There are those that say that young folks shouldn’t get too big too fast and those that say let them be and let them have their day in the sun. In terms of letting them become an executive producer before they’re of legal age to drive it seems that people are still kind of divided, but it doesn’t matter. Marsai Martin has officially become the absolute youngest EP in the history of Hollywood with the film Little, a film that’s coming out this year in fact, and has no plans of backing off the gas any time soon. That kind of drive and ambition is something that seems to be redefining the youth of today and creating individuals that are not only driven to succeed when it comes to business but those that are confident in their lives as well. However it might turn out for her has yet to be seen but the mere fact that she’s reached such a pinnacle in her career at such a young age seems to suggest that she’s more than ready to head to the top and stay there for a while.
There are a few things to say, but quite honestly you can’t help but think that this venture might be something that will help Marsai to stick around for many years to come.
Little is basically Big in reverse.
The film is reminiscent of the Tom Hanks movie Big since that’s what inspired it as Marsai has admitted. But where it differs from that movie, apart from having a black female lead and the fact that the character’s family isn’t a part of it, is that this movie features a successful black woman that’s an absolute terror to those around her and is disliked by pretty much everyone. If you’ll remember in Big, Tom Hanks’ character started off as a young boy that wished he could be older so that he could attract the girl of his dreams and control his own life. Little is kind of like that but the main character starts out as a grown up and somehow gets wished into being a child again. The similarities are great but the differences are a big part of what seem to make the movie work. There’s definitely an emphasis on African American culture throughout the movie even as it clings to a more inclusive feel that seems to keep it from alienating anyone. All in all it looks like a rather funny movie that might do well in the box office depending on how it’s received.
Being an executive producer at the age of 14 seems like a daunting task.
Count on your fingers how many teenagers you know and then state honestly how many of them seem like they could handle more than a few responsibilities at a time. An executive producer has an outstanding responsibility to make certain that a movie is going forward as it should and that everything is progressing as is needed. There’s no offense to Marsai but it’s a big hope that she has someone by her side most times in order to help her out since even with experience in the industry she’s 14 and has limited life experience when it comes to handling so many responsibilities at once. People can take this any way they want, but developmentally-speaking very few of us were ever ready to take on the world in a very literal sense. While Marsai has had experience in show business and no doubt has a good idea of what she’s doing in many cases it still seems as though safety might be best served by making sure that she has someone at her hip at all times making sure that she’s on point and isn’t forgetting something.
In some ways it almost seems as though young people are starting to take on a great deal of responsibility in their younger years, but one thing that needs to be recognized in this case is that Marsai and those like her that are taking on these roles are anomalies, not the norm. It is great to see that she and a few others are reaching far beyond their experience and taking on projects that some might think are above them, but there’s always a need for caution, however momentary, so as to make certain that she and others aren’t stretching themselves too thin or giving up too much of their youth in order to do something monumental. It might go without saying or it might be dismissed entirely, but the idea that one might give up their teenage years and those that come after to pursue a career that can wait at times is kind of hard to fathom. She’s doing something great, and it’s ultimately very impressive, but it’s also important to be a kid at times and enjoy the fact.