OnlyOnAOL: The one musical rule Megan Hilty never, ever breaks

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By: Donna Freydkin

Musician and actress Megan Hilty is a working mom. And unlike many of her celebrity peers, she freely admits that she has help – and a good system in place, when it works.

"Every day is so different. My daughter always wakes up very early and I have the morning shift. My husband gets up with her when she gets up at night. It's a constant balancing act and my husband is amazing," says Hilty, who's married to sound mixer Brian Gallagher and is the mom of Viola, 1. "We're constantly figuring out who's got the baby and who's walking the dog. We have a great babysitter."

And that's great, because Hilty has work a-plenty. She's appearing in the final episodes of the CBS hit "The Good Wife," she's guest-starring on season two of "Difficult People," and she's singing at Café Carlyle May 3-14, with additional performances taking place nationwide.

And please, don't tell Hilty to keep her lips sealed before she takes the stage. It's just not possible. And she's not precious about it. "I can't be on vocal rest in general. It's really hard for me to be quiet. I try to not speak too much," she says.

The key to staying healthy while on tour: sleeping as much as possible, no easy feat with an active baby, and drinking lots of water. Hilty says she doesn't have any specific pre-show rituals, save for a very practical one.

"I have a strict no-drinking and singing policy. I can't control my voice like I think I can and that drives me crazy. It's not enjoyable at all to have a drink and sing. I can drink right after," she says.

Viola has a favorite song of mom's already. "Rainbow Connection. It's our song for her," says Hilty.

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