Kids should have hobbies and pursue things that they think are important to them. That’s something most parents can agree with. But some parents push their kids to farther and farther heights so that it’s only a matter of time before a big fall. That’s the subject of the upcoming TLC docu-series “Raising Fame”, premiering August 7. The three teen girls and their mothers left the homes to move to Hollywood to try to make their dreams or stardom come true. But watching the trailer you have to wonder, whose dreams are these?
Amber, D’Lannie, and Presley and their moms have all left their homes to become famous. Presley, a punk girl who calls herself “the full package” left the Ozarks with her mom eight years ago and is still struggling to make it big. Amber, a thin, pretty 17-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama first came out to Hollywood to audition for “America’s Next Top Model” but when she didn’t make the cut, her mother pulled her out of school so she could continue to pursue modeling (and singing and acting). Singer D’Lannie, who in some press photos looks for all the world like an older Jonbenet Ramsey, has spent two years in LA working on her own singing career.
And then there are the moms. The girls want to make their dreams come true but in the trailer, their moms have more meltdowns than they do. D’Lannie’s mother makes their position real clear when she says, “You know how much money we poured into your career. We poor folk now.” According to Amber, her ambitious mother Shun wants her to be “super famous”; when Amber announces that for the camera, though, she doesn’t sound like she wants the same thing. But what’s saddest, and maybe sums up the series the most, is when D’Lannie says, “My childhood was taken by this industry. You don’t know what’s fun. You never get to have it.”
What do you think of these intense stage moms? Will you be tuning in?