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Cooking at home takes creativity, endurance, and patience. It can also be meditative: I love simple prep work, the repetition and necessary focus shield my mind from worry and my breathing grows steady.


In this video, we showcased the prep process in an uplifting way, focusing on produce and product alike. We shared it across Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, in an effort to shine some light in these uncertain times.


What are your go-to veggies at the grocery store, and how do you choose them? How do you rank versatility, shelf life, and of course, flavor preference? Do you find cooking to be meditative?


Dylan Leavitt

Founder & Executive Producer

Studio Dylan

In a matter of weeks, everyone has had to learn the basics of setting up a shot: from Zoom to FaceTime and IG Livestreams, video has infiltrated our homes. It's important to put effort into your appearance, lighting, and surroundings on camera because it boosts your confidence and earns respect from your colleagues and friends.

As a producer for several national TV and digital series,I've learned the tips and tricks from the field to look your best on camera. That's meant discussing shirt selection with talent minutes before a cooking segment and rearranging an interview subject's kitchen counter on the fly, making sure the rogue bottle of Windex is put away, and the arranging the charming flour canisters just so. As a YouTube show host, I also learned my filler words, how to conduct a clear interview, and what clothing made me feel most confident in myself.

While I understand not everyone is interested in staging a full-scale production in their living rooms with kids running around just out of frame, and honestly there's no need, I'm sharing a handful of tips so you can improve your video conference style. In the end, the goal is to make sure the focus is on you and what you have to say!

Dylan Leavitt

Founder & Executive Producer

Studio Dylan




As I've been running Studio Dylan from my home office for the past couple of years, I decided to share my advice for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and productivity when working from home.


• Change out of your PJs!  While it might be fun for the first couple of days to stay in bed and keep it casual, this is unsustainable for the long-term. Instate a morning routine that loosely resembles your pre-WFH habits.


Wake up at a reasonable hour.

Make the bed.

Take a shower.

Put on normal clothes (comfy okay!)


• Respect lunch! Unlike a shared workspace where you'll have multiple social interactions throughout the day, when working from home, it's very easy to get sucked into tasks and lose track of time. Chapterize your day by having a proper lunch so you can refuel to maintain mental endurance. Consider taking a walk around the block or focus on breathing for a few minutes to reset for the afternoon.

"Commute" to your personal time! When you're done with work for the day, pack up your materials and store them in a closet or close the office door. Act like you are commuting home, by which I mean create physical separation between your work and personal spaces as much as possible.

• And of course...have fun! If you want to work out at 11AM, go for it. If you'd love to get a head start on dinner, do it. But try to develop a daily or weekly routine so that you can establish and respect your separate work and personal mindsets.



Dylan Leavitt

Founder & Executive Producer

Studio Dylan

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