BEDFORD-KATONAH, NY—The title of Denise Simon’s book, “Parenting in the Spotlight: How To Raise A Child Star Without Screwing Them Up,” might make you think that raising a child actor is a risky proposition. Not so, says Simon, there’s a lot parents can do to ensure their child actor grows up to be a happy, healthy adult.
During Simon’s 30 years as an acting coach, personal talent manager, and director, specializing in child actors, she has encountered parents who discouraged their child’s desire to act.
“When a child has that dream it’s important to understand how that’s in their DNA, to accept and nurture it,” said Simon. “Young actors don’t have to study acting to become professionals, but as a way to express themselves. I’ve interviewed child actors who became chefs, doctors, lawyers whose confidence increased because of the training and exposure.”
Wanting to spend more time with her own children eventually prompted Simon to stop managing talent and focus on being a coach….