Paul Petersens ‘A Minor Consideration’

REPEATING THE OBVIOUS
Paul Petersen

Perhaps we don’t say this often enough,, but the commitment of A Minor Consideration to help young performers has not lessened from the day we started back in 1990. If there’s a young person in trouble and they work in the entertainment industry, please, for God’s sake, let us know. We understand discretion and we keep secrets better than any group you know. Anonymity is guaranteed when events and concerns are reported in real time. Our contact number is listed on our Home Page. There’s just no excuse not to call.
Thousands of people are currently working in the Industry. Thousands. Among those at work today or who are about to go to work in the coming weeks are professionals who have significant “issues” that need to be addressed. That’s the reality of the human condition. A certain percentage of humanity is always “at risk.” An impaired actor puts hundreds of jobs in peril, not to mention the dangers posed to themselves. A crew member with a critical function can harm himself and others whether they’re working high, driving a rig or serving food. Our particular expertise is with the performers under 17 years old, and those who are former kid stars. Cory Monteith was at the outer edge of our mandate, but we are not bound by arbitrary age limits. The point of this posting is to remind folks that we are here and that getting the right kind of help is vitally important to lasting recovery. If you see, smell or sense trouble and don’t know what to do, give us a call.
Drugs and alcohol are bad enough, but when you throw in the complications of juvenile celebrity, the dangers of unrestricted social media, plus an irresponsible Press you have a prescription for disaster. One thing we’ve learned since our beginnings in 1990 is that in every case of personal disaster there were plenty of signs and portends of impending trouble. Someone, nearly always, knew something.
It’s not just co-workers and family members who can call. You might be a bartender who sees something coming down that smells like a rat, or a producer who sees persistent tardiness and/or a shrinking of capabilities. You may be a studio teacher who catches hints of disassociation. You might even be a therapist who finds that you can’t handle the sophisticated defenses of the confused but endearing addict who has come to you for help.
We are not miracle workers. We do, however, have tools that are not available to the average stage-parent, therapist, or high-priced rehabilitation spa. We’ve done our share of lying and using and hiding behind our fame. We have dealt with the loss of careers and the estrangement of dependent families. We don’t gossip or dish dirt. We don’t play the blame game. Our services and support are free. We don’t give up and we always answer the phone. If you are close enough to a young performer, past, present or future, to see or suspect danger it’s worth your time to make a call. You may think you know better than the people who have “been there,” but you don’t.

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