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Over an eight year span this site said Hello to a half-million visitors. Last year’s traffic increased dramatically as the same worries we’ve expressed countless times when it comes to professional young performers began to manifest themselves in utterly innocent reality show children whose parents, for fame, for money, perhaps for validation, literally put them on fame’s railroad tracks with no idea that the Super Chief was bearing down on them. 100,000 visitors arrived here last year, most of them driven by an anxiety that had no name, people who instinctively shared our concern as the widely broadcast meltdowns of reality show families bought and paid for by arrogant networks that would have us believe that the uncompensated children on their artificially contrived reality shows live in a bubble world and will be untouched by their notoriety. We know better, and so do you. Too many parents don’t understand that industry people and their hirelings don’t mind earning dirty money. Our concern is the mess they leave behind in the lives of both the children they exploit on camera and the children who watch their mindless product.

"A Minor Consideration" is a non-profit, tax-deductible foundation formed to give guidance and support to young performers, Past, Present and Future. Child Stars must pick their parents with care. Family Education is the key ingredient to a productive future. The members of AMC are always "on call" to assist parents and their professional children on a 'No Cost basis.' By providing a strong emphasis on education and character development, plus helping to preserve the money these children generate, the members of AMC are always available to help with the tricky Transition issues that for many kid stars prove to be so troubling. We've "been there, done that." Our lessons were earned, not imagined. TO DONATE, CLICK HERE. THANKS.

Paul, along with Rep. Thomas Murt and others, celebrating the Pennsylvania Labor Bill legislative victory.

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Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz comes to AMC after a memorable run as a child actor. Scott has been in showbiz since March of 1977 and has worked with such icons as Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Liza Minelli, Richard Donner & Johnny Depp. From having co-starred in "The Toy" and "A Christmas Story" to being on Broadway, over 200 on/off camera commercials, episodic work, Scott never left the business but as with most former child actors, the business sort of left him. Scott's ... more >>

Easing Me Out

Momentary Melancholy

I suppose I should be rejoicing as the time for turning over the reins of A Minor Consideration draws nigh, but there is a clutch in my heart when I contemplate my senior years without AMC. Not that my life’s passion will ever evaporate. A commitment of this magnitude doesn’t just up and disappear…, however, the time has come, something I realized in full measure during my recent road trip with my wife, best pal and boon companion, Rana Platz-Petersen, RN who will retire in 23 months.

I am tired, my friends, and just months away from my 69th birthday. What did I mean to do with the past 24 years if not solidify the sense of community ALL kid actors, knowingly or not, necessarily share? This mission has never been about me. My childhood can never be recaptured. This fight has always been about working kids in Show Business, the most visible children in the world. They give so much, and give up so much in pursuit of that illusory thing called ‘entertainment’ and no one, including their parents, seem to understand the magnitude of their sacrifice. As Tony Dow says, “You agree to take on a job, and Poof, there goes your life.”

I have tremendous confidence in the younger generation that will take over AMC. They have lived the life and learned the lessons … more >>


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