Thursday, August 21, 2014

Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2014 “I’m a Model and I’m Not Popular”

We met up with Megan Ducharm, Miss Kentucky Teen, for a #RealDeal interview. It pisses me off that I have to be famous or naked to get noticed. Famous is unrealistic and naked won’t happen unless someone bribes me with an ever-regenerating Michelin Man made of sprinkled donuts. And no one would even want to see […]

Meet Actress, Dancer and Model Sam Aotaki

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? Hi! i am Sam Aotaki, I am currently 20 years old and I’m an actress, model and dancer Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects that you are working on? i have a couple music videos coming, I am actually directing one myself, […]

#RealDeal Catches Up With Eric Hennig

We caught up with Eric Hennig, actor and artist, who shared his thoughts on stress-management, beauty and … body image. ~Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor #RealDeal Eric, can you tell us a bit about who you are / what you do and what got you interested in working in the arts / entertainment industry?  What was […]

Finding the Artist within: Art Therapy and Eating Disorders

Art Therapy has been a powerful and effective coping skill that the eating disorder community has embraced for decades. Art therapy helps and challenges a person to create and to reflect on the process of the art making experience and the art work they create. This process is powerful especially for someone who is suffering […]

Feminist Scholar Blurs the Arts and Sciences: An Intimate Conversation

*This interview of Dr. Patricia Leavy was originally prepared for publication in the now defunct arts e-zine, HerCircle* I interviewed scholar and novelist Patricia Leavy for an UpClose Interview featured in February 2012 HerCircle E-Zine, about her passion for blurring the arts and sciences. Since that interview Leavy has gone from being a professor to […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Art and Ego

Recently I was doing an interview about my new book, Fiction as Research Practice, and I was asked a question that made me pause. We were talking about the arts, writing and challenges publishing when the interviewer asked: what role do you think ego plays in the life of a writer? The question came on […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Compassion (For Every Year)”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “‘Compassion (For Every Year)’ (Body Empowerment 54)” originally posted March 19, 2012, on YouTube.com by Caroline Rothstein. Check it out! About BODY EMPOWERMENT: Founded in 2008, “Body Empowerment” is hosted and produced by NYC-based writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate Caroline Rothstein. In […]

Meditation and Stress-Management Through Ancient Painting Techniques

I recently learned of a style of painting called suiboku-ga or Sumi-e that originated with Zen monks — the artform itself is a meditative practice.  What better stress-management tool could there be?  It employs art, yogic teachings, meditation and mindfulness. With gratitude to a yogi that I have followed for about 8 years named Leza […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “How Not To Purge”

Note from WATRD Editor: this post may be triggering for those struggling with an eating disorder, but the end message is incredibly powerful. Please view at your own risk and employ self-care. As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “How Not To Purge (Body Empowerment 46)” originally […]

The Art of Paper (Toque de Queda)

One of the goals of the WATRD site is to help people learn healthy ways to manage stress (especially through the arts).  I learned of Aydasara Ortega’s paper-making and had to interview her for the site.  I hope it helps you find a little peace through the holiday craze!  Robyn Hussa, Author/Editor, WATRD 1. Aydasara, […]

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