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What was my big dream?

Beth is co-founder of Role Mommy, Vice President of the CBS Communications Group, and a TodaysMama author.

Name
Beth Feldman

City / State
New Rochelle, NY

What was your big dream?

My big dream was to perform on Broadway in a musical. So far, the only shot I’ve had at that dream was when I brought Doris Roberts to the show “Avenue Q” and she went backstage to meet the actors/puppeteers. I was sick as a dog that day and couldn’t even sing a note. As I walked up on the stage and gazed at the set, for a split second I thought, wow, this could have been me. But then, reality set in and I grabbed a tissue to wipe my nose.

Instead of becoming a Broadway star, I wound up working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry meeting tons of celebrities and arranging interviews for them with some of the top talk shows and media outlets in the United States. I’ve been a publicist for over 17 years, having handled PR for some of the most memorable television shows ever, including “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “CSI:” But two years ago, after working with Phil Keoghan, the incredibly motivational host of the CBS series “The Amazing Race” and author of the book, No Opportunity Wasted, his take-no-prisoners attitude finally rubbed off on me and I finally began to get back on my path and follow my passion of writing and singing. From there, Role Mommy – a website for today’s working mothers and Peeing in Peace – a laugh out loud book about what it’s really like to juggle business and babies was born.

As for the singing, well I joined my synagogue and have performed for two years in their musical production of the Temple Follies – it may not be Broadway, but I have had the best time doing what I love and the audience – well a few of them told me they enjoyed themselves too!

What’s your next Big Dream?

My next big dream is to celebrate moms who have reinvented their lives or pursued their passion while raising a family. Now that I’m nearing 40, I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve realized, you only live once so it’s time to do what I love. And that means, I’m writing again. I’m singing again. I’m playing tennis from time to time. And I love it. The stories about my crazy life as a working mom are now in print in the new book, Peeing in Peace: Tales & Tips for Type A Moms. And, since writing the book with television producer Yvette Corporon, we’ve launched a website and events company dedicated to working moms called Role Mommy where we feature women at the top of their fields balancing work and family. We believe that every working mom is a role model to other working moms – she’s a source of inspiration, a sounding board, a springboard for ideas and a reality check to remind us that we are certainly not alone. I think it’s important to celebrate those of us who are truly doing what we love and still trying to be great moms too. I’m still in the process of my own reinvention so once my dream actually does come true (ummm, Broadway, do you hear me calling your name), I’ll let you know.

When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
Simple. I wanted to be a singer. As I got a little older, I wanted to be Barbra Streisand in “Funny Lady.”

What about when you were 15?
I still wanted to perform. I loved being on stage and I loved writing. At 15, I performed in a high school musical competition called SING where we were responsible for writing the script, song lyrics, set decoration, choreography, electronic end prop, you name it, we did it. We all lived for SING and the funny thing is that I actually work with some people in our marketing department at CBS who were a part of SING in high school and they loved it too. Incidentally, I was script chair, lyrics chair and won best female performer in SING two years in a row. I guess I pretty much stacked the deck with that one.

Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
My goal is to not grow up. I want to stay in the place where I can still believe that anything is possible. I think I remember, at some point before I went to school, feeling like life was full of possibilities. I want to hold on to that feeling and watch those things I dream about become reality. I think it requires child-like believe to watch your dreams come true. So, I don’t want to grow up.

What book is on your night stand?
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella. I love British chick-lit authors and Sophie Kinsella is by far, my favorite. I get a lot of comedic inspiration from their writing so whenever a new book comes out from Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green or Marian Keyes, I devour it and admire how they’re words can capture a situation and put a smile on my face in a matter of seconds. These women are true artists in every sense of the word.

What’s your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey’s Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Anything that has chocolate in it.

What song moves you?

It’s hard to say. These days, I find myself singing along to all the songs my kids listen to. We love Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and the Cheetah Girls and I’m a sucker for any song by Raven Simone…yes, I know I am a cheese ball. Personal favorite Raven song: “This is My Time” from the Princess Diaries.

As for old songs, I love anything by Carole King – ”Where You Lead,” Donna Summer “Last Dance,” Naked Eyes, “Always Something There to Remind Me,” and “Steal Away” by Robby Dupree because that was the very first 45 single I bought when I was in the 7th grade. Yes – totally cheesy, but at least I’m not afraid to admit it.

The song that truly moves me is “Let the River Run,” from Working Girl…I mention it in my book because I started my career when that movie was in theaters and I always sort of thought of myself like Melanie Griffith…without the red hair, great legs, and movie star salary. I even had a boss who was just like that back-stabbing Sigourney Weaver character so “Working Girl” always holds a special place in my heart!

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