emerging entertainers headline shows inside Las Vegas strip casinos and receive hefty checks, you have to pay homage to the pioneers who made it all possible. The irony is that today’s entertainers sign larger and longer deals thanks to merchandising, endorsements, publishing, and other income streams now realized that were not even thought of in the 1950s. With that being said when I walk into Las Vegas retail stores, located in actual communities and off the strip that sell celebrity memorabilia I often see the Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley to name a few. I do not ever recall seeing Siegfried and Roy or Wayne Newton or CeeLo Green.

Recently the 12th annual Original Celebrity Impersonators Convention in Las Vegas was cancelled by founder and organizer Elyse Del Francia because the corporate demand for celebrity impersonators is dwindling, as evidenced by more talent buyers attending the convention than talent itself. Go figure. Even though every conversation about Las Vegas entertainers mentions the late greats, the demand is dying.

While that seems to be the truth for most impersonators and numbers don’t lie, it is not the truth for Peter Pavone. Actually it is quite the opposite. Not only does Mr. Pavone consistently play several Las Vegas stages but he tours quite often. I don’t know what his bank account balance is. But I tell you what, judging by his manicured fingernails, custom tailored suits, designer shoes, and jewelry that he wears, he’s not doing too bad. As my old friend says when he sees a well groomed and dressed man, “He ain’t missing no meals!”

I had the opportunity to talk 1-on-1 with Peter Pavone about his endeavors and how he does it ‘His Way.’

Andre’ Haynes: 

How did you earn a living before becoming a successful entertainer?

Peter Pavone: 

I was a Real Estate Broker.

AH: 

Who inspired you?

Peter Pavone:

Frank Sinatra, Ella, Sarah Vaughn, Jack Jones, Carson and Hope.

AH: 

Name some sacrifices that you made to become successful.

Peter Pavone:

Too many to mention here.

AH: 

Did you receive criticism for believing in your dream, and if so how did you handle it?

Peter Pavone:

I’ve always been independent and follow my instincts and have faith.

AH: 

Describe a defining moment in your career.

Peter Pavone:

When I saw the casting notice for the Rat Pack.

AH: 

Is there a secret to your success?

Peter Pavone:

Work hard, prepare, and be honest.

AH: 

Do you have a favorite cliché or slogan that you live by?

Peter Pavone:

Just do it.

AH: 

What is a typical day like for you?

Peter Pavone:

I get up, have breakfast, work out, market, nap, go out, and perform at night.

AH: 

Tell fans two things about yourself that they do not know.

Peter Pavone:

I am a Dad.

I am a Black Belt.

AH: 

Before the curtain rises, how do you prepare for your show?

Peter Pavone:

I just focus on the show. The preparation is done. It’s time for execution.

AH: 

Share some advice with aspiring professionals.

Peter Pavone:

Rehearse as you would perform. Follow your dreams NOW and listen to whet the universe is telling you.

AH: 

Give fans a preview of your future endeavors.

Peter Pavone:

I am planning my own show here in Las Vegas, a TV show and Broadway.

AH: 

Where can fans follow you online?

Peter Pavone:

www.ratpacklv.com

www.peterpavone.net

www.twitter.com/pavonepeter

www.facebook.com/peterpavone

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Andre’ Haynes is a radio personality, columnist and publicist. Haynes co-host the Veterans In Politics radio talk-show, writes the newspaper column “Andre’ Talks Endeavors” and regularly contributes to the Las Vegas Informer. Since 2011 he has managed Endeavor Media Group, a public relations agency.

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