Oh the joys of these You Tube sensations that our kids call "celebrities." Do your kids talk about any of them? Some of them are decent enough, and my twelve year old daughter will be the first in line to tell you how amazing Cameron Dallas or JC Caylen are. Never heard of them? Try living with a twelve year old!
I don't know that any of them really has any talent other than finding a fan base in tween girls, which prods them to post even more You Tube videos so that eventually they can be contacted by a PR company that is smart enough to say, "Hey, what if you did this crap on a stage and we charged ridiculous amounts of money for it?" Bingo! I confess, I am one of the mothers who has shelled out more than a few dollars for her daughter to have the "experience of a lifetime," at least according to said twelve year old.
Exhibit A - Noelle and Cameron Dallas.
This picture came by way of tickets, VIP passes, standing outside in San Francisco for six hours with homemade signs and tee shirts, and then following my kid through a sweaty mess of tweens for meet and greets, signed posters, "merch" shopping and a show. I was in so much pain (thank you Plantar Fasciitis in my feet) and quite deaf by the end of the day.
But you know what? She was happy. She went home with wonderful memories and stories to share, making all of it worthwhile. Would I do it again? Maybe not THAT show, but we are heading down to Los Angeles this summer for another show of another "celebrity" that she adores. I managed to score front row SEATS (actual seats this time) so she can yell and scream and ooh and ahh, whilst I SIT in my SEAT with my iPad. Maybe the show will be fun for me too, but mostly I'm looking forward to a getaway with my daughter to southern CA. I can't put a price on that.