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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!

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!

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!

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!