Monday, July 16

Child Star Camp and how TV lets careers grow

I am not going to go into the issue of Child Stars, where some have not ideal adult lives and some suffer from not getting jobs and others are tired of being under a microscope. Entertainment Weekly magazine recently had an article on this. About the recent kids (Kyle Massey, Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove, etc.) to have shows and the former Nickelodeon/Disney kids. What I did not think about was how some kid actors have to choose between being in a prime time ensemble show and a kid network show (previously mentioned Nickelodeon/Disney Channel). Prime time shows surprisingly don't pay that well. I think being on a kids cable show is safer and prepares you better... Nickelodeon has a camp and classes to prepare kids for the real world. While kids in adult movies and prime time are in the real world and shoved in.

In the article, they mention how some people believe you can't grow your career in television. Which I highly disagree because television actually builds careers and rejuvenate them. Stars are born. For example, Shia LeBeouf, Lindsey Lohan, Haley Joel Osment, and Hilary Duff all started in television. Now, I am not talking about the current status of the stars. Also, with adult actors--television pops them out of obscurity like Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dead Zone") or just reinforce their careers like Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"). So TV is good. The article also mentions how Nick and Disney also give shows or movies to brothers and sisters like Hayden Panettiere's brother Jansen Panettiere getting a movie ("The Last Day of Summer"), Britney Spears' little sister getting "All That" and her own show, and also, Emma Roberts--her famous family.