Adorable teen star on the rise Cymphonique Miller is all too aware of the extra scrutiny often awaiting offspring of the famed when they try to launch their own careers. (Case in point: the flap over Jim Carrey’s daughter’s progress on “American Idol.”) So Miller, who is a mere 15 years old, says that when she heard about a general audition for Nickelodeon’s forthcoming “How to Rock” comedy, “I didn’t want my brother or my dad to be any part of it. I wanted to do it on my own.” She flew to New York leaving behind her famous family members — father Master P, and brother Romeo. And when she went in to the audition, she insists, “They didn’t know my affiliation at all.”
She did a scene in which “I had to sing, dance and act all these different emotions,” she says, and when it was done, she flew back to Los Angeles. According to her, it was only after the audition that the “How to Rock” forces realized she was the daughter/sister of two of Nickelodeon’s former stars.
“That’s why I feel like my accomplishment came from my hard work rather than just from being related to someone. If you are a kid of a celebrity, or related to a celebrity. sometimes I think it’s a great motivator,” she adds. There’s no doubt of her drive. She’s already released a studio album and guest starred on several other shows.
Cymphonique says she received a call about a month after her audition, and was told her video had been circulating around the network, “and we want to do something with you.” Now, she’s shot 15 episodes of the Feb. 4-debuting show — and her brother is about to make a guest appearance.
“My dad has never been one to push me into the entertainment business at all. He’s always saying, ‘Education is Number 1.’ That’s another reason I wanted to do it on my own,” she says. “My family — they were definitely supporting me, but always telling me no matter what happens, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Never do it for the fame or the money, or you will not be happy. When I said this is what love to do, what I want to do for the rest of my life, and this is my dream job, they were for it.”