Here’s some advice from my forty years of experience. Just for you!
Being in this business should be kept in perspective. It should not be the only thing in a child’s life or the family’s life.
Now, be the type of parent who cherishes the relationship with your child, who wants “show business” not because it would be an extension of yourself, possibly fulfilling your fantasy, but something your child truly wants.
How can you tell?
As yourself these key questions:
1. Does my child perform in front of others without being coaxed?
2. Can your child take rejection?
3. Can your child take criticism?
4. How well does your child get along with kids and adults?
5. Do your child do well in school? (probably the most important)
6. Would your child protest if they were to miss a game or party?
If you have answered yes to ALL of the above, you may just have a child who truly “wants” this.
Now let’s see if you want this for your child...
You may have the most talented child in the world, but if someone is not available to take this child on auditions and callbacks, the child should wait until he’s old enough to do it on his own. This is a huge commitment on your part, and no one is forcing you to make it. If you say you will make the commitment, but then are not willing (or are simply unable) to invest your time in your child’s success and undergo the initial financial sacrifices (which I will address later on) then don’t waste their time or yours. Are you able to literally drop what you are doing and run into New York, LA or the closes city where auditions are? Still saying yes? Read on....
READ THIS PART TWICE...
THERE ARE NO PROMISES WORTH LISTENING TO and NO GUARANTEES WORTH COUNTING ON IN THIS BUSINESS. They just don’t exist.
NOBODY can promise you anything, except that they will work their hardest to promote your child’s career. NOBODY can guarantee that your child will become a star. NOBODY!!!!!
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