You always want your children to have fulfilling lives, doing the things they enjoy and feel most passionate about. You also want to be sure they are realistic. My son Jarrod is a phenomenal musician. I try not to brag, but sometimes I just can't help myself! Over the weekend, Roger and I watched him play in the pit band for a musical. It was the first time for him. Usually he's onstage acting and singing or playing with this band. But he wanted to try this experience. After spending a brief few weeks studying the piano score, he played as if he'd done this countless times before. We were so proud.
Sometimes when I watch him play, hear him sing and listen to his compositions, I wonder if he has chosen the correct path studying biology in college. But I also realize that it is very difficult to make it in the world of show business with such fierce talent and competition out there. There are hundreds and hundreds of out of work actors and musicians that are just as good if not better than some of the most successful performers. It's a struggle for so many.
A friend once sad, “talent will not be denied”. So Jarrod doesn't have to give up his passion for music. If he becomes successful at it, then who am I to argue? Let it be so. But if it doesn't happen, at least Jarrod can have a career that will help pay the bills and give him some stability. He understands that and so far he's on a path that he's excited about. And we all agree that music is something that can always be shared, whether it's done professionally or not.
Have you had this issue in your family? Did you have a talented child who wanted to become an athlete or performer? How did you handle it? I'd love to know your thoughts.
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