Some sample quotes from a few of the ETA’s who were interviewed:
Eddie Miles “They think ‘if I can do that, I can do Elvis’ and the sad thing is that so many of them get away with that.”
Ryan Pelton.”the women trying to live the Elvis dream, the guys just in it for the money, the romper room attitude of the contests and some of the performers, or the people who just like the power of being a control freak.”
David LeeIf I could pick one reason why I became an ETA, it would be for the love of the music.....doing a good job in Elvis’ name.”
Doug ChurchI believe that within the next decade or so, the genre will be recognized as a legitimate enterprise that is organized and run by professionals, not nutballs with no life.....which seems to be the opinion of the general public.”
Rick Marino(Elvis) spent every ounce of ability and energy he had to make sure they (fans) forgot whatever was wrong in their life for a few hours, which is what being the consummate entertainer is all about.”
Todd C. Martin"You can be a great show performer and awful at contests or vice versa.”
Martin AnthonyFollow your dreams, stay balanced by realizing you are not Elvis off the stage. Don’t get caught up in it..have Plan A and Plan B .....your job is to give the audience a re-creation that for at least a little while, will allow them to feel what Elvis was all about..like a great movie can do.”
Ray Guillemette, Jr. I wanted to make sure that when I was on stage, I paid attention to not only the music or the style, but also to the people...to me, Elvis conveyed that...”
Lance Dobinson (age l6 when quoted).... Being an Elvis Tribute Artist is not always easy because some people can be very judgmental. I believe that with the continued love, support and encouragement from my family, there really isn’t anything else that matters. If you love what you do, then you should follow your dreams.”
Rob Garrett”I receive an unbelievable amount of promotional packages from performers, and, unfortunately, most of it never makes the grade...be sure to provide, or request as the case may be, professional promotional kits. Send only quality photos and videos with references. If you work for free or if you can hire Elvis for free, you will probably get just what you paid for.”..
Jesse AaronThe fans, in general, are very loyal and appreciative. That makes it much easier to weed out all of the other stuff out there...because there’s plenty of that too, unfortunately.”
Tony Grova.....There have been many kings and queens and presidents too, but never again, in this lifetime or any lifetime to come, will there be another man or entertainer [such] as the one and only Elvis Aaron Presley."