RB: Aside from acting and parenting—as if you have any free time—you're a singer. You had an album in 2004 and have performed with the likes of Bob Dylan and Bette Midler. Do you have anything coming up?
KS: I play around L.A. pretty regularly, and I'm performing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in December. I do it as regularly as I can and as conveniently as I can. Having three kids, I don't like to go out of town much, so it limits my singing engagements. But I do it as much as I can, because it's my first love. I wanted to be a rock star when I grew up, or at least a singer/songwriter. Acting sort of presented itself to me—actors hate when I say this. I knocked on a lot of doors and paid my dues as a singer and a songwriter, but acting just happened and I learned on the job. But singing has always been my first form of expression.
RB: How do you balance it all? Mothering, working your day job and finding time to pursue your passion?
KS: I'm a better mother if I'm also doing my work. Some women find a lot more satisfaction from doing the hardest job, which is being a mom. But I like my day job, so I juggle a lot. And I have help, that's the truth. My husband's involved. My older kids are too. It's been interesting because I have a 13- and 14-year-old and then I have a 2-year-old, so it's a completely different set of needs. During the after-school hours, I'm with the older two, and I'm with the baby when they're at school. This job is great because I work just six months and then I take it easier the other half of the year. It's like a really great part-time job, which is perfect. I would be unhappy if I didn't do it, and then I wouldn't be as good a mom to my kids. So yeah, it's a juggle, but life's interesting that way. Children make it all possible I think. They come in and you just work it out.
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