Did any of these TV Sitcoms know who these people would become?
As someone who grew up watching TV Sitcoms in the 2000s, it’s still pretty weird when child stars from sitcoms rise from the ashes of relevancy to become some of the world’s most popular artists. Let’s take a look at just 3 of these singers/songwriters that manage to break the cuffs of type casting and go on to create some incredible music!
by guest contributor Stockton Myers
1. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez got her start from Disney Channel. More specifically, she got her start from “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Revolving around a trio of sibling wizards going through high school and typical teenager things, the hook of the show was that only one of the three siblings can keep their powers by the end of the show. Selena Gomez played the main role of Alex Russo, a spunky/rebellious teen who just enjoys using her powers to make her life easier. The show went on to get its own made for T.V. movie, and the show lasted a whopping 106 episodes from 2007 to 2012 with Gomez starting her music career soon after. Not a lot of Disney channel stars can break free of the image of being a young adult sitcom star, but Selena Gomez was able to break free and then some.
2. Miley Cyrus
I mean come on; you probably saw this coming. Miley Cyrus is known for some of her more…*clears throat*…crazy antics, but those antics managed to result in a massive success for the pop/country/whatever! She is a star! Miley got her start with “Hannah Montana,” A music-based sitcom about a teenager who dons a blonde wig and takes up the mantel of the Batman…I mean Hannah Montana. The show was a massive success for Disney Channel, and unlike “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hannah Montana the Movie” was released to movie theaters, not just made for television. The show ran from 2006 to 2011, and the show ended mostly because Miley Cyrus became an artist of her own merit. The wrecking ball was calling to her you might say.
3. Ariana Grande
This one is a very interesting one because Grande was not just a part of one sitcom, but two! She got her start with “Victorious,” a Nickelodeon sitcom about a bunch of quirky theater kids trying to find what makes them unique and the antics that ensue. Grande wasn’t the lead character, she played Cat, the airheaded friend with the voice like an angel. The show would last from 2010 to 2013 and would lead into a spin-off show starring Ariana Grande called “Sam and Cat.” It was a spin-off of both Victorious and another quite popular nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly.” This show would only last about a year because of a rather massive list of issues regarding salaries, and the rapid growth of Grande’s music Career.
Most child/teen stars never manage to break free of the Disney/Nick chains, but these 3 incredibly talented women manage to find their niche in the world no problem. Sometimes it’s not about landing big record deals though. I mean like Dylan Sprouse from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody! He owns a freaking mead brewery on the east coast and writes graphic novels sometimes. You go, Zack!… I mean Dylan.