So, an 11-year-old singer is now getting a taste of stardom and the impact it can have on a life. I brought this up at the dinner table with some family friends this past weekend–because I haven’t watched the show!– and they said that she was already (even before she won) acting the part of a diva.
What an amazing gift– to have a voice that makes people want to take lessons and practice. What a talent to have at that age the ability and wherewithal to stand in front of cameras and an audience and bear your soul and sing out. But at what price? In the grand scheme of things, those that are popular now may be popular in a few years, but they may not. Stardom does not last, and though it might provide a good income for a little while, what is the price?
She has many decisions to make here. I believe there was a cash prize (which may not be the full $1,000,000 right up front). She has to decide what to do with it. Once she has the prize and all the people clamoring for her to appear, she has to decide what she’ll do. Being 11, there are options, but she’s still learning what it is to be a kid, a teen, and a woman. At this age, this child could really be messed up– given incorrect ideas what to value, and placing an undue burden on her family and those around her.
Talking with a friend last week, he said that he would want to be rich– but unknown. He wouldn’t want to have to duck paparazzi or not be able to do the normal things in life. It’s a hard life being a celebrity, as this girl will soon find out. Is she in a position to make a decision like this that will last a life time? Will her parents truly grasp what kinds of things will have to be decided quickly and that will have an effect on not only her career and future life, but thier relationship with her?