The Drama Queen
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Drama Queen is a voyeuristic reality series about the life of a Hollywood talent manager that's targeted at adults. It has lots of strong content, ranging from conversations about sex acts, catty arguments, salty vocab, and social drinking. But it also includes messages about what it really takes to succeed in the entertainment industry and has strong warnings about its pitfalls.
What's the story?
The reality series THE DRAMA QUEEN stars Marki Costello, one of Hollywood's toughest and most successful talent managers, as she continues to expand her business into a talent-management empire. Helping her along is her staff, including office manager Stephanie Haney, talent coordinator Kelly De Vries, talent manager Michelle Gracie, and image consultant Matt Jacobi. Making life interesting is her rather inept receptionist Angelica Gonzalez. From open casting calls to difficult meetings with wannabe stars, Marki uses her insider knowledge of the industry and her shrewd business sense to find clients she can brand and promote in hopes that they become stars. Meanwhile, despite being Hollywood royalty, she struggles to balance her professional successes with her personal life, just like regular people do.
Is it any good?
The Drama Queen is full of reality-worthy moments of catty arguments, personal relationship problems, random conversations about sexual activity, and other expected fare. But it also offers some honest insight into what show business is like and what it takes to succeed in it. Most of this comes from Marki Costello herself, who is the granddaughter of famed comedian Lou Costello and who has an insider understanding of the business and the costs associated with being a part of it.
Marki's conversations with people seeking her representation range from being lighthearted and entertaining to uncomfortable, usually thanks to parents who appear more interested in their kids' careers than in their well-being. But her blunt and honest approach isn't cruel and is usually offered as a way of mentoring folks who don't understand how the business works or who risk falling victim to exploitation and other dangers. Ultimately, it's a voyeuristic show, but it's one with a few lessons to teach.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. What are some of the specific things that talent agents and managers look for when recruiting talent? Do you think this show offers a realistic look at what breaking in to and succeeding in the business is really like?
What is a talent manager? Is there a difference between an agent and a talent manager? Why do people go to them? Should clients ever pay a manager or an agent to represent them?