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What's Your Backup Plan?

On What's Your Backup Plan, we aim to help artists find ways to stay creative, connected and fulfilled through the ups and downs of a career. Each week, we will interview actors, musicians, writers, photographers and directors who are creating their own businesses, overcoming obstacles and finding inspiration in the world around them.

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Episode 207- Meat The Broadway Hotdog (and some exciting news!)

Episode 207- Meat The Broadway Hotdog (and some exciting news!)

In this episode, we explain where we've been for the past couple of weeks... and why we're so excited about it. We chat with The Broadway Hotdog who dishes on dream roles, social justice issues, and how to use your following for good.

13 mins
9/3/21
Episode 206- It all started with some photos of coffee... with Kristin Litzenberg

Episode 206- It all started with some photos of coffee... with Kristin Litzenberg

Kristin Litzenberg spent the past year launching her photography business after years of traveling the world as an actor, taking photos of castmates, coffee, and the cities that she visited.

45 mins
6/21/21
Episode 205- The Backstage Blonde's Teale Dvornik on dressing Broadway

Episode 205- The Backstage Blonde's Teale Dvornik on dressing Broadway

The Backstage Blonde is HERE! In this episode, Teale Dvornik shares her journey to becoming a Broadway dresser, the inspiration behind her blog and business, and how to be a team player in a long-running musical.

39 mins
6/4/21
Episode 204 - Finding financial freedom with Multify's Caitlin Donohue

Episode 204 - Finding financial freedom with Multify's Caitlin Donohue

This week we chat with Multify's Caitlin Donohue about building a business around empowering artists to find financial freedom, and how our skills can apply to other industries.

40 mins
5/21/21
Episode 203- It's the best day ever with Phil Sloves!

Episode 203- It's the best day ever with Phil Sloves!

We sat down with Phil Sloves of Spongebob Squarepants on Broadway to chat about his journey from ensemble member to "Unconventional Leading Man"... and everything in between.

52 mins
5/7/21
Episode 202- Livvy Marcus eats her shoe and steals your heart

Episode 202- Livvy Marcus eats her shoe and steals your heart

This week we chat with actor/singer/songwriter Livvy Marcus about theater, writing her first album, and allowing herself the freedom to spend time on something new. Livvy Marcus' credits as an actor include Life After (The Old Globe), Hair (Berkshire Theatre Group), and the reading of Broadway Vacation.

54 mins
4/23/21
Episode 201- We're BACK! with Jonah Ho'okano and Peter Surace

Episode 201- We're BACK! with Jonah Ho'okano and Peter Surace

Welcome back to season two of What's Your Backup Plan?. In this episode, we chat with Jonah Ho'okano (Aladdin in the National Tour of Aladdin, Disney Cruise Lines), and Peter Surace (Something Rotten National Tour, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour, Disney Cruise Lines) about falling in love, navigating an industry shutdown together, and making their New York City apartment a home.

60 mins
4/9/21
Episode 21- Checking in and signing off (for now!)

Episode 21- Checking in and signing off (for now!)

Seven months ago, when we decided to start a podcast, we did not expect it to be received with the warmth, love and support that you all have shown us. As we wrap up season one, we catch up with some of our guests to talk about what they have been up to since we last chatted with them.

22 mins
10/19/20
Episode 20- What Wesley Cappiello did for love

Episode 20- What Wesley Cappiello did for love

This week Wesley Cappiello chats with us about leaving it all on the table, the importance of compelling storytelling, being in his dream show, and letting go of perfectionism. Wesley Cappiello is thrilled to be joining Olivia and Fiona on “What’s Your Backup Plan?”!

41 mins
10/5/20
Episode 19- Getting back up and dancing again with director/choreographer Julie Tomaino

Episode 19- Getting back up and dancing again with director/choreographer Julie Tomaino

From Radio City kick lines to choreographing on film sets, our next guest has done it all with grace and gratitude. This week, Julie Tomaino talks to us about how her career as an actor led her to direct and choreograph, overcoming what seems impossible, and how disabilities aren’t always visible.

56 mins
9/21/20
Episode 18- Casting and connecting artists with Holly Buczek

Episode 18- Casting and connecting artists with Holly Buczek

In this episode, we chat with Casting Director Holly Buczek of HDB Casting and Wojcik | Seay Casting about her career transition after years of working as an actor, trusting her instincts, and what she wishes all actors would know about the casting process.

37 mins
9/7/20
Episode 17-  Something's coming, and it's Mia Pinero

Episode 17- Something's coming, and it's Mia Pinero

In this week’s episode, we chat with Mia Pinero about discovering new moments in a familiar show, finding peace in the water of Lake Michigan, and how paying attention can be more valuable than getting attention.

57 mins
8/24/20
Episode 16- Sharrod Williams on being a Cat, swinging Hamilton, and a last-minute Broadway debut

Episode 16- Sharrod Williams on being a Cat, swinging Hamilton, and a last-minute Broadway debut

In this episode, we chat with Sharrod Williams about making his Broadway debut in Tuck Everlasting, swinging Hamilton, and the power of being ready when opportunities come your way.

56 mins
8/10/20
Episode 15- It's a crossover episode! Ft. Buzzed Broadway

Episode 15- It's a crossover episode! Ft. Buzzed Broadway

BABY'S FIRST CROSSOVER EPISODE! We're so excited to welcome Sam St. Jean and Amanda Harrington of Buzzed Broadway as this week's guests! We talk theatre, politics, onstage pranks and the future of our industry post-COVID.

45 mins
7/27/20
Episode 14- Filmmaking, recovery and representation with actor, writer and activist Misha Osherovich

Episode 14- Filmmaking, recovery and representation with actor, writer and activist Misha Osherovich

In episode 14, we chat with fellow Montclair alum Misha Osherovich about jumping head-first into the New York theatre scene with A Clockwork Orange, their ongoing recovery and activism with NEDA, and the importance of representation on stage and screen.

47 mins
7/13/20
Episode 13- Nicholas Edwards Part Two!

Episode 13- Nicholas Edwards Part Two!

In episodes 12 and 13 (our first two-parter!), we talk with Nicholas Edwards of Frozen, Les Miserables and Spamilton about working on new musicals, creating his own music during COVID-19, and tackling some of the biggest roles in musical theatre as a member of the BIPOC theatre community.

44 mins
6/29/20
Episode 12- Nicholas Edwards Part One!

Episode 12- Nicholas Edwards Part One!

In episodes 12 and 13 (our first two-parter!), we talk with Nicholas Edwards of Frozen, Les Miserables and Spamilton about his most fulfilling creative experiences, the mentors who believed in him, and tackling some of the biggest roles in musical theatre as a member of the BIPOC theatre community.

45 mins
6/22/20
Episode 11- Raising a musical theatre kid with Toni Valli and Sue McIntyre

Episode 11- Raising a musical theatre kid with Toni Valli and Sue McIntyre

It's our MOMS! In this episode, we chat with Toni and Sue about introducing their children to the arts, letting go of control while staying connected, and supporting your child no matter what path they take. From Canada to New Jersey and beyond, they've always been our biggest cheerleaders.

48 mins
6/15/20
Episode 10- Fearless authenticity with Paige Sciarrino

Episode 10- Fearless authenticity with Paige Sciarrino

This week’s guest is multi-talented actor, filmmaker, yoga instructor and artist Paige Sciarrino. Paige discusses the process of writing and producing her first film, her journey to self-discovery, and the importance of having passions outside of the industry.

44 mins
6/1/20
Episode 9- Ken Magos paves his own way

Episode 9- Ken Magos paves his own way

On today’s episode we talk to actor, producer, director, voice teacher, and TV show host Ken Magos. Ken talks to us about how COVID-19 will change the future of our industry, transitioning from musical theatre to opera, owning your voice, and creating your own opportunities.

44 mins
5/18/20
Episode 8- It's the day of Spencer Glass, y'all!

Episode 8- It's the day of Spencer Glass, y'all!

This week we talk to actor, singer and host of It’s the Day of the Show, Y’all! on Broadwayworld, Spencer Glass! Spencer opens up about the realities of senior showcase and life as a New York actor, creating and hosting his own series, and being a human first.

36 mins
5/11/20
Episode 7- Training like an actor-athlete with Joe Rosko

Episode 7- Training like an actor-athlete with Joe Rosko

This week we talk to Joe Rosko! This actor-turned-trainer and business owner talks to us about staying motivated during COVID-19, the importance of being an actor-athlete, and how he created Built for the Stage. Click the link below to donate to The Actors Fund!

46 mins
5/4/20
Episode 6- Meg Zervoulis builds a Prom and conducts some Mean Girls

Episode 6- Meg Zervoulis builds a Prom and conducts some Mean Girls

In this episode, we speak to the multi-talented Meg Zervoulis about working as a music director on Broadway, teaching music in schools and conducting at the Tony Awards (!!!). We also chat about WYBUP's weekly featured organization, Feeding America.

35 mins
4/27/20
Episode 5- Just saying YES with Lauren Haughton

Episode 5- Just saying YES with Lauren Haughton

This week we chat with Lauren Haughton, who- after a decade in Wicked- found the importance of using her artistry to give back to her community by earning her MFA to teach the next generation.

51 mins
4/20/20
Episode 4- Michelle Kinney on photography, storytelling and finding your voice

Episode 4- Michelle Kinney on photography, storytelling and finding your voice

This week we chat with photographer Michelle Kinney about her transition from performing to photography, allowing your goals to change course, and shooting some of the most influential politicians of our time.

53 mins
4/12/20
Episode 3- Get ready, cause here Darius Jordan Lee comes

Episode 3- Get ready, cause here Darius Jordan Lee comes

In this episode, Ain't Too Proud's Darius Jordan Lee opens up about making his Broadway debut the week of the Broadway shutdown, trusting his faith, and the power of a strong community of family and friends.

36 mins
4/6/20
Episode 2- Everything changes with Bailey McCall

Episode 2- Everything changes with Bailey McCall

In this episode, we chat with Bailey McCall (Jenna in the National Tour of Waitress, Sally Bowles in the National Tour of Cabaret) about life on the road, an unexpected pause on tour, and allowing ourselves to experience grief, joy and everything in between.

53 mins
4/6/20
Episode 1- Backup plans, BFAs and COVID-19

Episode 1- Backup plans, BFAs and COVID-19

On our first episode of What's Your Backup Plan?, we discuss our inspiration behind the podcast, the years of being asked "what's next?" in college classrooms, COVID-19's effect on our industry, and how we are feeling inspired this week.

14 mins
4/5/20

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