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The Helen Reddy Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Helen Reddy

Gary Barg:         I know you retired from performing in 2002 and now are a practicing hypnotherapist. What caused the change in your career?

Helen Reddy:   I had been in show business for nearly 55 years, since I was five years old. I wanted to do something else and hypnotism was a lifelong interest. 

GB:   You explore the evolution of that transition in your book.  What made you decide to write it?

HR:   I had been asked many times over the years if I would write an autobiography, and I really did not have any interest because they were stressing, “Tell us all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll” so to speak. That was not really my life. 

But, I was already doing the hypnotherapy and I was living on Norfolk Island when I got a call from the hospital saying that the psychiatrist was visiting and he wanted to meet me before he referred patients to me.

So, I went down to the hospital and I met him and it was very serendipitous.  His office was in the building at the end of the street where my sister lived.  It turned out that we had a lot of mutual friends.  His wife was on the island with him and she was the literary agent for my daughter’s godfather.  Her brother was with them.  He lived on the street I grew up on.  There were all these connections. 
I had dinner with him, his wife and her brother and about a month later, she sent me a whole pile of books that she had either written or edited or published herself with a note saying, “Would you be interested in doing a body, mind, spirit book?” because we had talked a lot about psychic things during the dinner.  I thought about it and decided, “Well, yes, that is a book I would be interested in writing.” 
And so, I set about writing it and I found that I needed to place the experiences that I had had in the context of my life.  I needed to show the growth and the progression and all the things that surrounded those areas.  Before I knew what I was doing, I was writing a memoir. 

 

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