When we think of the idea of a
“working mom” or the “bring your kid to work”
concept, we are automatically taken to a traditional job setting. We
think of the positive impact it could have on the kid’s future
career choices. Not for one second do we believe this concept can apply
to non-traditional careers such as acting.
Living in Pittsburgh, I quickly learned while transitioning from an
engineering job to working-actress-mom that I was working against many
myths. Since I know how much we like lists, I will go ahead and list
Myth #1 - You can’t go from an office job to a career in entertainment
after having kids, especially if you live in Pittsburgh.
Myth #2 - An acting career will limit the time you spend with your children.
Myth #3 - You are going to destroy your kid’s future if you get
them involved in the entertainment industry. You will narrow their opportunities.
As mothers, we tend to look at what benefits our kids first. We want
to make sure they are okay and at the same time that they learn to work
hard for what they want and never settle for what society thinks they
should do with their lives.
As I moved forward, I realized there are many benefits that directly
impact my kids during this transition, especially because we
live in Pittsburgh.
Myth-buster #1 - Living in Pittsburgh, PA, is actually the beauty of
this transition. As I became more involved in the acting community,
my kids have started to become a part of it as well, thanks to the amazing
people I have the pleasure to work with. The kids have had the chance
to start to develop their skills in a “friendlier” acting
community as compared to what it would be like in NYC or LA.
Myth-buster #2 - Given the non-traditional ways of an acting career,
I have been able to spend more time at home with the kids and/or I can
take my kids to work very often. They get to watch “Mami”
at work. I have also had the opportunity to work with my kids. They
have been part of my photoshoot sessions or movie scenes. (Can’t
say the same from when I had an office job).
Myth-buster #3 - Exposing my kids to more than just the careers my husband
and I chose is the goal. They will be heavily influenced by the various
activities in the Pittsburgh area, including the technology field and
the wide range of activities in the arts. Exposing them to the different
options earlier in life will actually help their decision as opposed
to narrow it, whether they decide to go for a traditional career such
as engineering or non-traditional one such as acting.
In the end, all we want for our kids is a better quality of life, a
better development, and a better understanding of hard work and pursue
of happiness. Who is with me?!
Cindy Fernndez-Nixon is a working actor, producer, voice-over
artist, TV/radio host, and spokesperson.