Actors and singers aren’t required to live their lives as a good example for young people, but it sure is a lot easier when one doesn’t have to explain to a child why their favorite entertainer is behind bars. Actors and singers back in the 50s were so much more straight laced. However, they just really had better “handlers” and image makers. A star might have drank, but no one ever photographed it. Lindsay Lohan would never have left a train wreck in her wake, because she would have had a very strict group of people surrounding her, or you just wouldn’t see it in the papers…unless that was the image that was required.
It is refreshing to see that there are a few bands and singers that the 8 to 12 year old neighbors and nephews are into that are in to promoting volunteerism and charity work instead. Selena Gomez, Logan Henderson from Big Time Rush (both the name of the Nickelodeon show and the band resulting from it) and others headed up a Unicef benefit concert a few months ago, which is still a large children’s charity. The effort raised funds for the Tap project that brings fresh drinking water to children in areas that do not have a clean source.
In addition, Henderson and costar/bandmate Kendall Schmidt have designed a special guitar for Fender to benefit the Fender Music Foundation. The foundation gives grants to projects that makes music education accessible and helps retain music education in schools. While music is often cut, it is vitally important. Not only has it been proven that children who learn to read music and play an instrument are better at math, but it can be a stress reliever, a way for children with challenges to learn to communicate as well as reduces truancy. Many musicians have said that it also kept them out of trouble.
While many artists do give to charities, when someone achieves success at a young age, keeping others in mind helps the individual maintain an even balance with fame.