This month we pay a visit to another CMAO Board member; one who’s won the CCMA Agent of the Year Award five times in a row: Cathie Faint.
Cathie owns and manages CFE (Catherine Faint Entertainment) and has worked for many years with some of the top names in the music industry. Not just country music, but right across the board. What does it take to get to that position? Cathie sums it all up in just three words: “Integrity, integrity and integrity”. But before we get to her personal credo, let’s go back and see where Cathie Faint came from.
Her mom was a chef, working in the hospitality business, and her father was a jack of all trades, including plucking the banjo. Mr. Faint might have wanted a boy, but he got girl, after girl, after girl. Four times in fact. One last try earned him a set of twins… girls again. Cathie was one of those twins. She attended school in Toronto and spent summers either working on a farm or planting trees out west in the Rockies. She attended R.S. King High School in Scarborough and got a year in at Centennial College before getting a job in a law office. After working for both criminal and divorce lawyers, she eventually landed a job at the music industry trade paper, Record Week. She was the ‘gig girl’, writing the column covering which bands were playing where. This led her to working alongside agents and ultimately, as an assistant to several agents at Music Shoppe International. She’s thankful that many people she met were very open and generous with their advice and she soon became a full-fledged agent herself. She moved around a bit and worked for ACT and The Agency, before eventually opening up her own agency. Based out of Port Perry, CFE specializes not only in acting as an agent for some of the biggest names on the planet, but also offering brokerage and immigration services for foreign acts crossing the border. As well, CFE runs a stage labour company who hires out production crews. P.S. She’s always looking for audio and lighting techs. As Cathie says, “Find out what you love to do and start doing it. Opportunities will come. Always be honest and follow through on your commitments.” And lastly, “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” That’s pretty good advice for both business success and for life in general.
When not busy with her work or her Board commitments, Cathie is a self-proclaimed sci-fi nut, who also enjoys cross-country skiing, walking her Dobermans, Minie and Wyne, or spending time with her son Tyler, who’s a video game developer. “Having my son changed the direction of my life and my priorities, in a great way.”
Musically, Cathie took a lot of piano and flute lessons growing up and first got into bands like Led Zeppelin and the Moody Blues. Nowadays, she listens to everything from Adele to Imagine Dragons to Philip Phillips to One Republic… but her fave is the Zac Brown Band.
Cathie has spent two terms on the CMAO Board and enjoys the work they do. In her own words, Cathie is happy to, “Play a part of the expansion and growth of the annual awards show. I think that this is a big first step in getting our Ontario artists recognized and giving them an opportunity to network with as many industry people as possible.”
Catherine Faint lives her professional life and her personal life with one guiding principle: “Have fun – don’t worry – the only thing in your life you have control over is your thoughts, so pick the good ones… find something to love about everything.”
We love having Cathie’s work ethic and people skills on the Board, pulling for the CMAO. Thank you Cathie!