DanTDM Visits Seacrest Studios Atlanta & Talks Minecraft!

You Tube Star, DanTDM  hopped across the pond from his British home to visit excited patients at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta… and it seemed like almost all of his 15 million subscribers were in attendance! Okay, so not all 15 million…but suffice it to say  the majority of the patient population at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are Minecraft aficionados and were thrilled to meet The Diamond Minecart live and in person!

Dan couldn’t have been nicer! He spent the majority of his time answering patient questions, and taking game/video suggestions willingly. He even made patients part of his daily vlog! Aside from missing his wife, Jemma, and his pugs, DanTDM is happy to be touring the United States and meeting his fans while performing before sold out shows. We’re so grateful he made Seacrest Studios Atlanta one of his stops!

All Time Low Interviewed By Patients At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Written recap: Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng
Video: Footage from Seacrest Studios intern, Leticia Zulian and Seacrest Studios staffer Micah Bridges, edited by Chris Coleman
Prep and Live Production: Seacrest Studios intern, Gavyn Bills and Seacrest Studios staffer Cody Hudson
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All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson stopped by the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet patients and their families. Kids in the studio (and in the hospital rooms) were extremely excited to get to talk to these rock stars.

Isaac kicked off the interview with: “What is your favorite app to use on your phone?” Alex said he was really into all social media platforms, but he recently discovered a new hiking app that maps out every trail in the States. Jack mentioned that he plays Mario twenty times a day, and both Rian and Zack joked that he also has an app to turn up the game volume louder than it should be.

After that, All Time Low continued to answer questions from Madi and Bree, who asked, “How does it feel to know that your music has such a big impact on people and what is the most rewarding part of making music?” The band mentioned how wonderful their fans are and that it is an incredible feeling to have made a difference.

“To have people tell us how the music has gotten them through a hard time or anything like that…it’s the most incredible piece of what we get to do, because it’s bigger than us,” said Alex.

Rian added to that statement, saying, “To us, we just feel like the same four guys that were practicing in our parents’ basement, so to know that we have an impact on anyone’s life, no matter how big or how small, it’s something we never imagined.”

This got a good laugh from the crowd, as it was followed up by a question asking if they ever got kicked out of the basement they practiced in.

“If it ever got too loud in the basement,” Rian continued. “My mom would flip the lights on and off, and that would mean silence right away.” The other band members agreed not to mess with Mom, much to every parent’s delight.

Later, Abri asked All Time Low, “If you could have 1000 of anything orange, what would it be?” Jack immediately said he wanted 1000 orange Skittles, while Rian went big with 1000 orange Lamborghinis. Alex decided on 1000 oranges because he’s “big on freshly-squeezed juice.”

Of course, according to tradition, the band was asked to play Backwards Forwards. Together, the band recorded their name, “All Time Low”, then laughed at how difficult the backwards version was. However, they did a great job recording the phrase backwards forwards and ended up with a new name, “All Slime Low”.

The interview ended with a quick round of “Most Likely To…”, revealing that the band members have a big “No Pranks” rule and Alex is the most likely to call his mom when he is sick.

The band left the kids with some encouraging words and advice, saying, “Keep smiling. Smiles and a positive attitude are really contagious. You don’t know what other people are going through so just shooting someone a random smile can really help.”

Autographs and photographs rounded out the visit. Patients and families brought magazines and personalized jackets for the band to sign, providing a wonderful opportunity to get to see the band face to face. Many thanks to All Time Low for visiting Children’s Hospital Colorado!

New Kids On The Block Visit Patients At Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Video by Intern, Isabella Branham
Blog Post by Intern, Robert Rubino

New Kids On The Block took time from The Total Package Tour to hang in Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. Since the band is originally from New England, they all agree that the south brings true “southern hospitality” along with the hustle and bustle of a big city. From north to south and coast to coast, NKOTB agrees that one of the most important things you can do while traveling is learn the culture from the people. Whether you wind up in a big city like Pittsburgh or a small town in Utah, everyone will have an interesting story that can connect people together with similarities or differences.

Since their most recent album, Thankful, released in May, it only seemed fitting to go around the room and have the boys share what they were all thankful for. It turned out that great minds do think alike and two members voted “family” while the other two voted for “the present.” When asked to elaborate, Danny and Jordan expressed their gratitude in being able to see or talk to their family between tours or recordings. Joe and Donnie both agreed that being able to “live in the now” must come in handy when the “adult world” becomes chaotic and stressful.

Taking a trip to the past, Joe and Danny were asked what their favorite childhood memories were and both shared what their favorite Christmas presents were. Joe recalled quite nostalgically about the day he walked into the dining room and seeing the ventriloquist doll he had been wanting for the past few months while Danny remembered receiving a Godzilla figure that he still keeps to this day. Before the times of Twitter and other forms of social media, the band mentioned how they would spend the whole day replying back to letters they received from their fans. However, letters definitely hold their own sort of charm to them since everyone’s handwriting is unique and receiving a handwritten letter from your favorite boy band is something anyone would always treasure.

Before leaving the guys were asked about advice for any of the patients going through tough times. Without hesitation, Jordan reminded Seacrest Studios that “children are stronger than we think” and are “much more accepting of tough situations” and that was inspiring.

It was great to see that NKOTB had not lost their childlike wonder and reminded Levine Children’s Hospital to be “thankful” for every minute that ticks by.

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Connor

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

 MEET CONNOR!   

Connor, a patient at Children’s Health Dallas, can regularly be found in Seacrest Studios playing with the equipment and interviewing celebrity guests! His amazing questions and excitement for the studio always brings a smile to everyone that meets him. Get to know more about Connor in his own words:

  • How old are you? 14
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? My favorite artist is Spyro Gyra and my favorite song is “Morning Dance.”
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I like to switch videos on the Tricaster!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? I loved meeting Mike Love (from The Beach Boys) because I like his music and he had interesting interview answers.  He told me all about “Kokomo”
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: Yes, I broadcast my own radio station with a modified residential FM broadcaster. I mostly play whatever CD’s I have laying around in my room.

Thank you, Connor, for helping make Seacrest Studios in Dallas such an awesome place to be!

Patients Celebrate ‘The Nocturnals’ With Face Painting & Crafts In Seacrest Studios D.C.

Three unlikely friends from The Nocturnals made a special trip across the country to Washington D.C. and brought smiles to the patients and families at Children’s National! Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin, and Bismark the pint sized sugar glider stopped by Seacrest Studios for a fun day filled with arts and crafts, face-painting, games, and a Skype meet-and-greet with The Nocturnals author, Tracey Hecht.

With more than 30 patients and families in the studio, The Nocturnals team went above and beyond to entertain each and every visitor! They brought along giveaways which included all 3 of the books in the series as well as cute stuffed animals. They even had artists on call for face painting, transforming patients to look just like the fun characters from the books! The team brought along other crafts as well as games for patients to play.

To top off their visit, The Nocturnals author, Tracey Hecht, was in another country but made a Skype call into the studio and spoke to patients in Seacrest Studios as well as up in their rooms.

The day with The Nocturnals team was one that our patients and families will never forget and we hope they can visit Children’s National again soon!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Washington D.C. Studio Managers

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET BROOKS AND MORGAN!

We are so lucky to have Brooks and Morgan running Seacrest Studios at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. They make every day in studio so much fun for the patients with their positive energy and creativity. Learn more about them in their own words:

(Brooks on left, Morgan on right)

BROOKS (AKA DJ BLoons)

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  Since it opened in D.C. in November 2015!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: Lip Sync Battle
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): DNCE because they presented one of our Seacrest Studios regulars with her high school diploma during their visit. This was such a sweet moment because she was unable to participate in the graduation ceremony at her school.

MORGAN (AKA DJ Morgz)

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  I started my Seacrest Studios journey as an intern with Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati. I have managed the studio in Washington D.C. since we opened in November 2015.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite activity in the studio is our Wacky Wednesday Dance Party! It’s always a good time when you can throw on a hotdog costume and a mustache and Juju on that Beat with patients and families.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It was a monumental visit as no studio has ever had a Supreme Court Justice visit. When she walked in for the visit, she spent 10-15 minutes hugging every single person that was in the studio! Our hospital photographer was taking photos that day and for time’s sake asked that we have all of the patients take 1 group picture with Justice Sotomayor. She turned around and looked at the photographer and said “I would like to take a picture with each and every family that is here today”.  It was incredible!

Thank you Brooks and Morgan for making Seacrest Studios in Washington D.C. such an awesome place to hang out! We are inspired by you and your dedication to everyone that visits the studio.

Patients at Seacrest Studios Charlotte Interview Dierks Bentley!

Written by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Lillie Burrow
Video by: Seacrest Studios Interns, Gracie Thompson & Sarah Ann Craven

We kicked off Dierks Bentley’s visit at Levine Children’s Hospital with a round of questions from our patients. We learned that his favorite Charlotte activity is visiting the Science Discovery Museum with his kids! In an extensi

During the interview, we learned Dierks has an affinity for vegetables, and if he were to have a statue made of him, he would pose with his fists in the air as if on stage in front of a cheering crowd. Dierks admitted that was one of his favorite questions, but our favorite moment was Dierks showcasing his version of the running man and attempting a DJ voice.

Dierks played a round of “Guess that Country Music Star,” and one could say he knew his colleagues pretty well. Dierks and Bryson even sang “Huntin, Fishin, and Lovin Every Day” together. Afterward, Gray quizzed Dierks on his favorite holiday and was so adamant Christmas is the best holiday that he convinced Dierks to change his answer from The Fourth of July to Christmas, too.

When asked whom he resembled, Dierks had the studio laughing when he humbly confessed he looks like Brad Pitt; however, a highlight of the visit was when he was asked, “What is one word you would use to describe yourself,” and Dierks said he hoped it would be grateful.

We sure are grateful for your visit, Dierks! Thanks for a fabulous afternoon full of fun games and unforgettable dance moves!

Laura Marano Inspires Patients At Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Laura Marano took advantage of her day off of filming and paid a visit to patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently. Her energy and enthusiasm alone lit up Seacrest Studios on an otherwise rainy Tuesday. Laura’s sunny disposition had everyone smiling and singing her praises for being such a wonderful role model to young girls.

The veteran actress (who has already been in the “biz” with the same agent for 16 years!) was back in Atlanta having just returned from Disney World where she was working with one of her many charitable organizations. With everything she has going on currently (filming back-to-back movie roles, releasing her upcoming single, and working with charities), it’s a wonder  how Laura has time to take a break. Yet on top of all that, she’s managing college courses as well – studying politics, philosophy and law! Whew! She said staying in touch with her Austin & Ally family and her fans is the easy part—which worked out great for us since she spent a lot of time connecting with patients and doling out hugs.

Thanks Laura for your very special visit. We loved having you at Seacrest Studios Atlanta!

RSF Spotlight: Meet The Baxter Sisters

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET AUTUMN & MADISON!

(Autumn on Left, Madison on Right)

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and regulars in Seacrest Studios, Autumn and Madison Baxter love playing games and meeting celebrities in studio!  Learn more about them in their own words:

AUTUMN

  • How old are you? 15
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Luke Bryan
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I just like hanging out there!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Luke Bryan, because he’s hot and he sang ‘Play It Again’ for us!

MADISON

  • How old are you?  17
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Maroon 5
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I like to play games (some of my favorites are Scattegories, Dictionary and Head’s Up)
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? I loved meeting Luke Bryan because he was so nice and took selfies with every patient.

Thank you Autumn and Madison for spending so much time with us in studio and helping make it such a special place to be.

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Nashville Studio Manager

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET MAMIE!

We are so grateful that Mamie, the studio manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has dedicated so much time and love to Seacrest Studios. Mamie started as an intern at our Seacrest Studios in Atlanta and then helped us open and manage our studio in Charlotte. After a few years in Charlotte, she made the move to Nashville to help open and run our studio there.

Her dedication to our studios is inspiring and we want you to learn more about her in her own words:

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I have worked for Seacrest Studios for 6 (going on 7) years!  My first role was as an intern at our first studio in Atlanta!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite thing to do in the studio is laugh! Whether that is in an interview, a lip sync battle, or a game – as long as we are laughing, that is my favorite activity!  What better thrill is there than to watch abrave child sing openly and laugh uncontrollably.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): The opening of our Nashville studio was a pretty amazing memory with a global superstar guest: Taylor Swift! She surprised everyone!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I am from Texas – I can work wonders with a can of hairspray and a teasing comb! 🙂

Thank you, Mamie, for bringing your positive energy to Seacrest Studios and the patients every day!