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Topic : 08/22 The Dr. Phil House: "Make My Kid a Star"

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Created on : Friday, May 11, 2007, 02:25:58 pm
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(Original Air Date: 05/14/07) Do you think your child is destined to be a star? Are you spending your life savings trying to get him or her in the spotlight? Has your life become a non-stop roller coaster of auditions, rejections, lessons, rehearsals, costumes, headshots and agents? The business is cutthroat and competitive, yet thousands of families set out for Hollywood every year, believing their child is the next Dakota Fanning. Dr. Phil helps some aspiring child stars get noticed and at the same time takes a behind-the-scenes look at stage moms in the throes of battle. Seven talented kids get big-time opportunities in The Dr. Phil House, auditioning for some of Hollywood’s most esteemed child talent agents. But the true test is to see if their mothers can handle the heat, the competition, the stress of it all, without becoming stereotypical backstabbing stage moms. How will the kids perform after being coached by their moms? Will the mother/child teams work well together, or flounder under the pressure? Do these seven kids really have what it takes? Big prizes are at stake, such as free rent during pilot season, a Hollywood agent and a $25,000 scholarship. Follow the sweet success and the crushing heartbreak in Dr. Phil’s three-part talent competition, and talk about the show here.

 

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May 12, 2007, 3:46 am CDT

Stage Moms?!??!!?

These woman are NOT "stage moms".  These woman fell under the pressure of a one time out of the ordinary string of events and you see one time out of the ordinary results.  Results that I am sure were pushed for TV.

 
May 12, 2007, 7:21 am CDT

Not Again

Oh goodie, yet another Dr.Phil show involving Mother's pushing children into show biz.   From what I've seen of these shows in the past (& there have been a few) they are nothing but  obsessed Mothers acting more like brats than their not-particularly talented children.  And they can all justify their behavior for one obscure reason or another. 
 
May 12, 2007, 3:46 pm CDT

05/14 The Dr. Phil House: "Make My Kid a Star"

i watched the previews and all i can say is these mothers are losers.  they should be ashamed of themselves, they need to get over the fact that they werent stars because obviously they are trying to live vicariously through their children...why make your kid a star and yell at them and force them....get over the fact you didnt make it yourself and leave your kids alone.
 
May 12, 2007, 7:11 pm CDT

05/14 The Dr. Phil House: "Make My Kid a Star"

Quote From: kaysquare

Oh goodie, yet another Dr.Phil show involving Mother's pushing children into show biz.   From what I've seen of these shows in the past (& there have been a few) they are nothing but  obsessed Mothers acting more like brats than their not-particularly talented children.  And they can all justify their behavior for one obscure reason or another. 

I probably won't watch, just another show about parents who want to live vicariously through their kids, though I do worry about the kids who won't "Measure Up" so to speak, its one thing to encourage and support your child's dreams and aspirations, but I wonder if Dakota Fanning's Mother might be able to shed some light on the reality of stardom, I mean how do you keep the child grounded, when Mom is walking around with the dollar signs or stars in her eyes.

Lindsay Lohan

Brittany Spears

Dana Plato

Michael Jackson

Does anyone know what these people all have in common ?

 
May 12, 2007, 7:31 pm CDT

I couldn't agree more

Quote From: kaysquare

Oh goodie, yet another Dr.Phil show involving Mother's pushing children into show biz.   From what I've seen of these shows in the past (& there have been a few) they are nothing but  obsessed Mothers acting more like brats than their not-particularly talented children.  And they can all justify their behavior for one obscure reason or another. 

I way past agree with you here.  Judging from the previews, the way these moms act like drill sargeants with these kids, I can't conceivably imagine that this is what the kids really want, but we'll have to see here.  About these moms, I'm thinking that they a) realized earlier on that they lacked the talent to make it in show business or b) had their kids and, in some cases, were left single moms too soon in life to actually realize their talents and dreams, therefore they feel they MUST LIVE VICARIOUSLY through their children!  It's really disturbing, and again, judging from the previews and the attitudes of these moms, they are no better than the football and hockey dads who run out on the field to belittle the referee or harm the other player who stopped their kid's play, or worse, harangue the kid him/herself for ONE ITTY-BITTY SCREW-UP!  This is one reason why, if I had kids of my own, I would actually discourage them from participating in sports; I'll take them to a gym for exercise.

 

One mom actually says that her daughter begs her to push her.  Seriously, what child would actually say this.  Either that kid's been doing some serious drugs, or Mama's using this as an excuse to justify her means.

 

I'm an aspiring writer, and if I discovered that my child inherited my writing talent.... well, yeah, I'd be a "Literacy Parent" to encourage them to make a living with this talent, but I wouldn't be one of THOSE literacy parents.  For starters, I'd let my kids decide for themselves what to read, and give them certain books when I feel they're old enough to read them (Catcher in the Rye, for example.)  Why, the worst I'd do is encourage them to do poorly in Math and Science, and not even LOOK at those marks on the report card.  (I never really cared for Math all that much in high school and besides, you don't need Math to be a novelist anyway.)  I just wonder what Dr. Phil has to say about THESE types of parents.

 
May 13, 2007, 6:34 am CDT

A little worried

So Dr. Phil, do you think that you are encouraging these parents poor behavior by pitting them against each other and actually rewarding the behavior with the hope of these prizes?  I'm not sure I'm too happy about your methods here but I will watch the show so that I can make an "educated" decision.

 

My 13 yr. old son actually seems to have talent in the acting arena.  It really seems to be his niche.  I don't however take him to tons of auditions and push him like these crazy mothers.  He is involved with a wonderful theater group for children and takes part in their summer program every year.  They do a really fabulous, very proffesional job and he loves it.  He has also performed with another theater group in their Christmas production and takes part in school productions.  He was in the band but has decided he doesn't particularly enjoy band and has decided to take choir instead hoping to improve his vocal skills since he does not have "natural" talent in that area.  Whenever he goes to an audition I always stress that although I know he hopes for a big part, that whatever part he gets make the most of it and put his whole heart into it and they will remember him and he'll probably get a bigger part the next year.  That was what happened when he first started with the summer group last year.  He got the role of a townsperson in Beauty and the Beast.  Even though it was by no means a lead he had a ball!  The people that run the program noticed his enthusiasm and rewarded it with adding to his role a bit.  This year his has a little bit bigger role in Seussical and again he is thrilled to just be a part of such a great group.

 

"Stage Moms" need to take note and realize that being a child star in Hollywood isn't important, it's letting your kids follow their dreams, have fun doing it and letting them still be kids.

 
May 13, 2007, 9:21 am CDT

make my kid a star

Quote From: missnatalie

i watched the previews and all i can say is these mothers are losers.  they should be ashamed of themselves, they need to get over the fact that they werent stars because obviously they are trying to live vicariously through their children...why make your kid a star and yell at them and force them....get over the fact you didnt make it yourself and leave your kids alone.
Just hope the kids not become a porno stars.
 
May 13, 2007, 10:07 am CDT

Not reality

Just let me say. The way Dr. Phil and these mom's go about the child actor business is not reality.  My daughter is a working child actor. She is a regular kid. Does regular things. Church, Sports, school, local theatre as well as Oscar movies.

 

Dr. Phil has on the EXTREME. This is what sells.

 

It saddens the child acting community he perpetuates this myth about how this world really is, or isn't. He is in his own reality. NOT OURS. Why not have real actors and their parents on? First most won't, second no one would care how boring it really can be.

 

 Very few parents coach their acting kids. Heck I can't coach mine to put her dishes in the dishwasher.  

Acting is not a competition against other kids. It's against the role. If you are African American and they want Asian then it's not your role.  Our kids aren't better than anyone else. Yes talented but NOT Better! Not ever.

 

 You do not have to spend every dollar, every minute, thinking about this business. Life goes on, with or without acting.  Go into an audition looking hungry and you have already lost.  

Thanks.

 

 
May 13, 2007, 2:21 pm CDT

Is it make my "kid" a star or make "me" one

I am not sure if it is what the children want or is it the parent living through their children.  Who wants to be a star?  Or who wants to be a mother of star?  I think each mother or father should ask the child if this is what they want......and ask themselves "or is this what I want?"  I think most of child stars have hit rock bottom recently in the news.  That is a lot of weight to carry around.  Plus the competition thing, how can you say we are all created equal "but my kid is prettier then yours"......there should not be such contest that make children dress up like grown women.  Show your kids like they really are....playing in the dirt, at a baseball game, playing video games, being a straight A student postive things instead of "I look better then 150 other 5 or 10 year olds!
 
May 13, 2007, 2:23 pm CDT

Great Post

Quote From: goonis

So Dr. Phil, do you think that you are encouraging these parents poor behavior by pitting them against each other and actually rewarding the behavior with the hope of these prizes?  I'm not sure I'm too happy about your methods here but I will watch the show so that I can make an "educated" decision.

 

My 13 yr. old son actually seems to have talent in the acting arena.  It really seems to be his niche.  I don't however take him to tons of auditions and push him like these crazy mothers.  He is involved with a wonderful theater group for children and takes part in their summer program every year.  They do a really fabulous, very proffesional job and he loves it.  He has also performed with another theater group in their Christmas production and takes part in school productions.  He was in the band but has decided he doesn't particularly enjoy band and has decided to take choir instead hoping to improve his vocal skills since he does not have "natural" talent in that area.  Whenever he goes to an audition I always stress that although I know he hopes for a big part, that whatever part he gets make the most of it and put his whole heart into it and they will remember him and he'll probably get a bigger part the next year.  That was what happened when he first started with the summer group last year.  He got the role of a townsperson in Beauty and the Beast.  Even though it was by no means a lead he had a ball!  The people that run the program noticed his enthusiasm and rewarded it with adding to his role a bit.  This year his has a little bit bigger role in Seussical and again he is thrilled to just be a part of such a great group.

 

"Stage Moms" need to take note and realize that being a child star in Hollywood isn't important, it's letting your kids follow their dreams, have fun doing it and letting them still be kids.

See there is a healthy way to encourage your children to do well in something that THEY like, this mother just proves there are boundaries and she takes her childs interest in consideration before her own!  Go Mom!
 
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