Who run the world?

2017-08-10 16:21
The True Jackson, VP cast. (Photo: Supplied/Showmax)

True or false: You’re never too young to run the show.

Everyone knows that’s true . . . as in, True Jackson!

Tween comedy series True Jackson, VP follows teenager True (played by Keke Palmer) who goes from being boss of her own lemonade stand to being vice president of a funky clothing label after she impresses the label head with her trendsetting style. But that 9-to-5 job doesn’t mean True is stuck in an office all day.

Being the boss means finding a healthy balance of work, play and school. That’s something that Keke, who’s about to turn 24, learnt first-hand while working on the show (she started in 2008 when she was just 14 years old): “True Jackson was such a great time in my life and definitely one of the coolest things I’d ever done, but it also taught me how to do things the right way and balance everything properly.”

She kept herself flexible enough to also notch up a successful career as a musician and movie star, plus she has a couple of TV shows in the works, including spy drama series Berlin Station and a guest appearance as herself in spoof reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood.

True and Keke represent a growing generation of teens that go from childhood success to becoming entertainment moguls – ruling over fashion, music, acting and business . . . on their own terms.

Brandy Norwood started her career as a 15-year-old singer and within a year landed her own tween comedy series called Moesha in 1996. The 38-year-old’s had sold-out music tours around the world, chart-topping albums and singles, been in Broadway plays and had fashion collaborations with brands including Sketchers. So where is Brandy now? Working on her seventh studio album, and she recently appeared on reality show My Kitchen Rules with her singer brother Ray J.

Tia and Tamera Mowry’s sister act made sitcom Sister, Sister a must-watch in the mid ’90s. It all looked cute, fun and effortless, but behind the scenes, the twins were building a business empire worth millions. They’ve had a couple of music singles, been on the cover of magazines and notched up more TV and film appearances (and awards) than many veteran actors. But at the same time, the 39-year-olds made sure that their education didn’t suffer – Tia and Tamera both have psychology degrees from Pepperdine University. And while they’ve gone their separate ways in work, they’re both still busy with TV – Tamera has been hosting talk show The Real since 2013, while Tia has her own cooking show called Tia Mowry at Home.

Did you know? Sister, Sister was created after the girls were spotted on the set of Full House with their brother Tahj, who played Teddy alongside famous twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Someone else looked at that success and said, “That’s so Raven!” Little Raven-Symoné blazed a trail by stealing hearts on The Cosby Show before she was five, and by 1997 she had become one of the biggest little earners in TV. Add hit comedy series That’s So Raven in the mid 2000s, tons of straight-to-DVD movies and a handful of music albums, and it’s no wonder everyone knows Raven. But don’t think that because she’s grown up the 31-year-old is over work – she’s currently working on a Raven sequel show called Raven’s Home.

So be True to yourself, girls. While it’s never too late to make it big, it’s also never too early!

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