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40. Risk: Guests of 2020 Share Their Biggest Risk

Ditch Your Backup Plan

Release Date: 01/19/2021

51. A Future of Possibilities - Peter Royston show art 51. A Future of Possibilities - Peter Royston

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Peter Royston (he/him) is an equity stage manager based in New York, and originally from the Bay Area area. His credits include: Blue Man Group, The Public Theater, The Lark, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Theatre Works, among others. Since 2017, Peter has become a vocal advocate and ally to the disabled community, specifically through his lived experience as a White Gay man with Cerebral Palsy. Peter hopes to see disabled stage management representation on Broadway and increased visibility of disabled artists across all aspects of the industry. Show Notes and...

50. Build Your Own Position - Elsie Escobar show art 50. Build Your Own Position - Elsie Escobar

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Elsie Escobar is a 14 year veteran in the podcasting industry and inductee to the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. She is the co-founder of She Podcasts, a podcasting community for women + non-binary that has over 19 thousand members with a corresponding podcast and conference. She's a podcasting advocate, pundit and mentor to primarily women podcaster leaders. She also has an MFA in Acting!   Elsie is Libsyn’s Community Manager and co-host/producer of The Feed: The Official Libsyn Podcast   Elsie loves to drive dialogue in the podcasting industry focusing on podcasts’ impact...

49. While Waiting for Your Shot - Noah Lindquist show art 49. While Waiting for Your Shot - Noah Lindquist

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Noah Lindquist is a member of AEA, a singer and actor, and the creator of the viral videos, "Wear a Mask," and "I Just Can't Wait for Vaccines." Show Notes at

48. Go Back into the Fire - Kimberly Doreen Burns show art 48. Go Back into the Fire - Kimberly Doreen Burns

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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 the best voices I've heard in musical theatre." Show Notes at

47. We're Not in Competition with Each Other - Logan Rose Nelms show art 47. We're Not in Competition with Each Other - Logan Rose Nelms

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Logan is an actor in NYC with a passion for social justice and human equity. Over the past almost ten years, Logan has crafted a pretty nifty little life for herself, filled with some very cool flexible side hustles that enable her to drop everything on a dime and take an audition or a booking.. and she’s like really proud of that. Most notably, she is an ambassador for a fair trade fashion brand, called Noonday Collection. Noonday partners with artisans across the globe to create dignified work in their communities and combat the modern day slavery crisis. Over 70% of the artisans Noonday...

46. Casting College - Alison Franck show art 46. Casting College - Alison Franck

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Alison Franck (CSA) is a casting professional with over 20 years of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring, Regional Theatre, TV, Film, Commercial and Voice Over Casting experience. For a decade, she was the Casting Director for the prestigious regional theatre Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, where she cast over 50 productions with some of the theatre community's finest talent. Notable credits at Paper Mill include the Broadway transfer of starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, starring Chita Rivera, starring Alice Ripley, starring Theodore Bikel and John Lloyd Young, starring La Chanze, Norm...

45. See Yourself Being Successful - Damion Taylor show art 45. See Yourself Being Successful - Damion Taylor

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Damion Taylor 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 data-informed creative. He has lead Audience Development for large traditional media companies (e.g., Warner Bros. and NBC Universal) as well as innovative digital leaders (e.g., Machinima, Mitu and New Form) Show Notes at

44. Strategize & Maximize - Elizabeth Nestlerode show art 44. Strategize & Maximize - Elizabeth Nestlerode

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Elizabeth is a New York actor and teaching artist.  She is the creator and instructor of the Show notes at:

43. Understand Where Your Limits Lie- Gianmarco Soresi show art 43. Understand Where Your Limits Lie- Gianmarco Soresi

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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.” Check out his comedy special on Amazon Prime: "Shelf Life." Show Notes at

42. Death of the Diva Decade - Sherita Carthon show art 42. Death of the Diva Decade - Sherita Carthon

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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 | and most recently Live with Les Brown discussing her innovative project: The Celebrity Sales Method. Show notes and links at

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Guests from 2020 answer the question, “What was your biggest risk?”

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1:40  Lauren Hirsh- Broadway child guardian

2:16 Clyde Voce- Actor

2:55 Sarah Schreiber-WWE backstage correspondent

3:36 Ross Evans- Screenwriter

4:44 Katie McClellan- TV, film, theatre & voiceover

5:34 Tim Murray- Actor, comedian

6:32 Mariand Torres- Broadway actress

7:12 Logan Jones- General manager, About Face Theatre, Chicago

7:48 Jenna Rubaii- Broadway actor

9:15 Alanna Saunders- Broadway actor

9:47 Anne Cofell Saunders- Television writer, executive producer

12:00 Lindsay Levine- Casting director

12:48 Carrie Compere- Actor

13:12 Joshua Henry- Artist and Performer

14:02 Josh Fiedler- Producer

14:22 Travis Cloer- Broadway actor, Las Vegas performer, recording artist

15:23 Nick Francone- Scenic designer for theatre, art director for television and film

16:02 Shaun J. Brown- Actor, writer and producer

16:37 Maya Lynne Robinson- Film, TV, stage actress, and writer/producer

17:02 Michael McElroy-Tony and Grammy nominated Broadway performer

17:53 Qui Nguyen-TV and film writer and playwright

18:23 Chantal Bilodeau- Playwright, founder of the Arctic Cycle organization

19:22 Bliss Griffin- Entertainment industry inclusion strategist

20:10 Kiki Rivera- Theatre artist and playwright

20:45 Jerry Jay Cranford- Director, choreographer, performer professor

21:15 Laura Camien- Writer, producer, Co-host of The Spark File podcast

21:51 Vincent J. Cardinal- Chair of University of Michigan Musical Theatre

22:35 Alisa Hurwitz- Psychologist, Dr. Drama