Michele DeVito started her soap opera career because her daughter had a crush on Jack Wagner (General Hospital). Both of her daughters, grown now, have artistic leanings. And one has a dream job that keeps her busy on Saturday nights.
Susan Dansby: At least one of your kids is in the industry.
Michele DeVito: Yes, my oldest daughter works for Saturday Night Live . About 17 or 18 years, she's been there.
How she got into it is – I do not even know if it was interning. I bought her in one day – just to see what it was like. Because it was because of her that I got this job.
Susan Dansby: Was the one that was in love with Jack Wagner?
Michele DeVito: She was the one with Jack Wagner.
Susan Dansby: (LAUGHS) Oh, that's great!
Michele DeVito: Amazing how everything works out.
Susan Dansby: And is Janine's last name DeVito? And what does she do on Saturday Night Live ?
Michele DeVito: She's the script supervisor / production manager.
Susan Dansby: Fantastic!
Michele DeVito: She worked herself up through the racks. In fact, here there was a nepotism rule. She did every aspect in the Business Affairs department. Then they saw what a good worker she was, too. She was temping, and there was a big joke about it. [They got around the nepotism, by letting her temp; but they could not hire her.] And they said, "Gee, Michele, do you still want to work here? For the company?" And I said, "Are you kidding? Sorry."
Susan Dansby: 'I was here, first!'
Michele DeVito: But it's not really what Janine wanted to do. She then got a job at NBC where, just one day a week, she did help out at SNL. And then they saw how she worked. My gosh, they hired her. And she worked her way up in that control room right next to the director.
Michele DeVito: She does the work of an AD [Associate Director]. She times the music. She breaks down the music for the musical guests. And she sits in the round table. She's very close with the writers where they have their "read-through," they call it.
And the cast is there. She has an amazing job. But it's hard work. I even said to her, "Janine, what about me?" She says, "Mom, I love you too much to have you work at Saturday Night Live ." She said, "Mom, the pace." I said, "Okay."
But she also does freelance, she does concerts. She worked on the Macy's [Thanksgiving Day] parade.
But it all happened through this little circle of this wonderful genre.
Susan Dansby: Well, I think that it's only appropriate that since she got you your job that your being there facilitated her learning more about the industry, and led to her getting the opportunity to be at Saturday Night Live – because obviously she's made her own luck in terms of her skills and talent. …