#54 Is Show Biz Bad For Kids? (Child Stars to Porn Stars)

0 Posted by - September 17, 2009 - 30 in 30, Pt. 3, Entertainment & Celebrities, News & Current Events

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Before I get started, I’d like to announce that this is my 500th blog entry here on NakedWithSocksOn.com. The site has accomplished a lot over the course of the last year, two months and 13 days, none of which would be possible without your contributions. Thanx to everyone that continually chime in on the daily conversations, spread the word about the site and helped Wet Wednesdays (which returns September 30th) win a 2009 Black Weblog Award.

Furthermore, I truly appreciate the fact that you guys and gals don’t place me in a box and allowed me to express myself differently during this year’s blog marathon. Speaking of which, there’s only three days and six more blogs left. Let’s get it.

A couple weeks ago, the Internet was abuzz over a video of former In the House co-star Maia Campbell displaying erratic behavior. Rumors began to swirl that she was on drugs, prostituting herself and either schizophrenic or bipolar. The fact of the matter is that Maia was just a young woman desperately in need of help, something fellow blogger, GangStarGirl, discussed on her site. CLICK HERE.

Thankfully, once all the harsh criticism and online sneering settled down, the former actress reportedly checked in to a treatment center to deal with her bipolar disorder and drug addiction. While I’ve yet to come across any solid proof regarding prostitution, there is documentation of Maia doing a porn movie and THIS topless singing rendition.

I always thought Maia was a beautiful woman with a promising career ahead of her. It’s so sad that in the wake of (or perhaps even before) her mother’s death—author Bebe Moore Campbell—in 2006, no one around Maia saw fit to look out for her. People merely took advantage of someone that was mentally and emotionally ill.

Earlier today I was reminded of another promising child actress that got sucked up by the wrong crowd. Few may recall Jamiee Foxworth’s name, but she played Judy, the youngest daughter of the Winslows, on Family Matters. After falling out of the limelight, Jamiee found herself doing porn movies as a means of supporting herself. Now, 29, she’s sharing her story as part of TV One’s series, Life After: Jamiee Foxworth, which will air this Sunday (September 20th at 10pm EST).

I just find it disheartening that two beautiful women with seemingly bright futures ahead of them could wind up in such dark places. I’m not passing judgment on anyone that willing chooses to enter into that lifestyle—if that’s your thing do you—it’s just that goes to show that fame and money are not automatic guarantees for happiness.

There are countless women (and men) who travel down similar paths each day, Maia and Jamiee’s stories just happen to have had happier beginnings than endings. I just hope both women find their way back on the straight and narrow. That instead of being labeled child stars or porn stars that they just get to be stars in life.

Do you feel that child stars have a difficult time dealing with reality after the fame? Would you want your child to be involved on show business at an early age? What do you think of shows like Toddlers & Tiaras where the parents force their kids to perform? What did you think when you heard about Maia and Jamiee’s situations? Do you think it’s a matter of having the wrong people around you? Would you rather be broke and happy or rich and miserable?

Speak your piece…

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  • EmotionalFUnk

    I don’t know if child stars have a rough time transition to not be a star but there are just as many who don’t go down the wrong path just as there is that do.

    As for Maia what is there to really say? She suffers from mental illness and mental illness is not curable, you can’t can’t blame Hollywood for mental illness. But Jaime well her butt was of age and she needs to quit fronting like she didn’t know what she was doing. She did a porno and she wanted to. No one made her go from a bikini to naked to screwing on film. Sometime some people are so full of it and instead of just saying that’s what I wanted to do they try to get sympathy and have you believe they were duped! She said the lady told her she was pretty, lol. I guess is that all it takes to get her to do what you want her to do. Hell, I’m gonna need to get in contact with her and tell her she pretty too so she’ll give me her pin number to her ATM card.

    Hell she wasn’t bugging when she cashed them checks just that people recognized her.

  • GV1584

    Wow 500 posts!! Congrats! Well here’s a toast to the next 500! 

    As for the topic, I think it’s really hard for anyone who has become accustomed to a certain standard of lifestyle, getting heaps of attention and earning crazy money to go back to a regular life. To some extent it’s possibly worse for children because once they have all that so young and it suddenly stops that’s probably when they turn to other means. I guess all the fame and attention becomes sort of like a drug so settling for a regular job probably won’t cut it for them.

    I would only support my child in show business if they had mad talent. That probably sounds harsh but these days everybody wants to be famous and short lived careers are the reason why people turn to the dark side afterwards. I would never force my child to do anything they didn’t want to, let alone force them to perform. Putting that kind of pressure on a child just messes with their minds at such a young age.

    I definitely think it’s all about having the right people around you. Case in point: Britney and Beyonce. Two major celebs of the same age who both started out in show biz at an early age, yet one seemed to go through some quarter life crisis while the other is living a seemingly perfect life! I truly think that’s down to the family and friends they choose to surround themselves with. The Knowles family definitely don’t play! Lol! 

    Since I always think happiness is a choice, I couldn’t be rich and miserable…I would choose to be happy (and rich)! Lol! Ok ok seriously, there’s no point having money and being miserable so I’d probably have to go with broke and happy.       

  • Courtneyr

    I’m praying for Maia.I read that before her mother passed away,author BeBe Moore Campell who wrote about a family member having mental problems in a book that she titled called 72 Hour hold.Her mother was always their for her to make sure Maia was getting the help she needed and taking her medication.I think her passing had a huge impact on Maia going off the meds and not keeping her condition under control.Not to mention people who may have been opportunistic by maybe aiding in not watching over her.Yes shes a grown woman who’s responsible for her decisions.But when one is sick,do you sit back and watch the destruction or do you try to get that person help?As much as I detest the gentlemen in one of the videos video taping her,in a way,it was a blessing.So many people saw it and because of that,people who truly cared about what would happen to her stepped up to help.I’ve read that shes in treatment getting the help she deserves and needs.We’ve lost alot of people in 2009.We don’t need to lose anymore especially when it can be prevented.Maia is a beautiful talented human being and its unfortunate that she has to deal with being sick.But their are people who do care.Im rooting for Maia and praying for her.

  • Elle

    Well, “the prettiest people do the ugliest things”, right. Wasn’t it her in that video? How ironic.

    Some people are not made for show business. Sadly, some of these people have the talent for it though. But talent isn’t enough. Having worked behind the scenes of the business for a little while, I had to quit. For the same reason: I am not made for it. I am not cut throat. I am not willing to compromise certain things. Call me weak, call me too sensitive. Either way, in order for me to protect myself and parts of my sanity, I had to become somebody I didn’t like and could only take it for so long. Hadn’t I made this choice, God knows where I’d be right now, maybe some sort of rehab or the mental ward. It’s a combination of having the right people around you as well as coming to grips with reality and admitting when you’re not made for something.

    I’d try my best to support my child in case he/she has the talent and the determination. But I’d strictly control the route that is being taken and the boundaries within which he/she’d operate.

    I’d rather be rich – miserable or not – cause I could buy my way to happiness, even if it’s just temporary.

  • Slim Jackson

    I hate to say it, but I think Michael Jackson is perhaps thee example of what childhood showbiz can do to someone…

  • DC Man With a Plan

    Congrat’s on the 500th blog and congrat’s for 30 in 30…U home free now, cuz one more night and you’re gonna be able to proudly proclaim you did the damn thing! And I’m sure, as you ease back into a more normal routine, something’s you will no longer do, other things only in moderation and you will find yourself better off for the experience.

  • Mz. Ashley

    500 blogs…wow that takes a lot of dedication, your blogs are so touching and entertaining….I just want to say thank you.

    I believe that child stars always end up down a bad path. Hollywood is not a place where a child needs to be. Have you ever heard of what Drew Barrymore went through? She was an alcoholic and doing coke at 14! Childhood stars are just exposed to a lot of “grown” things. OMG!!! That show Toddlers & Tiaras is CRAAAAAZY! Those mom are teaching there daughters all wrong. I would never ever push my child to do that. THose little girls are going to grow up and be like damn i missed out on my childhood. I gotta turn the tv asap when that show comes on. lol

    May sound stupid but i always say ” I would rather be broke and happy then rich and sad!”

    @ELLE >>>“the prettiest people do the ugliest things”>>>>> THIS IS SOOOO TRUE!

  • dootiehole

    i’m just waiting to see if “Rudy Huxtable” accepts the offer to pose for playboy. :)

  • Chrystal

    Maia Campbell is mentally ill, and should have someone helping her to look out for herself and her daughter. While off her meds she may not be as responsible for her actions as should would be if she were on her meds.
    As far as Jaimee Foxworth is concerned she got put on blast in the tabloids which is why she even stopped whoring (aka porn) around. But she did what she did for money – she thought she was too FAMOUS to get a regular job, & didn’t want to give up the lifestyle she could no longer afford. She should be mad at her mother for living off her & not managing her money. Prayerfully she & her baby’s daddy will remain off drugs and take care of the children better than they seem to have been.

  • Chrystal

    Ooops “her actions as should would be if she were on her meds.” that should read “her actions as she would be if she were on her meds.”