Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | June 6, 2013

To Whom it May Concern: Local is not a derogatory word

I remember reading an article where every performer except the “local” performers were listed. All the local performances were given the title local. I have also seen venues put more effort into performers coming from out of town than they do into treasures within city limits. Then to add insult to injury, I’ve seen the community respond unfavorably to seasoned professionals who decided to stay close to home instead of frequently hitting the road.

Local is not a derogatory word. I know great local poets, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, etc. Their resume includes working with some of the world’s greatest performers. We should give them the respect they deserve.

If you are a writer for a professional publication, know the history of the performer. There is a huge difference between a seasoned performer and someone just starting out. It is unacceptable to paint all local performers with the same brush. This is unfair to the reader, the performer and the venue.

We the community should be working together to create a better environment for everyone involved. Let us pay respect to our sheroes and heroes in the industry. If we don’t treat our treasures with respect, we might lose them.

Imagine if every great local performer left the city and moved to a city/country where they would be given more respect. The local culture would suffer…

We can do better. We should do better. Repeat after me, local is not a derogatory word.

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