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Lionel Richie Offers 'Tough Love' Advice to Daughter, Sofia, As She Embarks Into Acting Career

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By Zachary Holt

Few would doubt that Lionel Richie is one of the most successful and talented musicians the world has ever seen.

So, naturally, with some of his children going into the entertainment industry to give it a try of their own, Richie is certainly someone who can give solid advice on what it takes to make it in a line of work that chews and spits people back out all of the time.

Well, Richie certainly has been giving advice to his children, but his 'words of wisdom' to his youngest daughter, Sofia, are of the tough-love variety as she sets to embark on a career in acting.

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Lionel Richie Shares with Sofia How Daunting the Acting Industry Can Be

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Sofia, more so known for her modeling and dating Scott Disick, the long-time boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her three children, hasn't had much experience in the acting world. That's not to say that she won't be successful and acclimate to what it takes to make it in the industry.

However, her father has made it a point to provide realistic expectations to Sofia so that she's aware of how cut-throat it can be when trying to gain entrance to the acting world.

Richie on Entertainment Industry: 'You Have to Get Smacked In The Face'

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According to People Magazine, Richie spoke to reporters at an American Idol event and shared with them what he said to Sofia when she told him that she was interested in acting. "I told her, ‘I wish you lots of failure, young," Richie said.

"We’re in a business where it’s how you recover and ‘yes, yes, yes’ does not feel terrible, so you have to get smacked in the face. I said, ‘You’re going to have a little bit more of a different time because you’re coming from a family where they expect a little bit more."

Lionel Recalls Moment When Sofia Was 4-Years-Old at Talent Show

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According to Richie, the pressure of living with their father's name has sometimes been daunting, especially when it comes to entertaining and performing. The 70-year-old singer recalled a time when Sofia was four and was about to appear on a talent show.

"When Sofia was about 4 years old, she went on a talent show," Richie recalled. "She’s about to go on to do her little act and they said, ‘And now we have Lionel Richie’s daughter’ and she froze. She said, ‘Dad I don’t want to be here."

'She's Got the Attitude. She Sings, Too. I'm So Excited About Her'

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No matter what their last name is or how difficult the entertainment industry can be, the father of three believes in his children, especially Sofia. "She’s got the attitude," he said. "She sings too. I’m so excited about her."

Richie also has two other children, Nicole, 38, an actress and reality television star, and Miles, 25, a model. Richie said that all of his children are doing well and he's excited for them, sharing that they 'all have great attitudes' about working in the entertainment industry.

It's not known exactly what Sofia will be acting in, but a recent interview suggested television over roles in film.

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