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How Amazon Became One of Washington’s Most Powerful Players

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How The Heroine Of ‘Ella Enchanted’ (Accidentally) Became A Feminist Icon

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How Peaches Became A Pop Culture ‘Fetish’

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In Vintage Clip, RuPaul Explains How He Became A Drag Queen ‘By Accident’

RuPaul may be one of the country’s best known drag queens, but the show biz veteran has said that drag wasn’t always in the plans when he envisioned his path to stardom.

It’s a point RuPaul made more than 20 years ago when he appeared as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1995. While he’d fully embraced his uniqueness, RuPaul had assumed he would follow a well-trodden path to fame when he was young ― through the mainstream media.

“I always wanted to be a star ever since I was a little drag queen growing up in Georgia,” he told Oprah back then.

So, RuPaul began taking acting classes. Then, when he was 21, the budding entertainer wrote into a public access variety show. Appearing on free-spirited “The American Music Show” was RuPaul’s television debut, and he was hooked. Emerging on the drag scene, however, still wasn’t top of mind at the time.

“The drag thing, so, it really happened by accident,” RuPaul said. “I was doing punk and I’d had a mohawk and I’d play with makeup and stuff. Then, some people on a lark said, ‘Why don’t you do drag and see what it looks like?’”

As RuPaul quickly discovered, switching from his punk rock style to drag-queen glam drew rave reviews. “Honey. The reaction I got from people was amazing,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

As RuPaul experimented with his identity, he found not just success ― he’s the charismatic host of the award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” after all ― but he also found more of himself.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said of dressing in drag. “I think everybody ought to get in some type of drag… It brings out different aspects of your personality. And I think when you’re on this planet, in this lifetime, it’s important to try different things. Life is a banquet and most people are starving to death.” 

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How a 23-Year-Old With Mild Anxiety and a Charmed Life Became the Lying, Sobbing, Lovesick Toast of Broadway

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How The Realism Of ‘This Is Us’ Became The Escapism From Our Surreal New World

When I first heard about “This Is Us,” I had my cynical doubts. There was something in the promos about shared birthdays and soul connections and the meaning of everything sappy and Mandy Moore. Oh yeah, and it was a drama on NBC so, please, mother of Mary Tyler Moore, give me a break. Network shows were over so long ago. Besides, I was gearing up for “Homeland” and my new fave, “The Man in the High Castle.”

Fast-forward to February when I’ve binged everything from “Good Girls Revolt” to “Goliath” to “How to Get Away With Murder”—technically a network show but they only do half the normal amount of episodes and get away with murderous non-censorship. I needed something new to watch and decided I’d give the first episode a try.

I fell in love with the Pearson clan by the time the closing credits hit and leaped through the episodes as fast as the show leaps through decades. The characters struggle through issues all of us are familiar with to some extent: obesity, alcoholism and addiction, breakdowns, same-sex relationships, racism, old age, financial hardships and, the biggie, death. It also moves with a swift back and forth of timelines that would be confusing if they weren’t so deftly handled and intricately woven together. Kudos to the writers.

But I realized something else wonderful as I watched Kate hem and haw over desserts and Toby, and Randall find his real dad while wife Beth got the show’s best zingers, and Kevin’s triceps’ triceps give Hollywood the finger—Manny, he’s a looker!—and Jack and Rebecca go through the struggles of raising kids without the help of cellphones: What hit me in my TV epiphany is that the series, which first aired on Sept. 20, 2016, is a show without Trump!

In a few short months it’s become a sentimental flashback to a more innocent time. (”Happy Days” took 20 years to remind us how fun drive-ins and duck-tails were.) Since our new world has been dipped into Alice’s looking glass, realism has become the new escapism.

“This Is Us” avoids outward politics altogether and focuses on family dynamics. It was developed when Obama was still president and moral inventory, like the ever-changing world we live in, took center stage. Like this year’s other new shows, I imagine the creative team behind “This Is Us” assumed Hillary Clinton would become president and the country outside Randall’s beautiful New Jersey home wouldn’t be threatened by repression of free speech, a spike in hate crimes, an un-American Muslim ban, the stripping away of the Affordable Care Act and environmental protections and competent cabinet members, and the daily hell of a tweeting lunatic we have to pay attention to behind the curtain. “This Is Us” is like “The Wizard of Oz” in that respect, and we all want to go home.

Other TV shows have become depressing for the sheer fact that they do cover Washington, even if the mirror is one of a well-meaning, if imperfect, government. “Homeland’s” having a terrific season with classic spy-thriller plots, yet every time I watch the new (female) president-elect, I can’t help but think how level-headed and realistic she seems in comparison to our real-fake leader. “Scandal’s” as outrageously fantastical as ever (a show where we judge the leads’ likability on how few high crimes they’ve committed), but Mellie Grant looks downright presidential compared to 45. Even “Designated Survivor,” a show that imagines a post-apocalyptic Washington and terror plots galore, winds up making me sad we don’t have someone in charge as level-headed as Tom Kirkman—heck, at this point I’d take Kiefer Sutherland.

As for “The Man in the High Castle,” in one year it’s gone from sci-fi escapism to future shock. Are we to find out on the next season of “This Is Us” that New Jersey is now New St. Petersburg?

“This Is Us” invites us to explore the issues that have been bluntly sidestepped by the circus of Trump’s absurdist ascendency. We can’t ignore him in conversations, on social media, or every time we have nightmares about the rise of American fascism. Nor should we. But once a week we can watch real actors play real people who work on real problems in a dignified way that makes us proud to be American citizens.

Tuesday night is the season finale, and I’m on the edge of my seat wondering how things are gonna tie up. When I sit down to watch, I’ll turn off the noise of truth-impaired advisors and white supremacists in leadership positions and the marketing of the White House and a press secretary who lies so often his nose needs its own zip code and the man who would be king.

For an hour I’ll indulge in something distant and beautiful and full of the promise that was taken away in the middle of the night like a soul mate who took his last breath. I’ll indulge in US.

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How A Hijab-Friendly Brooklyn Salon Became A Space For Women’s Empowerment

Muslim cosmetologist Huda Quhshi used to lug her supplies around New York City, cutting and coloring women’s hair over sinks in crowded apartments. 

But Quhshi’s days of itinerant hairstyling are over. Last month, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge, the 37-year-old realized her lifelong dream of opening a salon that caters entirely to women. Her salon, Le’Jemalik, has become a kind of sanctuary for women who want to let their hair down in a ladies-only space.

“It’s a place where you can come and feel relaxed, and just have a beautiful experience without worrying that a man is going to walk in,” Quhshi told The Huffington Post.

Le’Jemalik, which means “for your beauty” in Arabic, offers a full range of services, from hairstyling to nails, waxing and makeup. It even sells wedding dresses and offers regular seminars for beauty professionals looking to enhance their skills.

The salon hosted its grand opening on Jan. 29, with hundreds of visitors stopping by to glimpse the space, Quhshi said. It had already attracted a fair amount of media attention, not only as a business run by and for women but as a place where Muslim women, in particular, can feel safe and welcome.

Not all Muslim women cover their hair or wear hijabs. But those who do maintain a commitment to covering in front of men to whom they aren’t related. It’s a tradition upheld by some Orthodox Jewish women, as well.

Some salons have dividers or rooms in the back to accommodate women with these religious requirements. But Quhshi said she wasn’t aware of any other salons in New York City where the entire space is a men-free zone.

Men are allowed in the front waiting area of Le’Jemalik, but the actual service area lies behind a double door that only women may pass through. 

Quhshi said the salon has attracted many Muslim and Jewish clients since it opened. But she emphasized that “this space is for all women.”

“I’ve had women from other faiths tell me that they’re so excited about this space, even though they’re not Muslim,” she said. “They’re happy to be able to support a woman-run business and come here just because they want to feel comfortable.”

As a hijab-wearing Muslim woman of Yemeni descent, Quhshi said she hopes she can be an inspiration to other women who may have to overcome bias to achieve their goals. 

“I want to help other girls follow their dreams,” she said. “I’m definitely happy to empower other women and make other women feel like I’ve opened doors for them.”

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I Never Experienced Parenthood Until I Became My Mother’s Caretaker

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“Who’s Your Mama?”

By the time I was 20, I was sure having children wasn’t for me. It was a conscious decision, but to fully understand the reason why, not so simple. To this day, I cannot fully answer why my desire was to live my life childless. I have no regrets with that life choice or any others I have made along the way.

How could I have known at 54 years old the essence of a child would enter my life in the guise of a mother challenged by Alzheimer’s? I did not ask for this, but it is the current chapter of my life. What this flip-flopped role of daughter becoming mother has shown me is what a wonderful mother I would have been… what a wonderful “mother” I am!

My role reversal with mom is nothing short of amazing. The dynamic of being thrust into this “parental” role is life-changing. I have learned to embrace this frail being whose existence has become dependency and helplessness. Her emotional tantrums that seem to flair up when things don’t go just as she expected. No fault of her own, of course, just another result of the disconnect in her thought process from her disease.

How could I have known at 54 years old the essence of a child would enter my life in the guise of a mother challenged by Alzheimer’s?

Preparing healthy meals and snacks and administering medications are daily affairs. Gently cleansing her 86 year old body in lavender suds as she clings to me in the shower. Pulling her outfits out for the day and often getting vetoed by her for my blouse or trouser choice due to color or fabric. Transporting her to appointments and engagements to keep her healthy. Scolding her for mishaps, only to later embrace her with warm hugs and apologies. Washing her clothes, paying the bills, cleaning our home to make her feel safe and secure.

It is truly like raising a child.

There is only one difference and it is a very big one. As our parents did all these wondrous life caring tasks for us as children, we learned just how truly fortunate we were. As we aged, we gained a deep and loving appreciation for them that would grow as we grew. We learned how to reward their efforts by making them proud of us with our journeys in life.

With the Alzheimer’s “child,” the “parent” and their care are usually forgotten in the flash of a moment. They live in the moment, but as it slides past, they have no recollection of the delicious dinner or the warm towel wrapped around them after their shower. They don’t remember who the gift was from at Christmas or that the cake was in celebration of their birthday. They cannot be thankful for their caregivers attention to the administering of medication because as soon as they swallow the pills they have forgotten they have been given them.

Looking into her sweet, sunken eyes and knowing she is safe is enough reward for me.

It certainly is not that they don’t appreciate you as you place their dinner upon the flowered placemat or apply the moisturizer to their dry winter skin or clean the lenses on their eyeglasses. It’s just as soon as you finish this caring gesture, in their afflicted mind, it is gone. They don’t remember any of it.

So my “child” does not strive to make me proud with good grades or personal accomplishments. She just needs me. She needs my mind for hers is failing. And my “child” does not need to make me proud, for my pride comes in knowing I am doing the best I can for her. I do not need accolades. Looking into her sweet, sunken eyes and knowing she is safe is enough reward for me.

And as I tuck her into bed this evening and kiss her on the forehead, I will turn out the light knowing I was the best “mother” I could be.

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How Cockroaches Became My New Self-Help Gurus

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Oh, I’m totally enlightened. But I’m having a panic attack right now, so do you mind if we talk after I don’t feel like running screaming naked down the street? You’re a doll.

The other day at therapy my shrink had the balls to say to me, “You’re reporting today. I don’t want you reporting. I want you to tell me about the cockroaches in your bed last night. Let’s talk about that.”

I really hated him for saying that (not really). But he was right. I report. I talk as if I were on social media. Look at this funny ad, my skin looks so good today, I have a freak of a dog. I do it when I’m not connected to what I’m really feeling.

I know why I can be like that. I had a very, very weird childhood. Like Addams Family weird. My mother was mentally ill. She screwed me up, and I’ve spent my entire life unscrewing myself (you get the idea). I’ve healed. I am, to overuse the word, blessed. Cue the marching band.

That’s why nowadays I’m a super positive guy because the alternative wasn’t working. Sure, I’m watering down years and years of yoga, meditation and psychotherapy, but the happy ending I’ve been searching for I’m now living. Praise Jesus!

But then there’s this bug issue.

It’s not that bugs were literally swarming over me, but that I have anxiety nightmares about them. I’ve had anxiety dreams for years. Most of the dreams are so violent they literally bolt me out of my bed and send me careening into my living room. Honestly, It’s really embarrassing. Another solid reason to remain single.

What really gets my goat is that all I do every day is connect with my friggin’ Higher Self. I take yoga classes and vitamins and breath, breath, breath, and yet after all this, I still have the occasional dream where I’m being suffocated by cockroaches. No wonder my application for Zen Priesthood was declined.

When I finally calm down afterwards, I feel like an idiot. Old feelings of depression come up. I was clinically depressed for years so I know how the old throw me under a bus oh my God I hate my life can I eat those Doritos depression feels.

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Me. When I used to eat my feelings. All of them.
And I do mean all of them.

I want to call a friend so they can tell me it’s all going to be alright, but I know calling a friend at 3:33 a.m. isn’t the smartest way to keep a thriving friendship alive. So I watch more episodes of Friends and sometimes take a teddy bear I have in my linen closet to bed with me. Don’t tell anyone.

My shrink told me next week we’re going to have to talk about the bugs. I have no idea what they really represent, but I’m guessing it’s something to do with my inability to practice what I preach, which is believing that everything is going to be alright.

I’ve studied with enough gurus (some named Skye, which is really hard for me not to make fun of) so I know that feeling anxious and depressed is the most effective way to block off what the Universe is trying to tell me. It’s like putting a muzzle over a megaphone that’s attached to my ear.

The past few years I’ve witness this wild phenomena where I ask the Universe for something, and it shows up. Literally. For years I used to think that kind of thinking was for people who dropped acid and twirled around Central Park with glow sticks in their hands. But then I realized it’s how the world works so I shut my pie hole.

So if that’s the case, what the hell’s the deal with the bugs?

I may not be able to see the truth of it right now, but I do know that my panic dreams aren’t the real me, but the old me, the younger Michael who used to have extreme anxiety disorder and suffered from depression and looked like something out of The Walking Dead. The Michael who never felt consistently loved as a boy, so he never learned to trust that things always work out.

I used to say, How could I learn to trust if my first source of trust broke my heart? I’m sick of saying that. The script is getting old. Time for a rewrite.

I’ve come a million miles from where I used to be. I’ll work past this bug thing. The key is to stop throwing things like anxiety and depression and bugs in my path.

All this insight from a bunch of cockroaches. Who knew?

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Namaste, Neurosis

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How A Former Shy Girl Became A Confident Career Coach

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Welcome! I’m a self-employed career and business coach who helps introverts clarify and thrive in their true livelihood so they can have the meaning and balance they crave. I love my work, and I can’t wait to start getting your questions for this career and business advice column for introverts.

Let’s start off this relationship with me confiding in you.

My shy girl past

I was painfully shy all through my school years. I loved to escape by reading and climbing trees. Up in a tree, I could relax and watch people, but they couldn’t see me.

When I was little, people could barely hear me speak—if I could get any words out at all. The more people demanded I speak up, the worse I felt about myself, and the more I wanted to hide and stay silent.

I grew up in a loud and extroverted family, and I didn’t understand why I felt so out of sync. I craved quiet. I almost craved invisibility as well. One time, I crawled into a refrigerator box on the patio and happily read there for hours. I was delighted that no one could find me!

And yet, I also hated invisibility. I wanted to be noticed, to be heard! I had questions to ask. I had plenty of ideas and opinions. I just had trouble saying them out loud.

I was also highly sensitive—easily rattled by noise, light, speed, heights, and, well, people. (It wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered what “high sensitivity” was and how to work with it instead of against it.) Turns out, it often correlates with introversion.

As a result of my sensitivity and external stressors, I suffered from a lot of anxiety. I didn’t know this then; to me, swirling thoughts, stomachaches, and fear of speaking (at all) was my normal state of being.

Throughout school, I was obsessed with getting good grades, probably as a way to not rock the boat and remain invisible. But when my 11th grade English teacher assigned an oral report, I panicked! I approached the teacher after class to see if she would just give me an F so I wouldn’t have to do it. An F for me was a horrifying thought, but speaking in front of the class was worse.

She refused, and I lived with a stomachache and panicky thoughts for two weeks. At last, I eked out a passable report. I think the pounding of my heart must have been louder than my trembling quiet voice. It felt like a miracle that I survived the experience.

(My heart goes out to kids in the same situation today. Luckily, teachers are getting more information about how to help.)

Speaking got easier in college. I didn’t “grow out of shyness” as people often assume will happen; rather, I finally tuned into my passions. The more interested I was, the less I noticed my fear.

Still, I dreaded giving oral reports, and I was one of the quieter students in class. I was driven by passions, but I still wasn’t confident.

My winding career journey

After college, I wanted to save the world, and I thought teaching was the perfect outlet. Despite my fears, I took a job as a health educator.

With the help of on-the-job training and a pre-set curriculum, my speaking anxiety gradually went away! My confidence was growing. Looking back, I now understand that passion (along with support) can trump fear. That lesson has shaped my work.

Even though I had more ease and confidence with public speaking, I still found it exhausting. After far too many days ended with my head on my desk and me in tears, I quit my job without another one lined up. I quickly went through my small savings and had to get help.

I went to a career coach, who helped me understand why my last job wasn’t a good fit. What a relief it was to learn I wasn’t a freak! There was nothing wrong with me, nothing to fix—I was simply an introvert and needed to focus on my strengths.

After that turning point, I tried various roles over the years, including human resources management and web marketing. I chose work that allowed more alone time to think, and I still found ways to have a say in groups. I found my own leadership style, and my confidence grew.

Still, I had a sense that work could be more fulfilling. With much soul searching and professional career guidance, I discovered that I was happiest when using my coaching skills, and I decided that coaching was the best fit for me.

My long-term dream of self-employment started to come into focus as I imagined being a coach. I was ready to spread my wings even wider.

But are introverts good at being self-employed?

At first, I was nervous about whether I could handle things like promoting and growing a business, which are typically associated with extroversion. I simply couldn’t bring myself to promote my business in the standard extroverted way.

To my surprise, the more I did things my own way, that was aligned with me, the better things went! People were drawn to my events and services, probably because of my authenticity and non-salesy approach. My business grew.

Turns out introverts can be great at the so-called extrovert territories of leadership, self-employment, and self-promotion—if they do it their own way.

I discovered I could just show up at a networking event, without perfect words, and simply engage in meaningful conversations. No sales pitch in hand. I was just myself. No extrovert mask. No race to collect stacks of business cards.

The more I took steps that aligned with my heart and my nature, the more excited and fulfilled I felt. My work energized me. People commented that I was glowing. And that glow helped attract more clients. Being true to myself paid off. It felt like a gift from heaven.

Who I am today

People who know me today are surprised to hear that I used to be extremely shy. In fact, sometimes they don’t understand that I’m still introverted, but I am. I’m confident, and I enjoy socializing, but it has to be on my terms. I still value my alone time, when I can slow down, breathe, and listen to what my heart tells me.

Introduction to this advice column

I’m not about doling out directions such as “you should do X because I said so.” I want to help you find and do what is true for you. I can detect where things are getting off track and help nudge you back into your true path.

Above all, I want you to understand that you can earn a living and be true to yourself. I’m challenging that outdated cultural norm that says we have to become extroverted to succeed. That’s what the Quiet Revolution is about, and I’m on board.

Career or business worries? Want to know how to say something at work? Want to figure out how marketing or networking can work best for you? Send your questions to Val Nelson!

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How One 14-Year-Old’s Dream To Help Underprivileged Girls Became A National Success

Most 14-year-olds are busy studying for biology tests, trying out for school sports teams and musical productions, and searching for spare time to sleep. Not Allyson Ahlstrom.

At age 14, she started a non-profit organization, and nearly six years later, Threads for Teens is a nationally-recognized organization doing incredible work. The organization’s mission statement explains that it aims to inspire confidence in young women by providing underprivileged teen girls with the opportunity to pick out a new outfit or two from the back of the company’s mobile boutique, which is run out of the back of a pink 18-wheeler.

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Threads for Teens is based out of Santa Rosa, California, where they have one stationary store. Their clothing racks, and those on the touring truck, are stocked with clothing and accessories which have been donated by a number of local stores as well as nationwide chains including Santa Rosa’s Punch Clothing, LF Stores, Claire’s, and their latest partner, Rue 21.

Ahlstrom has been recognized by dozens of local and national news stations, and featured on TV shows including the Queen Latifah Show and the TODAY show.

And it doesn’t look like Ahlstrom will be stopping anytime soon. This fall, Ahlstrom is taking her organization and its trusty mobile store on tour around the country to deliver clothing to young women all over the nation.

Ahlstrom told the Huffington Post that her initial inspiration for the organization came from reading a book about other young entrepreneurs called Generation Change.”The book was about different service projects teenagers across the country led, some even as young as 12! It was at that point that I decided to do something myself. I came up with the idea for a one-time clothing drive, that has since grown into a national non-profit organization.”

Asked about her mentality throughout the process, Ahlstrom said “I never thought about not being able to succeed, I mostly thought about how I could accomplish the clothing drive. When starting a project, I think it’s important to have big dreams, but to also be realistic about what will happen to begin with. For me, giving ten girls a new outfit was what I wanted to accomplish. I did not start out thinking about going on a national tour.”

As for her advice to young people who are interested in making a real difference in their communities, Ahlstrom says, “Absolutely do not doubt anything!” She says she was surprised by how eager people were to serve their community and pitch in. She also reminds us that no act is too small to count, saying “volunteering for an hour a week (4 hours a month), can have a profound impact on an organization. Making an impact does not have to be on a gigantic scale.”

Ahlstrom says she wants to “grow Threads for Teens into a global girl empowerment organization.” She says she hopes to “open boutiques in all fifty states and around the world,” and even “develop girl empowerment curriculum, build a scholarship endowment, and host a girls summit.”

Check out the Threads for Teens Facebook page and Twitter profile to stay up to date on Ahlstrom’s progress.

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Actress and comedian Jane Lynch knows a little something about Lisa Kudrow’s career before Kudrow landed the iconic role of Phoebe in the beloved TV series “Friends.”

In a conversation with HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski about the final season of “Glee,” Lynch both debunked the “Hollywood urban myth” that claimed she auditioned for the quirky “Friends” role and explained how Lisa Kudrow nailed the part.

“Lisa Kudrow got the role [as Roz] on ‘Fraiser’ and was fired,” Lynch said, later adding, “And then Lisa, they cast in ‘Friends,’ and then I mean, come on, that was the role of a lifetime.”

As far as for the aforementioned urban myth, Lynch said, “I read … that I auditioned for that, too” and later added she wished she had gotten that caliber of audition at that time in her career.

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How Oh Honey Became The Fall’s Most Buzzworthy Band

About two years ago, Danielle Bouchard was greeting customers at the Harry Potter exhibit at Discovery Times Square in New York. On those days, she would look across the way at Best Buy Theater, wishing her name was on the marquee.

Well, now it is.

Bouchard is one half of Brooklyn-based folk-pop duo, Oh Honey, and she — along with her bandmate, Mitchy Collins — will play that very theater on Nov. 7.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Bouchard — honey blonde in a black lace dress and black thigh highs — told the story with a soft sincerity while Collins looked on. The two are currently preparing to embark on a national tour with fellow Brooklyn-based band — and “very close friends,” said Collins — American Authors.

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“I feel like it’s like watching a movie of my life happen and waiting for myself to catch up,” Collins said of the past few months. “A lot of work and not a lot of sleep. But, in a good way.”

Collins is spot-on about the band’s quick ascent; the two linked up to form Oh Honey in May 2013. Since then, they’ve signed with Atlantic Records and toured with the likes of The Fray and James Blunt. They released their debut EP, “With Love,” in November 2013, and their second EP, “Sincerely Yours,” on Tuesday. Their single, “Be Okay” — a top-25 hit at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide — was covered on Glee’s landmark 100th episode and appears in numerous commercials:

The track is a prime example of why the duo has caught on so quickly; it is an undeniably catchy folk-pop anthem, and Collins and Bouchard make harmony look easy.

And their personalities blend like their voices. When asked to describe their sound, the two riff off of one another until they land on one word, in unison: “Optimistic.”

But Oh Honey needed more than optimism to become a reality. While Bouchard had never toured before Oh Honey, Collins, now in his late 20s, has worked in music since his teens and is hardly a stranger to the difficulties of the field.

“You feel like your life is forgetting about you at times,” Collins said. “You’re so confined to what you’re doing and then your friends and family and loved ones are still going on about their lives.”

But for the duo, the rewards are very much worth the challenges.

“It’s funny, because you’ll be out for so long and you’re missing home,” Bouchard added. “And then you’ll be home for two weeks and you’ll think, ‘I miss tour.’ I feel like we’re really ready to get out on the road.”

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Though the band is buzzing to put their music out there, they’ll miss their home base in New York. (Bouchard lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Collins recently relocated to Los Angeles, but will split time between coasts.)

“I’m a vegetarian,” Bouchard said, “and it’s really hard on the road. I always miss those cute little veggie spots that I love in Brooklyn.”

“Yes,” Collins said. “The food. The pizza.”

“It all comes down to food,” nodded Bouchard.

In the future, the duo may bring a bit of Brooklyn on tour with them: they’d like to link up with a local bee farm — which exist on rooftops in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Bouchard explains — to sell their own honey at their shows, though neither are enthused at the thought of farming bees themselves.

“No, I do not want to farm bees,” Bouchard said, laughing.

“I don’t know how much the idea of being surrounded by bees is enticing,” Collins added.

Catch Oh Honey on tour with American Authors, beginning Oct. 21, or stream their new EP, “Sincerely Yours,” now.
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