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Answers to our readers questions regarding the unique pressures faced by child and teen actors.

7 02, 2017

READ THESE 10 TIPS CHILD ACTORS’ PARENTS

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: HOW TO BECOME A CHILD ACTOR, Parents of Child Actors, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Read These 10 Tips Child Actors' Parents - Especially those who pull double duty as their child's management. West Coast Counseling Center of Los Angeles specializes in working with the unique and underlying set of issues that arise for Child Actors (and Child Actors' Parents') working in the entertainment industry. Sometimes WCCC of Los Angeles consults with a private acting

1 12, 2015

Counselors Corner: Child Actors Handling Audition Rejection

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Audition Tips, Auditions, THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner, THE HOLLYWOOD LIFE|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Child Actors Handling Audition Rejection & Anxiety was an article Hollywood Mom Blog originally posted 5 years ago - but it's just as appropriate today.  You get the call. Your agent says "Your daughter is perfect for it," or "Your son is exactly what they are looking for."  You and your child both begin to

13 02, 2015

Top 10 Reality Checks for Hollywood Moms

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: Parents of Child Actors, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Remember that you are still the parent and it is important for your child to see you in a role undiminished by the presence of any other authority figure in their life. Remind your child that you hold the space where they can come and reveal anything, including things that others might be saying or doing to them that they wouldn’t want to disclose to anyone else. Have clear integrity in this. If you tell your child to come to you with everything, make sure when they do that you are receptive, loving and non-judgmental.

15 12, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Top 7 Tips to AVOID Child Actor EGO!

By | December 15th, 2014|Categories: Cautionary Tales, CHILD ACTORS, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

PUBLISHED MARCH 2014 Over the past few months as we have watched Justin Bieber become embroiled in various types of legal trouble, and we’ve wondered what effect it has on his young fans.  We went straight to the source surveying our child, pre-teen and teen readers to find out. You will see the results of that

16 06, 2014

COUNSELOR’S CORNER: Top 5 DO and DON’TS for #MOMAGERS and #POPAGERS

By | June 16th, 2014|Categories: HOW TO BECOME A CHILD ACTOR, Parents of Child Actors, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

COUNSELOR’S CORNER: DO AND DON’TS FOR MOMAGERS AND POPAGERS West Coast Counseling and Group Therapy Center specializes in working with the unique and underlying set of issues that arise in individuals and families that work in the entertainment industry. They sometimes consult with Matisha Baldwin,  a private coach/consultant to parents of children in all stages of their careers

25 09, 2013

COUNSELOR’S CORNER: Confronting Chaos; Lindsay Lohan’s Next Step @westcoastcenter @lindsaylohan @oprah

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

*As we were about to publish this edition of Counselors Corner on Lindsay Lohan last week, several incidents occured which couldn't go without acknowledgement. On Sept. 12, 2013, Lohan's mother Dina, 50, was arrested for speeding and DWI.  In court today, Sept. 25, 2013, with her own mother Ann Sullivan by her side, Dina pled

29 08, 2013

COUNSELOR’S CORNER: When Former Child Stars Break Down Publicly, It’s A Cry For Help! @wcccla @amandabynes

By | August 29th, 2013|Categories: Former Child Stars, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner, Then & Now|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

UPDATE: TMZ reported Friday that a judge ruled that Amanda's doctors' hold can be extended up to a year, but according to sources it is unlikely that she will be held for that duration. The plan is to keep her for 60 more days until she is stable and then release her to her Hollywood Mom Lynn

1 12, 2012

MENTAL HEALTH: 15 Signs Your Child Actor is in Crisis and What to Do About It!

By | December 1st, 2012|Categories: CHILD ACTORS, Child Stars, In the News, RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner, Then & Now|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

There is no shortage of stories about American child actors whose lives have spiraled out of control or of the tragic lives of former child stars as adults.  On a weekly basis, we read about a volatile young performer whose issues are laid bare for all to see and hear.  For instance, in October, 14

17 11, 2012

COUNSELOR’s CORNER: ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Anxiety! Top 7 Tips for Helpful and Healthy Holiday Strategies

By | November 17th, 2012|Categories: RESOURCES (For Your Actor), THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year in which we come together with loved ones, expressing gratitude, exchanging gifts and sharing hopes for the future. Regrettably, many of us miss out on the happiness that the holidays have to offer, as the season is known for triggering anxiety and depression. Shopping for

24 05, 2010

Counselors Corner: Do Child & Teen Actors Abuse Drugs & Alcohol More Often Than Other Kids?

By | May 24th, 2010|Categories: THE BUZZ, The Counselors Corner|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Dear Jody and Cindy, Are child actors more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than the general public or do we just hear about them more because they are famous? Dad of 2, Sherman Oaks, CA Child actors tend to be exposed earlier to drugs and alcohol due to the abundance and accessibility of substances