After many years as an actor, dancer, singer, waiter specializing in customer service work in the restaurant business in New York City, Barry ended up moving to Los Angeles where he began working full-time in the entertainment industry. All told Barry has spent upwards of twenty years in entertainment including performing, producing, and casting theater, film and television, as well as writing, hosting, and management positions within the Studio Television industry. Barry’s longest run was in the world of Casting where he worked on Features and Television, and then got into Casting Production working at Universal Television for eight years on shows like “Law & Order,” “The Office,” and “House” to name a few.
During Barry’s time working in television he had a very deep desire to make a meaningful contribution in the world and ended up going back to school to get a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, a degree that focuses on helping others to live an integrative and purposeful life. So with all this life experience and training under his belt he took some time away from the entertainment business and became a life coach, and for the past 13 years has coached hundreds of individuals in connecting more deeply with their hearts, their life purpose, and helped them to create a pathway to move forward in a direction more aligned with who they truly are.
Recently Barry finished a transformational self-help memoir, “Traveling Light/One Armchair Mystic’s Guide to the Universe.” Barry is also a regular contributor to PositivelyPositive.com, where his blogs reach over one million subscribers each month. Currently, Barry is working on a screenplay called “Surviving Love,” and of course, making each and every day the BEST DAY EVER with Eliza Swords!
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Born in New York City to a jazz-loving father and a folk-singing mother, Eliza Swords was destined for the world of creativity. Spending her first 18 years in the playgrounds of Broadway and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her inspiration started young. after moving to Los Angeles for college to pursue her dreams of the film world, Eliza met spirituality in the form of the Dalai Lama in Central Park. She took that spark back to LA where she has been combining art and spirit for the last 20 years.
After graduating with a bachelor’s in film from Occidental College, Eliza worked for many small production companies and post-production companies including Miramax, where she learned the ins and outs of filmmaking from development to red carpet premiere. After this she worked on many movies both behind and in front of the camera filling almost every role possible on a set. She then wrote, directed and produced the short film “Atma” which went on to win Best Experimental Short at the New York International Film Festival. Eliza has written many features, plays and television shows over the years and loves little more than watching a creation’s journey from script to stage or screen.
Currently she is writing a novel based on her father’s work in the civil rights movement entitled “The Bellflower” which takes place in Mississippi. She has also directed Bristol Baughn’s one woman show “Judge-a-holic” now showing in several west coast cities. Eliza and her creative partner Barry Clark are creating uplifting content on social media via “Best Day Ever with Barry and Eliza”, a Facebook and YouTube phenomenon reaching thousands of people around the world. She and Barry are also inspiring love and joy through producing and delivering heartfelt and entertaining content with their production company Pure Honey Ink. Projects are in development for social media, film, television and publishing.
Visit Eliza’s personal website here.