Would You Try to Put Your Kids in Show Business?

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  1. Ms. I

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    We all know the entertainment industry is a tough business. There's many downfalls & some people turn out OK, but of course others don't. The family trekking all over for auditions, one day you're 'in' & people want you, the next day, you can be a has-been, etc. You have to have a tough skin for numerous reasons. Child stars have it much rougher than those who started out as teens or older because they're no longer the cute kid from the (__) TV show & they have to be strong to realize no one may give them a role anymore.

    Would you earnestly try to put your kids in show business? Do you know anyone who has?

    I must have been way too young to remember this, but my mom said she tried to get me in a movie in which I'd play the baby of a top singer (I won't say the name). Needless to say, I didn't get the role. I don't know what else she tried to get me in. That might have been it.

    If I had a baby, I really don't know. That's going down a very different path from a normal life. I think a lot of us could say, oh what's the harm to be on a little commercial or something, but if someone actually wants your child to audition for a show or even film, could you really turn that down or will the excitement of it all get to you?
     
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  3. Jerseygirlteach

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    Not for anything. Okay, amend that. If one of my kids had a burning passion for it, I'd try to talk him or her out of it. If that didn't work, I'd let them give it a shot with major, major misgivings. Any financial gain would go towards a college fund.
     
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    I know a kid who did commercials when she was little but not after she was 5 or so. She ended up having quite a bit of money to put towards college. I have a cousin who does print work and theatre but he's only 10 I think so he just does it for fun right now. I don't know anyone who's been in movies but it seems like a lot of work for the kid and family.
     
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    I wouldn't. It is a hard business and I would want my child to have an actual childhood. I have a cousin that is an actress. She's not even close to a household name, but I bet more than a few of you have seen her work. She became an actress as an adult though. She is quite a bit older than me and grew up 8 or so hours away. I've only seen her a few times in my life, and not at all since she started acting. (To my knowledge, she never did any acting as a child.) I do about some of the struggles she has had. It is not something I would voluntarily want to deal with.
     
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    I tutor for a family whose kids have been in commercials and movies...their money is being saved for college. The kids are bright, happy and well rounded.
     
  7. catnfiddle

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    It really depends on the kid and the parents. I have two friends who were successful child actors. It took a toll on their school lives, but they came out okay. One's parents were his managers and they may have pushed him a bit. The other begged to get a manager (the other friend's parents, although that's not how I know them) and had a lot of say in whether he went on auditions. Best thing I can say is that behind every sane child actor there MUST be sane, loving, balanced parents.
     
  8. Missy

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    NO
     
  9. bonneb

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    Not in a million years!
     
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    If this is parent's choice, I am suspect. If it is the child's longing, different answer, and I would need some solid convincing, but not impossible. An ocean between those two scenarios.
     
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    Nope, I wouldn't try to push my kid into show business. If it's the dream of my child, then maybe, but not without also receiving a quality education. If it interferes with having options later in life, then no way.
     

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