[Harp-L] Re: The kid who could play Don Les
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Re: The kid who could play Don Les
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- Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:15:06 -0400
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Happens far too often. I wasn't around SPAH back when these two kids were
there, but did produce the Youth Showcase for a large music festival for
many years Many of the kids were a genuine pleasure to have on the stage,
when it went the other way and a kid had a swollen head or seemed burned
out, in nearly every case it was traceable to issues with their parents.
My daughter played competitive volleyball all the way up through NCAA D1.
Saw the same cause & effect from coaches who were more concerned with
their own fame than with the well being of the atheletes, and from parents who
thought their kid walked on water. One of my nieces was on an
international gymnastics team, she was pushed relentlessly by her mom, who was
convinced that her daughter was the second coming of Nadia Comaneci... the poor
kid was miserable.
When I have a young performer scheduled I try to have a conversation with
the parents about the importance of their role. The way they interact with
producers, the other musicians, agents and studios can have a profound
effect on a child's development as a musician, and upon the willingness of
others to work with them.
Staging & Production - SPAH
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