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In which i kept my mouth shut

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Ok, this really made me laugh. I was at the gym this morning and after I was done with my workout, I went upstairs to stretch (see how I do ALL the right things??)

 

Near me were two women who were also stretching.  Now, it’s not like I was eavesdropping but they weren’t making any effort to be quiet so I could hear there conversation which revolved around their kids.

 

One of the moms was explaining that her daughter was into “musical theater” and that she had hired a private piano tutor “not to teach her how to master the piano” but to work on show tunes because the child’s goal was to go to a “conservatory.”

 

The other mom was also discussing acting and being in musical theater and how her daughter was travelling to Elon College ( a college about 40 minutes away) to participate in their musical theater program and how the kid had some gymnastics and other stuff “all of which will help her in the future” towards what I assume is a career on Broadway.

 

They then both agreed that academics was “important too” because these conservatories still look at SAT’s and ACT’s and their grades, ya know?

 

I was listening to these idiots going on and on planning their child’s terrific careers in one of the most difficult fields to actually make a living in and agree that academics (I suppose as a backup) are important too.

 

Then one of their husbands came up and his wife introduced him to her friend.  It turns out these kids, the ones they were talking about, are 10 and 13 years old.  TEN AND THIRTEEN YEARS OLD!!

 

These moms have their entire (successful) lives already planned out based on their children’s PASSIONS.

 

Newsflash people: there are usually not too many kids who already know their life’s dream at age 10.  And even if they do the chances of it working out aren’t that great.

 

I mean, Keely is in Hollywood working in TV and she didn’t even decide that until she was 22.  Sure some people know earlier but usually people stumble into their passion.

 

I always thought Andie would be an artist and she’s in Med School.  She didn’t decide to do that until she was 18.

 

It was all I could do to tell these parents to let their kids dabble and see what they liked rather then just planning it all out like it was a given.  What if (gasp) these kids develop a personality and decide to do something else?  What if they’re (gasp) maybe not quite as good as their parents think they are?

 

It takes more than just talent to make it in the entertainment industry.  It takes talent and hard work and seriously, lots of luck.  It’s about being at the right place at the right time with the right attitude.  It’s about meeting the right people but beyond all that, it’s about finding what you love and you’re good at.

 

I’m amazed I kept my mouth shut but it was all I could do to make it out of there without telling them that micromanaging doesn’t work.

 

What do you guys think??

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4 Comments

  1. Phillipa
    March 31, 2014

    With my daughter it’s soccer….she has been playing for 4 years now, and she is good…..so we’re focusing on this sport because I can’t afford to put her in more. But what happens if she gets to be a teen (she is now 10) and decides she wants to do something else and someone tells her she should have been practicing since she was 2? Gah!!! How are you supposed to know?!

    • Lynn
      April 3, 2014

      No I think that’s all right. My kid was a swimmer and started young. It is just funny hat these moms were convinced their kids would totally love, excel and make it in show business

  2. Name *
    March 31, 2014

    My daughter is in grade 11 and has no clue what she wants to be. I never did either. I will let her find her own path, of course, my husband and I will help in anyway we can to support her in her realistic goals.

    • Lynn
      April 3, 2014

      That’s perfect…

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