EP 13 | From Sesame Street to Michelle Obama’s Kitchen with Cassie & David Bizzaro
Written by Tracy Spears on November 8, 2022
Husband-and-wife team David and Cassie Bizzaro are no strangers to shifting out loud. Their journey has included moving from Tulsa to New York (and back again), taking a professional leap of faith, and strolling down Sesame Street (yes, that one!).
After 15 years of experience in higher education marketing and communications, Cassie is crushing it in her role as Director of Communications at the NYU Stern School of Business, while puppeteer and funny man David currently stars alongside Michelle Obama in Netflix’s delightful Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant — an educational children’s show that mixes puppetry with cooking.
Tune in for a candid, often hilarious, and occasionally poignant conversation about dating reluctantly, auditioning for roles as a POC, faking it till you make it, being haunted by an entertainment legend, and dealing with intimate personal loss during a time of intense uncertainty.
Listen now to discover:
- How the couple have defined their strengths and roles in order to shift TOGETHER more effectively
- How David built an Emmy-winning puppeteering career from the ground up with zero experience
- A behind-the-scenes look at the puppeteering world (and Michelle Obama)!
Guest bio: Cassie Bizzaro is a film graduate from the University of Oklahoma and the Director of Communications at the NYU Stern School of Business. She loves good emails, organizing, and kind people with big dreams. David is a first-generation American Latinx actor and Emmy-Award-winning puppeteer who has worked for culture-defining companies such as The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company, SYFY, and The Flaming Lips. They live in Tulsa with their cats and their son, Benny.
03:21 Meet Cassie & David Bizzaro
05:27 Dating without “dating”
12:21 The NYC shift
17:36 Pandemic experience
20:40 Miscarriage & medical insights
28:06 Coming back to Tulsa
33:40 The puppeteering shift
41:51 The Muppet shift
51:11 Immersing yourself in possibility
52:41 The post-Emmy shifts
1:01:12 Michelle Obama & the show
1:07:51 Big moments & making connections
1:11:27 Next big shifts & good emails