Northwest Missourian Opinion

While some people are born with certain talents, others are born with natural good looks. Then there are some who were born to be stars.

Though this may be true, that doesn’t mean all children with the talent should be subjected to the whims of the entertainment industry.

I just can’t agree with children growing up while already working a full-time schedule and never getting to have a childhood.

In a USA Today article, Tia Mowry, who starred in the Disney movie “Twitches” with her twin sister, talked about what it’s like being a child star.

“You're a child who is working,” Mowry said. “You have a job. That job is a hard job. Everybody thinks being a child star is glamorous. But when you're on a show, you are often carrying a whole show and you know that. You have to pull it off. You have to know your lines. People are making money off you.”

She even talks about how she never got to go to her high school prom and missed out on a lot of her schooling. While some may say she’s whining over nothing because of all the money and fame she’s received, that can never replace the experiences people often take for granted.

Child stars also want friends beyond work and to have fun with them. This becomes increasingly difficult with more people knowing their name.

A popular young cast right now comes from the hit original Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” While these young actors and actresses are beloved by their fans, even they are not free from the social expectations actors have.

As the fans of the show may know, Finn Wolfhand, who plays Mike, was accused by a fan of being “heartless” for simply refusing to sign an autograph. People, especially fans, should remember that these actors are still very young.

It should not be expected of them to cater to the fan’s beck and call.. People need to remember these child stars are not older simply because they already have a career.

Even though there are many child stars who grow up worse for wear, there are also many child actors who grow up successfully. A few examples are Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Natalie Portman and Jodie Foster.

According to therapist Wanda Behrens-Horrell, child stars can transition easily to healthy adulthoods and still be successful in their career by taking a break from stardom and going to college.

Most children though will try and continue their acting careers whether through societal pressure or their own greed. Not only do they have a job they have proven to be good at, they are  making money. At least that’s what would happen in a perfect world.

The experience of being a public figure or celebrity can have devastating consequences for anybody. According to Jib Fowles, author of “Star Struck: Celebrity Performers and the American Public,” celebrities were four times more likely to kill themselves than average Americans.

Imagine what the pressures and societal expectations would do to a child.

Children shouldn’t have to go through the psychological pressure grown adults can’t even handle themselves.

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