That is how dedicated are your parents to this? If you look at kristenl she is extremely dedicated to her daughters success. She drives her daughter to shows and I would assume answers the phone when it rings. Are your parents willing to sacrifice every Saturday to driving you to another gig?
Very good question Glamourboy! Indeed it is a huge commitment on a parent's part. The advantage my daughter has is that we are just as in to magic as she is so it is a family event. We watch her rehearse every time (at her request) and give feedback and support. Plus, rehearsing with an audience (even if it is your just your parents) is easier and more motivating than just by yourself. We also interact with her by being her "real-time" audience and do our best to always throw her curve-balls to keep her quick witted and help her to learn to deal with any situation that might come up.
I always make initial contact with the client. They contact us either by email or my cell phone number. They always know that she is a youth performer AND they know that the majority of her earnings go towards her college fund. [Its amazing how supportive people are of this when hiring her!]
We both escort her to public parties. My husband will always escort her to private parties. He would never let me escort her alone to a private party. He is very protective of us both.
Aside from the moral support, it is a huge financial commitment as well. There is the magic itself, the monthly cost of a website, promotional material, etc. It is helpful if your parents have the skills to do the website and marketing material themselves. Luckily for us, I was able to do a custom designed webite for her and I do all her marketing material. Definitely good skills to have to save money! My daughter's promotional materials consist of business cards, postcards, giveaways, etc. It all adds up. Then you also have to add the cost to annual memberships to the SAM and IBM groups, along with the local dues as well.
My daughter has been performing for 2 years now. She just opened up her summer performance schedule and the first week she booked 3 public shows, not counting the private ones. All 3 shows were repeat clients. Each show will allow her to put out marketing material and promote herself at their events, which is a big boost!
Again, it CAN be done. Just be sure to talk with your parents and see what kind of commitment they are willing to make to you also. For us, we see it as her substitute for sports. Most kids like playing a sport, ours likes to do magic. Whatever it was she was interested in we would be behind her 100%. It just so happens we all have a common interest in the same thing.