Stage parents

Mom and dad can be a burden and a gift


Minus: Children should never be pushed to be in front of the camera, and many agents start by asking young would-be performers why they want to act. If their answer isn’t convincing, it was probably the parents’ idea.

Plus: When children genuinely want to act, stage parents can be their best advocate. While agents and managers are distracted with many clients, parents can proactively try to find auditions and opportunities for their own kids.


Minus: Some stage parents seem to live through their kids, not recognizing when they are pushing too hard or being slow to adapt when their budding young star loses interest in performing.

Plus: Young performers can sometimes be too focused, and good parents encourage them to balance their lives by attending college, playing sports and pursuing hobbies apart from acting.


Minus: In many cases, successful young actors are treated as cash cows for their parents’ benefit.

Plus: If a child’s earnings are properly managed, it can make their adulthood considerably more comfortable.


Minus: When the parents’ happiness relies on their kids’ success, it can put too much pressure on the child and possibly lead to emotional problems.

Plus: Parents who show they’re proud of and love their children even if they aren’t booking jobs.

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