you again Greg, Jackie, staff and all crew! I'm really still smiling
after such an incredible infusion of inspiration and energy from
FUNBURST Convention! I must say I never dreamed I would be doing this
today. It started with a phone call to Greg, about 6 years ago, just
checking into it, he was so kind and honest, I decided to come down
to FL and give it a try. He was right. I did learn in about 3 days
what would have taken me years of trial and error. Cut to Saturday
when I heard my nomination for the Bea Folgelman Award, I almost fell
off my chair. (ask Billy!) That was so humbling, to be in the
category with people I so deeply admire and respect. Whew! Makes this
gal want to work twice as hard. I can't wait to roll out some new
characters. What a joy this work is...it all started for me at...
Funburst! I love this adventure!
Winklemann/ Marilyn Monroe and Connie Francis
and light are so important. They set the mood; direct our attention
and set a pitch for our emotion. The light isn't just for seeing, its
for illumination. The sound, not just for hearing, its for
enticement. A huge thank you to the crew; Lori, Lynn, Tony, Tyson,
and everyone else who's name I cannot recall. You carried it off with
style and sophistication. And when glitches arose, as they do in live
performances, cast and crew worked together to resolve them and move
forward. As it says in the liner notes from the Woodstock, album,
"Technical flaws...are inevitable in a venture of this size.
Consider them like the scars in fine leather, proof of the origin and
authenticity of the material in which they are found." It was a
momentous undertaking - done well. Thank you for your work, your
artistry, and your camaraderie.
Greg, Jackie and Staff,
Thank you for all the hard work! What a great time and what GREAT
talent!! I miss talking to everyone already! Sunburst has been great
for networking! So far this season I am bringing to SW FL, Scott
Mason, Billy Scadlock, Monica Carlile, and Anne Kissel. And more to
come, (did I forget anyone ?) I have booked others in the past. And I
wouldn't have known any of them without attending Sunburst!!
Jennifer Ramsey/ Ramsey's Replica's
I don't know about you all, but I'm having "Sunburst
Withdrawals"!! I miss you all! Thank you to Greg and Jackie for
an amazing convention. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all
that you do to make Sunburst so wonderful. I was so happy to have
received the Silver Showcase Award. Being inducted into the Hall of
Fame was a real honor and highlight for me!! And the icing on the
cake was being nominated for the Bea Fogelman Award of Excellence!
That was pretty incredible. *sigh* now I have to go back to reality.
I miss you all and wish you a great year! Get out there and
Carla Del Villaggio
everyone and Thank You Greg and Jackie for the wonderful time! I
always have a splendid time at Sunburst and I can't wait until next
year! Thank you for my nuts btw....lol!
Vaga/ Rod Stewart Impersonator- Las Vegas
just have to thank Greg and Jackie and the whole crew at least one
more time!!! Thank you all sooo much!!! Jewels and I had the best
time catching up with everyone.... Our Sunburst family! We miss
everyone already!! I am still blown away and so honored to have been
nominated for the Bea Fogelman award of excellence thank you!!! I
congratulate the other nominees and happy for Sharon to have won this
year's!!!! Thank you everybody for the wonderful great time!!!! See
ya next year!!!! Oh and Bettina, Scott, Dan.... My stomach still
hurts from laughing!!!!!!!
Rodriguez/ Jack Sparrow and Johnny Depp
a blast I had this weekend! So much fun! Thank you all so much for
making me feel so welcome as a newby. It was a pleasure and an
inspiration meeting all of you and I can't wait to see you all again
next year....or before!....ya never know!
Kilroe/ Full Comedy-Singing Impressionist
you Greg and Jackie, for putting together such an exciting,
spectacular and immensely fabulous event. I had such a wonderful
time, and it was an honor and a pleasure to be in the company of such
amazing and talented people. I thank you all for the 2 Nominations I
received for Best Promotional Photo and Agent's Best Impressed
Awards. Just want you all to know that I treasure each and every
single friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed the Showcases as everyone
brought their "A Game" and professionalism into high gear.
Hope to see you all soon in some way, form or fashion! Cheers!
Pollard/ Donna Summer Impersonator
still killing time at SFO, having arrived seven hours ago and
waiting another 90 minutes before my ride home arrives, so I thought
that this was a good time to write...
been trying to get here for three years ...but after attending CIC
in February, and the enthusiasm and commitment from those attendees
to make it to Sunburst, I was NOT GOING TO MISS THIS! It was as
important a trip as any I'd make in my Mick Jagger life.
want to say that I've never enjoyed a "business" trip as
much as this one...starting with my flight from San Francisco. I'm
very lucky to know so many wonderful people and this family is one of
my favorites ("Moves Like Jagger" is playing on a tv ad
here - excuse me while I momentarily cringe).
convention surpassed my expectations! I thought I'd have my four
minutes on Saturday and that would be it...HAH! From Thursday's
showcase with Donna and helping Julie with her Linda Ronstadt, I got
on that stage four more times than I thought and didn't feel like I
was overstepping my opportunity. I've never had more fun onstage than
doing "Beast of Burden" twice with Donna! I enjoyed it more
than my showcase, but then we all feel that we could do a better showcase...
friends will ask me, in the next six months, if I got any work from
this trip. I hope I do, but I feel it takes the first trip to let
people know who you are and the second trip to get the work. I hope
that's not the case. I want jobs so I can reinvest in my career and
attend Sunburst next year. Makes me wonder if I need to move to Florida...
you and your crew are to be commended for an outstanding event. I
had a smile the whole time. Keep up the hard work.
more, THANK YOU! I can't wait to see everyone again...
Greg and Jackie,
was great meeting you both and wanted to thank you for putting on a
no wonder you are a success with the wonderful team you put together!!!
met some incredible and talented fun people and creating a venue for
the new people to showcase their talent and give them encouragement
and direction is very impressive.
we visited Epcot. Wednesday was The Holy Land Experience...;Saw
the Live Drama's. They were both incredible and inspirational!!!
thankful Jack rented a scooter for me for all 3 days and going to
the Orthopedic Surgeon Monday...
home Thursday evening and still recovering.
again, we are very grateful to have had the time to attend your convention.
to both of you again for all that you do for everyone!!!
Dee and Jack
Jackie, Thank you for recognizing how important our "Other"
is! A lot of people don't realize all that they do and
sometime even can be taken for granted. You both are so blessed
to have each other as well as your family and friends. Thank
would like to send my sincere thanks to Greg, Jackie and the entire
staff at the 2012 Sunburst Convention for all the love and hard work
that went into making this event such a success. I have been an
attendee for 5 years, and each year has been better and better. This
year was a complete BLAST! I had the pleasure of catching up
with old friends and meeting new ones.
learned from the seminars and gained knowledge to take back home
along with a good support team to contact should I have any
questions. Each and every year Sunburst has allowed me to
advance and improve and the comments, wow's and nomination reassured
me that I am on the correct path.
one of my highlights was taking a picture with a 7 year old boy who
was a BIG Oprah fan. His hug was worth a million dollars to me and
reminds me why I'm happy and honored to be a part of this wonderful
industry and family.
you SUNBURST for allowing me to be a RAINBOW in someone's life.
you for allowing me to Shine with all the stars. Congratulations to
all the nominees and winners. Until we meet again.
cell on 24/7
I'm finally home, and now I would like to make my thank you to Greg
and Jackie and crew, for putting together a fantastic
convention/event!! It was my first one and it ROCKED! Everyone, I
mean everyone was great to hang out with, and this was something I
will never forget! Alot of new friends and some incredible talent!!
I'm very happy to be a part of this and I thank all of you so much
for the awards that I received! Looking forward to next year, and
it's not soon enough! Thank you again!!!
Nash/ aka Robert Deniro
My dry cleaners gonna love me tomorrow!
Convention Rocks"! Contacts , Connections , The Agents
,The Talent & the fun never ends ....
Greg & Jackie & all the great people working with you to
make This event world class !!!
am more connected now after Sunburst -"at the original part of
my show as well "- Great to be in the Orlando newspaper With
James Bond & Tiger Woods while i have a song " 8 Coronas
" playing on Radio in 15 countries this week, during Sunburst !!
It's all related it's all fun Thank-you Sunburst & all you
talented friends ........
Stewart/ BonJovi tributes
- Kenny Holliday official
now starting to get back to the swing of things after returning home
from the convention last week and performing several shows since. I
Miss You ALL!!! The withdrawals are definitely kicking in. I'd first
like to thank Greg, Jackie, Mattisen, and the entire Sunburst staff
for sacrificing your time, giving us your hearts, and working
diligently 'round the clock to help make Sunburst what it is today.
Each one of your contributions play a significant part and is very
much appreciated by myself as well as my colleagues. For the past
eight years, I have watched Sunburst blossom as it continues to
reunite beautiful and talented members of our family, as well as
welcome new additions to our FAM. I am grateful for the friendships
that I have gained through the years, they are more valuable than you
may even realize. I look forward to many more years to come. Love You ALL!!!
Summer/ Diana Ross/ Whitney Houston/ Aretha Franklin/ Natalie Cole
Greg, Jackie, Mattisen & Crew;
just wanted to drop you a note to say I can't thank all of you
enough for such a wonderful time. This was my second year at Sunburst
and again I have learned sooo much.
really felt the schedule flow was great. It allowed us to take in
all the seminars which
felt was worth the price of attendance in itself. I'm sure there are
some fantastic pics. My hats off to you and your crew for a job well
done above and beyond the call of duty. I can't wait for next year.
Only sorry I had to leave early but my gig in Chicago went great and
the client was vary happy. Lessons I learned from all of you.
thanks and best regards,
Woodle (Oprah Impersonator)
you's did a - nice-a- job this -a- year on -a- da convention!!!"
am proud to be part of such a professional line up of people.
The presentation of talent ran smooth as glass and so did the awards
presentation. Your technical crew was on target and the food
was delicious.... any left over salmon?
and I had a great time and looking forward to next year....sign me
the way, Mattieon
was cunning.....[and taller --I might add]......
again for such as super time and having me as part of "THE FAMILY".....
Greg & Jackie,
was great being there in Orlando I look forward to next year &
thanks for making me feel so welcome I will certainly put the word
about to other tributes here in the UK...
Sammy Davis Jr
you from the bottom of my heart for all your kindness and hard work
to make us all look so good. I cannot express in words how
grateful I am! This was the best convention yet and I will
remember this experience for the rest of my life.
YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
Atchison/ Cher Impersonator
Bobby Kaufman from BK Entertainment. Steven & I wanted to let
you know we appreciate working with you, and had a great time at the
convention.And thanks for fitting Steve in such an awesome position
as closing the show. I thought it was perfect. We know that the
connections we made, will help us in taking his talent outside of our
local area.They already have. If you have any suggestions, in booking
The Timeless Wonder Show, with or without the 4 piece backup band ,
That would be Awesome.
Again Greg and please thank Jackie for making us feel so welcomed
Bobby Kaufman BK Entertainment (Stevie Wonder LAL Rep)
just wanted to tell you ,I had the time of my life being there at
the SUNBURST CONVENTION there this year!
be performing in Daytona Beach Fl. the whole Thanksgiving Week! And
it's all because of your event
made it happen! I'll be at the Daytona Beach Inn Resort. Nov. 25th
thru the 29th...(2) shows per day!
just want to Thank you so much for the opportunity in being at the
Adams / Impressionist
the Sunburst I have recieved 4 tentative bookings.
of them are looking like they will go to contract.
of which came as a result of the Agents seeing myshowcase [at Sunburst].
to show, that it PAYS to be SEEN!!!!
again to you, and everyone who helps to create this wonderful event
for ALL of us to benefit!
Greg and Jackie:
sending you a belated "thank you" for producing such a
wonderful event once again. The Sunburst Convention just like a fine
wine keeps getting better each year!! It is UNRIVALED!!!
Three Amigos" were simply thrilled with winning the Best
Showcase Award in the Premiere Division and we are already quoting on
2 gigs, one of which is a MONSTER opportunity with a chain of
restaurants (Named The Three Amigos) in Mexico!!!!! They are
interested in having us come for a grand opening in Cozumel in late
October. This venue at Sunburst and the necessary level of excellence
that one needs to showcase your talent caused us to work very
diligently on our act and costumes. I also once again met such
tremendous new talent and renewed relationships with people that I've
know for decades. Sunburst is like attending a homecoming and a high
school reunion all wrapped into one.
people make the difference, but you folks set the tone and the mood.
Thank you for raising the bar so high and striving to improve things
each year, never resting on your laurels of the past.
tip my hat to you both and the entire staff for a job well done and
appreciate the professional and more importantly, the personal
relationship, that I enjoy with you.
wanted to say thank you one more time for an excellent Sunburst this
year. It served as the perfect venue for showcasing our new
act, and the reception from the agents, buyers, and talents alike was
incredible. I know how hard it was to get three people to
coordinate their schedules for this Amigos thing to happen; I can't
imagine what it's like to coordinate a confernce on that level and
for it to run so smoothly. Congrats to you and your team!
I hope to see you before, but at the very least we will see you again
Greg, Jackie and Mattisen,
just want to Thank all of you for letting me be a part of the
convention this year. My Mom and I had a ball!! A special thanks to
everyone who made my Mom feel so special! I enjoyed doing the seminar
and I will start working on a book on wig care & quality.
people ask me what the convention is like, I tell them the only was
I can describe it is like being Dorothy opening the door of her house
and entering "OZ"..........It's beautiful, magical, and
makes you feel like you don't have a care in the world!
so glad I was able to help out everyone and be around such talented
and sweet people! I'm already getting things together for next year!
Greg and Jackie,
year was simply spectacular!!! It's hard to imagine how you
manage to do MORE each year. To constantly improve the
convention in every possible way. I know how much heart, soul,
blood, sweat and tears goes into everything you do and yet you out-do
yourselves with each successive year. That crew of yours is
beyond amazing, they all put in 1000% and then more when needed.
Incredible people. Congratulations - you are THE best in the business!
the first event to the last, everything was TOP-NOTCH. So
professional, so beautiful...everything geared towards a positive
experience for all of us, and the amount of fun was "over the
top". I don't think I have laughed that much in a long
time....!!!! Seeing old friends and making many new ones was
such a huge part of the fun we had. You guys know how to throw
a party! I don't know how soon I'll be sitting up talking to
people until 5:00AM again, but that was SO much fun. I'm still
trying to recover from that night!!!
I cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement over
the past three years. I am still sort of shaking my head over
the amazing award. I would never have dreamed to receive that
kind of recognition from the agents (!!), and especially for having
only been in this business a few short years. I don't count the
first year because I didn't do any real gigs. So for someone
only doing this barely two years it was a HUGE thing. I am
humbled by it, but I also feel very encouraged that I am on the right
track. Thank you from my heart for all you do for me as my
agents but also as my friends. I love you both!
love the NEW NAME...it really says it all.
you again....for everything.
is Simply Streisand
you to all the great Sunburst folks from Jackie and Greg to Lynn,
Trish, Jim, Marc and all the other hard working folks who made for a
beautiful setting, great sound and photos, and even........good
chicken for the dinner! I was fortunate to be able to connect
with a number of folks that I had not met before or did not know that
well, but now I do!
is my pleasure always, to come to Sunburst and see old and new acts,
see the other agents and have a chance for some conversation with
them and the entertainers. Each year gets better, both the
convention and the artists, as all work so hard to put their best
feet (foot) forward!
you all for allowing me and my staff to be a part of this great group!
Dwyer/ A Unique Entertainment- Orange Park, FL
course, it was a fabulous convention and you, Jackie and your staff
should be very proud of that. It is EVERYONE'S
favorite! Ya'll really have done one hell of a job making
it enjoyable for us and making the agents accessable to us. I
left with a contract and deposit, and with a couple of other agents
wanting to book me.
Irion/ Cher- Louisiana
just wanted to tell you what a great job you did with the
conference. Mark and I had a great time and it was really good to
meet everyone. Everyone I spoke with - and it was unanimous - said
that ... they felt like they were part of a family by attending
Sunburst- so that's a great compliment.
your Austin Powers ain't too shabby either... in fact, we had no
idea it was you!
on a job well done.
Miguel Olivares-Alvarez ( Black Leather Elvis )
thanks for making my first Sunburst a great one. I
did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did. It was great
and a lot of fun. Many
thanks to all the people who helped me and talked to me and
explained to me how it all goes. ( You
know who you are) Remember,
good life is not a goal, it's a journey, so enjoy the ride, you only
get one shot at life. Good
luck to you all.
Greg & Jackie:
been a little over a week since Sunburst 2008 and already I cannot
wait until Sunburst 2009. I can't say enough how impressed I was with
the convention. You two and the crew worked professionally to make
everything go positively beyond expectation. As a first timer to
Sunburst I felt so welcomed by not only the staff but by so many of
the attendees as well. There was so much to do and so many wonderful
people, there was simply not enough time to get to know everyone; but
those that I did get to spend time with made me feel like I had been
attending Sunburst for years! Just a great time overall and can't
wait to return!
those artists who may be thinking about attending for the first time
in 2009- don't think about it! Do it! Having been in theatre for over
twenty years, but new to being a tribute artist, I cannot tell you
how "ego-less" everyone is, and you will feel like part of
a large family who truly understands what it is like to be an
impersonator, look-a-like, etc! I hope to see some new faces in 2009!
F. Mason/Dame Edna Impersonator-Newark, DE
to ALL Sunburst Staff & support! I don't know how it keeps
getting better every year, but it does!
from the reception desk, to the stage, sound, lights, video,and
trade show vendors were ALL so helpful and supportive. All of
your hard work helped make us look, and sound our best!
especially to Greg and Jackie for their tireless efforts on our behalf.
really do appreciate you both!
Greg, Jackie and all the Sunburst Production
just wanted to Congratulate you all on a wonderful event!
had such a great time while I was there and what I gained from the
experience was so valuable in many ways from a business and personal perspective.
was so sad to go home and will miss the new friends I made.
also really appreciate winning a Sunburst Award and cannot tell you
how flattered I am over that!
the next week I will be writing about the experience on my personal
blog and will send you the link.
also write for my local paper and may do a story on it if approved
by my publisher. I'll send a copy if it happens.
again for all the great hospitality and the of course providing the
the yummy Nachos and avocado dip at 2:00am. I need that recipe! HAHA
on putting together probably the most successful Sunburst convention yet!
you and your staff for all your great effort in making it work for
are some comments about YOUR 2007 convention:
Greg and Jackie,
wanted to take a minute to tell you how much we enjoyed the Sunburst
Convention, it was wonderful.
met great people and was very impressed on how well coordinated the
entire 5 days were, thanks to you.
can hardly wait till next year.
was really nice to meet both of you, if only for short moments, you
guys were so busy.
I learned that you too, are an entertainer, didn't have time to talk
with you about it but I'd love to know more about what you do.
& Harry Waldman (R.I.P Harry Waldman/ 2012)
Inc. for M3 Productions
the Thompson Family,
you all for a wonderful time at Sunburst. The convention was run
very professionally and made to give ALL the Impersonators a chance
to show our stuff. I was thrilled that I was a runner up. I had
a great time and I look forward to next years convention.
now you know how Dr. Frankenstein felt when he screamed:"IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!"
Lord, man. You've created a monster. A huge, successful monster.
This is not some little convention anymore. This is THE convention. How
nice it must be to watch your creation grow to such epic proportions
in just 5 short years.
all of us who have been with you from the onset, we just sit back
and watch with utter and complete amazement as our extended family
grows and grows every year. Who knew that Sunburst would become
the ultimate convention that the industry would flock to? Well, now
it is. With your new converts and old disciples, the word will get
out there and no one in their right mind would miss the opportunity
to join our family.
you all next year!
Edna/ Jackie Gleason:
Greg and Jackie,
had such a wonderful time at Sunburst!!! And it started before I got
there, because you were so kind & encouraging with all my phone
calls. I have never been in this new 'impersonator' world, but
I felt so at home, and really appreciated how you reached out and
made me feel welcome.
made some great new friends who have offered to help me with my act!
I honestly hadn't been around that many kind, brilliant, talented
people in years and I still have a smile on my face! Thank you
for your hard work!
Sheri Winkleman (Marilyn Monroe and more....)
Greg and Jackie,
held off sending this "Thank You" for two reasons; first I
knew how much work you still had to do, to wrap everything up after
the show, so I wanted to give you some space and secondly...I slept
for a week... to catch-up myself! I think I only got about 10 hours
sleep in 5 nights. (I was part of the crazy bunch that stayed up all
night on Saturday!) It was well worth it! I haven't had that much fun
since college. Remember, Greg - I already signed up for next year,
you just have to tell me the dates. If there is FUN, LAUGHTER,
FRIENDS and DANCING (Did I say dancing?) you can always count me IN-
and you had it ALL! My face still hurts from smiling and laughing so
much. Thank you for all of the effort it took to put on such a great
convention. I can't wait until next year! It may have only been a few
short days, but the friendships and memories I made will last a life
time. It was wonderful getting to know you both.
have some great pictures, I will get a disc off to you soon.
Greg & Jackie,
'07 rocked! Thanks for a job superbly done! You and your
team of experts know how to run a convention that benefits us all in
so many ways! Kudos to all of you and please know how much we
all appreciate the opportunities provided. It is also wonderful
to see our friends every year and to meet new ones!
Greg, Jackie, and the entire Production Staff,
many ways are there to say, "Magnificent!".?
had the time of our lives in Orlando this past week, and I cannot
begin to express my thanks and admiration and heartfelt applause (can
you hear me clapping wildly?) to you for your astonishing work at
detail, every aspect, every opportunity was clearly devoted to
making us, the artists, comfortable and put us in the best possible
light. You made us look so good! You know what it takes to be a
success in this business, and you demonstrated that time and time
again. Thank you for giving Mary and myself one of the most memorable
weeks of our lives. And thank you for the tremendous professional
exposure to all the talent agents and buyers, of course!
& Trish, Jamie, Lynn & Pat, Roxie, Eric, Lori, Terry,
Crysho, John - and forgive me if I missed anyone! - treated my wife
and me as if we truly were members of the family. God bless each and
every one of you, and thank you for making our Sunburst experience
feel more like a homecoming than a convention (even though
conventions are cool!)
encouragement and advice is invaluable to me as I continue my young
career as an old political impersonator, and you have helped me
improve my act by your sound wisdom and experience, and the genuine
concern and true friendship you extend so easily to welcome us
newcomers. It remains a great learning experience, and the
networking, friendships and connections it affords us are beyond
measure. I left Sunburst feeling more hopeful - and more professional
- than I have ever felt, and you and your entire crew are the reason.
Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.
know that barring nuclear disaster or the election of Newt Gingrich,
I'll be back at Sunburst next year. I just hope it doesn't get so big
that you won't have time for us all.
was absolutely worth every penny. Mahalo! Isn't that Hawaiian for .
"my nuts hurt.?"
to you all,
a fantastic time at the Sunburst
, and it all turned out to be quite worthwhile.
I hope to be able to be here next year for the next convention! You
put together a spectacular show my friend , you rock !!!
wanted to thank you for another great year! Sunburst 2007 was
awesome. Even better than my first year.
booked a job after my showcase Saturday at The Conference and Booked
2 more jobs on the following Monday and Tuesday as a direct result of
last year has been a rollercoaster ride for me....
for giving me the chance to succeed!!
Robin Williams Impersonator, David Born
Gregory and Jackie,
was absolutely delightful. How wonderful to be introduced to a
new world of entertainment and meet so many talented, friendly
people. Thanks ever so much.
Wickard / Sally Rand- Fan Dancer, Florida
"kudos" to you, Jackie, Jim, Lynn, Jamie and all of your
executive staff!!!!!!!! The "Sunburst Convention 2007"
defied all my expectations. This venue just keeps on swelling to
bigger heights! I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the
professional manner that this program assists all look-alike and
tribute performers across America (and now the World ) come together
and shine! Every year I see people continue to "hone their
craft" and we can be thankful that a venue like The Sunburst
provides each of us such a tremendous platform to deliver that message.
how do you top this next year? I can hardly wait until 2008!
Mincey (a/k/a Chevy Chase)
Greg and Jackie,
you for the wonderful time at the "Sunburst Convention".
was great to see our old friends and to meet new ones.
and your wife and your staff did a fantastic job (FIRST CLASS ALL
wait to come back next year.
and I had so much fun. Not much sleep, but thats ok we fell asleep
on the long flights home.
Greg please take care of yourself and your wonderful family so we
can see you all next year and many more years to come.
at the Sunburst Convention are Very Special People and are blessed
with all their talents.
and Sherry Cannon( Alan Jackson)
Marc and everyone involved in getting these numbers up!
Its great to be hooked up live and online - what a plus for the industry!
I thought was SO cool .... was all the chatter coming in from all
over and the hello's from Brazil, England, and friends and
impersonators saying they watched us from afar. What was REALLY
touching was this ..... my husband hasn't been able to attend with me
all these years ..... and he was planted in front of the computer on
Saturday, and watched all the performers and the awards dinner event
and got a chance to see how fabulous all my friends are and loved it!
you Marc and Sunburst for setting this up! What a plus in so
Kissel - "Roseanne Barr" Tribute Artist - Standup Comic
you so much for your hospitality and that of your staff.
convention was an unqualified success. We liked the hotel
too. I know you must be resting up today as we are.
Mattisen she was perfect in her showcase.
wish we could have seen her in her crown and necklace. They
grow up so fast.
kisses and congratulations,
you for a first class convention. My wife Jan also thoroughly
enjoyed it. She watched the entire showcase and was totally
impressed by the talent. Everyone was extremely friendly.
Chrusch aka The Godfather
Greg and Jackie,
just wanted to tell you that my wife Julie and I had a FANTASTIC
time at the Convention!! The both of you did an awesome job as host
and hostess. We can't thank you enough! You made everyone feel
so welcomed and it was just a great time! We met some great
people and reconnected with some very good "ol"
friends! I can't wait to attend next year! I'll sign up as soon
as I pay my off bar tab! LOL!! (Just kidding)
(Captain Jack) and Julie Rodriguez
you, Greg, I spent the morning and afternoon watching a square on my
computer, seeing my friends and feeling like I was there with all of
you. Your stage is really beautiful!!! As is the sound and
lighting... and cameras.... Compliments to your great team of
experts!! And... thank you Marc Dobson and George Trullinger. Great job!!!
cannot wait until tomorrow.
so much for a wonderful, spectacular weekend. Janet and I
loved it and can't wait for the next one. I want my nuts!!!!
took in so much, my head is going to explode. There's so much
I can do to expand my business. But most of all I met some
wonderful people. And both of you are the catalyst for all of
this. I wish I could say thanks to everyone individually for
treating my wife and I so graciously.
was very shocked to hear of your heart attack. I don't know
what to say except I'm glad you're okay. But from what I
can tell it brought your friends together. Next time just have
a party, less stress.
you both again and I can't wait to catch up with you all
again. Maybe Las Vegas!?
Diamond as Neil Diamond
Webcast was fabulous! I got to see more acts than I ever get to see
when I am actually at the convention. Since I am so busy either
geting dressed, preparing
for my own performance or
taking photos. Plus I don't usually get to see them in "close
up". I had a blast chatting on the cell phone (with
buddies who were at the showcase) about performances, everybody and
everything. Oh, and I loved the "shout out" from
only problem is, I coudn't tear myself away from the computer screen
long enough to prep for my show Sat. night. Congratulations Marc.
"You Done Good"! Greg, I love that you continue to embrace
new ways to make "The Sunburst" a fun and productive event.
Knighton / (Dolly,Lucy,Joan,Marlene)
got back from Wednesday to Sunday, from the incredible SUNBURST CONVENTION.
can respond by saying, Greg, Jackie and all the staff (you know who
you wonderous creatures are) did a fantastic job, not as usual,
because each year it just gets better and better., but, as sted,
BETTER & BETTER. There were 4 of us there and we saw some
incredible new talent, as well as the wonderful entertainers who
continue to help make this a GREAT convention.
feel certain, there will be work!
networking was wonderful and there were so many great
surprises! Too many good things can't be said.....
prepared for the Attendees new photos to be posted soon.
Dwyer/ A Unique Entertainment
me to second Laddie's comments (and by the way, what a pleasure to
meet your esteemed self!) As I told Greg and Jackie, that was the
most fun I've ever had with my clothes on (and yes, Greg, I DO get
out a lot!) The convention seemed "designed for fun" from
the git-go, every event went smoothly, nothing bombed, and EVERYONE
seemed to be having a terrific time.
especially want to thank everyone for making my wife Mary feel so
welcome and part of the gang. She was hesitant to attend this one,
because in the past she's sometimes been made to feel like my
"appendage" rather than my vital better half and the
inspiration that she is. Maybe it was the yellow name tag, but even
when she wasn't wearing it, people seemed to go out of their way to
include her in all of the conversations and the fun. You don't know
how much that is appreciated, when I've seen her actually get pushed
out of the way by some rude slobs trying to get to me.(What is UP
with that?? Anyone else have spousal abuse stories?)
was especially touched by all the artists and others who willingly
signed a get-well card for Carmen Ruiz, our Patsy/Connie TA whom we
believe may have had a minor stroke. (She is doing fine, by the way,
no loss of speech, just some numbness and dizziness). Very few of you
know her, yet you all signed such loving and inspiring messages. I
can't thank you enough.
just wanted to reiterate that this was a very memorable event, and
the feeling of "family" came through strong and clear. Mary
and I will be re-upping for next year as soon as the details are
published - and we will be bringing more of our Arizona Crooners
contingent, including, fate willing, Carmen Ruiz.
Speiser/ Crooner's Unlimited
Greg and Jackie,
a note to THANK YOU and your wonderful staff for an exhilarating
"three" days at Sunburst. I didn't want to come back
to Miami but I had a "gig", as you know, so I had to
were treated with kindness, respect and "no attitude".
look forward to returning next year (God Willing) and seeing some of
the new friends and contacts I made again.
HAD A BALL!
Brighton aka Joan Rivers
just wanted to say Congratulations on another successful Sunburst
Convention it was amazing to watch.
first part of Friday I worked out the times wrong so missed some BUT
I soon caught up and managed to watch the whole show Saturday and
stayed up until 3 am UK time to watch the awards.
was so excited to see the UK Impersonators and I feel they did us
is stunning and a lovely lady , I Thank you personally for Looking
after her and making her feel so very welcome.
was thrilled with her awards and I was touched by how pleased she
was to win the Best promo pic award.
as Borat what can I say he was hilarious, and he had been meaning to
get in touch with me but after watching his performance I searched
the web and found him, we now have contact and he is hopefully coming
on board Lookalikes-Unite.
have to say Marc Dobson did a fantastic job and it was so wonderful
to watch the Convention and feel part of it.
has linked the UK and US and I have learnt all about the NUTS, Anne
Kissels fantastic sense of humour and been able to see talent I
wouldn't normally see perform it was a great experience and now I am
keen to have our own Convention.
Daughter what a sweety!! You must be so proud.
to you soon, well done to you and Jackie once again.
Wiskin /Managing Director /LOOKALIKES-UNITE International
want to say I had a terrific time at the Sunburst!! It was my
first and definately not my last.
Johnny Zatlany- Freddy Mercury/ Germany
cannot tell you how amazing this year's Sunburst was. It was
totally professional, well organized, efficient, and incredibly worthwhile.
staff was friendly, supportive, and always on stand-by to provide
information and assistance.
stage looked just like a television set! Kudos to Atwinda and JR
with Tune Time Productions!
Cole and his Edge Factory staff did a fantastic job video taping
every act for truly marketable videos that will undoubtedly
bring us more work.
all know how hard it is to get good promotional videos in this business!)
and his Entertainment Caterers staff did a great job with the show
sound and really worked hard to accomodate all the audio needs of the performers.
thanks to Jamie, Lynn, and Jim, too, for their seemingly endless contributions.
of all, I want to thank you, Gregg, because when all is said and
done....you and your family are the heart of this convention.
can only imagine how many hours you spent coordinating all the
elements needed to put it together.
"family vibe" of this event (that made all of us feel so
comfortable) was truly a reflection of your personal integrity and professionalism.
my personal opinion, Sunburst deserves TOP ratings among Celebrity
Look Alike Conventions.
am so glad it is here in Orlando!
you again for producing a spectacular event!
Atchison / www.cheriffic.com
on a Highly successful Sunburst Convention this past year.
and your staff have been able to refine what's really needed in an
Look-Alike / Impersonators Convention to keep the costs down, lift
spirits by providing recognition for the attendees, and just have a
"damm good time" in a comfortable, classy atmosphere.
idea of a dance night incorporated into the Convention was
brilliant. The entertainers- from "Pres. George Bush"
to "Gov. Schwarzenegger" were able to swing their partners
around to excellent dance music and have a blast. My accolades to the
never gotten so many After-Convention e-mails from attendees
praising the great time they had, and how worth while it was for them
to make the trip to Florida. Especially the 1st timers.
Sunburst Awards were beautifully mounted on a classy grain of wood.
The Smiling Sunburst relief exhibits the true spirit of the
Convention . . . .
Entertain and make People Happy"! by getting their minds off
lifes everyday wear and tear. Lets do it again! Let me know how I can
assist you in making it happen for you again next year.
my Best in Entertainment- Joe Manuella "DeNiro"
Greg WOW!! What a wonderful convention.Filming a piece for The
Tonight Show is always great exposure for all who participated. I
also meet several new agents that I surprisingly did not already
know. And of course the most important ,I got a gig in Vegas
from one of those new agents I met. Loved seeing everyone and The
Rosen was a terrific venue. I have attended all the conventions and
you and Sunburst absolutely have risen to the top. Congratulations!
John Allen / Sean Connery
a great convention this was! This was my very first time at
Sunburst and what I learned at the forums was invaluable. You
really facilitated our ability to meet and network with the other
artists and agents. Getting into one of the comic video
trailers for The Tonight Show was icing on the cake! I forged
many new friendships, got great new video promo, was thoroughly
entertained by the artists showcases and had a BLAST! You and
your family and your staff were so gracious ...this is a first class
convention! I HIGHLY recommend it to ALL artists, both
newcomers and veterans!
had to leave early to drive back and didn't get a chance to say bye,
and to thank you and Jackie for hosting such a wonderful
event. I learned so much from you, the
impersonators and the talent agents.
expertise and knowledge of the business is a great asset to the convention.
seminars and the examples you gave were very valuable, especially to
a newcomer like me.
was truly amazing to see such a professional group of stars! I
just can't stop talking about it. I can't wait to see
"Foxy and Austin" in The Jay Leno Show, lol...
from the seminar, dj, performances, the staff behind the scenes, the
hotel, the parties, the whole weekend was a blast! Can't wait
'til the next one!
send you a big big hug! See you in Hollywood!
bet I promote the Sunburst! The way you handle that
convention,..it was long ago my favorite.
Rae Parker/ Bette Midler- Las Vegas
again, simply an amazing job backed by and even more amazing amount
of work. Every industry needs it's representatives and you sure
stand out. Thanks for creating a platform for which all of us
can be involved. You're the best.
want to commend you and your Vagabond team, on such an outstanding
convention! Your perseverance, dedication and hard work paid off!
of all, The showcase ran so smoothly, the
stage setting was exquisite
and the sound was perfect! I LOVED the one minute videos being played
throughout the convention. I only wish I had submitted my video in
time, but there is always, next year.
was a learning experience as well as a fun one. Networking and
exposure was at it's peak! Loved the Italian dinner at Universal
Studios, then hanging at Margaritaville and just having the best time
with everyone! It was like camp for look-alikes! LOL!
done, bravo and three cheers to Gregg and company!!!! Can't wait
'til next year!
Terry ( A proud Floridian Impersonator!) "Annie Lennox/Marilyn"www.camilleterry.com
John (Elvis) and Karen - we wanted to say again how much we enjoyed
the convention and appreciate you and your family and the other
entertainers making us feel so at home our first year. It was
so well organized and far beyond exceeded our expectations. ...
my goodness, what a convention!
got so much accomplished towards my next videos, photos, etc.
top it off, met friends from last year and met new ones as
well. Made more good contacts too. I could go on and on,
but I'm still digesting it all. In other words, what a grand time.
Smith Ford/ Trinity-MATRIX
Sunburst Convention continues to get better and better each year.
The venue reaches across a broad spectrum of talent and agents and
provides a one-of-a-kind platform for look-alikes and tribute artists
to showcase their "wares". Many thanks again to you and
your staff for pulling off a memorable event. It always feels like a
family reunion and is always very friendly.......
appreciate everything you do and seeing the Sweeney Family in action
was the icing on the cake. Get some rest and bask in the fact of a
job well done!!
I look forward to getting my beads next year!!!!!!!
Mincey- Chevy Chase
a great convention! We were so happy to be there and the
showcases were run so very well. You planned things out
precisely and handled the last minute stuff smoothly....at least as
far as We could tell. Your entertainment at the awards dinner
was super! The Vagabond Troupe was a special surprise and the
mimes were a treat for all. Not to mention Mattisen singing for
us! And...wasn't it fun when our wonderful "promo
guard" sang "Teenager in Love" and "California
Dreaming". The whole room joined together with warmth and appreciation.
job, Greg. You nailed this one!
the risk of repeating my praise from last year, I want to tell you
how proud I am to be part of this wonderful extended family you have
so beautifully fathered - (figuratively speaking of course).
is just amazing to see the new talent join us, the veteran talent
grow, the old friendships nurtured, and the new friendships forged.
The warmth and camaraderie that is so genuinely and freely shared at
Sunburst is due to the gentle, yet firm parenting you have provided
has gotten through it's infancy so quickly. It's taken the baby
steps and now it's walking. Next year, sit back, relax and watch your
baby run. You have so very much to be proud of.
gives me no end of joy to see Jackie and Mattisen so fully involved
in this. They are loving every minute of it, To see a family so
committed to one another and to the success of the convention speaks
so highly of all of you.
truly believe that I can speak for the majority of the production
staff, and talent that have been a part of this endeavor since it's
inception: This has been an experience that has renewed our respect
for our industry, as well as our fellow performers.
all of that in perspective, I leave you with this: How are you going
to top yourself NEXT year??
do it. You always do.
L. Walters-Jackie Gleason/ Dame Edna
NOTE BEFORE 2005.......
Greg and the Gang,
Very sorry that I won't be at your Convention this year, and I will
miss all of you.
will be in Vegas doing a Celebrity Poker Tournament on the 17th to 21st.
progress of your efforts in putting together one of the best
conventions has given me a load of exposure and gigs in Lady lakes ,
Boca, Largo, and Sarasota, thanks to "Book It" and other
Agents that have come to your event.
Networking, That's what it is all about
and I will be vacationing in Florida for January thru March and hope
to do the circuit while I'm there.
you have the great success as you have in the past from all the hard
work you and your Staffs have put into it
Bill Peterson www.comedy.com/bbrodney
About 2004's Convention.
Second Sunburst Convention was even better than the first!
bar was raised this year, and you leaped over it. What a tribute to
you to create such a positive outlet for so much diverse talent. You
not only provided that outlet, but you created it in an atmosphere
that put everyone, performers and agents alike, at ease and without
pressure. There was no stress. Just a social atmosphere in which
EVERYONE was made to feel welcomed, special and most importantly,
like a valued performer.
was taken aback that the whole thing felt like "Old Home
Week". It's a joy to see someone you met last year, and to
embrace like long-lost friends. Although I haven't been to any other
conventions, I daresay no other convention fosters that sense of
community among all the performers. It wasn't about competing, it was
about just allowing performers to say: "Here I am, and this is
what I do."
Convention just ended last night, and I have already received 2 job
offers. And that's what it's all about, isn't it?
L. Walters - Dame Edna/Jackie Gleason -The Honeymooners, Orlando, Fl
show ran very smooth and the entertainers did the right amount of time.
you for having me and I look forward to being a part of next year's Sunburst.
Lee/ BIG BEAT PRODUCTIONS- Worldwide Representation
from Gregg......"OUR REGRETS THAT ROBERT LEE DIED IN A
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN MARCH OF 2006....He will be missed!"
really put a great effort in an event that reflected your
efforts. I would look forward to doing it again next year just
to socialize with the other performers, getting bookings is a
bonus. It felt like a mini-vacation!"
Rippy/ Elvis Presley
have to say, that of all the conventions I have done of many various
kinds, yours was certainly one of the smoothest and well run I have
intimacy of being with the performers off stage, and while on stage,
being able to see and hear them clearly made for a most beneficial
and enjoyable time.
you know what you are doing and I look forward to working with you
for many years .
Dwyer/ A Unique Entertainment- Orange Park, FL
relatively new to the lookalike business, I wasn't sure what to
expect at the Sunburst. It was great! You and all the entertainers
were very kind and gracious to me, and I certainly look forward to
attending next year as well. I feel as though I made some great
friends as well as contacts. You are a true professional!
Tyler/ Travis Tritt
a note to thank you for all your hard work and for a WONDERFUL
convention. Everyone was so friendly and helpful with a GREAT
attitude and everything was handled smoothly. My compliments to the
PRODUCER!!! I must also say Jane did a fabulous job as well.
again for a great job. I had a wonderful time and met old friends
and made new friends. And there was certainly a lot of GREAT talent there.
you next year!!
was my first convention for celebrity impersonators and therefore I
had no idea what to expect. I gotta tell ya HOSS--I was blown
away. The professionalism that was evident in your meticulous
arrangement and scheduling of events was second to none. The
friendliness and assistance offered by all colleague impersonators
and everyone associated with the event left me with a "Jim
Beam" warmness of satisfaction of best expectations
achieved. I feel superb to be associated with such
professional, caring, fine people in this industry. The fact
that after having seen how busy and involved you were, and yet had
the time to call me by name when you had never met me before, humbled
me deeply. I shall never forget that. Applaud
yourselves and pat yourselves on the back for a great job well
done. My hat's off to ya. Rest assured, the good Lord
willing, I will be there again next year.
the best--Bob Gill-Waylon Jennings.
miss Florida already! I had a great time getting reacquainted
with all my old friends, and made several wonderful new ones as
well. I met several agents I never contacted before and all my
DVDs disappeared! Lets hope I get as many bookings out of
Sunburst! The talent this year was amazing! Next year you
should sell advance tickets to a wonderful afternoon of
entertainment! Great job, Greg!
/ Anne Kissel - "Roseanne Barr" Tribute Artist -
thanks to you and all your staff for holding the Sunburst
Convention. I know it was a lot of work for all of you and I
thought the convention was worth my time and money and I am planning
on attending next year.
Mendenhall - President G.W. Bush Impersonator/ Nevada, MO
wanted to take a couple of minutes of your time to thank you once
again for a wonderful weekend. All aspects of the Convention
were exceptional. You, your staff and all of the others that
worked so hard to create and deliver this framework that allowed all
of us to showcase our talent were fantastic. You can be sure
that I will clear my calendar for next year's event. Thanks
again for a wonderful convention.
Taft AKA "Jack"
just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the Sunburst
convention. Not only did I have fun but I felt I got great exposure
to many agents and talent buyers. Thank you, thank you , thank you
for having such a professional production. The sound was fabulous,
the lighting was great. Jane did a great job keeping things moving.
All the elements of the showcase presented us as professionals and
allowed us to perform at our best. I felt confident going on
stage and knowing everything was going to work as it should.
am definitely planning to come back next year.
Regards, Melody Knighton
the convention so much! I could tell everyone put their all
into it - that means good results. I've already been called for
a gig, and I see more opportunities in the future.
needed still photos and a promo, and I got all the above right
thereat Sunburst, not to mention meeting and making new wonderful friends!
SUNBURST!! Looking forward to the next one.
Smith Ford, "Trinity"