7 People Who Escaped Their Famous Parents' Shadows
Sometimes, the apple does fall far from the tree.
Nepotism has been making a lot of headlines recently, with Hunter Biden catching a lot of heat for riding his father's coattails into a $600,000/year gig in Ukraine.
And while some of that heat has come from sources that are laughably ill-positioned to criticize, it's depressingly true that the children of famous and powerful people have an easy time finding their ways into boardrooms, record deals, universities, and runways. But what about the world leader's son who performs in drag? Or the actor's daughter who took up painting? If we're really going to criticize nepotism, then we should take some time to celebrate the children who step out of their parents' shadows to do something truly original.
Nike Founder's Son Is an Amazing Animator
If your dad was Phil Knight, the founder and Chairman of Nike, it would be tempting to coast by in life. You could go into the shoe business, meet famous athletes, sit in meetings. None of this appealed to Travis Knight, who told his father he would rather "play with dolls." What he meant by that was a bit more involved than it sounds. Knight is one of the most talented stop-motion animators working today. He is the lead animator at the animation studio Laika, and you've probably seen his work in films lie Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings.
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