posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 12:27 AM
Sweetie, please know that this isn't about Mom not supporting your dreams. Mom's just trying to protect your future. And she's right to the
extent that the chances of succeeding in showbiz are not good. This says nothing about your talent or your looks or your determination. Rather this
is about the math: There just aren't enough jobs in showbiz for everyone who wants those jobs.
I have a little bit of experience here, as my daughter had the same aspirations, which we pursued locally, before moving to LA or NY. She has had
some success, and has enjoyed it for the most part. But it's not an easy way to make a living. She probably only got 1 job for every three or four
auditions. Usually, preparation and traveling to and from the audition took three times as long as the actual audition (for which you don't get
paid). My daughter is very pretty and talented, but so were all the other girls that auditioned, so that wasn't the deciding factor; sometimes she
just didn't have the "right look."
I would strongly suggest that you do what you can where you are right now. Take drama and/or other performing arts classes in school. Find books
with monologues and practice your delivery. Create your own commercials and perform them. Join a local community playhouse. Get as much training
and experience under your belt as you can, thus preparing yourself for that time when you can further pursue your dream. The more you know, the more
confident you will be, and the greater your talents will shine.
Experiment with your hair and makeup and clothes. Explore different looks and styles. Think about how you would prepare yourself for a sports
commercial, horror movie, kid next door, etc. Then try it out. Take pictures. Live (act) the part.
Also, check out local talent agencies. The Better Business Bureau has some good advice for what to look for and expect from a reputable talent agent.
Find one that will not just send you on cattle calls, but will set up specific appointments for your auditions. Establish your boundaries - no
nudity, for example. I would suggest that you have your mother or another close friend/family member, accompany you everywhere you go for safety
sake; if the agent will not allow this, find another agent.
You might also check out peripheral occupations - do you love styling hair? How 'bout makeup? Do you enjoy the technical aspects (filming,
lighting, etc.)? Educating yourself about the other aspects of showbiz can only help you if/when you do get jobs. You might also find that you enjoy
one of those supporting jobs equally well.
If it's meant to be, it will happen. Spend your time and energy preparing for that day. And be thankful that you have a mom who loves you and is
looking out for your best interests. Frustrating sometimes, I know, but so much better than the alternative, right?