This Is How I Made It

Common Sense Media says

Celeb life stories are sometimes inspiring; expect curses.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Celebs discuss what motivated them to pursue their dreams in music, acting, and other careers. Contains messages about respecting and being yourself, setting goals, and working hard to achieve them.

Positive role models

Some of the featured celebs are considered role models to young people because of the fame they have achieved, as well as their talents. Celebs occasionally discuss serious mistakes they have made, and what they learned from them. Some also model perseverance in the face of adversity.


Some celebs talk about being bullied while growing up. References are made to gang activity and getting arrested.

Not applicable

Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


A few references to Google and The Cheesecake Factory. Music video and TV/film excerpts featuring celebrity performances are sometimes visible. The focus on the artists/celebs reinforces their personal brand.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some celebs talk about being previously involved in drug-related behavior. Drug dealing is sometimes referred to as a means of surviving poverty.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that This Is How I Made It, which features celebs talking about the people and events that contributed to their successes, includes some edgy themes, like gang violence, bullying, and drug dealing. There's also some bleeped language ("f--k" and "s--t"). The overall series features lots of positive messages about setting goals, believing in one's self, and working hard to achieve want you want.

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What's the story?

THIS IS HOW I MADE IT is a reality show featuring celebrities talking about the life journeys they've taken to reach success. Each episode features two popular artists and/or celebs like hip-hop artist 2 Chainz, actress Ashley Rickards, and even U.S. Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, as they talk about the people and events that contributed to their ability to reach their goals. From putting themselves in the right place at the right time to working their way up to the top, each interview reveals the key moments, thoughts, and encounters that made them who they are today.

Is it any good?


This Is How I Made It offers a chance for viewers to listen to and watch celebrities describe, in their own words, the people and activities that helped  them to discover their passion and motivated them to pursue their dreams. It also details some of the obstacles they had to overcome -- ranging from self-doubt to gang violence -- in order to achieve them.

Some of the stories featured here contain some strong themes, but all of them offer empowering messages about working hard, pursuing goals, and finding the insight and the strength to keep trying when things aren't going right. No doubt that older tweens and teens will find the overall show both inspiring and entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the hard work that goes into achieving one's goals. Kids: What are your goals? What kind of things will you need to do in order to successfully achieve them? Parents: What kinds of things did you do while pursuing your dreams? How does those experience influence you today?

  • Do you think shows like this one will help inspire people to go after their dreams?

  • Are the folks featured in this show role models? Why or why not? Does being famous automatically make you a role model?

TV details

Cast:Ashley Rickards, Demi Lovato
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Arts and dance, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byderpcakes45 December 29, 2012

Pretty interesting

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bydirectioner23 November 5, 2012

Clean inspiring show

Pretty tame compared to most mtv stuff.Its actually a pretty uplifting show!I love hearing the stroies of some of my favorite actors or singers.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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