The Savvy Assistant

Meet Bryan Gibbs, New York PA to Susan Sarandon

November 10th, 2014 · Celeb Assistants

Processed with MoldivThis SC based blogger doesn’t get to meet all the PA’s when interviewing for Savvy. BUT, the next time I”m in NYC, I would love to play a game of Spin Pong with Bryan or take those puppies for a walk as he seems like the Best Friend you’d love to be around.  He is lucky to have Susan Sarandon for a boss {chocolate goodies from trips huge +++ in my book}, and she is equally blessed to have a PA of his kindness in her court as well.  Thank you Bryan for your promptness, good spirits and overall awesomeness when communicating. Proud to call you a PA.  Enjoy getting to know Bryan Gibbs, PA to the one & only mesmerizing Susan Sarandon.

LH: How did you become a Personal Assistant to Susan & have you had prior experience as one?

Bryan: I used to be a stage manager in theatre and met Susan while working on Exit The King with her. Three years later, I just happened to call her when she was looking to hire a new assistant and I asked if she’d hire me. She had me come over and offered me the job, so I quit the show I was supposed to start later that week and instead started with Susan the next day. While I had never been a personal assistant per se, all of my stage management skills – scheduling, coordinating, generally making things happen – lent themselves extremely well to this job. Instead of managing a cast of thirty, I only have to handle one person, which is great.

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LH:  NY is just absolutely gorgeous this time of year! What fun little spot that you favor to visit but is under the radar?

Bryan: I live in New Jersey and only commute to the City for work, so I don’t spend any of my free time there. It’s not under the radar, but in the summer I like to sit outside at Blockheads on Worldwide Plaza and drink Black Flowers (sangria with a margarita float).

LH:  Uber is the latest and greatest App everyone is using! What other Apps do you use that helps make your life more efficient as a PA?

Bryan: I just discovered Task Rabbit which is life-changing. You can pay people to do practically anything and schedule/pay for it all through the app. Moving, painting, messenger service, party staff, light-bulb-changing. Really, almost anything. I also can’t live without Exit Strategy. If you use the NY subway regularly, you know you can save time by boarding the train at the perfect spot so that when you arrive at your stop, you land right in front of the exit you need. Exit Strategy helps you figure out which car you should be on for any given stop in the City.

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LH: You mentioned on Twitter you are a lover of history documentaries {me too, actually}. I think that’s awesome. Which one has intrigued you the most?

Bryan: Anything by Ken Burns.

LH:  A life of a PA can be hectic & fast paced. What do you like to do during the day to get refreshed & refocused?

Bryan: I’ll occasionally drink a 5 hour energy or, if I can, take a nap on the couch. I also like to just stand at look at the amazing views out the windows. In theatre, I worked in a lot of basements, so having a ton of windows never gets old.

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LH: So, I gotta ask: Are you a die hard fan of Spinpong? A little evidence {pic enclosed} lol. For those readers who have no idea what I’m talking about, would you like to share what exactly it is and how can they get involved?

Bryan: SPiN is best described as a ping pong social club. It’s right on 23rd and Park. Susan and her business partners took it from being an underground thing among friends to something totally legit. I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan only because I’m not in the City for fun very often, but I always have a great time when I’m there. I love that you can eat and drink your face off and still not feel super full because of all the moving around you do while playing.

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LH: Oh so sweet that Your boss SS spoils you with Icecream & chocolate goodies {pic enclosed}. What gifts make you feel appreciated the most? Do you prefer time off, a service like a massage or relaxation or good ‘ol sweets?!

Bryan: I do get special chocolate from nearly every trip that Susan goes on and that’s all I really need in life. It’s not expected at all, but it’s really nice that she even thinks about me when she travels.


LH: Penny Lane {aka MsPennyPuppy} has quite a following on Twitter {and her playmate sis @msrigbypuppy}! She is totally adorable! What is her favorite unusual puppy treat?

Bryan: Anything she can fetch. She’s super neurotic about her toys and will get mad at you if you don’t throw one of them for her.

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Thank you Bryan Gibbs for sharing with Savvy readers! Wishing you mounds of chocolate ahead, Spinpong challenges and oodles of canine love from @mspennypuppy and @msrigbypuppy~


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5 Nutrition & Fitness tips

August 28th, 2014 · Exercise, Food, Health, Skinny Tips

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Meeting a trainer one day a week has made a HUGE difference in getting nutritional info. as well as surviving  killer workouts using muscles I wouldn’t have otherwise. Here is a mix of  Exercise & Nutrition tips I’ve learned recently &  passing it right along to ya:

1} Mix It UP: No fancy treadmill is needed. These steps shown above near my casa are all I need. The blue barrel? A truck driving school nearby uses these to block off their driving area. I use them to weave in & out of and S P R I N T  down.

2} Protein Powder: Instead of adding Peanut Butter to shakes,  use 1 scoop of Protein Powder to reduce the fat. In addition, make use of  bruised & over ripened fruit by  tossing it into your shake, add a little yogurt & Almond milk {lower cals}. My favorite inexpensive blender I use {here}

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Over ripened fruit to a Peachy Yummy smoothie!

3} P O P C O R N:  I ADORE, crave & quite frankly have a fixation over POPCORN. Switch out the sodium overloaded prepackaged popcorn with the old school stove popped version:

*Use 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil in a Pot over the stove, the old fashioned way!
*1 Cup of Popcorn Kernels
*1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt, Mix & indulge

4} Swap this for That: Little changes add up. Add Kale to your smoothies to get your greens{switch out with Spinach when need a change from Kale}. For the rest of your Kale bag, oven bake them with olive oil & a dash of salt for a crunchy snack {best if eaten hot out of the oven}. Swap out the mashed potatoes for pureed Garlic Cauliflower. If you do have a potato craving, change it to a sweet potato instead for a healthy option.

5} Different Movements, different parts: Switch up your routine to use different muscles. It is soo darn easy to get stuck in the exercise rut. Try something fun & if intimated, ask for help. My recent overcome? Trying this “Jacob’s Ladder” . Talk about challenging, Wowza!

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LIVE your passion: Profiling one cool Chic

August 18th, 2014 · Giving


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There are a  few woman I am constantly INSPIRED by,  look up to and amazed at how they do it all.

My curiosity is always peeked on what they are going to do next. Their life is exciting, their creativity ongoing but most of all…their hearts overflowing.  Their passion is seen, not just heard. They make a difference, not just chitter chatter about it.

One of these cool chics is...Alison Storm. Wow.

Her Passion: Water of Life , changing one isolated village at a time by building fresh water wells.

How she has lived out her passion: Alison has flown around the world to India flying xxx miles away, leaving her hubby & little boy Sammy for the sake of others. Four plane rides later, Alison  reaches India to witness and hear the stories of those in need of fresh water and support . She breathed life into the voices of the children there by sharing their story.  She has brought their message back {Listen Here, it’s awesome}, encouraging us to hear them and make a difference.

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Alison trecked to the isolated villages to meet the people & help with them getting a new Fresh Well for their water supply. Ya never know what you’ll find on the way!


What does Making A Difference Look Like? I love hearing hearing about individuals, their story and what they have overcome. Below left  is Shanti, who learned how to “Face time” and in such a better place now having  fresh water daily. Among others, Alison also met Jyothsna, who has  tremendously been impacted by Water of Life. She now is able to make $300 a month as a trained seamstress. She currently sends the organization $50 of her hard earnings funds back to help other children in need. Jyothsna’s dream? To become a doctor one day.



Immersed in their culture, Alison received her first Henna tattoo, endured mosquito bites galore, laughed &  connected with the other girls.

THE BEST is still coming

Thanks to Water of Life, helping their dreams of freedom and fresh water become a reality.  How rewarding is that?


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What ‘s YOUR Passion?

~Well then , go get it Tiger. YOU can be the one person that actually makes a difference~

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