I am very sad about what Amanda Bynes is going through. She may have mental health issues or substance abuse issues or both. She is not unlike many other celebrities who take an emotional tumble as they get into their twenties.
When I was 5 years old and saw Annette Funicello dance on the "Mickey Mouse Club," I felt as if I were witnessing perfection. Even viewed on my family's boxy, black and white television, she was like a goddess.
If you live near Hollywood and have a "cute kid with personality," you will be approached regularly by casting directors, agents and managers. I've been around long enough to see the ways that the entertainment industry robs children of their wonder years.