Your mother brings you into this world. No one knows you like she does. She knew you before you knew you. She knew what every cry meant, how to make you laugh, how to heal your boo boos and everything you loved to eat. She was in charge of your life and she made the decisions for you. She’s your best friend, your consultant, your enforcer, ATM and strength. There’s no wonder why she wouldn’t be the best person to manage your career.
There’s sound logic in a mother becoming their child’s manager. They know what’s best for their offspring and they don’t want any one steering them down the wrong path. However, when your child becomes your paycheck, do the lines of what’s best for the child and what’s best for the client become blurred?
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What’s appropriate as a parent and a manager? Many young stars were managed by their parents and later fired and resented their parents. Beyonce fired her father as her manager because she was ready for him to be her father, Drew Barrymore emancipated herself from her parents at a young age and Leighton Meester and her mother Constance were in a series of court battles concerning lawsuits of how much the momager was to get paid? It is clear why the relationships have to be kept separate between being a mother and being a manager but when you live with your job, is there such a thing? When do you put aside the work and mother your child? Are the ratings, endorsements, and publicity more important than the child’s wellbeing? Mothers often advise their cubs to stay kids as long as they possibly can to enjoy life and the freedom of immaturity but for the right price, can that change?
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