Rain Bennett

Right as Rain: Barre For Your Booty

On my quest to find the perfect workout, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting fitness disciplines. Over the past few years, Barre workouts have exploded in popularity across the globe, but I never quite knew what they were. Wellbridge.com says that: “Barre fitness classes are simply ballet-inspired, incorporating a ballet barre and maybe some plies and pirouettes here and there into the workout. Essentially, barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music.” Recently, my friend Ariel from Lululemon has been posting Instagram pics about...

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Right as Rain: Cycles of Violence

I was excited to be back at Full Frame for the first time in years. Since I’d moved back to North Carolina in 2014, I’d inevitably have some shoot scheduled for that first weekend in April and couldn’t attend the festival. I’d watch my friends and colleagues post pics on social media, having the times of their lives at one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. This year, I went alone with the intention of watching some of most talked about docs, hanging out with my filmmaking friends, and writing about the local experience of the...

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Right as Rain: Why We Love Stories

I’ve always considered myself a storyteller, more than anything else. I tell people if we lived in simpler times where all we had to do was hunt, gather, and protect our tribes, I would be the guy around the fire at night telling the stories of past generations to entertain and educate the youth. Instead, I live in a time where telling stories — in visual form, text, or the spoken word — is the way I make my living. The term “storyteller” is overused today and even criticized for being so. I agree that not everyone who claims...

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Right as Rain: A Family Story

When I was around five years old, my great Uncle Vic and Aunt Sue (my mother’s aunt) moved back from Florida to live in a house next door to ours. Though he was only related to us by marriage, Uncle Vic quickly became a family favorite. Born in 1908 in Buxton, NC, he was a charming man with a dirty mouth and a century’s worth of stories to tell. My favorite stories were those of his time in the US Coast Guard. As I grew older, I became more interested in my family’s connection with the Coast Guard and...

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Right as Rain: Plant the Seed, Trust the Process

The great philosopher and social commentator Kevin Hart once said, “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work.” This is true not just with fame, but with any goal. Many of us would like to be an expert at something — a true master of our craft. Hell, some of us just want to be good at something or stick with our plan to reach a goal. But why is it so hard to lose weight, or save money, or finish that book, or be famous? The secret is, they all require the same thing...

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Right as Rain: Courage Over Confidence

There is exactly one month left before my first child, a daughter, is due to be born. Am I ready? Who knows. Is anyone ever ready? I suppose what will happen will happen. It is strange though, going to be a father. A big part of me feels that I was made for this. I’ve always wanted to be a dad and thought I would make a good one. But it is all just an idea right now. I have no idea what to expect; I just expect to (try to) roll with the punches. I am the first...

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Right as Rain: Fighting Doubt and Figuring it all Out

In the 10 years since college, I’ve wrestled with doubt, ego, jealousy, and addiction in my attempts to carve my own path as a filmmaker and writer. I am not alone. Many of us, perhaps most of us, constantly battle the inner voices in our heads telling us why we can’t accomplish a goal we wish for or why we will never be able to make the changes in our lives that we want to. Sometimes we believe these stories we tell ourselves — that we are incapable of doing what we really want to do. Either we are...

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Right as Rain: Staying in Shape Without a Gym

As odd as it may sound, I feel most comfortable on planes, at airports, or in hotels. I travel a lot for work and those places become spaces where I can focus, reflect and even relax. But because I often find myself on the road, it’s hard to stick to a routine when it comes to my fitness. This is challenging because, as we all know, consistency is key to progress in anything. Fortunately, I made a habit of “getting it in” wherever and whenever I could by utilizing my body weight and my environment. I studied countless workouts...

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Right as Rain: Finding the Perfect Workout

By now many of us have fallen off that well-laid track we set in January. We’ve been busier than we expected with work, most of the days have been 30 degrees or lower and finding the time and motivation to get in the shape we wanted to has been challenging, to say the least. But it’s way too early in the year for us to give up on those goals we set. We just need to find the perfect workout — the one that we can fit into our schedule, has a tangible effect on our bodies and minds,...

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Right as Rain: Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means that half the country is angry and the other half is stressing about what they should get their partner or if they can make dinner reservations for that new restaurant (you can’t, they are booked up already). We all know the haters that say things like, “It’s a holiday made up by the greeting card industry!” That’s probably true. But there are plenty of people that will gladly take the opportunity to show their significant others how much they love them. They will shout it from a mountaintop of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate....

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