Why you don’t need fame to be special

Dear Daughter,

You don’t watch a ton of TV, but when you do, it’s usually tuned in to the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. The shows on these channels are fun, wholesome entertainment for kids, but there is definitely a pattern in them that makes me uncomfortable.

In almost every single show, at least one of the main characters is famous or has some sort of extraordinary talent. For example…

iCarly: Two high school girls host a web show that has millions of followers. And the main character, Carly, can sing.

Victorious: Tory is a drop dead gorgeous singer who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts. All of her friends can sing as well.

Sonny with a Chance: Sonny is a sweet Midwestern girl who moves to L.A. to star in a variety-type TV show. She, also, can sing.

Wizards of Waverly Place: A family of wizards tries to blend in with the real world but has a lot of mishaps doing so. The main character, played by Selena Gomez, can sing.

Big Time Rush: Four guys are selected to form a boy band and try to adjust to a new life of fame and fortune. Obviously, they can sing too.

Are you noticing a pattern here? While I think it’s great that Disney and Nickelodeon are discovering and raising up young talent, I don’t like that they’re doing so at the stake of impressionable children who are led to believe they’ll only be important if they have a good voice and/or become famous.

Daughter, I’m telling you now that there is probably a one in a gazillion chance you will become famous. Even if you had an amazing voice and acting ability, it’s not as easy to rise to stardom as Disney likes to make you believe. But I do want you to know that, even though you don’t have a web show or a variety TV show or are not a wizard, you are still extraordinary. You have the imagination that most people can only dream of, you are wise beyond your years, and you have a laugh that makes my heart sing. (And I’m pretty sure it sings better than Selena Gomez does.)

You don’t need fame and fortune to make you special. You’ve already become special on your own.

Love,
Mom

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