This weekend in LA, Elle and I had a few people come up to us and ask her about a "screen test". Now, I used to work in promotions, so I know most of these talent scouts are little more than photographer's assistants trying to sell expensive headshots.
But they come up to us and say, "We've placed kids on shows like iCarly..." They know if you say iCarly to any girl under 12, eyes are going to light up. I took the card each time and I told Elle why we would not be going. My daughter is beautiful. But she is more than that, and nothing good seems to come from fame, does it?
When we got home, I showed her a picture of Lindsay Lohan in "The Parent Trap" and then now. I showed her cute little Miley Cyrus then, and now. Being famous is pointless to me. But I do wonder if the "crazy" enables them to act in the first place, or if it comes later. I'm inclined to think it's the former. That they're precocious kids who need a LOT of attention and have learned how to get it through their actions.
There's a bit of crazy in all creative geniuses. I'm no genius, but I definitely have my share of crazy. Most novelists do. We tend to live in our own worlds, like to sit back and watch the action, can "hear" conversations of characters and feel them come to life. I don't think that's normal. Though I'm sitting here with other writers (in the coffee shop) and of course, it seems normal to us. That's why we hang out together.
Look at Lindsay. This girl is 23 years old!! Now in regards to some creatively nuts people, like say, Britney Spears -- I think her parents would have a hard time reigning her in. She was not going to be stopped, and I feel for her parents because they do take a bad rap now. And I definitely think Britney had the bipolar young and they had little control over her from a very young age. It may be the same with Lindsay, but ultimately, you cannot control another person. Not even if that person is your child, so naturally, I wonder which came first -- and what, if anything could stop these kids.
A lot of people think it's simple parenting. I disagree. I've seen too many kids with minds of their own. There is this really good-looking guy outside, looks like a construction worker, and he's been here for an hour outside, talking to himself. So yeah, not everything is within someone's power to fix. What do you think?