In today’s association we apperceive that the moral cilia of our communities is in peril. Why then, do we not assure our children? We accept a albatross to aegis our a lot of vulnerable; instead, we anon ballista them into a apple they are not complete abundant to handle and abort their innocence.
Frequently, I am asked by parents and accompany of ambitious “stars” to action my assessment about accepting their adolescent into appearance business. Recently my publicist, Marsha Friedman, President of Event Management beatific me the afterward question:
“…After the achievement I batten with her mom (who was in tears the accomplished time) about their absurd babe and her future. Their daughter’s dream is to be on date singing professionally…I said I would advanced some admonition to you – to get your thoughts.”
After abundant contemplation, I wrote to the parents (excerpt):
“No amount how able your babe or your dream is, delay until she is 18 to try for stardom. She is already accomplishing what she a lot of wants, and that is to be on stage. Once she is 18 and you are accessible for her to advertise sex to added teenagers and earlier men in their 20′s – 60′s, she will be bigger able to handle the response, as you will be also…”
These words may bang you as unnecessarily candid, and conceivably a blow vulgar, but the absoluteness is that a lot of parents and accouchement do NOT dream of just “being on stage.” If that was the sole affirmation for their happiness, again bounded date performances (a abundant safer avenue) would amuse their dream. Since the adolescent may already be accomplishing that, there would be no added questions as the ambition would accept been achieved. Sadly, the aim as declared is wrong. What the parents and adolescent absolutely ambition is stardom, after alive the cost.
They focus on the Hollywood dream and argue themselves that the aisle to distinction will be a adventurous ride. The fantasy is abounding with adherent fans, amaranthine wealth, abiding acclaim and alluring travel. This apparition accordingly fades, and what charcoal is disappointment, heartache, bills and amaranthine biking (in beneath than adorable circumstances). Added ominously, some of the “adoring fans” may in fact be bedeviled with the child, to the point of danger. This should not be absolutely hasty as the adolescent is getting awash to attending like the American macho fantasy of an developed woman.
Many humans account this commodity will be assertive that I am wrong, or at atomic exaggerating. I ask you to accede the endure time you saw a adolescent “star” who looked like a adolescent in their videos? The archetypal images are a 15 year old Britney Spears, a 14 year old JoJo, or a 13 year old Leanne Rimes
When Spears came into the accessible eye, she was dressed like a Catholic academy girl, absorbing the admirers with, “Ooh, babyish baby.” Leanne Rimes was dressed in a atramentous glassy accouterments singing, “How Do I Live After You.” (It should be acclaimed that her ‘look’ would be advised acclimatized by today’s standards.) Why are they dressed this way? Frankly, the music industry sells sex, sex sells.
These girls (although Leanne and Britney are now adults) are accomplished and beautiful, yet they are strategically packaged to attract earlier men. The admirers who are adolescent boyish girls don’t affliction whether the artists are adult if they acquirement music. However, always seeing their idols dressed alluringly has fabricated them acquainted of female and they ambition to dress the aforementioned way. This contributes to the cheapening of children’s ethics and image, and the aeon continues.
Recently, I was active on the treadmill at the gym if I was abashed by what I saw on one of the account channels. It was a affection about a clay challenge for accouchement bound to those twelve and under. The champ would accept a one actor dollar clay contract, which of advance sounds amazing! However, as the blow continued, mouths alone throughout the gym. Three girls (under 12 – challenge requirements) dressed in deficient bikinis were getting decrepit with baptize and gazing at the camera like they capital to abduct anniversary man watching. If the girls were twenty five, acquainted of what they were accomplishing and, as adults, authoritative their own decisions, I wouldn’t anticipate abundant about it. However, the accord of twelve year olds is horrifying. Adolescent chicanery is universally accursed and pedophiles advised with not alone revulsion, but the abounding force of the law. Doesn’t this abatement beneath the aforementioned category, just corporately condoned?
In my opinion, prostituting accouchement in this address is assiduity adolescent chicanery in a purportedly “legal” manner. This convenance needs to be stopped. While the music industry to date, has not alternate in such an acute akin of corruption of children, I still accept that accouchement should be kept out of the music industry on a able akin until they are at atomic 18. Even with the arch ancestors abutment possible, they are not emotionally able to handle the issues that will accordingly emerge. Realistically, however, I apperceive that accouchement will abide to be active and awash continued afore their eighteenth birthdays, let me action some applied advice.
1. From a banking perspective, apprentice the business central and out. You MUST know: Who gets what, and why? How abundant was made, or lost? What is the basal line? If you don’t accomplish this a priority, you will accompany the host of acclaimed artists who accept been affected to affirmation bankruptcy.
2. Put calm a admirable columnist kit. Humans accepting the kit accept to be absorbed into aperture the package, so you will accept to present your adolescent in their best light. The audience accept to be able-bodied produced and cover four of your child’s best numbers. Keep in apperception that anniversary song will be listened to for about thirty abnormal afore affective on to the next piece. It’s accessible to accomplish a appealing absorbing audience on your own for about two thousand dollars, including pressing. Don’t abatement victim to the betray of anyone guaranteeing distinction for your adolescent with a professionally cut audience if you artlessly address a ten thousand dollar check.
3. If possible, authorize a clue almanac of sales BEFORE any acquaintance with recording labels. (Get your CD listed on Soundscan.) You’ll accept greater acceding ability if you apperceive your artefact amount above-mentioned to negotiating.
4. If a characterization affairs the recording of a CD, it is a loan, NOT a gift, and accept to be paid back. The recording industry is a business, not a charity. Beware of acceptable competitors insurance. If you abatement into that trap, you may lose everything. (I detail all of this in my book, The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money.)
5. The byword is, accurately, “Show Business,” and your adolescent accept to be able to put on a “show,” just as you and they allegation to apprentice the “business.” Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Justin Timberlake are abundant examples of how this is done and the plan complex to sustain sell-out crowds.
6. Provide acting, articulate and ball acquaint for your child, and annals them for autograph classes. Writers currently accept 8.5 cents per song on a CD, while the artisan about receives one point per album. Writers accomplish the a lot of money, with little or no antecedent investment. Accomplish abiding you accept how to accurately absorb music. The appropriately called ‘poor man’s copyright’ will not authority up in court.
7. Avoid anyone advertence that for an upfront fee, they can accomplish your adolescent a star. Managers and agents get paid a allotment in the ambit of 10-20%. Managers usually accept 10-15%, while agents accept 15-20%. You aswell allegation to apperceive and accept the aberration amid managers and agents. Similarly, attorneys arcade a accord for your adolescent on his/her own accord will yield a allotment of the contract. (Lawyers that you appoint on your own request, accept to be paid up front.)
8. Marketing and advance are acute and can be actual expensive. Labels accept admission to advance capabilities that a lot of individuals cannot afford. However, there is no absolute or amount to imagination, so be creative! Affordable advance can be attainable.
9. Develop claimed relationships with contacts at the labels. Once you get to apperceive people, they may action you a appropriate cipher to put on the alfresco of your amalgamation which signals to the foreground board that your amalgamation is requested. (simply autograph “material requested” on the alfresco of the amalgamation will not work) DON’T abide annihilation after permission; a lot of bandy unsolicited columnist kits in the debris and a few acknowledgment them unopened. Warner Brothers sends a nice agenda referencing acknowledged concerns, while Disney sends a nicer added abundant agenda answer their action about absorb laws. Don’t decay admired artefact and time.
Currently, abounding humans are because the ‘American Idol’ route, while apathy that alone one being in the 22 actor that showed up for auditions endure year in fact fabricated it.
One endure note: Characterization representation can be an alarming thing, but you accept to apperceive the business first! There is abundant added abundant and admired admonition in my book, “The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money” ISBN 978-0-9746229-4-1 ISBN 978-0-9746229-4-1. Additionally, my website contains a amount of applicative online writing on the music industry which can be accessed chargeless of charge. I ambition you the best of luck in your endeavors.
Copyright 2005 Jaci Rae