A well-known local performer has become the youngest person to sign with Invictus Entertainment Group.
President Jim Cressman said it officially signed 11-year-old Beamer Wigley recently however Cressman noted that he’s been evaluating the project for months.
Cressman talked about some of the factors that resulted in signing Wigley.
“I believe Beamer has that unique and valuable combination of skill, charisma, and talent,” he said. “He’s also a great person and comes from an ethical, kind, strong family which is important.”
Cressman, a Penticton businessman, is owner of the B.C.-based company, which earned Canadian Country Music Association nominations for the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and Management Company of the Year. Cressman won the Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year award in 2013.
He said along with Wigley’s vocal talents and effervescence on stage, the youngster possesses another key characteristic beneficial to a career in the entertainment industry.
“There’s an intangible ‘star factor’ that some people have,” said Cressman. “I believe he has it.”
With Wigley now signed to his company the next step is to get him writing and collaborating with other acts and providing him with the assets and tools to stay focused on music.
Wigley said he is excited about being signed.
“It just felt amazing,”said Wigley. “Never in a million years I thought it would happen this soon. I thought, ‘maybe I’ll sign when I’m 16, 17.’ but when I’m 11 — it’s just amazing.”
Wigley began meeting with Cressman in December of 2013 and things advanced from that point.
In addition to signing with Invictus, Wigley just wrapped up filming a role in a made-for TV movie, titled A Christmas Tail on Aug. 16.
The movie was filmed in Langley and Wigley plays Ethan McPhail.
“He’s extremely smart. He knows how to knit,” said Wigley of his character. “He’s just a really fun guy, super casual, he loves to read, he’s kind of a nerd.”
There are similarities between the two, he said.
“Ethan seems to get along with adults very well and I get along well with adults, too and, he loves to read and I love to read,” said Wigley, who had previously appeared in stage productions.
“It’s totally different being in front of the camera but really, when the director says action, it’s like there’s no camera there,” he said. “You’re not even reading lines. You just are the person that you’re being. It’s just really fun.”
Wigley said his parents have always been supportive of his musical career and aren’t worried about him getting into trouble like some young performers.
“They’ve been helping me all the way, ever since I knew what I wanted to do when I was five. They’ve just been supporting me all the way.”
Cressman discussed if he had any plans to consider signing another Penticton musician, Nikita (Afonso).
“I’m a huge fan of Nikita’s. She and her family are quality people,” he said. “ Once I feel we have the appropriate resources in place to foster her career and truly add value, I’d love to evaluate it further.
“It’s imperative to me that if I start working with a client, I can immediately add value and start to immediately deliver assets to their career that they could not have achieved on their own.”