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Badass Women at Any Age

Jul 12, 2022

Brett Anderson is a great example of a woman who realized that her direction no longer served her and  made a huge shift in her life and career.  At the height of their popularity, Brett Anderson and her band, The Donnas, were rock stars. The Palo Alto band made eight records in the early 2000’s, performed on Saturday Night Live , The Late Show with David Letterman and The Main Stage at Lollapalooza. At a certain point though, Brett realized that she didn't want to, “burn hot and flare out early”. Now at 42, she's graduating from USC with a master's in gerontology and getting a master's in social work from UCLA. Brett has a specific interest in aging and addiction.  She says that in rock and roll, you wanna live fast and die young. In gerontology, it’s the total opposite of that. We're trying to live as long as we can and as well as we can. 

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Brett’s personal story.
  • From teenage band to SNL.
  • The combinations of miracles, luck, privilege, attitude, work ethic and values.
  • Networking and authenticity.
  • Business management
  • Challenges in the music industry.
  • The Donnas: slow build, slow taper.
  • Going back to school.
  • Age relativity and internalized ageism.
  • What Brett has learned about herself.
  • What it takes to own where you are and to make the most of it everyday.
  • How to focus more internally vs. externally.



“You have to have luck and then you have to be able to back it up with your attitude.”

“I had this awareness and  familiarity with the fact that it's difficult to age in this country. It’s getting worse and we need people to focus on the systems from the macro to the micro level of how we're 

gonna deal with this”

“Internalized ageism is one of the most toxic things around.”



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