Thursday, June 14, 2012
Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 1192: I'm watching the Bachelorette. Is it okay for a child that young to be on TV?
Are you asking because you're a parent of a child who's interested in being on TV or are you concerned about Rikki? I'll answer with the assumption that you are interested in having your child on TV. And if you want to know for any other reason, you'll have to send a more specific question.
Is it okay? Yes, it's okay. There are laws and unions to protect minors. There are even requirements for set teachers so children on sets have time for education.
You are watching a reality show which is different than watching child actors. Last year someone wrote me with a similar question because of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and I wrote, "If RHNJ is your inspiration, I must point out the underlying implication of the "controlling stage mom." The entertainment industry can be hard on a child's self- esteem. There is a lot of rejection that isn't necessarily personal. I don't give out parental advice. What I will say is there are plenty examples of Stage Moms gone wrong. I'll say the same thing to you that I say to my clients: you've got to love it and enjoy the journey, or do something else. So, keep an eye on your child and be sure he/she loves it and is enjoying it."
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