Part of the reason I've been so behind in posting my clips is that I've started a new, full-time job as a writer and editor at Working Mother magazine. Already, I've had some interesting assignments, including...
...showing how Mad Men's Matthew Weiner is a champion of working mothers.
...finding the companies with the most extreme maternity leaves.
...asking a host of HuffPost Live about naming her daughter after herself.
...finding the most enviable programs for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
...looking into the gender wage gap for Equal Pay Day.
...decoding the Supreme Court's ruling on pregnancy discrimination.
...highlighting why mompreneurs are important to the business community and shouldn't be ignored.
...soliciting advice from an expert on what women need to do for a personal finance tune-up.
...asking a professional organizer how to de-clutter for spring cleaning.
...talking with a participant in Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week about how the organization benefits working moms.
...rounding up the best spring work/life accessories, confidence-boosting books, Earth Day board games, Cinco de Mayo books, Memorial Day cookout must-haves, and gifts for elementary school grads and high school grads.
Some people have all the luck. I get to interview those people.
From: Los Angeles
Winner: Viator's Dream Travel Job: Team Europe,July 2012–August 2012
In addition to a feature story in the October issue, I have a few fun, smaller items, including:
A round-up of Q&As with local YA authors
Judy Blundell, Katonah
Author of Strings Attached and National Book Award winner What I Saw and How I Lied
What’s the biggest difference between the YA audience and an adult audience?
Their age. That might sound like a flip response, but it’s true—the boundaries can be so blurred now, and a gripping story that happens to a teenage protagonist can be just as resonant for an older reader.
How do you feel about vampires?
I tend to avoid vampires. Yes, they exist! I’ve met a few! They’re the people who suck life and hope out of any situation, poor things. Vampires are only glamorous in fiction.
I did a short Q&A with Tim League, the founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse. The theater chain is opening its first Westchester location in Yonkers in July.
You can either read the PDF, or see the story online here.
I interviewed Ben Schwartz about his TV projects: Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, but this was my favorite question I got to ask:
Finally, when certain people in this office are in kind of a down mood, it's possible they use this video of you and Zooey Deschanel signing "You Belong to Me" to cheer up. Can you say how that came about?
That’s amazing! That’s so sweet. That came about because my friend Sophia Rossi created a website called HelloGiggles with the talented Zooey Deschanel and Molly McAleer. Sophia asked me to do a video for them around the time when they launched, and I asked Zooey if she wanted to sing an old song that Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters sang from The Jerk. Zooey is a professional singer and amazing at just about everything, so I was so lucky when she said yes. She learned the song on her ukulele in two seconds. We hit record on Sophia’s laptop, sang it a few times, and picked our favorite take. I love that people are watching it. The trick is to get someone who is an amazing singer to sing with you, then hopefully she sings loud enough to make everyone forget that you are singing, too.
Click here to read the full interview.
Photo: DISNEY XD/RICK ROWELL
This seems like the opposite of Next to Normal. What made you want to get involved? I love musical comedy, and Bring It On is a natural fit for a musical. But I also felt there was something emotional in the story, especially being set in the world of high school—high school is a loaded time for everybody. So even though the emotions are different than Next to Normal, there was still something moving about Bring It On, and it brought out a lot of feeling.
You worked on the music with Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights. How are your styles different, and how were you able to combine them? It was wonderful to feed off each other. We started by doing the first number together, and we tried to capture that cheer energy in that electronic/pop world. Then we wrote the songs for the Jackson school, and he has that hip-hop vernacular that comes into play—he’s a virtuoso at it. But we wanted to make sure that every song had character development, and by the end it morphed so that it felt like Lin-Manuel, [co-lyricist] Amanda Green, and I all wrote the score together as one piece.
The musical is partially about finding what you love to do in high school. What was your big extracurricular at Byram Hills? I was into music, so I performed in the musicals. But I was also into sports, and I did soccer and baseball. I guess I was like the character of Randall in that I didn’t really do just one thing; I tried to run in all the different crowds.
Next month, the movie Pitch Perfect comes out, and you also worked on that. Were you already familiar with that a cappella world? I was in an a capella group at Columbia, and I’ve been wanting to do something about a cappella groups for a long time. My friend [and director] Jason Moore told me about the movie, and I told him I had to work on it. I arranged songs with people who live on the West Coast and work on The Sing-Off. One set piece that I worked on and am particularly proud of is the ‘riff-off,’ where you have to ‘steal’ songs by singing another song with the same lyric in a certain category. From the trailer, it looks like it really came off.
Bring It On is currently playing at the St. James Theatre.
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