Raising a CHILD ACTOR? Join Editor Tracy Bobbitt’s HOLLYWOOD MOM BLOG!
HOLLYWOOD MOM BLOG (HMB) was created more than a decade ago to help parents of professional and aspiring child actors navigate parenting their rising stars amidst the unique landscape of the entertainment industry. HMB’s mission is to be a positive community, forum, news outlet and trusted information resource for all matters related to the lives of child actors.
Hollywood Mom Blog is the brainchild of Tracy Bobbitt, who has her finger firmly on the pulse of the entertainment industry as it relates to child actors, their parents and our hectic lives in the glamor capital of the USA. With a background in writing, film production, design, marketing and as spouse of a multi-award-winning Film Maker, and now as a talent manager, Tracy is more than qualified to helm the tour on your ride through La La Land. Even if you don’t live in Hollywood, when you find yourself supporting your child’s passion to perform professionally, YOU too are a HOLLYWOOD MOM.
Founder/Editor Tracy Bobbitt
Coming from a background in film production, I’d met many actors and a handful I consider close friends. But I was still caught off guard when my daughter declared she wanted to work in the industry herself. Accompanying my kiddo on auditions, working with agents, managers, casting and hanging on set as a “Mom” instead of as a crew member, all added up to a journey worth documenting. I immediately realized that all parents and professionals had unique stories to tell, and vital information to share and my little old “blog” blossomed into a thriving community: The HMB family. That’s the cliff notes version of how HollywoodMomBlog.com came to be back in 2009.
So much has changed over the last decade and, like the film and television industry itself, I split my time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. I can tell you firsthand that while the markets on the two coasts differ, as Walt Disney famously said, “It’s a Small World After All.” Atlanta is populated with L.A. transplants, both temporary and permanent. Sensing a need to bridge the gap between the coasts, I launched the Atlanta shingle of Brilliant Talent Management. Much to everyone’s surprise, while I do represent child actors, most of my clients are the grown-up variety.
These days, I don’t write articles often but you can find posts daily on
HMB’s Facebook Fan Page:
I continue to serve, as I have for 10 plus years, on the Advisory Board for The Actors Fund’s “Looking Ahead” program – an amazing organization that serves professional young SAG-Aftra performers and their families and helps them to thrive amid the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry.
I’m honored to serve on The Looking Ahead Advisory Board alongside industry notables: Corbin Bleu, Sharon Lieblein, Cindy Osbrink, Judy Taylor, Olivia Aaron, Christopher M. Allport, Scott Appel, Ashley Argota, Cynthia Bain, Adam Bennett , Elizabeth Boykewich, Cheryl Diamond, Ilene Graff, Darby Hinton , James Blakely, Carol Lynn Sher, Karla Huff, Heather Marcus, Jacky Olitsky, Lisa Rapport, Ph.D, Michael Rosenfeld, Josh Rudoy, Fatna Sallak-Williams, and Angela Williams.
Lastly, I continue to run the thriving Hollywood Mom Blog facebook fan page and private facebook groups. I could not do this without the tireless efforts of fabulous Hollywood Mom Co-Admins and Moderators:
Lisa Pitts, D’ann Gimenez, Elizabeth Paddock, and Chris Thompson. Thank you!
Hollywood Mom Elizabeth Paddock is a clinical social worker turned stay-at-home mom to identical twin boys, child actors Caleb and Matthew. She writes for the medical television show “Ask. Dr. Nandi,” and home schools her sons. The boys have worked steadily in film, television and voice over. Elizabeth is chronicling her Hollywood adventures on HMB’s “Momagers in the Trenches,” column.
HMB Contributor, Caroline Gerasimovich, is a Hollywood Mom to three beautiful child actor/models Alexa (“All My Children”), Ashley (“The Detour”) and Erin (“Delivery Man” & “Prisoners”), who each work in film, television, commercials and print. You can follow her in HMB’s “From The Momager Trenches.”
Nyna Lyle is a contributing writer and photographer for HMB. She is also the Hollywood Mom of young actress Emma Rayne Lyle (Mr. Mercedes). Emma is one of Young Hollywood’s hottest up & comers. Nyna and family reside on the east coast and while they travel, Emma is the perfect example of a having thriving career without leaving the comforts of home.
Suzette Troche Stapp is Hollywood Mom to two successful child stars, Merit (Alexa& Katie) and Marlowe (Fresh Off The Boat), a talented professional photographer and manages to find time to contribute photos and event coverage at Hollywood Mom Blog. In a word, she’s AWESOME.
Valerie Sullivan is Hollywood Mom of actor Cody Sullivan (Sharp Objects). Valerie is a valuable contributor to HMB and sage voice of reason in all matters “Professional Child Actor” and has long served as an Admin for HMB’s Facebook groups. We are so grateful to have her. After retiring from the Air Force in 2004, Valerie received her Real Estate Broker’s license and opened her own brokerage. That business is currently on hold while she manages her son’s blossoming acting career full-time.