It seems like every girl I know has the desire to become a Disney Channel actress. And there is nothing wrong with wishing for that, or with dreaming about being a Disney Channel star.
And frankly, little girls could dream of things a lot less wholesome than Disney, so I say let them keep dreaming. What could be more magical for a young girl than being on the Disney Channel where everyone they know can see them?
The fact is your daughter could become a Disney Channel actress, or your son could become a Disney Channel actor. But the reality is that these things are dreamed by many but achieved by few. And rarely do young people become Disney Channel stars overnight, regardless of how it may appear.
If you look at the history of nearly any Disney Channel star, you’ll find that they worked in the entertainment industry for a number of years before becoming a star.
Look up some of your favorite Disney Channel stars from High School Musical in the Internet Movie Database (e.g., Ashley Tisdale). Check out the earliest listed tv or film role there and the year they became a Disney Channel star. There were probably at least three or four years between their first listed role and when they became a star on Disney Channel.
So parents, you can help your child chase after every Disney opportunity you hear about (see more discussion on this topic in How Do You Get Auditions for Disney Channel). But truthfully, the time you and your young actor spend doing those things could be better spent.
If you really want to give your child the chance to become a Disney Channel actress or actor, you need to guide them to do things that are more likely to make a difference in the long run. So what can you do?
The truth is, while there are absolutely no guarantees in showbiz, there are things you can do to help increase your child’s chances of succeeding with Disney or in the entertainment industry in general. The following is a good list to start with:
- Enroll your child in acting classes. Research to make sure the teacher is reputable.
- Enroll your child in voice classes or lessons. Singing ability and training can be a real plus for Disney Channel roles.
- Enroll your child in a comedy and improvisation class. This is particularly valuable for Disney-type shows, plus it is a lot of fun.
- Seek representation of a talent agent and/or talent manager for your child as this is the best way to get your child into Disney auditions.
- Encourage your child to get involved in community, church, and school plays or other activities where they can perform.
If your child really does want to become a Disney Channel actress or become a Disney Channel actor, help them to keep that dream alive by having them develop skills and do things that could actually help them achieve that goal.
And remind your child that becoming a Disney Channel star is not something that happens quickly. If it is something they really want, they need to work hard to try to get it. And they need to be patient.
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