Keeping Your Head in Your Acting Career

February 4, 2013

“I want to be known for the work I’ve done, as opposed to where I go on Saturday nights…I like to let loose just like anyone else, but I don’t want to be photographed doing it.” –Amanda Bynes

Former child star and A-list actress, Amanda Bynes, finds herself at the center of unbecoming media attention once again by allegedly receiving an eviction notice from her New York City apartment complex. This is the most recent debacle in a series of career mishaps for the enigmatic star after “retiring” from acting in 2010 following her performance in Easy A alongside her friend, Emma Stone. Subsequent to clipping the back of a police car in April 2012, Amanda was arrested for driving under the influence. And just months later, she was seen smoking from what’s alleged to be a marijuana pipe while driving on a suspended license, as well as reportedly violating various traffic laws–this just after being levied with two hit-and-run charges.

Amanda Bynes in All That

10-year-old Amanda rose to fame as a newcomer on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, All That. Her Ask Ashely skits, in which she portrayed a little girl with rage issues running an advice column, quickly became an audience favorite. Taking inspiration from Lucille Ball and Bette Midler, she showed tremendous promise as a comedic actress, and successfully made the jump from child to adult roles. Amanda went on to star in movies such as What I Like About You, She’s the Man, and Hairspray.

Unfortunately, Amanda’s fall from grace is all too familiar in Hollywood history. Just like her contemporary, Lindsay Lohan, it seems growing up in this industry increased the risk of suffering a deeply troubled adulthood.

What can a promising, aspiring actor do to avoid a similar fate? First off, realize the danger. This can happen to anyone given a measure of success, and the potentially resulting ego. Make sure with every career triumph, you remain humble, and remember success can be fleeting. Often times, the qualities that lead to affluence are quickly abandoned once the money starts rolling in. Most likely you will achieve your goals with hard work, preparation, a professional attitude, independence, and rocking your genuine self; keep in mind, these qualities will sustain you in the long run. Self-defeating and self-destructive forces have been known to crop up when you’re prevailing; so be cognizant of this pitfall and determine every day to rise above it. And if you’re not one of those people who tend to fall prey to such undermining forces, well, congratulations! You are secure and destined for success in whatever you endeavor!