For now, at least, sensational “boy band” TNT Boys is at the top of their game. But is it all downhill from here? That depends on what else is on offer following a successful run singing other people’s songs.
Most truly successful global phenomenons are original acts. At some point, the “boys” will have to come up with their own material to truly make waves of the tidal nature. This involves something that the Philippines’ performing arts industry has long struggled with. While there are a lot of copycat singing and dance groups, very few make it to the rarefied heights of elite global creative talent.
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The clock may also be ticking for the awesome vocal range of these young boys. The ravages of puberty are just around the corner for Francis Concepcion (12), Mackie Empuerto (13) and Kiefer Sanchez (14). Will both range and quality survive the hormonal attack? It is likely that the owners of the franchise, the Philippines’ mighty ABS-CBN media empire, will need to work hard to squeeze every dollar out of their investment during their most productive years.
The challenge of managers of TNT Boys and other manufactured acts like them, for that matter, is to steer them off that all-too-familiar trajectory of eventual self-destruction often seen in young performers who’ve had a taste of fame at such tender ages. Get Real Post writer Zaxx some time back cited the case of erstwhile Filipino global performer Charice Pempengco (a.k.a. Jake Zyrus) who went on to follow a poignant career template…
There is just something with Pinoys that gets them into this all too familiar trajectory. Upon reaching what could have been the pinnacle, they suddenly push a self-destruct button and go spiraling down into the open sea. It’s like the shock of watching the Challenger space shuttle explode in a great ball of fire. Why do many Pinoys have to throw away such promising potential?
In the report The Life of a Child Star: Why Some Go Crazy and Other’s Don’t, the chilling risks young stars face almost fits to a tee the profile of up-and-coming acts like TNT Boys.
A big reason why child stars break down is because they get used to all the attention that comes with fame, and then suddenly lose it when they grow up. Being famous often inflates one’s ego, and children are no exception. They are complimented all the time and given gifts, and fans write to them and shout when they see them.
The question is, who accounts for the health, safety and well-being of these boys as they traverse the career equivalent of a tightrope stretched across two skyscrapers? Specially nowadays when mental health has gained the profile that it has, perhaps it is time that a bit more scrutiny is applied to high-pressure pursuits engaged in by such young an impressionable kids under the “management” of a cold multinational corporation such as ABS-CBN.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.