Your Kid Wants To Be An Actor? Mayim Bialik Says Read This First

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.

Filed under: Celebrity Kids,Celebrity Moms,Mayim Bialik

Photo credit: Denise Herrick Borchert

  • JMO

    Interesting. I def. don’t think it’s right to force children to ever do something they’re not happy with but lets face it – life is a competition. Whether you son “Clive” wants to play soccer, basketball, football etc you’ll be taking him to and from games and practices all the time and teaching him about winning. Maybe not teaching him winning is all that matters but lets face it your not gonna be spending tons of money for “Clive” to be a bump on a log. If it’s what he enjoys and wants to be good at it you as the parent have to motivate him to want to win and want to be the best. Same goes with a little girl in gymnastics or dance recitals. My neighbors daughter spend 13 years being a dancer in competitions. This child danced for hours on end every day, several times a week, and had LONG road trips to get to her recitas/competitions! The parents took her bc she wanted to do it. She liked competing and she loved dancing. No she didn’t win everytime, and yes she had times she was disappointed but she got up and kept on trying.
    So whether it’s a sport, a dance competition or yes even acting your really only going to do it if you truly know your child wants to do it. If your son/daughter shows no interest or is miserable I’d hate to think you’d force them to do something (and I in no way support the “stage” parents). But I also would instill in my children that when we start something we also have to finish it. So if we sign up for something and pay money we atleast have to try it and make a goal to finish it. Then when it is we are free to explore something else.
    I’d never push my kids to do anything they didn’t want to do. When it come to acting you have to believe that the child really wants it. You can’t IMO just force a young child to be happy. If they’re miserable they’re miserable! Most kids who grow up in the business usually say they have had good experiences and that it was something they enjoyed. Most are well rounded. There’s just a few who fall off the ladder and need help getting back up!
    If your a parent willin to make your child happy you more then likely do whatever you have to for them even if you yourself are not into it. So if my son or daughter showed interest in acting we’d try it out and we’d also talk about the ups and downs of going on auditions. If I saw my child couldn’t handle the “rejection” or they looked unhappy we’d have to talk about doing something else. But if they seemed like they have handled it well and want to continue I’d have no problem ushering them around. Who am I to crush their dreams.

  • Goddess william

    She needs to talk to will and Jada

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