"I STARTED OUT AS A FAN," says Nadine Condon.
Her fascination with music - and the San Francisco scene in particular - lured her to California in the mid-'70's, where she met, well-connected singer/songwriter/producer Nick Gravenites and quickly learned the local ropes.
Over the next three decades, Condon created a name for herself promoting and managing bands and generating a client list that includes Atlantic Records, Island Records, CBS Radio, Jefferson Starship, Melissa Etheridge, Steve Miller, John Mayall, the eels, Travis Tritt and countless other acts.
Today, Condon sits at the helm of her own company (www.nadineswildweekend.com), which allows her to wear many hats, not the least of which is mentor to musicians.<.p>
"I want people to have careers in the music business," she says. "I don't want bands to get discouraged. If it's your calling, it'll happen." In addition to leading seminars, writing a book and mentoring fledgling musicians, Condon is the mastermind behind an annual, three-day, local music showcase called, "Nadine's Wild Weekend," which celebrates emerging and established artists.
For Condon , the "creative aspects" of the music business made it a natural draw.
"There are no rules, it's totally wide open," she explains. "It's not like any other business because it's all about creative thinking, collaborating with creative people - the business side is just as creative as the artistic side."
This creativity and open-mindedness also made the music industry receptive to women, Condon says.
"There were always plenty of women (in the business)," she notes. "I was attracted to it because of the strong women I saw running music careers, working behind the scenes, etc. There might've been a glass ceiling before my time, but the women of my generation helped break those rules."
The tireless 49-year-old is excited about the future of the music business, which she says will be increasingly independent and creative, thanks to custom distributing, custom radio and other Internet-driven innovations. And she plans to stay right in the middle of it all.
"I want women to know that you can still rock and roll, baby doll," she says. "I'm going to keep doing it - there's nothing that says you can't."