Angelique Bates is a mom on the move. You may remember her from Nickelodeon’s All That, but she’s done that and so much more! Whether she’s on the big screen, small screen or in-between, she’s busy making it happen for herself AND her kids. Learn more about this gorgeous actress and her adorable son and daughter below. Believe me, if you want to get your kid in the “business” then this is a must read!

What makes you a SASY Mom?
I get the job done. I am a Full-Time parent, Entertainer, & Business Woman and I some how manage to make it look easy.

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As someone who has worked in the entertainment industry for years, were you apprehensive about allowing your children to do so?
I was at first, but my children see what I do and they love it. They always ask to come with me whenever they can. I would rather them be in the industry now while they love it and I can protect them, opposed to when they get older and don’t find it fun or aren’t under my protection.

What’s the hardest part about raising children in Hollywood?
The hardest thing about raising children in Hollywood is keeping people out of your parenting business. Everybody wants to try to influence your parenting in some way to suite their needs. That’s why a lot of parents get labeled “Stage Parents”. Some really are, but then there are some that are just doing what they are SUPPOSE to do. Some studios would rather you show less discipline and let the children be “free” and run around, but yet they don’t want any disobedient out of control children on set either or becoming a menace to society.

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How do you keep them humble?
My children know whether it’s going to an audition, going to an event, or going to practice if your grades aren’t on point, if your work isn’t done, or if you want to act up you won’t get to do the fun things to until after you handle your business, period. I don’t care if it’s minutes before or we are in route. My children are very well behaved so it’s rare that I have to go there. But they are young and they are just having fun. I expose them to a lot of positive experiences like volunteering and helping out children their age, they see me when we are out on a regular day and I may go in to an establishment and buy food or a meal for someone, etc. I am always giving and they see that. And they ask questions. All I can do is lead by example and hope they follow or learn to be greater human beings.

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How do you balance booking jobs for yourself, while also managing the careers of your children?
I still have not figured out to the answer to question yet. But definitely a lot of prayer is one. Lol

What advice would you give to other SASY moms looking to get their children into acting?
Make sure it is something you AND your children really want to do and enjoy. There are a lot of ups and downs in this industry. You have to have a good head on your shoulders and keep God and Education first. Nothing last forever. So make sure your child is prepared at all times. Make sure they are taking classes to perfect their craft. Because there is a child out there who’s parents have them practicing all day everyday. Never pay for an agent or manager. Legit representation takes their percentages from booked work. Definitely just make sure you do your research before jumping into anything and ALWAYS read the contracts before signing them. It’s okay to say no. Never sell yourself short. If you aren’t feeling something don’t force it. You are dealing with your child’s future. Handle with care.

And since we’re, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos to rock on the red carpet?!
I would have to say my Marc Jacobs.

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