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Who Am I ?

EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY

An Introduction to EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY

April 2011

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?

A. Clearly.

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.

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