no to any entertainment executive who doesn’t have your child’s best career or personal interests in mind.
“I personally think parents get the rough end of the stick. We’re characterized as not knowing what we’re doing, but we were [our kids’] first managers,” says Norwood. “I was stereotyped and talked about badly. But I’ve always said that our ultimate goal for Brandy has been
to say if you ever fall from the top, you’ll be prepared to live the same lifestyle. I think we’ve accomplished that.”
RESOURCES FOR YOUR UP-AND-COMING STAR
Whether or not you choose to handle your child’s career yourself, you’ll need to arm yourself with information to make sure he isn’t getting the short end of the stick. Here are some resources that can put you in a better position to get your child on the right track:
Everything You’d Better Know About the Record Industry by Kashif and Gary Greenberg (Brooklyn Boy Books, $39.95)
This Business of Artist Management by Xavier M. Frascogna Jr. and H. Lee Hetherington (Watson-Guptill Publications, $21.95)
Acting A to Z: The Young Person’s Guide to a Stage or Screen Career by Katherine Mayfield (Watson-Guptill Publications, $16.95)
Acting as a Business: Strategies for Success by Brian O’Neil (Heinemann, $14.95)
Young Concert Artists Inc. (www.yca.org). This nonprofit organization aims to discover and launch the careers of talented young musicians. It offers free artist management services, publicity materials and career development guidance to winners of its audition-only selection process.
Screen Actors Guild (www.sag.com). Click here to visit the site of the organization that represents the interests of professional actors. Find a reputable talent agent for your child, identify your responsibilities as a stage parent and the benefits of your child belonging to a union.
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