If your child has expressed an interest in working in the entertainment industry, there are several things for you to think about before pursuing it. It can be difficult to tell if your child is ready for a high pressured career. The average person has a childhood with limited responsibilities, graduated from school, enters college and then begins a career. Even those who start work in high school or right out of it are practically adults. Encouraging your child to work at a young age is an important decision parents must make based on a lot of though. However, there are a few sure-fire ways to tell if your child is really ready to work in entertainment. First, industry professionals are willing to work with her. Modeling agencies are unlikely to represent people they do not think are eligible for success. If your child is viewed as one of the successful models, there is a good shot they stand a chance of making it in the industry.
One of the most important things you can do to help your child succeed in entertainment is to make sure that is not their only option. If your child is struggling in school, adding more responsibilities to her life is probably not a great idea. She might see entertainment as her way out of education struggles, especially if she is unhappy in school. Instead of letting her view an entertainment careers as an escape, encourage her to get her grades up before pursuing her career.
It can be hard to say no when your child is really excited about something. This enthusiasm is one of the main reasons you should allow her to pursue a career in entertainment. Though is should not be her only focus, having her get excited about something is healthy. Even if things do not pan out in the long run, she can learn a lot from an experience that she enjoys. Keep her grounded, but if she is having fun and feeling excited about her potential, encourage and support her.
It is also important for the people around her besides her parents to support her. If your child has friends who are jealous or envious of her talent, it can be tough for her to carry through. Girls who have a strong support system and peers who are excited for them are more likely to succeed. Some accomplish things out of spit and an “I’ll show them” attitude. In general though, it is healthier for your child to have the support of her peers when pursuing a career in entertainment.
Finally, make sure she understands not to put all her eggs in one basket. She might be ready to jump right into the career, but she needs to protect herself. If she is able to understand the risks involved and be emotionally prepared for failure, she is probably ready to pursue this opportunity. One of the easiest ways to tell if someone is ready to do something is by their realistic attitude. Talk to her about her expectations because they will help you decide if she is really ready to take on a career in entertainment.