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RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Dallas 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 CHANCE AND PAULA!

We are so lucky to have Chance and Paula running Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Their dedication to the patients and studio is inspiring and they make every day so much fun! Learn a little more about Chance and Paula in their own words:

CHANCE

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Five years. Wow, that’s gone by fast!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: Our spring and fall concert series gives local musicians a chance to perform at the hospital.  There is great live music, prize raffles, bubble machine and popcorn. It’s so much fun!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): It’s hard to choose one, but I have a great memory of Chris Martin’s visit. One of our patients played piano and sang a Coldplay song for him.  Chris was genuinely caught up in the song, and halfway through it, he started to sing along.  It was a great moment, and we were also able to send the patient and his family to the concert that night!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): It’s not really hidden, but in my free time I enjoy training for triathlons and compete in Ironman races.

PAULA

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios for three years and I’m loving every minute of it.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love the games we play in studio. Hosting Bingo brings out another level of my silly side and delivering prizes to our winners’ hospital rooms is so rewarding. I love to see the kids light up with excitement!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My favorite thing about the Seacrest Studios is seeing the transformation within the kids. They walk in as hospital patients a little shy and next thing you know we’re all dancing the Whip and Nae Nae and laughing. It’s rewarding to see them have a little fun and joy during their hospital stay.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): Not so hidden and definitely not a talent, but before working here I didn’t know I would dance so much at work. I enjoy doing my crazy dance moves just to make a kid (or their parent) smile!

Thank you Chance and Paula for making every day in Seacrest Studios such an exciting adventure!

Dierks Bentley Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Alicia Barnachea
Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Leah Veltri

Families and patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were delighted to meet award winning, country singer Dierks Bentley.

Dierks is currently on tour across the United States but took time away from his summer tour to sit down and answer some patients’ burning questions. Charlie learned that Dierks loves fishing just as much he does while Dierks revealed he has his pilot’s license and owns a single engine plane. We found out about his favorite hobbies like going to the beach and playing with his dogs at home. He also talked about how he has had to adjust to the cold winters since moving to Nashville, but still enjoys summer the most. A highlight of the visit was when LeAnne, a patient asked about funny tour stories involving his kids. He got a huge laugh from his kids favorite question “Does Jon Pardi like to party?” referring to his tour mate.

Dierks went on to play one of the studio’s favorite games “This or That?” We timed him to see how quickly he could decide between two choices. This game revealed that he loves dogs and Coca-Cola but he couldn’t choose between ice cream or cake. While he might have a sweet tooth, perhaps the sweetest moment was when he sang one of his hit songs “Riser” to a patient who participated by phone.

Amazing memories were created throughout his visit. Thank you Dierks, for spending part of your day with us, we had a blast!

 

 

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Atlanta 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 WENDY!

Wendy is the studio manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (our first studio!) and has been with Seacrest Studios since the very first day we opened.

More about Wendy, in her own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios since the first studio was born – November 5, 2010
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My absolute favorite thing to do is connecting, one-on-one with each patient (whether through a game or just simple conversation).
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest would have to be actor, CHRIS PRATT – because he called ahead to find out how many patients were in the hospital at the time because he wanted to personally send over a Jurassic World toy to each and every patient. He sent over boxes and boxes of toys ahead of time so they would be here when he came. He handed one out to every single person, along with hugs, fist bumps and high fives!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I can juggle!

Thank you Wendy, for your dedication to our studio in Atlanta and for making SO many patients happy over the years. We are lucky to have you as part of the RSF family!

Liam Payne Tells ‘Dad Jokes’ At Seacrest Studios Boston

Video By: Max Svec
Written By: Seacrest Studios Intern, Kimberly Perry

It was a great afternoon at Boston Children’s Hospital when Liam Payne came to visit Seacrest Studios. Liam spoke to a packed studio and answered many awesome questions including what he would be if he wasn’t a singer, what non-domestic animal he would have as a pet, and why his son’s name is Bear! The interview was full of smiles, laughs, and even a few dad jokes!

It was Liam’s first visit at Seacrest Studios, and we can’t thank him enough for coming. He took the time to talk to each patient, took pictures, and even signed autographs. We hope he comes back to hang out again soon!

 

Julianne & Derek Hough Dance With Patients All Around Seacrest Studios Charlotte!

Video by: Meredith Dean & Katie Anger
Blog Post by: Annie Lewis & Karleigh Holt
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Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital welcomed Julianne and Derek Hough with open arms for an interview, games, and pictures with patients. The siblings, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, told patients and staff about their childhood. At only 10 years old, the dynamic duo ventured to London to train in ballroom dancing. Both Julianne and Derek are triple threats meaning they can dance, sing, and act! The brother and sister are most known for joining Dancing with the Stars where they won a combined total of eight mirror ball trophies. Julianne is now the fourth permanent judge on the show while Derek recently began judging on a brand new show titled World of Dance.

While at the studio, the duo began their interview revealing their secret talents. Julianne showed us a 3-leaf clover with her tongue while Derek shared his secret ability to play many different instruments like the guitar and piano. When asked about what their proudest moments are, Julianne explained how proud she was about returning to the U.S. after going to London. She told us about her desire to have a normal high school experience as well as pursuing her dreams of acting, singing, and dancing.

Family and friends are pivoting factors in Julianne and Derek’s life and career. Derek shared that his role models included friends, family, as well as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his strong work ethic. Derek also mentioned he has always looked up to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire for their innovative choreography and their passion for dance. Julianne’s role model is her oldest sister who and her mother who juggled motherhood, being a flight attendant as well as a dance instructor. Derek told us that since he is the only boy out of six children, he always refers to his sisters as a “beautiful hurricane”.

The talented duo was extremely approachable and interactive with the patients. Julianne played a game where she guessed the dance and song in Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars based only on her costume. She matched every single costume with the correct dance and song! The two also played freeze dance as they energetically danced with all the patients and even showed them some new dance moves. At the conclusion of the interview, Julianne and Derek left the patients with some words of advice. Derek encourage patients to “always follow your bliss” and to “find joy in the small things.” Julianne reiterated, “Love is the driving force” and told the patients, “you are always a force of nature.” We loved having the two here and hope they will come back to see us at Seacrest Studios Charlotte!

 

RSF Spotlight: Meet Kaylee

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

Kaylee, aka DJ Kaylee, is a One Direction expert, and a patient at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Learn more about Kaylee in her own words:

  • How old are you? 11
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? All songs by One Direction
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? Sing One Direction and do my One Direction show every week.
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Zara Larsson
  • Do you have your own show or program in the studio? Yes! I am DJ Kaylee: The One Direction Expert
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I am very flexible! I can actually put my foot behind my head!

After hearing she had her own One Direction show, HOT 99.5 (iHeartRadio’s radio station in D.C.) surprised Kaylee this past Wednesday with two tickets to Niall Horan’s exclusive interview at their station. After sitting front row for the interview, she got to meet Niall (who is her absolute favorite!!), take a picture with him and ask her own questions. After the meet and greet, the team at The Kane Show took her backstage to his dressing room (see video below.) Kaylee said it was “the best day of my life.”

Thank you Kaylee for being such a Seacrest Studios rockstar!!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Bryson

Bryson, a patient and the “mayor” of Levine Children’s Hospital, is a Seacrest Studios all-star.

Loren Gray, Harvey Cantrell & Tyler Brown Stars Visit Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Video Recap by Katie Anger
Blog Post by Samantha Green
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Digitour stars Loren Gray, Harvey Cantwell, and Tyler Brown visited patients in Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital and even got their own DJ names (DJ Lo, DJ H-Dawg, and DJ Ty-Nizzle). The online superstars made time for a visit before their DIGITOUR performance. Loren told our patients to “always keep a smile on your face, to take everything day by day, and to try and make the best out of every situation”. She said meeting her fans is always an, “eye opening experience and when you’re on the internet you don’t know the impact that you have until you see it in person.”

They brought their personalities and performances to life and shared their best Seacrest Studios DJ voice. They played numerous games with the patients including Finish Those Lyrics as the patients got to hear a preview of their incredible voices. Harvey told our patients to, “listen to music, that’s what gets me through my day.” Harvey mentions that when meeting his fans, “you don’t know if you’re going to meet their expectations.” Tyler encouraged our patients that, “everything gets better and to just keep moving forward.” Additionally, Tyler shared a story of his favorite childhood memory, when he went to sea-world and was splashed by the whales.  Loren said if she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Paris, her favorite movie is Star Wars, and if she could be any Disney character it would be Tinker Bell. She joked that she has a habit of repeating the word “awesome” on stage because she thinks everything is awesome. Since he is from England, Harvey was quizzed on his British knowledge, successfully naming all the members of the Spice Girls! His favorite holiday is Christmas and he loves giving people presents. Harvey spent some time asking one of LCH’s patients about Cat in the Hat.

LCH Charlotte enjoyed a fun filled day with these three and hope they visit again soon!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Cincinnati Studio Mangers

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

MEET SUZANNE, WHITNEY & ZACH!

Our Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is run by three incredible people that dedicate themselves to creating programming that is fun, inspiring and uplifting for the patients.  Learn a little more about Suzanne, Whitney and Zach, in their own words:

SUZANNE 

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: 3 years
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite show is Dog Tales with Chevy; a child life specialist brings our facility dog Chevy to the studio and we read stories and sing songs together. Chevy even has his own coloring page. Dance parties are a close second.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest is Josh Hutcherson because he just exuded joy and was up for anything with the patients. His mom was awesome too!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I paint and draw!

WHITNEY

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I’ve been full time for a little over a year and a half. Before that I worked as an intern in the studio for 9 months.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My personal favorite game to play in the studio is “Heads Up!” but mostly whatever will get a kid laughing and smiling!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why}: I think Andy Grammer was the most memorable for me. Not only was he the first celebrity I ever interviewed (I was an intern and my nerves were off the charts); he was also completely selfless – doing whatever it took to make kids smile.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): This is not necessarily a hidden talent but I have a crazy amount of Disney and pop culture knowledge.

ZACH

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Almost 4 years (since it was a construction zone!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I really enjoy the fun challenge of finding a game or an activity that will make a child visiting the Seacrest Studio laugh.  When the kids that visit us are having a blast, whatever we are doing at that moment is my favorite activity.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): I really enjoyed Andy Grammer’s visit, and seeing how an amazingly talented guy can make a difference for kids while ad-libbing.  He can bring his guitar and sing personalized “Happy Birthday” songs for the kids, completely on the fly.  It was very impactful.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I can remember facts with numbers easily.  And I am a huge fan of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.  I memorized the birthdays of the starting lineup when I was in fifth grade and it’s stuck with me!

Thank you Suzanne, Whitney and Zach for your dedication to the patients at Cincinnati Children’s and our studio!

 

Wild Kratts Visit Patients At Seacrest Studios Boston

Photos and Recap by: Maxwell Svec
Video by: Seacrest Studios Intern,  Iris Raiken

Brothers Chris and Martin of Wild Kratts fame dropped by Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital recently to spend some time with our patients and families! We had ​some big fans in the hospital who were so excited to learn more about how the brothers got started making children’s TV shows about wildlife.

Chris and Martin gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like to watch animals interact with each other in the wild and told us all about the time they saw mongooses and baboons playing together! They even filled us in on why Chris always wears green and Martin always wears blue. The guys ended the interview by doing their best animal sound impressions and they were so awesome!

Thank you so much to the Wild Kratts for visiting us at Seacrest Studios! We had a ​wild time and so much fun learning more about your passion for animals. We hope you visit us again soon!