Dory LeClair, CTA
Hi, my name is Dory LeClair. I'm originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and have been living in Las Vegas, Nevada now for the last 10 years. The CTA (Certified Trading Advisor) at the end of my name means that I was certified by the NFA (National Futures Association), making me a Commodity Educator and Strategist. But first here's a little history about myself.
Music has been a big part of my life for over 20 years. I originally moved here because, being in the entertainment industry, I thought Las Vegas would be the "perfect" place to "get ahead" in this area.
Well I was right at the time when I moved here. I was able to get jobs easily in many of the casino lounges, performing as a singer/entertainer for the multitude of tourists that passed through this city each and every year.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm wasn't looking to be a "big star" or anything. I just wanted to be able to do what I enjoy doing, and getting paid for it. And the thing that I enjoy most about performing is that I get to put smiles on the faces of my audience and spread a little joy at the same time.
But, Las Vegas has changed drastically in the last 10 years. Corporations have taken over the independently owned hotels and casinos, and by doing so, they feel that each "department" has to "justify the end means". This includes the lounges as well.
Now what does that mean to me, as an entertainer? Well when I first got into town, I had an 8 piece back-up band, performing in all of the major casinos like the Dunes, the Aladdin, the Desert Inn and a few of the others.
When the corporations took over, they had cut my budget down to where I was performing with a 5 piece band. If I were to look for "work" now, I'd only be allowed to work with a 3 piece band behind me. You're probably thinking "Yeah, but you'd still make a lot of money."
The actual fact is, I was making less than the going rate of what I was paying my back-up people. I'm not complaining about that either, cause I was still able to make ends meet, and still do what I liked to do most..... entertain people. But when the casinos start dictating that I can't even have a 5 piece band backing me up anymore, that's when I decided that it was time to get out of the casinos.
In order for the audience to hear the music as it was written by the original artists I would need at least an 11 piece band behind me, but the casino lounges won't hear of it. So much for being in the "entertainment capital of the world", unless you're a "headliner".
You're probably wondering "So does that mean you are out of the entertainment business completely now?" No way!! I have a studio setup at my house and I create music everyday (or every other day). When I need people to record musical parts for compositions that I'm working on, I call on them and they lend their expertise to me.
I also have produced radio and television shows in the past. Have worked as a recording producer on a few albums. And since coming to Las Vegas, worked as an extra in about 8 different movies to date.
But the key things about all of these "jobs" that I've had in the past, present, and as well as in the future to come, I enjoy what I do. The point is, I work when I want. Not when somebody "dictated" that I do it. I wake up everyday looking forward to going to "work". How many people can say that about their present "jobs"?
So why teach commodity trading? Is it not just another "gig"? I must answer this with a resounding, "NO"! It gives me another chance to do what I like to do best. Just like all of the good music that I had performed for my "audiences" in the past, I had left them with something, be it thoughts, feelings or perhaps happy memories. The teaching of this commodity course will go on to have an impact on my "audiences" as well, leaving them with choices in life, creating a better state of mind and being more capable of handling their future (no pun intended).
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I hope that you join me in the immediate future so that you too can enjoy doing what you want to do as a "living". Let me be your educator, so that when you finish all of the training, you'll wake up, actually looking forward to the day, instead of dreading it.
If you want to find out a little bit more about me, you can click here to get to my personal website.
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