Monday, March 1, 2021

Interview with AfterBuzz Host, Kristyn Burtt: Unplugging During Holiday Weekends

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

I’m in the middle of the season for the “Dancing With the Stars” after show on AfterBuzz TV. The fans are passionate about their favorite dancers and celebs, so I have to keep on top of all of the news. I am also gearing up for award show season, so I will be spending a lot of time in movie theaters catching the films that will be in Oscar contention.

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

Hollywood does expect a lot out of women in the entertainment industry. They want women to be young, thin and beautiful. We are all human and have good and bad days, so I prefer to focus on working on myself from the inside-out. You can’t stop the aging process, but you can always become a better person. I do have to take care of myself, eat right, work out, etc., but I feel better about myself when I am helping others, having a positive outlook on life and enjoying the ride.

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you? Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

I deal with a lot of harassment on social media during the “Dancing With the Stars” season. The fans are passionate, but some of them can be downright mean. I do have a thick skin, but I’ve learned that the Block and Mute buttons on the social media sites are my best friend. I work on a show where we give opinions about dance and I understand that not everyone is going to agree with me. I love it when people respectfully tell me why they disagree, but others will attack. I don’t understand why people hide behind a keyboard and spout such cruel words, but I never attack back. Those mean words are a reflection of them, not me.

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

We did a charity auction for an AfterBuzz set visit during Season 18 of “Dancing With the Stars.” We thought it would be a great way to give money to a charity focused on the mental health and happiness of kids. The winning bidder came all the way from Australia, so while she had a blast with us…she also helped out a great cause.

Who were the role models in your life?

My mom, of course! She’s a small, but mighty woman. Also, my high school advisor/dance teacher, Ms. June Jeswald. I recently returned to my high school to see the new dance studio dedicated to her. She helped me through those tough teen years.

What do you define as beautiful? How do you define inner beauty?

The older I get, the more I realize that beauty really does come from the inside-out. It’s about being kind. It’s about helping others. It’s about being the best person you can be each day. We don’t always succeed, but there’s always tomorrow to try again. I have a lot of young teen followers and I think it’s important to be a good role model for them.

What is happiness?

Happiness is everything that brings me joy in my personal life. From time with family and friends to good food to cuddling with my two kittens, it’s a place to feel safe and secure.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (

Yes! The Real Deal is so important these days since we are constantly hit with images that are impossible to attain. Most of the models are Photoshopped, so they can’t even live up to their own image. It’s important to live life to the fullest as ourselves instead of trying to look like someone else.

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

Besides a regular fitness program of yoga, Pilates and hiking, I find that my pets are great stress relievers. They love me unconditionally. Another thing I have adopted this year is unplugging during holiday weekends. I don’t tweet or start conversations online. It’s a wonderful way to take a step back, relax and enjoy the quiet. There is so much noise online.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance? Other thoughts / reflections?

It’s always important to take time for yourself — even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day to meditate or take a nap. I like to stop my work day at 6 p.m. if I don’t have any events in the evening to cover. The evening becomes my time to spend with myself, friends and family. It’s a lovely way to unwind. The entertainment news industry is a 24-7 news cycle, I find that if I don’t have balance, I become one-dimensional as a person. It’s important to be fulfilled on a personal level.

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Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. Currently, she is an entertainment correspondent for SheKnows Entertainment and the awards show correspondent for Starpulse. Kristyn also co-hosts the popular “Dancing With The Stars” & “So You Think You Can Dance” recap shows for Maria Menounos’ network, AfterBuzz TV.

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