by Tom Coppola

It’s common to hear that people who work in the theater also have “survival jobs”—that is, work they engage in between (and sometimes during) working on a show for additional income.

Nowadays, slinging dirty dishes and answering phones have become a thing of the past. These working actors are changing the landscape of survival jobs by building their own businesses! With everything from cleaning services to childcare, and yes—performing arts training—here are just a few businesses owned by theater professionals:

Broadway Babysitters by Jen Malenke and Vasthy Mompoint– This is not just a service to pay someone to watch your kids while you have date night. Oh no. Broadway Babysitters provides child care of all kinds, including audition drop-off services for parents pursuing an acting career and services for special needs children.  By employing experienced sitters who are professional artists of all disciplines, they engage children both actively and artistically. With special rates for artists within the performing arts community, this service is perfect for any family who is raising a budding artist!

Photo: BroadwayBabysitters.com

Photo: BroadwayBabysitters.com


Motivated Movers by Elise Hearden and Jesse Palmer – For performers who feel that their dance abilities could use a little help, but the thought of a full on dance class is terrifying—Motivated Movers will give you a step in the right direction. The beginner classes celebrate growth and confidence building in a safe, non-judgmental environment. With class names like “Face the Fear” and “Swing Nation” (which prepares students for the multi-faceted role of being a swing—someone who covers a number of different roles in a given show), they’re putting the power back in people’s jazz hands!


Broadway Maids by Joshua P. – Has your apartment seen better days? Dust bunnies invading your bedroom? That week old Chinese food stanking up your fridge? You’re in luck! Broadway Maids will swoop in and make your humble abode sparkle and shine. Provided by working performance professionals and artists, they offer various levels of services and rates based on size of the number of rooms, from standard cleaning to a good ole deep cleaning. Offices too! (deep breath) Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Photo: BroadwayMaids.com

Photo: BroadwayMaids.com


Gilded Hands by Nikki Yarnell– Just what the doctor ordered! Every aspect of this mobile spa service is continually tailored and added upon, making it one of New York City’s most respected services of its kind. Offering every type of massage under the sun, you can even tack on that manicure or pedicure you’ve been putting off.

Photo: GildedHands.com

Photo: GildedHands.com