Being a child star comes with its fair share of downsides, and Alyson Stoner wants us to be aware of Alyson’s first big gig was on Cheaper by the Dozen, which premiered around the world in 2003 when she was only 10 years old Now 27, she looks back on her career and the tumultuous side effects in the spotlight from an early age can have on child actors

The actor – known since for his roles in Camp Rock and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as well as for voicing Isabella in the popular cartoon Phineas and Ferb – and the musician spoke about her journey as a child star in a new essay for People, describing some of his experiences as “heartbreaking” and detailing the power play dynamics prevailing in the industry His essay, titled The Toddler to Trainwreck Industrial Complex, details how industry pressure ignores often the actual needs of child actors, leading to more serious issues such as psychological challenges and, in her own experience, eating disorders and rehabilitation (Alyson had also opened up about his experiences with depression, anxiety and erectile dysfunction on social media.)

“Nothing was designed to make me end up … ‘Normal” “Stable’ Alive, ‘writes Alyson,” [The pipeline from toddler to train wreck] is expertly built and locked in. censoring the damage that happens behind the scenes, nurturing lifestyles and ambitious results, then watching young lives tragically implode”

Throughout the essay, Alyson reflects on a series of events that, in hindsight, she says, helped shape her personal development, leading to cognitive dissonance Beginning with hearing at the age of six years in which she was to portray “being kidnapped and raped” Moments later, she headed for another audition for a “princess toy commercial”

“These visceral representations of scenarios are engraved in my body memory and are accompanied by traumas occurring in real life behind closed doors. Additionally, there is an alarming dissonance over being coached to offer my 6 year old vulnerable vulnerability to unknown adults who have power over my future well-being and livelihoods, ” she writes “Developmentally, my perceptions of basic safety, healthy relational attachment, and awareness of my surroundings are very impressionable Cognitively, I’m just starting to understand the difference between the real and the imaginary and my system nervous prints patterns that will subconsciously dictate my behavior personally, socially and professionally for decades”

Alyson also refers to “child labor laws” in the essay, saying the conditions set are “inappropriate and dangerous” and revealing that some officers even encouraged her “to consider early emancipation so that I can work longer “to” increase my hiring capacity “

“In just over a decade, the tentacles of the industry have suffocated and destroyed my family, with each member having their own struggles All of this dynamic can distort and exhaust even the healthiest of humans Yet each of us is forced to maintain a veneer, lest a negative press reach our door The show really never stops “, she continues” Then it hits me My childhood is officially gone “

To avoid such precarious situations, Alyson suggests, among other things, that mental health and open conversation should be a priority and that regulations regarding children’s entertainment should be put in place.

“There are very few resources to help people discover and understand the implications of a star-studded children’s culture, whether you are the child, parent, agent, or the public,” a- she writes “Solutions like mental health practitioners and industrial literacy classes are the next easy steps. Although I’m not without scars and ongoing struggles, I’m still one of the lucky ones. I had access to a therapist who saw beyond the enchantment of fame and taught me how to rehabilitate my body safely “

“I believe everyone deserves to feel safe, comfortable and confident in their mind and body, especially vulnerable young people with fewer tools to navigate daily life,” said she concluded “No matter what has happened to you, there is a way to reconnect with yourself and take your story, voice and authority back as your own. [] For people who click on the Where are they now articles, I’m here We’re here It’s your first time reading my story, but it’s our millionth time you’ve been wondering to listen “

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