Does Your Teen Want to Be an Artist, Actor or Musician? Teach Them the Value of a Paycheck While Chasing Their Dreams by Amanda Condio

Opinion Teens
a year ago
Does Your Teen Want to Be an Artist, Actor or Musician? Teach Them the Value of a Paycheck While Chasing Their Dreams

Many teenagers who have been comfortably looked after by their parents often identify what industry they'd love to work in, no matter how competitive, and strive for that only. While chasing dreams is admirable, it can often neglect the reality of needing to keep up with the payments that aren’t as easy to meet. Pursuing a career as an actor, musician or artist is usually supplemented by a part- or full-time gig in bartending or hospitality, or another entry-level job that can provide them with a paycheck.

As an artist, this can be demotivating, to say the least. However, it’s important they go through this period to understand the exact value of working hard for what they get and the value of a paycheck. Teaching them your story and what they can expect, such as drawing up a mock income and expenditure lesson, may help them get to grips with the world they face in their late 20's. If attending college, it will also help them avoid the crushed feeling when they don’t ascertain their perfect job in the first days after graduation.

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