48. Kimberly Doreen Burns – Go Back Into the Fire

Kimberly is a New York City based award-winning singer, actor, performer, and educator who recently originated the role of Maya in the New York City premiere of Sideways (based on the Academy Award Winning film). Top theatre critics have dubbed her a “golden-voiced vocalist,” “a luminous life-force with a crystalline soprano voice,” and “one of …

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45. Damion Taylor – See Yourself Being Successful

Damion spent the last 15 years applying data and technology to entertainment. Both analytical and creative, he brings a unique skill set that’s in high demand for brands and media companies. He effectively translates data in a way that is meaningful to creatives talent and has become a respected leader in audience growth and producing …

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44. Elizabeth Nestlerode – Strategize and Maximize

Born in California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Elizabeth went on to receive her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami in Florida before settling in New York City to pursue a career in the performing arts. She has worked Off-Broadway in The Other Josh Cohen, regionally in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Bucks …

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42. Sherita Carthon – Death of the Diva Decade

Sherita Carthon is a Celebrity Brand Precision Expert who has helped more than 3k celebrities, artists, entrepreneurs and small business owners navigate their brand. An award winning speaker, Sherita has been featured on VH1 | FOX | ABC | MARKET WATCH | ASK.COM and most recently Live with Les Brown discussing her innovative project: The …

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41. Making It: 2020 Guests Answer “Have you made it?”

Guests from 2020 answer the question, “Have you made it?” 00:53 Becca Kötte- Broadway actress and recording artist 1:30 David Valentine – Puppet Builder at Jim Henson Co. 2:52  Lauren Hirsh- Broadway child guardian 3:27 Clyde Voce- Actor 4:14 Sarah Schreiber-WWE backstage correspondent 5:50 Ross Evans- Screenwriter 6:17 Katie McClellan- TV, film, theatre & voiceover …

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39. 2020 Guests Answer the Backup Plan Question

In episode 39, the first of 2021, guests from 2020 answer the question, “Did you have a backup plan?” 2:00 Becca Kötte– Broadway actress and recording artist 2:22 David Valentine– Puppet builder at Jim Henson Co. 2:56  Lauren Hirsh– Broadway child guardian 3:22 Clyde Voce– Actor 3:58 Sarah Schreiber-WWE backstage correspondent 4:07 Ross Evans– Screenwriter …

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38. Dr. Alisa Hurwitz – Give it Away to Keep It

Dr. Alisa Hurwitz is Dr. Drama! Have you ever wondered what exactly is going on with Evan Hansen? Why Sweeney Todd so doggedly seeks revenge? Or why Alexander Hamilton writes like he’s running out of time? As a  psychologist who has a lifelong passion for musical theater, Dr. Alisa Hurwitz offers her clinical insight into …

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36. Vincent J. Cardinal – Your Journey is Perfect

Vincent J. Cardinal is the Arthur and Martha Hearron endowed professor of musical theatre, chair of the department of musical theatre, and professor of music at the school of music, theatre, and dance at the University of Michigan.  Previously, he was the Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Department of Dramatic …

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34. Laura Camien – Go Confidently in Pursuit of Your Dreams

Laura is inspired to encourage brave spaces where individuals can speak their truth with the goal of bridging the distance between us. A published playwright, author, screenwriter, producer + podcaster (thesparkfile.com) Laura has spent much of her career building the Blue Man Group brand around the world. She began by helping the original Off-Broadway show …

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33. Just Jen: Ditch Complacency & Show up

Jen talks about the dangers of complacency for an artistic life and some strategies for overcoming embarrassment and resistance. DONATE TO THE ACTORS FUND SHOW NOTES Season 1, Episode 1: Becca Kötte DYBP Facebook Community Group Dr. Drama, Alisa Hurwitz on Instagram Season Two, Episode 32: Jerry Jay Cranford Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares: Seven …

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32. Jerry Jay Cranford – Be Kind and Do Good Work

Jay has made his career as an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer and educator. He has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les Miserables, Evita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland’s …

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31. Just Jen: Ditch Doubt & Believe

Jen shares some research on Imposter Syndrome and advises listeners to ditch doubt and believe in themselves. Join the DYBP Facebook Community Group SHOW NOTES Psych Test: Imposter Syndrome Time Magazine Article: How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome Research Article: The Imposter Phenomenon Book: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women DYBP Ep. 9: Grace Douglas …

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30. Speak Your Truth – Kiki Rivera

Kiki Rivera (she, they, we, wrasse) is an internationally produced, award-winning theatre artist, educator, and arts activist with her BA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Original plays include Puzzy (featuring award-winning New Zealand Playwright Victor Rodger), and Faʻalavelave: The Interruption. Their work focuses on cultural and …

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28. When Plan “A” Shifts- Bliss Griffin

Bliss’ career is driven by a deep belief that the societal benefit of art is immeasurable. She believes that too often we value the art above the artist, trading their safety and well-being for our own entertainment. She is committed to creating an arts & entertainment industry culture that uplifts artists in their employment relationships. …

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27. Create What Doesn’t Exist- Chantal Bilodeau

Playwright Chantal Bilodeau is the founder and artistic director of the Arctic Cycle organization and close friend and collaborator of host, Jen Vellenga. Chantal dives into her impactful work as a storyteller who uses theatre to encourage communities to take action on local and global climate change. DONATE TO THE ARCTIC CYCLE Through our initiatives …

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26. Celebrate Failure- Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is a TV and film writer, playwright, and self-identified geek. His career has gone from co-founder and artistic director of the Obie award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company to Daytime Emmy award winning Hollywood screenwriter.  Qui believes in celebrating failure, working hard, and he prefers climbing mountains with a team over a solo …

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25. Follow Your Passion- Michael McElroy

Tony and Grammy nominated Broadway performer, Michael McElroy is the founder of Broadway Inspirational Voices, for which he won a 2019 special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre. He recently founded Black Theatre United to combat systemic racism within theatre institutions and beyond. He believes in following your passion, but putting in the work. Process …

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Focus on Growth

Joshua Henry is a three-time Tony award nominee, musician and TV/Film actor. In the first of the “Fathers in June” episodes, this husband and father shares how his fulfilling career was built from a deep investment in training and intentional focus on personal growth. What’s inside:  O:40: About Joshua Henry 2:02 Podcast recommendations for education …

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Plant Seeds

Broadway and TV/Film actor and super-mom Carrie Compere shares her incredible story of risk-taking, working to put food on the table, and finding family balance. Mother’s Day episode 3 of 4. What’s inside:  Call or text Jen 213.915.6883 3:42: Where are you calling from? 4:00 : What have your days been like lately? 5:50 : …

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Let Go of the Performer Identity

Lindsay Levine–New York-based casting director, educator, and mom–describes her transition from performer to casting director and her journey through the theatre world–including how she’s found parenting along the way. Mother’s Day episode 2 of 4. What’s inside:  1:02 : Defining the casting director role Episode 4 with Clyde Voce 2:32 : Where are you calling …

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Know Who You Are

Anne Cofell Saunders–a television writer, executive producer, and mom of two daughters–tells her story of growing up in a small town in South Dakota to becoming an award-winning and respected television writer and producer in Hollywood. Mother’s Day episode one of four. What’s inside:  Star Trek: Discovery  Discovery Writers The Boys  Support the DYBP Podcast!  …

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Bonus Episode College Creatives: Advice for Youth

College theatre students share how they are staying creative and productive during times of isolation and uncertainty. All this time at home seems familiar, reminding students of the times they spent entertaining themselves all day as children. While the action figures and Legos are no longer in use, the storytelling remains the same.  They share …

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Find Your Why

Mariand Torres shares her incredible journey–from starting out not knowing about musical theatre to hopping from broadway show to broadway show, working with her musical theatre heroes.  What’s inside:  0:46 : Ditch Your Backup Plan Community Facebook Group 2:21  : Where are you calling from? 2:27  : What was your day like today?  3:15 : …

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Love to Learn

The LA-based Unscripted TV and Associate Story Producer Grace Douglas shares her journey to feeling confident and creatively fulfilled in her work.  What’s inside: DYBP graphic design  © 2020 by Laura Gernon DYBP theme song, “Ditch” © 2020 by Dean Keith

Get Specific

  LA-based screenwriter Ross Evans tells of his journey from actor to director to writer and every step in between–illustrating how changing paths brought him to his current career.  What’s inside:  :56 WME/William Morris Endeavor 1:10 WGA/Writers Guild of America 2:10 AEA Agreements/99 Seat Theatres/Showcase Code 6:00: Where are you calling from? 6:20 : What’s …

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43. Gianmarco Soresi – Understand Where Your Limits Lie

Gianmarco Soresi is a stand up comic, actor and writer but the first line of his obituary will probably say “guy from all those General Electric commercials.” DONATE TO THE ACTORS FUND SHOW NOTES Where are you calling from? How do you characterize your job? Cleaning groceries video Theatre writing What are some things of …

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