Amanda Bynes was a child actress who starred in shows like All That and The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon. Now, like so many other young stars, she’s continually in trouble with the law, her most recent infraction throwing a bong out of the 36th floor of an apartment building in Manhattan.
From Lindsay Lohan to that poor kid from A Christmas Story who ended up in porno, show business is ruthless to child stars. Wealth and fame at a young age obviously represent huge temptation. But I also wonder if there’s something about achieving a large amount of success at a young age that permanently stunts one’s growth.
Athletes are another example of this Peter Pan syndrome. The list of people who blow all their money and embroil themselves in sex scandals, drunk driving, and whatever else is too long to name here. When I look at the pitfalls associated with such success at a young age, I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t get anywhere near that level of success. It seems better for my long-term prospects.