Although we would argue it turned out fairly okay for Maddie. 

Turning 18 right now—an event she’ll little doubt rejoice by casting her very first presidential vote, one thing she’s been urging her 13.7 million Instagram followers to do for weeks—she’s way back made the grand jeté from her actuality roots into larger and higher alternatives.

Found by electropop musician Sia when she was 11 (“She watched the present, Dance Mothers, and from there she simply tweeted me,” Maddie told E! News), the Pittsburgh native has starred in seven of her mentor’s music movies, racking up billions of YouTube views; joined the Australian singer-songwriter on her 2016-2017 Nostalgic for the Current Tour; and filmed her forthcoming directorial debut, the drama Music, alongside Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.  

Maddie’s resume additionally consists of elements in all the things from 2017 thriller The E book of Henry to the upcoming West Facet Story remake, her New York Instances best-selling memoir, a YA trilogy, a Fabletics assortment and, hopefully, extra vogue traces and a magnificence model. And, sure, the onetime So You Assume You Can Dance: The Subsequent Era decide can nonetheless flip fouettés round most of the competitors.