Sitters Studio on MSNBC!

This month, JJ Ramberg of “Your Business” on MSNBC chose to feature Sitters Studio as an example of Company Culture! We had a wonderful time with the film crew, and we got a great behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a news segment. Everyone in the office was interviewed, and Ms. Ramberg’s questions reminded us of how much we enjoy working together. We spent two days filming, both in the office and “on location,” to create enough material for five exciting minutes! This clip has everything; laughter, storytime, rock and roll, a ukulele and even an operatic aria! Can you spot them all?  Click here to watch us in action.

When the Sitter's an Artist

“…Ms. Wilson, who studied vocal performance at New York University, went to work for Morgan Stanley after college and shuffled back and forth between the office and auditions, rehearsals and performances.

“I never got in trouble at work, but it was literally unsustainable,” Ms. Wilson said. “I just wanted to make a company that was for the arts, by the arts, with the arts, with the artist as the help. So I made a list of everything I wanted in a perfect job.”

After hearing colleagues at Morgan Stanley lament the dearth of good sitters, Ms. Wilson approached her boss, who helped her launch Sitters Studio.

…Television and surfing the Internet are strongly discouraged and, for the most part, prohibited. Both Ms. Darin and Ms. Wilson make sure their sitters know how best to play to their own artistic strengths, but are also prepared with back-up plans.

…They employ more performing artists than visual artists, which reflects the demographic in New York and also the owners’ interests. Ms. Wilson explained that the makeup is reversed in her hometown of Chicago, where she operates a second Sitters Studio, managing 30 to 40 artisitters remotely.

Part of that is recognizing that the artisitters need support in their efforts to become professional artists. Ms. Wilson’s Sitters Studio has three studios in its new office on West 30th Street, and some of the sitters use them to run their own theater companies, or just to warm up before auditions.

Ms. Wilson joked that artistic baby-sitting is a natural fit for New York City, where young artists looking for work can hook up with a clientele base in search of credentialed, creative sitters.

By LAURA HEDLI
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2011

When the Sitter’s an Artist

“…Ms. Wilson, who studied vocal performance at New York University, went to work for Morgan Stanley after college and shuffled back and forth between the office and auditions, rehearsals and performances.

“I never got in trouble at work, but it was literally unsustainable,” Ms. Wilson said. “I just wanted to make a company that was for the arts, by the arts, with the arts, with the artist as the help. So I made a list of everything I wanted in a perfect job.”

After hearing colleagues at Morgan Stanley lament the dearth of good sitters, Ms. Wilson approached her boss, who helped her launch Sitters Studio.

…Television and surfing the Internet are strongly discouraged and, for the most part, prohibited. Both Ms. Darin and Ms. Wilson make sure their sitters know how best to play to their own artistic strengths, but are also prepared with back-up plans.

…They employ more performing artists than visual artists, which reflects the demographic in New York and also the owners’ interests. Ms. Wilson explained that the makeup is reversed in her hometown of Chicago, where she operates a second Sitters Studio, managing 30 to 40 artisitters remotely.

Part of that is recognizing that the artisitters need support in their efforts to become professional artists. Ms. Wilson’s Sitters Studio has three studios in its new office on West 30th Street, and some of the sitters use them to run their own theater companies, or just to warm up before auditions.

Ms. Wilson joked that artistic baby-sitting is a natural fit for New York City, where young artists looking for work can hook up with a clientele base in search of credentialed, creative sitters.

By LAURA HEDLI
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2011

Chicago Babysitters for Out-of-Towners

As that rare date night approaches, my husband and I usually find ourselves nervously looking out the front window, or checking my phone for texts. Is she really going to make it? We wonder. And on time?

Because every parent knows that a good babysitter is hard to find. One that will have a Friday or Saturday night free in the first place. One that won’t call or text – last minute – to say she’s sick, can’t make it, is still waiting for the bus and won’t be there for at least another half hour. One experienced enough to handle a baby and keep an older kid in check. Then if he or she does come, I find myself kissing the kids goodbye and hoping, just hoping, that they won’t burn down the home while we’re out. And then, while we’re out, I’m stuck checking my cell phone for missed calls and answering texts with such statements as, “Yes, 6 ounces of formula” or “No, he does have a bedtime, 9pm,” and hoping that they’re not watching another movie like Snakes on A Plane like he did once with one particular babysitter. Sigh.

Enter Sitters Studio, a relatively new babysitting service that is expanding from New York into Chicago. Pick the babysitter that best matches your children’s ages, activity levels and interests and Sitters Studio will send them your way. For out of town guests, they’ll be happy to send a sitter to your hotel!

All sitters are artists-in-training by profession (a.k.a. in local art college students), have childcare experience and have undergone a rigorous qualification process; some sitters even specialize in multiples and early infant care. Best of all, each sitter arrives with a tote full of artistic toys and craft supplies – especially useful for out of town guest staying in hotels who haven’t brought along a toy chest.

Posted on October 24, 2011 by tiramisumom
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