Law and the stage mom 101
I have been a stage mom now for eight years. My daughter and I have traveled up and down the east coast (from NYC to Atlanta) for auditions, trainings, jobs etc. I am also an attorney. We have learned so much from these last eight years. Today daughter is 16 almost 17 years old, and has been attached to two pilots, one never got its funding and another did. She is also attached to one film that is slated to fund. If I were to give any advice to any stage mom or dad, it would be to make sure this is what your child wants to do. This lifestyle– fraught with rejection, time aways from other children and husband — is not for the timid. The second thing most moms needs to understand is that traveling and training costs money so you should probably have two or three jobs. Finding a job that pays residual income is always a plus. I did that this year in addition to practicing law and the residual income is paying off. Ask me about that later. The third thing to remember is that you are your child’s first manager. When she gets famous, you should let the pros take over, so you can be the Mom or Dad. And even if he or she eventually gets a manager, you will always be who he or she consults first.