If you ever want to put the magnitude (or lack thereof) of your own accomplishments in this world into perspective, I recommend interviewing Miranda Cosgrove.
When I was her age, I was basically a fire hazard with a driver's license, a complete hormonal lunatic who ran roughshod through my family life and my part-time job and my school year. My junior year is a blur, and I'm genuinely lucky I lived through it, being as stupid as I was. At 17, I couldn't be trusted to get from point A to point B without screwing it up.
Miranda Cosgrove runs an empire.
Sure, she's got help, but this is a 17-year-old who has already headlined a TV phenomenon (Nickelodeon's "iCarly") and who is just kickstarting what looks to be a huge pop music career. She's got an army of motivated fans, and she seems to be blissfully normal and scandal free. In conversation, she's bright and engaged and an utter professional.
Depressing. Suicidally depressing. I'm over twice her age, and I still feel like I'm doing good if I make it out of the house without forgetting my belt.
After the interview, she was kind enough to sign a CD cover for a five year old friend of Toshi's, and that CD cover pretty much blew that little girl's mind. I may not have much sense of Cosgrove apart from her performance in "Despicable Me," but it's obvious that she's very important to a generation of little girls. I'm always curious about what it is that causes a fanbase to latch on like that, which is why I'll always approach something like "Twilight" with genuine curiosity.
In the case of Cosgrove, I may not get "iCarly," but if this is the type of girl that young women want to idolize, have at it. Seems like a perfectly logical choice to me.
"Despicable Me" is in theaters everywhere.
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