What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a nurse. It didn't pan out. Of course, it's not like my mom is Florence Nightingale.
We hear a lot from famous people's parents about how their kids were natural performers, loved attention, and used to pretend everything was a microphone.
I believe there is such a thing as star-quality, charisma, or stage presence but guess what? Every kid is a natural performer, loves attention, and pretends everything is a microphone.
I have 4 shy, introverted kids who will almost surely grow up not to be actors or singers—And they do all of this too.
Allison Williams of Girls, (I don't watch it but I'm intrigued by it and I've read a lot of TV criticism on it) said in Harpers Bazaar, “My childhood was stamped with this one certainty, that I knew what I wanted to be, which I realize now was very unusual. Most of my friends are still figuring it out. I only knew one other kid like me; she wanted to be a singer, and in first grade we’d have sleepovers, and she dressed up like a Beatle and I dressed up like Marilyn Monroe.”
She's certainly no slouch, she went to Yale. I liked her on the Mindy Project. I just think stars are so often out of touch.
I know many driven, passionate, failing actors. They have wanted to be actors since they were little, too. Most people do want to be famous when they are little. It's not that unique. Some of those people stick with it and work hard and/or get lucky and some of those people have Brian Williams as their dad.
At least Allison Williams acknowledges this, “It is apparent to anyone that there are fewer steps between me and Hollywood than there are for the average person. But at some point you are asked to stand and deliver, and people can be pretty ruthless in their judgment toward people like me… I operate with this sense of needing to live up to what I am asking of people. I am, by far, my own worst critic.”
I don't think I'm being ruthless in my judgment toward her. It just seems rude to say that about your childhood friends. That's all. Like they are slackers or something.
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