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Ep55: How Tiny Changes Can Create Remarkable Results | with James Clear

10/18/2018
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My guest today is James Clear, an author and speaker who specializes in habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning, just to name a few. In addition, his website receives millions of visitors each month, and he has hundreds of thousands of subscribers to his popular email newsletter which you can find at JamesClear.com. On top of all of his writing, James is also an accomplished speaker having...

Duration:01:10:47

Dear Zack: "Is pursuing feature film editing worth it given the sacrifices?"

10/11/2018
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(Author's Note: If you'd like to submit a question for an upcoming article, don't hesitate to reach out and send me a message. I read every single email I receive.) On a weekly basis I receive emails, Facebook messages, and tweets from people all over the world who work in creative fields. Some people send me pages worth of their life stories, others are looking for quick tips to optimize something very specific in their lives, but most often the messages I receive are from people...

Duration:00:22:49

Ep54: The Darker Side of Creativity | with Daniel Arnold

10/4/2018
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Daniel Arnold, is a world-renowned NYC street photographer who has been hailed by Gawker as ‘The best photographer on Instagram,’ by Wired as ‘Instagram’s ultimate street photographer,’ the New Yorker turned over their Instagram feed to Daniel for a week to document activity on the NYC subways, and his work is regularly featured in Vogue as well as The New York Times, just to name a few of his accolades. And in the interest of full disclosure...Daniel also happens to be my cousin. In this...

Duration:01:38:38

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Healthier Workstation (And Being Less Sedentary)...All For the Price of a Single Desk Chair

9/27/2018
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Author’s note: This ‘Ultimate Guide’ is a collection of over a decade of research, experimentation, and many of my past articles on the topic of living a less sedentary lifestyle. This guide is also based on many conversations with the world’s foremost experts on proper ergonomics, the dangers of being sedentary, and the benefits of more consistent movement throughout the day. There’s A LOT of information in this guide to help you build a healthier workstation and move more during your...

Duration:00:30:43

Ep53: Never Take 'No' For An Answer | with Natalie Asatryan

9/20/2018
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Natalie Asatryan is the youngest female in the country to be certified as a yoga instructor. If you’re not terribly familiar with the process of becoming a yoga instructor, trust me...it’s not easy for college-educated adults, much less a thirteen year old girl. But as we talk about in our interview, Natalie simply refuses to take NO for an answer. Which is why I wanted to share her inspirational story, because no matter what creative or athletic endeavor you might be pursuing, I guarantee...

Duration:00:47:31

Ep52: Taking Recovery to a Whole New Level with the TheraGun | with Dr. Jason Wersland

9/13/2018
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Dr. Jason Wersland is a chiropractor, athlete, and the founder & inventor of the TheraGun, a revolutionary neuromuscular percussive therapy device...or in laymen’s terms, the most badass massage power tool you’ve ever seen. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a ‘Weekend Warrior’ running Spartan Races or training for American Ninja Warrior like me, or if you’re simply someone who lives behind a computer all day long and battles chronic discomfort, aches, and pains, I say this with zero...

Duration:01:13:09

Ep51: Don't Just Sit...SitTight | with Scott Bahneman

9/6/2018
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Scott Bahneman is the creator of the SitTight (use coupon code 'OPTIMIZE' for 10% OFF), an active sitting chair which has become my new #1 recommendation for anyone looking for “the best ergonomic desk chair” (a question I get ALL THE TIME). While a bit difficult to describe if you haven’t seen one, the SitTight basically looks like the coolest bar stool you’ve ever seen attached to a Bosu Ball. Trust me...it's awesome. If you haven’t heard about the SitTight yet, you are going to hear a lot...

Duration:01:04:05

Ep50: EditFest 2018 Panel "The Extended Cut: How to Survive and Thrive In Editorial"

9/5/2018
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This bonus episode is a raw recording of my recent appearance at the wonderful event Editfest in Los Angeles where I was on a panel sponsored by Avid Technology titled, “The Extended Cut: How to Survive and Thrive in Editorial.” The panel was moderated by Matt Feury of Avid Technology, and in addition to me the panel also included Lillian Benson, ACE (ACE Officer and co-chair of the diversity committee), Carol Littleton, ACE (Member of the Boards of Governors of the Academy, Past President...

Duration:01:35:49

Ep49: Mastering The Mental Game of Focus | with Kevin Bull, ANW

9/4/2018
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Kevin Bull is an obstacle course racing athlete and an American Ninja Warrior superstar who has appeared on 5 seasons of the show, as well as other competition shows such as Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. During the day when he’s not crushing ninja courses he’s the general manager of DojoBoom in Thousand Oaks, CA. And he is also a huge inspiration to the many people involved in CAP, or the Children’s Alopecia Project, an organization that promotes good self esteem in kids who suffer from...

Duration:01:03:14

Dear Hollywood: We're Not "Lucky to Be Here"...You're Lucky to Have Us

8/16/2018
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Two weeks ago I released the article Dear Hollywood: We Create Entertainment For a Living...We're Not Curing Cancer, and it was shared over 3000 times in the first 48 hours. Clearly the idea of inhaling a deep breath of perspective resonated with thousands of people working not just in Hollywood but worldwide who are sick and tired of sacrificing their health, time with family, and their sanity simply for the sake of creating entertainment. Placing the blame on ourselves and accepting that...

Duration:00:15:45

5 Things Every Editor Can Do to Build Trust and Keep Clients

8/9/2018
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The following is a reading of my article '5 Things Every Editor Can Do to Build Trust With Clients' available at Frame.io Insider. » Click here to read this article at Frame.io Insider Avid Media Composer. Adobe Premiere. Final Cut Pro X. DaVinci Resolve. I could debate until the end of time which piece of software is the most important to learn if you want to be a successful editor. Regardless of which NLE I believe has the most likelihood of leading you to success, I would be...

Duration:00:19:57

My 5 Favorite Articles From 'Season One'

8/2/2018
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Summer is officially here which means the first season of the Optimize Yourself Podcast has come to a close (don't worry...I'll be back right after Labor Day). I cannot express enough how grateful I am to all of my listeners who inspire me to keep this program alive every single day. Please feel free to continue reaching out and sharing your stories (and your challenges) with me. I read every single message I receive. It is my belief that it's no longer necessary to sacrifice your health...

Duration:00:07:42

Dear Hollywood...We Create Entertainment For a Living. We’re Not Curing Cancer.

7/24/2018
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Author’s Note: In the wake of the possible IATSE strike I wanted to share my two cents specifically regarding turnaround times and overall hours. I know the pension plan is the headline of negotiations (as it should be), but I want to ensure we're not overlooking the health, safety, and sanity of everyone working behind-the-scenes. A pension plan is meaningless if you don't live long enough to use it. For those of us in Hollywood working behind computers in dark rooms for a living, will...

Duration:00:15:01

My 10 Favorite Podcast Interviews From 'Season One'

7/19/2018
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Click to Download Audio Summer is officially here which means the first season of the Optimize Yourself Podcast has come to a close (don't worry...I'll be back right after Labor Day). I cannot express enough how grateful I am to all of my listeners who inspire me to keep this program alive every single day. Please feel free to continue reaching out and sharing your stories (and your challenges) with me. I read every single message I receive. It is my belief that it's no longer necessary to...

Duration:00:09:42

Ep48: Feeling Lost? It's Time to 'Find Your Why' | with David Mead

7/12/2018
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Click to Download Audio “Why.” It’s an incredibly simple word that carries tremendous power when used correctly. But unfortunately ‘why’ is a question we are often afraid to ask of others because we don’t want it to look like we don’t know something. And more importantly, ‘why’ is a question we rarely ask ourselves because we either don’t know the answer...or we’re afraid of it. The chances are extremely high you can clearly explain WHAT you do for a living. “I’m a reality editor that...

Duration:00:51:32

6 Lessons Learned From 6 Months of Training For American Ninja Warrior

7/5/2018
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Click to Download Audio “Who’s stupid idea was this anyway?” It definitely wasn’t the first time I had asked myself this in the last six months since declaring that my #1 goal for 2018 was transforming From ‘Dad Bod’ to American Ninja Warrior. I was asking myself this question this particular instance after having just woken up at 5am on a Saturday and driving 350 miles north to Monterey so I could pay good money to run 10 miles in the mountains, carry sandbags and buckets full of...

Duration:00:24:39

Ep47: The Ugly Side of Depression, Burnout, and Imposter Syndrome | with Gen Malone

6/28/2018
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Click to Download Audio Depression. Burnout. Imposter Syndrome. I’ll take “3 Things I’d Rather Not Admit That I’ve Experienced” for $1000, Alex! In today’s society we are conditioned to believe that we have to show up to work every single day, all day, for ridiculously long days, and always be able to perform at an equally high level. The expectation is that we should be able to summon creativity on demand, and while it is possible to learn how to do so on a more consistent basis, it’s just...

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Dear Zack: "I'm having trouble finding work and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to better my chances..."

6/21/2018
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Click to Download Audio On a weekly basis I receive emails, Facebook messages, and tweets from people all over the world who work in creative fields. Some people send me pages worth of their life stories, others are looking for quick tips to optimize something very specific in their lives, but most often the messages I receive are from people frustrated with where they are in their career who don’t know where to go next. It occurred to me recently that the advice I’m providing to an...

Duration:00:16:55

Ep46: Finding Strength On the Road to Disability | with Chris Anselmo

6/14/2018
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Click to Download Audio "Easy left a long time ago." - Chris Anselmo The subject matter of disabilities, especially muscular dystrophy, is a subject matter near and dear to my heart. I spent eight years of my life producing and directing the documentary film GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story about the first quadriplegic to become a licensed scuba diver who was also a former national poster child for the muscular dystrophy association. In addition to many additional accomplishments such as...

Duration:00:50:17

Tired of Life Kicking Your Ass? Learn to Fight Back Like a True 'Cobra Kai'

6/10/2018
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last thirty years, you’re no doubt familiar with The Karate Kid - the inspiring underdog story of Daniel Larusso, an awkward teen from Newark who moves to ‘The Valley’ and is relentlessly bullied until he learns to defend himself and find balance in his life thanks to his neighbor, mentor, father figure, and sensei Mr. Miyagi. You’re also no doubt familiar with the iconic scene where Daniel Larusso wins the All Valley Karate Tournament, defeating...

Duration:00:25:37