Your father owns two car dealerships and spends thousands of dollars on you as if money were no object. Your extravagant Sweet Sixteen party was featured on MTV and featured recording artist Frankie J [warning: music] (whose hit seems to be a weak rendition of More Than Words). Your bedroom contains a Jacuzzi bathtub and drapes over the bed, like the princess you are. You were given two cars for your sixteenth birthday. You have your own makeup artist, hair stylist, manager, and publicist. Other than the MTV appearance, your biggest public performance was in the community theater in Scottsdale, Arizona as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
You are Marissa Leigh [warning: music]. (Honesty moment: I like her name.)
Welcome to Marissa’s World is the story of a super-spoiled teenager whose parents push and control her performing career (which doesn’t quite exist).
So, is this the typical life in Scottsdale, Arizona? A few years ago, I traveled to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and the Grand Canyon, all in the same state. I enjoyed the trip and I really loved the area. In fact, Scottsdale is one place I considered moving to, if the right job happened to land in my lap. Maybe I need to work for a teen superstar-wannabe. That’s it — I’ll be a financial advisor for rising stars whose daddies have mad cash to drop.
Will she succeed in her performing career? According to her acting resume, she can do a Cockney accent. That will certainly come in handy some day.
Updated July 16, 2010 and originally published April 27, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.