Convinced you have the next Dakota Fanning or Daniel Radcliffe on your hands? Mayim Bialik, who got her start in acting at a young age when she starred in the hit TV series Blossom, has some advice for prospective show-biz parents. Among other things: be prepared to do a lot of driving and face a lot of competition.
“I’m going to lay it all out here as directly as I can,” mom-of-two Mayim starts off in her piece she wrote for Kveller. “Let’s name your kid Clive (yes–after Clive Owen, my favorite actor who is also my fantasy boyfriend). Here’s the deal: if Clive wants to professionally act, your life will be driving Clive to auditions at the drop of a hat; schlepping him and any other kids you have to rooms full of adorable bubbly kids who have been trained to intimidate Clive and tell him he looks tired when the audition calls for a perky bright-eyed kid.”
Mayim, who currently stars in The Big Bang Theory, breaks down some harsh realities of being a stage-parent. “Your relationship with Clive will technically be about you “forcing” him (we can call it “getting” him) to do things when he may not feel like it, such as act healthy when he is sick, act happy when he is grumpy, or act perky when he is tired.
“Clive also won’t really get “sick” days, so he needs to prepare for that reality as well. And you may find yourself bribing him as the occasion calls for it with toys, candy, and expensive clothing, so if you don’t like the sound of that, you may be already done with this article.”
And keeping your budding star or starlet in line may even prove more challenging. “Acting professionally is about obedience,” Mayim continues. “If you think Clive gets mouthy now, wait until he has to keep quiet and take direction for hours from bossy grown-ups who really care more about making profits than how Clive is doing and the only safe place he can let loose is at home…”
Read more of Mayim’s article on Kveller.