I’m planning to attend an evening vocal performance by Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, whom I recently interviewed for The New Romanticist, at Herb Alpert’s jazz club Vibrato in Bel Air. I’m looking forward to hearing her sing live for the first time.
I first met Ms. Steenburgen, whose work in pictures I’ve long admired, at an event in Beverly Hills a couple of years ago when she co-wrote a song for Melissa Manchester for an independent movie called Dirty Girl. We subsequently did a three-way interview with Ms. Manchester, which rolled off of our tongues (read the 2011 interview here).
After seeing Mary Steenburgen perform in the new movie Last Vegas, I started to think about what it must be like to make a major career change later in life. I know something about this issue, since I’ve expanded from journalism into writing fiction when I sold my Web site to Amazon.com some years ago and enrolled in a challenging, new writing and philosophy program to restart my career from scratch. I love making improvements – I know I have much to learn – so my recent conversation with Mary Steenburgen was pure pleasure because she does, too.
Read the exclusive interview here.