The star reflects on growing up in Hollywood and if she'd allow her kids to act

By Madeline Raynor
Updated July 25, 2016 at 06:52 PM EDT
Credit: Ashley Burns

Beverley Mitchell, who played Lucy Camden on 7th Heaven, reflects on having grown up in Hollywood — and whether or not she would support her children following her footsteps — in a post on her blog Monday.

“It is essential when working in this industry to keep your head on straight,” she says. “I was not necessarily the best actress but I was the one that got the opportunity and I worked my butt off. I never gave anyone else a chance to take it away because no matter what I always showed up and worked harder than anyone else. That is what made me different! That’s why I have had a career for over 30 years and will continue to work hard and earn my place.”

Mitchell also credits her “strong parents” for her “good perspective,” and hopes to be the same for her children regardless of what they want to do with their lives, acting or otherwise.

“I often get asked if I would ever let my children go into the business, and I have always had the same reaction, I didn’t turn out that bad,” she says. “I certainly am not going to push them into this crazy world but if it is something they want to do, I certainly am not going to hold them back. Like any parents we want to give our children the opportunity to follow any and all of their dreams.”

She goes on to talk about her daughter Kenzie, 3, and her love of being in front of the camera… which shows in the gorgeous portraits Mitchell posted in her blog post. See one of them below and visit her site, Growing Up Hollywood, for more.

Credit: Ashley Burns

Mitchell will next appear on reality comedy series for Pop, Hollywood Darlings, alongside Full House‘s Jodie Sweetin and Step By Step‘s Christine Lakin, slated for 2017.

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