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February 25, 2022

How She Revels: Belinda Broido

I’ve been married twice, and I'm still friends with both spouses.

Location: New York, New York

Age: 69

What’s your story?

First and foremost, I’m a Native New Yorker. My affection and love for everything NYC has to offer pretty much explains everything about me. I’m proud to be an original “Mad” woman. I spent over 35 years as an advertising copywriter and Creative Director, creating award-winning campaigns on everything from Coca-Cola to Trojan Condoms. I fell into my
long career through Improv theater, and my passion for storytelling -- be it in the theater, the concert halls, through art, architecture, or literature -- has never waned.

When I received my first AARP magazine in the mail, I saw lots of older people swinging on their porches. It didn’t feel like me, look like me, or anyone I knew. (How many of you threw that first issue in the trash?) I started to do some research and found that pre-pandemic, Boomers were the highest percentage of museum attendees, closely followed by theater and lecture halls. We’re a community on a quest for entertainment, enrichment, adult ed, and social activities we can enjoy with people of similar ages and interests.

I created a weekly newsletter, Seenyer, a curated resource, really a virtual (and in-person, as well) feast of arts, entertainment, classes, fun stuff, and more. Age Buzz dubbed me “The new Cultural Concierge.” It’s grown more than I ever imagined, and I hope to add more live events soon.

Joining Revel and hosting a Seenyer Culture Group is truly the perfect partnership. It’s probably no surprise that the majority of Seenyer's audience is women. Active, engaged, curious women who live to explore the world and share their experiences. If that doesn’t describe a “reveler," I don’t know what does.

What do you do for optimal fun?

If I could go to the theater every night of the week I would. We’ve been so lucky that many great theater companies like the National Theater of London have been offering fabulous virtual at-home experiences, and now I have started to go back to in-person shows.

A facetime chat with my 9-month-old grandson is pretty amusing theater as well.

What’s the greatest thing that’s happened to you lately?

After retiring from a long, successful career, I wondered (and worried) about what was next for me. My hunger for the arts, for finding things to do and people to do them with, led me to Seenyer. If you can relax, and take a beat, it will come to you. Finding love again at 67 was also pretty great. Oh, and one more shout out to the birth of my first grandchild.

Last great book or streaming experience?

I am a huge fan of Miriam Toews. She’s most known for the extraordinary All My Puny Sorrows. I just finished her new novel, Fight Night. She never disappoints.

Last Google search?

When will the last episodes of Ozark air?

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I’ve been married twice, and I'm still friends with both spouses.

Best new discovery?

I’m a really good cook.

If you could time travel, where would you go, and why?

Paris in the 1920’s. “Les années folles” between the wars. Alive and evolving into the capital of art, music, literature, and cinema. Picasso, Dali, Hemingway, Joyce, Josephine Baker, Gertrude Stein, Nijinksy, and more - the epicenter of culture and creativity.

And as long as you’re offering up time travel, could you help me brush up on my French?

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