Addressing Specific Challenges Faced by Stage Parents


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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

A partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, PC, for the past five years, Steven C. Beer has established a strong reputation in the media and entertainment sphere. The author of Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide, Steven C. Beer draws on his own experience as a stage parent.

In a 2015 article in the Huffington Post, Mr. Beer recounts having one of his sons earn a lead part in a traveling production of the Equity Playhouse Theater. At once, a host of new issues came to the fore, including questions as to how he and his wife would handle the supervision, housing, education, and compensation aspects of their 13 year old’s life.

A particular realization was that was that the rigors associated with a professional career at a young age bring numerous challenges. This is doubly true for those in the performing arts. While youth who pursue athletic careers follow a well-trod path, children in the performing arts do not have the school support network, camaraderie, and fan base that enable them to easily succeed and maintain balance.

Unlike sports parents, stage parents support their children in endeavors in which the competition is subtle but very real, as the children auditioning for roles are competing with each other, rather than banding together to contend a rival team. This has created the well-publicized archetype of the “bad stage parent.” This stereotype ignores the reality of the vast majority of stage parents wanting what is best for their son or daughter and needing the proper resources to enable this.


Laws Protecting Child Performers in New York State

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

Steven C. Beer serves as a media and entertainment attorney in the firm of Franklin Weinrib Ruddell and Vassallo in New York City. A partner in the firm, Steven C. Beer also stands out as the author of the 2015 book Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment – A Prudent Parent’s Guide.

Because child actors are not covered by federal labor laws, each state has the jurisdiction to enact any legislation it feels prudent to protect young performers. In the state of New York, any performer under the age of 18 must have a child performer permit to accept any role outside of an educational setting or private home. To obtain such a permit, the parents must provide written consent, proof of the child’s age, educational status verification, and a certificate stating that the child is sufficiently fit to perform his or her duties.

The parents of a child performer are also responsible for establishing a trust account in accordance with the Coogan Law of 1939. Named after former child star Jackie Coogan, the law classifies all of a child performer’s earnings as property of the child. It also requires 15 percent of said earnings to go into a qualifying trust account, which the child can access after he or she reaches adulthood.

Turning Talent into a Career-Where to Start

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

Based in New York, Steven C. Beer serves as partner at Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo. A distinguished media and entertainment attorney, Steven C. Beer is the author of Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide.

Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide was written to address the challenges parents face when they seek to transition their children’s talents from hobbies to full-time careers. The book guides parents through issues such as consulting the right professionals, choosing between an agent and a manager, preparing for auditions, proper managing of finances, statutory protections for children, and creating balance for the entire family.

A child’s happiness and health are two of the most important issues while transitioning to a full-time career in entertainment. The book brings to light the experiences of some of today’s top stars together with their parents in an effort to teach upcoming entertainers on how to balance their schoolwork with their career, how to avoid the bad habits associated with celebrity life, how to handle rejection, and how to stay healthy while managing their busy schedule.

All-time National Hockey League Goal Scorers

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

Steven C. Beer has served as a partner at Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo in New York City since 2012. Beyond his work as an attorney, Steven C. Beer enjoys staying active through ice hockey.

No player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) has scored more goals than Canadian forward Wayne Gretzky. Active from 1978 through 1999, Gretzky scored 583 goals with the Edmonton Oilers before ending his career with 894 total goals. Gretzky led the league in scoring five times in his career and recorded nine seasons of scoring at least 51 goals.

Gretzky is followed on the NHL scoring list by Gordie Howe. Howe spent 25 of his 32-season career with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring a total of 801 goals. Howe had a slower start to his goal-scoring career compared to Gretzky but soon amassed five league scoring titles of his own. He managed his decline better than Gretzky, scoring at least 15 goals in each of his last three seasons.

Additional scorers on the NHL all-time goals leader list include Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, and Marcel Dionne. With 611 goals, number 16 Jarome Iginla is the highest-ranked active player on the list.

Finding Directional Points Using Just the Sun

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Finding Directional Points

Steven C. Beer is an attorney and partner with Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo in New York City. When he is not working, Steven C. Beer enjoys staying active by hiking.

A compass and a map are two essential items for any hike. However, individuals should know how to handle themselves in the great outdoors should they find themselves bereft of either tool. The sun is one of the most valuable resources when it comes to navigating without a map or compass.

The sun only rises due east twice a year, so hikers must understand that there is more to reading direction based on the sun than following its trajectory through the sky. In June, the sun tends to rise from the northeast, while the sun will rise closer to southeast as the winter solstice draws nearer. However, following the sun’s path should generally lead hikers from east to west.

As the sun reaches its midday positioning in the sky, it can be difficult to determine in which direction it is headed. In order to overcome this obstacle, hikers can drive a stick in the ground and trace the arc of the stick’s shortest shadow. The arc will create a perfect north-south line, as defined by the point of the arc closest to the stick. With a perfect north-south line and an understanding of the sun’s east-to-west trajectory, hikers should be able to establish all four directional points even without a compass or map.

Rooftop Films Showcases Movie White Girl at Brooklyn Event

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Rooftop Films

A partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell and Vassallo, PC, Steven C. Beer works as a media and entertainment attorney for the New York City firm. Outside of the office, Steven C. Beer serves on the Board for Rooftop Films.

Established in 1997, Rooftop Films began atop an apartment building in Manhattan. Filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg sought a way to get individuals together for screenings of new short films. Instead of renting out a theater, he took his projector, a sound system, and a white sheet to show films on his apartment’s roof. Rooftop Films has grown in its past two decades, and in 2015 alone, the nonprofit brought more than 200 films to 30,000 people during the summer.

The Rooftop Films Summer Series is its core program and the only outdoor festival of its kind. It shows independent films in New York City from May through August, and after the show, attendees enjoy live music and questions and answers from the filmmakers. One of these films, White Girl, was shown on August 11, 2016, at the Bushwick Generator in Brooklyn. Doors opened at 7:30, followed by live music performed by cuddle formation. The 88-minute film began at 8:30, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker Elizabeth Wood.

Benefits of Trekking Poles


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Trekking Poles

A media and entertainment attorney based in New York City, Steven C. Beer is a partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. In his leisure time, Steven C. Beer enjoys hiking in the New York area.

Although casual hikes typically require only a day pack and a solid pair of shoes, trekking poles can significantly improve the hiking experience under certain circumstances. Trekking poles enable hikers to push against the ground with their arms, propelling them forward and upward. Not only does this make steep climbs much easier, but it also reduces strain on the knees, ankles, and feet. Indeed, studies suggest that trekking poles reduce compression strains on the knees by as much as 25 percent.

In addition to making the uphill climb easier, trekking poles can improve safety out on the trail. On unpredictable terrain like loose rocks and slippery river crossings, trekking poles add points of contact with the ground, increasing stability and decreasing the likelihood of a fall. Trekking poles can also be used to test new terrain without actually putting full body weight on it.