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Steven Mueller of Broadview, publicist to the stars releases autobiography

Brookfield, IL

"Almost Famous" by Steven Mueller. SUBMITTED PHOTO
"Almost Famous" by Steven Mueller. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Working as a celebrity publicist, Steven Mueller of Broadview has one of those lives that piques everyone’s interest. He’s often bombarded with questions surrounding his line of work with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. “You should write a book,” they all say. And Mueller set out to do just that. “Almost Famous” by Mueller is an autobiography of his life from birth to now, offering an “open and honest account” of his life. Mueller founded Mueller Entertainment in 2002, a public relations firm with locations in Chicago and Los Angeles. Mueller has worked with such celebrities as actor Keanu Reeves, actress Tara Reid, singer Fergie and members of Motley Crue.

What is life like as a celebrity publicist?
It sounds pretty glamorous, but it’s a lot of hard work. … People assume when you work with celebrities, your life is glamorous and consists of going to endless parties and that type of thing. While those things do happen from time to time, more often than not it’s a great deal of hard work. You travel a great deal. Many times you’re away from home for long periods of time. And there can be days when you don’t have a weekend to yourself, or when you work 12 to 16 hours a day. Plus, celebrities are just like any other human beings. Some are kind and easy to work with, others not so much. …But I feel blessed to be able to do something I really enjoy. Growing up with an interest in the entertainment industry, I really enjoy my work. It enables me to travel and go through interesting experiences. Every day brings new challenges and new adventures. … With the book, it covers my entire life through the day I was born and to my upbringing, while the second half of the book is my travels and experience working with celebrities.

Share some details of your book.
I discuss how I started out as the assistant to actor Keanu Reeves. I also mention meeting and working with Britney Spears and Lynne Spears, her mom. And I talk about working with Chris Farley whom I became good friends with before he passed away.

How private do you get with this book? Were you at all concerned about severing any ties with celebrities by writing this book?
I think it’s a very open and honest account of my life, to a point where I’ve written some stuff that is unflattering to myself. It delves into the ‘for better or for worse’ account of my life … that I like to feel I’ve grown and learned from. The book has a lot of celebrity and personal photos, as in my family and friends, in it. … I wasn’t terribly concerned that I would alienate any celebrities or sever ties with anyone due to what I wrote in the book because I don’t really say anything terribly negative about anyone. If anything, the things I do discuss consist mainly of funny stories or anecdotes, or things that might make people laugh. … Everyone has good points and bad points, and in a world full of negativity, I preferred to focus on the positive and keep the story upbeat.

Why title the book “Almost Famous?”
It’s actually an interesting story. One of my friends, she was joking with me about writing a book about my life, asked if I’ve seen a film called “Almost Famous” (a 2000-released movie with Kate Hudson) and she said ‘It’s pretty much you. It’s the story of your life.’ The movie is about a teenager who receives the chance to write about a big-named band for a magazine. That’s actually how I started off. I started working for a magazine, and I was age 18, 19, at the time. And I got to interview big names in the music industry, like Paul McCartney of the Beatles. … When I was thinking about what to title the book, I thought back to the movie.

Are you working on an “Almost Famous: Part II?”
I kind of look at this book as half way through my life’s journey at age 41. I may write on the second half of my life, but not now. Maybe when I sit down in my older years, I’ll have enough to write about for another book.

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