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Are Child Stars Overpaid?

When I was a kid, I pretty much worshiped anyone who starred on Nickelodeon. The kids from Salute Your Shorts and Hey Dude not only made me laugh, but it also seemed like they had a lot more fun than I was having at school. I never considered how their sweet lives were affecting their bank accounts.

I have no idea how much kids got paid back in the day, but it certainly seems like the wunderkinds of the Hollywood industry are rolling in it now. Take, for example, Miranda Cosgrove. You may recognize her as Jack Black's precocious student in School of Rock, but it's her title role on iCarly that's earning her the big bucks. The 16-year-old just signed on for 26 more episodes of the show, which will garner a paycheck worth over a million dollars. Yes, you read that correctly.

I'm not one to underestimate the power of appealing to kids, but Cosgrove's price tag is higher than many of Hollywood's actors, and it just feels like kids these days are being mass marketed more than rewarded for talent. I'm all for giving the kids their due, but I have to wonder — are child stars overpaid?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i do think that they are def getting paid too much these days. i think that there's something to be said about setting the bar a bit lower since you know that if any of these child actors manage to continue with a successful career, that they would require a high price to be in anything later in life. if they expect and GET $1M for a project now then when they are 30 and in movies, they will ask for $10M and expect it.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
Considering most child stars do not do well later on in their careers as adults (wish that was not true) I suppose you could see this as payment with retirement built in.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
No. It can go toward their college education. And with a lot of child stars, the transition to roles as adults can be difficult. It probably helps to have that money to fall back on. Plus, iCarly may have a revenue in the millions or more. It's only fair that the main star receives her share of that despite her age.
kea718 kea718 6 years
She's not in Wizards of Waverly Place... Drake and Josh, yes. Selena Gomez is in Wizards of Waverly Place.. lol, i wish I didn't know that. These shows make the channels a lot of money... so why screw the actors for making the network money? I think the network has a responsibility to ensure the money goes to the kid and not the parents and that they're give more of a monthly allowance and some lump sum. Or at least they should provide the actors with an accountant and somebody to teach them about money and credit and all that stuff so they don't wind up blowing all their money by the time they're 18.
iuliasuavis iuliasuavis 6 years
Sometimes I can't believe how much actors make, but my friend brought up a good point, the company must be making A LOT of money because of her and the show, so she definitely should profit from it also.
bushra bushra 6 years
agreed with skigurl. and isn't this the girl from Drake and Josh, Wizards of Waverley Place too? girl has paid her dues! and i obvs have too much access to the Disney Channel.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
these Disney kids probably bring in way MORE money than the average adult star so yes, they should be earning their fair share!
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