In my teens, I worked as an aide in my community supervising and mentoring youth in various programs and delivering lunches to needy students.
One of the things that defines YA is a really strong narrative. Adults love YA because, at the end of the day, they're good stories and page-turners. The other element is emotion. The teen years are a very emotional and intense time, and I think it's a time we that we can all relate to and remember.
My first job in TV was hosting this young teen magazine show, and all these high school teenagers showed up from all over Sacramento, California, and they chose four of us to host the show, two boys and two girls. And of the two girls, I was kind of the perky smart one and the other girl was the pretty one.
If I were reborn, if I were a teen-ager now, starting my career as a composer, I would do again what I have done.
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