Who Am I ?
EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY
An Introduction to EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY
1: Who am I?
Eimear “The Dreamer,” according to my friends (or Eimear “The Screamer”: you can usually hear me before you can see me). In school, the nuns told me I wouldn’t become anything because I talked too much. Then I ended up as a radio host and proved the bitches wrong. I’m an extremely visual person. I’m nosy. I want to know everyone’s story. I’m impatient. I am constantly looking for the “craic” (you Paddy’s will know what I mean). I’m a total hippie child (who has bleached hair, wears stilettos, and lots of bronzer). I spent my childhood surrounded by art and music, running around dive bars, gay bars, and had a life size “Thin Lizzy” poster in my kitchen. I am a violinist and come from an artistic and musical family. I am determined. I have no regrets. I think people are generally far too serious for their own good and anything I say “what the hell” to, I do anyway.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
When I was small, I told my mum I wanted to be a producer even though I didn’t know what the word meant. In 2005, I started producing a talk show and my own music chart show in Red FM in Ireland. It was my dream job, but as usual, I had a craving for more. I knew if I didn’t grow a pair and move to New York City, I would never leave Ireland. It was a completely unprepared last minute decision. One week later I was here with 1000 dollars and a suitcase.
When people ask me why I did it, I say, “Why the fuck not?”. I have worked in a lot of fashion and media productions in NY as I’m determined to gain as much experience as I can before my visa runs out. I just finished producing a reality T.V. show. My dream is to travel the world and make documentaries about the most intriguing places and people.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Cork, Ireland slicker, born and raised. My parents are from Castlegregory, which is a tiny village on the west coast of Ireland; I’ve spent a lot of time there. Head for the city, heart for the country. I am in NY until the end of the year. Then London.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Heroes. My mother and father: Sarah Varian and Gerry Barry. When I was 7, my mother wore a jumper dress, ripped tights, and Doc Martin boots, and came home with a shaved head. My dad looked up at her and said, “Cool.”… Um, legends!
5: What book is your bible?
I’m obsessed with photography, travel, fashion and interior books. I don’t have the patience to read “stories”. I was never an active reader. My mother (a writer) would torment me and tell me to read more but I would have a camera in my hand instead. The only book I brought with me to NY is a book by Nuala O’Faolain, who was an Irish journalist, TV producer, feminist, and one hell of an inspiration.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I actually don’t hate much. Except for massive egos, passive aggressiveness and people who think having money makes them better than people who don’t. I love laughing. I love people with good energy. Hate people with bad energy, but I love telling them they have it. I love feeling free. I love music, being young. I love when people support each other, love people who earn success, and love working. I am a total foodie and eat out far too much. I love the LES, love going out (which I also do far too much). I love the streets of NY in the summer, the glamour. Most of all, I love being Irish. It gets me away with murder.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I need a G&T for that one.
8: What is your favorite color?
White, olive or pink… depends on my mood.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Robin, my childhood crush.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
The Fat Radish in the LES, Tea & Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue for a taste of home. Also the beautiful secret cafe garden at the back of La Palette a few doors up from where I lived in the summertime.
11: What turns you on?
Confident, driven, stylish rogues. Preferably English.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: Do you wish you were living in NY as a 23-year-old forever?
Eimear Varian Barry is a producer and presenter from Cork, Ireland. At 23, she already has an array of experience in the media, photography, and fashion worlds in New York and Ireland.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Alexander Paton
Design by Jillian Mercado
Eimear Varian Barry, Cork, Ireland, Photography by Alexander Paton