First, she says, while she knew the video would go online, she knew other young performers who had worked with Ark, and their views reached a few thousand, if that. It never crossed her mind that millions of people would pay any attention to her daughter. She did take some precautions — paying an additional $2,000 so that Rebecca, and not Ark, owned the master of her video (bringing the total cost to $4,000, twice what has been widely reported; Kelly says she paid it in installments, because she did not have it all at once, but adds that it was a worthwhile investment, similar to what one would pay for a month of sleepaway camp or private school.)
Rebecca wants to be a singer when she grows up, Kelly says. Paying for her to sign with the Ark Music Company and produce a professional-quality video was her mother’s way of showing her how much work was involved in a singing career. “I thought it would be a good experience and would give her a glimpse of what it takes,” Kelly says. “I wanted her to see that the only glamour that comes with this career is when you go to a function and they roll out a red carpet. In a way I was hoping to discourage her, and to send the message that maybe she should have a backup plan. This certainly has been much more than what we ever bargained for in terms of teaching her the downside. And she still wants to do this.”
I can't ride a skateboard. If I hired a camera crew to fake some skateboarding stunts, and put out a video on youtube calling myself the next Tony Hawk, and people unsurprisingly ridiculed me for my stupidity, my shitty video, and hubris, for that I should make bank?
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