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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!

WWE Wrestlers Dolph Ziggler, Natalya, and Naomi Visit Seacrest Studios Boston

Video recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Iris Raiken
Blog post by Seacrest Studios Intern, Merry Nestor
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WWE Wrestlers Dolph Ziggler, Natalya, and Naomi  made a visit to Seacrest Studios at the Boston Children’s Hospital before WWE Live at the TD Garden. The patients were so excited to greet the WWE stars into the studio, bringing their families in to take pictures with the stars, ask them questions, and get autographs. The patients and their families asked them everything from what their pre-show rituals were, to why they wear certain colors to wrestle in. Natalya spoke about her current SmackDown colors, pink and black, and how they made her feel powerful during a wrestling match. She also mentioned her cat, which happens to have his own Instagram account, @2Pawz!

As for Naomi, she told us all about winning the WrestleMania championship once again, this time in her hometown of Orlando, Florida. She said that over 75,000 people were in attendance, so it was definitely a highlight of her professional wrestling career so far. Dolph Ziggler also gave us a peek into how he prepares for a wrestling match. As a junior wrestler, he saw someone slap every part of their body to get the blood flowing before a wrestle, so when he became a professional wrestler, he decided to give that pump-up method a try as well. To this day, Dolph Ziggler pumps himself up before every single wrestling match by slapping every inch of his body!

We had a great time getting the inside scoop from some of the superstars of WWE, so thank you to Dolph Ziggler, Natalya, and Naomi for visiting us.

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Judson!

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

MEET JUDSON!

Judson, a patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado since birth, has helped make Seacrest Studios such a special place to be! Here is his story:


Some more about Judson, in his own words:

  • What is your favorite Artist/Song? Alicia Keys “We are Here” and “Fallin”
  • What is your favorite thing to do in studio? Spend time with Cody & Chris and making kids laugh
  • Do you have a favorite studio guest? Carlos Gonzales from the Colorado Rockies. He was so nice, he answered my frog joke (but got it wrong).
  • Do you have a favorite in studio show? I have my own show called “Judson’s Club.”
  • What is your hidden talent? Dancing in my wheelchair with my mom!

Thank you Judson for always helping to fill Seacrest Studios with happiness and laughter!

 

Laurie Hernandez Visits Patients At Seacrest Studios Orange County

Written Recap by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Breeana Kovelman
Video Recap by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Carrie Smith

This past Valentine’s Day, Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Orange County was visited by Laurie Hernandez, Olympian gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champ. Taking a break from her busy DWTS tour, Hernandez stopped by to hang out with some biggest fans in the hospital.

Hernandez sat down for a quick interview to talk about her experiences in the Olympics and with Dancing with the Stars. When asked about her time in Rio, she explained how exhilarating it was to be part of the Olympics and how much she enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. Where would she meet all of these athletes? In the cafeteria! She also talked about how important it was to maintain a healthy diet to stay in shape for her events.

When asked how she became inspired to be an athlete, Hernandez spoke about when she was very young, “I saw a gymnast on TV and I told my mom, ‘that’s what I want to do!’” She knew from the beginning exactly what she wanted to pursue in life and she has taken that determination to great lengths. And it was easy to tell how Hernandez also earned the nickname, “the Human Emoji” from her smiling face and animated expressions throughout her visit.

Even though she had two injuries back in 2014 involving her wrist and her knee, Hernandez mentioned how badly she wanted to get back to competing with all of her fellow athletes. Even though it felt like she was missing out, Hernandez knew how important it was to let herself rest, heal, and fully recover. She did recover and it obviously did not hold her back from being a gold and silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics! Hernandez also has written a book I Got This: To Gold and Beyond to share her inspiring journey.

As if participating in the Olympics and writing a book did not make her busy enough, Hernandez also competed in Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, winning the mirrorball trophy with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Hernandez spoke about how competing as a gymnast differed from performing for DWTS. She definitely had butterflies for both! But in the dance competition, she mentioned the challenge of implementing the judges critique from the last performance as she learned an entirely new routine each week. Quite a contrast in pace compared to her gymnastics. The competition was a whirlwind of dance origins lessons, choreography rehearsals, stage rehearsals, and costume fittings. Her favorite performance was her final dance that involved a Foxtrot-Tango fusion where she truly enjoyed combining both of the dance styles.

Next, some of the children in the studio asked Hernandez some of their own questions. Such as, “do you have any siblings?” (Yes, she’s the youngest of three!) and “what is the longest you’ve held a handstand away from a wall?” (Two whole minutes!). Following a quick break, Hernandez played a game of “Flip or Flop” where we learned whether or not she was daring enough to do certain things.   She would go skydiving, hang-gliding, or ziplining but would not go swimming in a shark cage or go white water rafting (unless it was with her “Final Five” teammates).

Thank you Laurie for visiting us!

 

‘Gifted’ star Mckenna Grace brings joy to Seacrest Studios

Photos by: Lori Wilson
Recap by Paula Cuadrado

Mckenna Grace, star of the new movie “Gifted,” stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for a fun visit!

Mckenna helped guest host “Good Morning Children’s,” a tv show hosted and broadcast from the Seacrest Studios to all the patient rooms at the hospital’s Dallas and Plano campuses. Six-year-old Kailyn was able to skype in from her hospital room during the show to ask Mckenna a few questions, like what she likes to eat.

We talked about Mckenna’s movie “Gifted” and what it’s like being an actor at a young age. Mckenna wore an adorable headband with cat ears for her visit, so the co-hosts of Good Morning Children’s pulled out matching pairs of cat ears, too!

After the show, Mckenna had fun visiting with Boots the therapy dog and chatting with 13-year-old Loryn who came down from her room to hang out. Mckenna was intrigued by the studio’s prop collection and challenged studio staffer Paula to see how many hats they could each wear at one time!

Mckenna brought special handmade bracelets with thoughtful messages to give out to her new friends, as well as posters from her movie to help the kids decorate their hospital rooms.

Thank you Mckenna for visiting Seacrest Studios! We had so much fun being silly and hanging out with you!

James TW Sings “Ex” In Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Written by: Eric Newby

We learned a lot about James TW during his visit to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He shared fun stories about himself; he prefers to sleep in a tour bus over a tent and on tour he often played ping pong with Shawn Mendes (and skipped the morning work out).

Patients video-called in from their rooms to ask questions, and we learned “Different” from his first EP was his favorite song to record because he performed all the instrumental and vocal parts himself. He started learning the drums, moved to guitar, piano and voice and may take up saxophone some day! To top his visit off, he played his original song called, “Ex” to top it all off! We loved having James with us. Thank you for the great visit!

Daniel Skye Makes His First Trip To Seacrest Studios Philadelphia!

 

Written by: Eric Newby

Daniel Skye visited Seacrest Studios in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the first time to hang out with patients.  During his interview, Daniel weaved through his story as a young 13 year old who was encouraged to sing after speaking at his own Bar mitzvah. Daniel talked about how, at 15, it was difficult to move across the country with no friends; an experience that a patient had in common. After recounting his love for his mother’s spaghetti and meatballs, Daniel became the first Seacrest Studios Philadelphia guest to try out Virtual Reality for the patients!

Thanks so much to Daniel for visiting our patients, and inspiring us all!