Mom! I Want to Be a Star
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This is the ultimate show-biz how-to guide for aspiring kids and their parents, written by Hollywood’s number-one kid-talent expert and executive producer for Disney, ABC, and the WB, Irene Dreayer (“the Dray”). As a thirty-year veteran of discovering kid stars and producing hit TV shows such as the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life on Deck and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as well as several TV movies, Dreayer has seen hundreds of kids try to make it in show business. Most parents and kids don’t understand the steps or how to navigate the ins and outs of the industry. Most make critical mistakes.
As Hollywood’s only trusted career coach for kid talent, Irene Dreayer developed the Dray Way (www.thedrayway.com) as her proven method for guiding show-biz kids and their parents on how to audition correctly, how to handle the business side, and how to deal with issues such as image and rejection. The Dray Way is her method for working with kids and training parents on how to pursue this business we call show in a strategic manner, the right way.
This book is designed as a workbook for parents and kids to do together. Every chapter explains, informs, and delivers the honest truth about specific aspects of the entertainment business and outlines the crucial information kids and parents need to learn as a family. Some chapters are designed exclusively for parents, but most are a family affair. The exercises in each chapter are to be completed by parents and kids in order to learn the skills required to be a better actor, singer, or dancer.
Mom! I Want to Be a Star is entertaining, fun to read, and a wonderful opportunity for families to explore together their child’s dream and desire to become a star.
“Irene Dreayer is a star maker. In my twenty years as a television show runner/Executive Producer, I have never met a warmer, more knowledgeable, more loving producer than Irene. She has a special magic with children, and the contacts, drive, and ability to take a talented child to stardom (while keeping the parents sane along the way!) She is wonderful in every way.” —Pamela Eells, creator and executive producer of the Disney Channel’s Jessie and executive producer of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck
“Irene was so instrumental in the launch of our careers as young actresses. She believed in us, when no one else did, and never let us down. She was not only just a producer but a ‘mom’ and a mentor . . . and helped us become who we are today.” —Tia and Tamera Mowry, stars of Style Network’s Tia & Tamara, Disney Channel’s Twitches, and the WB’s Sister, Sister
“Since the day I first met Irene, she’s been the best source of advice I’ve gotten. Whether professionally or artistically, ‘The Dray’ is always available to guide me through, and its been a blessing in more than one situation!” —Debby Ryan, star of the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life on Deck and Jessie
Irene Dreayer (“the Dray”) is Hollywood’s number-one kid-talent expert and trusted career coach for kid talent. She’s a thirty-year veteran of family programming, having produced six hundred hours of network TV and discovered some of the biggest kid stars in the business. The Dray is a longtime executive producer for the Disney Channel, the WB, and ABC Family. She executive produced the longest-running show on the Disney Channel, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as well as The Suite Life on Deck, and discovered the shows’ stars, Dylan and Cole Sprouse. Dreayer also discovered current Style Network stars Tia and Tamera Mowry as tweens to star in the WB series Sister, Sister, which she executive produced for seven seasons. Ms. Dreayer has also produced several TV movies, including the Suite Life on Deck movie for the Disney Channel, Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon for MGM, Disney Channel, and ABC Family, and Desperately Seeking Santa for ABC Family.