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Built by creative professionals for creative professionals, at Optimize Yourself we believe it is absolutely possible to love what you do for a living…without having to sacrifice your health, relationships, or sanity in the process. Creative burnout is NOT inevitable!In a nutshell this podcast is a combination of Tim Ferriss meets Ted Lasso (minus the mustache). Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE) - an award-winning Hollywood editor, producer, and director, a career coach, an American Ninja Warrior, and most importantly a father - these raw, honest, and candid conversations will both provide you with the necessary tools to optimize your creative potential as well as inspiring you to believe that you can.Whether it’s American Ninja Warrior superstar Jessie Graff (Zack’s ninja trainer), P90X creator Tony Horton (Zack’s fitness trainer), or Ramit Sethi (Zack’s business mentor)...or perhaps industry legends such as Walter Murch, Jeffrey Ford, Roger Barton, or Eddie Hamilton…or productivity gurus such as David Allen (GTD), Cal Newport (Deep Work), or James Clear (Atomic Habits),…we’ll provide you with the strategies, resources, and mindsets to help you design a clear path towards the more balanced, more productive, and more fulfilling life you deserve.

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Built by creative professionals for creative professionals, at Optimize Yourself we believe it is absolutely possible to love what you do for a living…without having to sacrifice your health, relationships, or sanity in the process. Creative burnout is NOT inevitable!In a nutshell this podcast is a combination of Tim Ferriss meets Ted Lasso (minus the mustache). Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE) - an award-winning Hollywood editor, producer, and director, a career coach, an American Ninja Warrior, and most importantly a father - these raw, honest, and candid conversations will both provide you with the necessary tools to optimize your creative potential as well as inspiring you to believe that you can.Whether it’s American Ninja Warrior superstar Jessie Graff (Zack’s ninja trainer), P90X creator Tony Horton (Zack’s fitness trainer), or Ramit Sethi (Zack’s business mentor)...or perhaps industry legends such as Walter Murch, Jeffrey Ford, Roger Barton, or Eddie Hamilton…or productivity gurus such as David Allen (GTD), Cal Newport (Deep Work), or James Clear (Atomic Habits),…we’ll provide you with the strategies, resources, and mindsets to help you design a clear path towards the more balanced, more productive, and more fulfilling life you deserve.

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Ep261: Meetings Don't Have to Suck: Learn a Better Way to Create and Collaborate | with Dr. Steven Rogelberg

7/16/2024
My guest today is Dr. Steven Rogelberg who is an organizational psychologist and author of the new book, Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings, and according to Adam Grant, Dr. Rogelberg "knows more about how to improve meetings than anyone on earth." He has helped a number of leading organizations including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Pfizer and Warner Brothers. Now, we all know that meetings often get a bad rap and according to Dr. Rogelberg, it's not just us. It's bad everywhere. In this episode, Dr. Rogelberg and I dive into the underlying reasons why we struggle at meetings and why we still need to crack the code to have better meetings. We also talk about why meetings are so important in any organization, including the creative space, despite our collective aversion to it. More importantly, Dr. Rogelberg shares how you can reclaim your time, energy, and creativity using different strategies to make meetings productive, engaging, and even (dare I say) enjoyable. Regardless of the industry you are in, my conversation with Dr. Rogelberg will help you transform your meetings from soul-sucking snooze-fests to dynamic hubs of productivity and collaboration so you can have the bandwidth to do great creative work. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings by Dr. Steven Rogelberg Parkinson's Law Kairos Continue to Listen & Learn Ep118: Legendary Editor Walter Murch On Optimizing Creativity, Productivity, and Well-Being In Hollywood For 50+ Years Ep92: Optimizing Your Remote Post-Production Workflow (and Maintaining Your Sanity) | with Michael Kammes Ep144: Redefining What It Means to Be “Productive” (and Aligning Your Values With Your Time) | with Tamara Torres Ep140: Using the Athlete’s Mindset to Hone Your Creativity & Productivity | with Vashi Nedomansky, ACE Ep139: Fostering Better Relationships and Improving Team Culture | with Jason Barger 6 Ways to Be More Productive and Creative with your Filmmaking Best Practices for Adopting a Remote Post-Production Workflow Ep202: Let’s Stop Talking About “Productivity” and Start Talking About Balance | with Mike Vardy Ep189: Optimizing Sleep, Productivity, & Creativity Using Ultradian Rhythms and Self-Tracking | with Dr. Azure Grant Ep86: How to Become ‘Indistractable’ | with Nir Eyal Guest Bio: Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg, an organizational psychologist, holds the title of Chancellor's Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. His last book, The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance (Oxford) was recognized by the Washington Post as the "#1 Leadership Book to Watch for" and featured on CBS This Morning, Freakonomics, HBR, NPR, WSJ, and BBC World. He was the inaugural winner of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Humanitarian Award and just finished his term as President of SIOP, the largest professional organization in the world for I-O psychology. Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

Duration:00:58:21

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Ep 260: How to Build Collaborative Cultures & Fix Toxic Creative Environments | with Chris Deaver

7/9/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist Today's guest is Chris Deaver, the co-founder of BraveCore, a leadership consultancy dedicated to helping leaders embrace creativity and empowering creatives to become better leaders. Chris has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Disney, inspiring them to develop groundbreaking content through a culture known as co-creation. In today's corporate landscape, many companies stifle creativity and operate under toxic cultures, often without realizing it. As Chris and I discuss, this has been the norm for years because it was working. But now we've reached a tipping point where things are starting to fall apart, and the way we collaborate and build relationships needs to evolve. In our conversation, Chris and I explore what the culture of co-creation entails and how it has benefited early adopters like Apple. More importantly, we delve into practical steps you can take to cultivate a culture of co-creation in your own environment. Even if you're not a manager or CEO, my conversation with Chris is for you. It highlights the importance of changing how we collaborate with each other to foster more nurturing relationships, regardless of our roles. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Brave Together: Lead by Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation: Deaver, Chris; Clawson, Ian Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration: Catmull, Ed The Creative Act: A Way of Being: Rubin, Rick What Is the Fourth Turning? Strauss and Howe's Theory of Crisis | Shortform Books First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy https://bravecore.co Continue to Listen & Learn Ep259: Overcoming Communication Fears for Introverted Creatives | with Bridget Sampson Ep139: Fostering Better Relationships and Improving Team Culture | with Jason Barger Ep138: On Hiring Editors & AE’s, Fostering Creative Collaboration, and Managing Happy Post Teams | with Paul Leonard Ep126: On the Importance of Building Relationships, Asking Questions, and Never Giving Up | with Andi Armaganian Ep251: Building Skills, Relationships, and Weathering Industry Storms | with Shie Rozow Ep154: Using Humility to Cultivate Relationships and Land Your Dream Gig In Network TV | with Scott Powell, ACE Ep78: How to Build Meaningful Relationships in the ‘Real World’ | with Camille Virginia Ep217: How to Live a Better Life Simply by Asking Better Questions | with Marc Champagne Ep202: Let’s Stop Talking About “Productivity” and Start Talking About Balance | with Mike Vardy Guest Bio: Chris Deaver Chris Deaver is cofounder of BraveCore, a leadership consultancy that helps leaders be more creative and creatives be better leaders. He’s influenced Fortune 500s from the inside, including Apple and Disney, creating breakthrough content like Different Together and Collaboration by Design, and inspiring teams shaping iProducts and Star Wars experiences. His clients also include other Fortune 500 companies, such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, LinkedIn, Nike, and Lockheed Martin. He is the co-author of Brave Together: Lead By Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation that was published in December of 2023. Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

Duration:01:21:28

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Ep 259: Overcoming Communication Fears for Introverted Creatives | with Bridget Sampson

7/2/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Bridget Sampson who is an author, leadership coach, and the founder and CEO of Sampson Coaching and Consulting. She is also a professional public speaker at TEDx and has written a book entitled, Communication Secrets for Success. Now, before you dismiss this episode as something that's 'not for you' because you're introverted like me, I want you to understand that effective communication is essential for building relationships and expanding your network. In our conversation, Bridget and I explore how the fear of putting yourself out there is not only experienced by introverts like us but by everyone. Bridget even shares her own journey from being traumatized and terrified by early public speaking experiences to becoming a confident communicator. Bridget and I break down the mindsets needed to overcome that fear. More importantly, she reveals the process of crafting a thoughtful, meaningful message to share with the world. If you find yourself struggling to communicate effectively to build relationships, I highly recommend listening to my conversation with Bridget. The insights she offers are incredibly valuable for developing your communication skills and achieving success. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Communication Secrets for Success: Sampson, Bridget Prof. Albert Mehrabian and The 7%-38%-55% Rule Transgender School Podcast Ep224: Managing & Alleviating Chronic Pain with…Creativity? | with Anna Holtzman Sampson Coaching & Consulting Continue to Listen & Learn Ep212: The Science of Storytelling, Why We Need Stories, and How to Rewrite Our Own | with Will Storr Ep205: Using the Hero’s Journey to Write Better Stories (and Live a Better Life) | with Chris Vogler Ep44: How to Tell Good Stories | with Jeff Bartsch Ep228: The Link Between Telling Your Story & Identifying Your Purpose (And How to Do Both) | with Dan Davis Ep251: Building Skills, Relationships, and Weathering Industry Storms | with Shie Rozow Ep246: Building a Career Beyond Your Job Title, Strategically Crafting Your Story, and Diversifying Your Career Portfolio | with Jeff Bartsch Ep41: How to Master “Offline” Networking at Live Events | with Camille Virginia Ep78: How to Build Meaningful Relationships in the ‘Real World’ | with Camille Virginia How to Find the Right Type of Mentor For You (and When You Should Seek the Best) Guest Bio: Bridget Sampson As the Founder and CEO of Sampson Coaching and Consulting (SCC) for over 25 years, Bridget Sampson and her team have been designing and delivering transformative training, retreats, keynote addresses, and coaching programs on communication, mindset, leadership, and much more. SCC clients include Google, Mattel, Capital Group, several nonprofit organizations, and six universities. Bridget’s TEDx talk, How Public Speaking Will Change Your Life, is described as the most powerful TEDx talk on conquering public speaking anxiety. Her book, Communication Secrets for Success, has received rave reviews on Amazon. Bridget is also a Professor Emeritus, having retired from 28 years of teaching Communication Studies courses at California State University, Northridge, where she was honored to receive the Excellence in Mentoring award from the Educational Opportunity Program and Polished Apple Teaching award. Bridget is certified as a professional coach with The International Coaching Federation and The Life Coach School, and a True Colors personality identification facilitator. She and her daughter Jackie are also the co-founders of Transgender School, an LGBTQ advocacy & education program. Bridget is the host of 3 podcasts: Growth & Gratitude, The Right...

Duration:01:10:27

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Ep258: From Information Overload to Getting Better at Anything by Finding the Right Mentors | with Scott Young

6/25/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist Scott Young is the bestselling author of the book Ultralearning which we covered extensively in his first appearance on this show. Today we dive deeper into the art of learning as we discuss his new book, Get Better at Anything. In our increasingly connected world, the biggest challenge we're facing isn't lack of information but rather information overload. Scott and I discuss how traditional education prepares us with structured learning, yet often fails to equip us for independent learning as we enter the real world. In our conversation, Scott and I talk about how AI is changing the way we learn and how we can master the skill of learning in today's digital age. Scott also challenges the notion that self-directed learning is always the best approach and more importantly, reveals what we should do instead. In an era defined by accessible and abundant information, the ability to distill, process, and learn is even more important than ever. This conversation will get you started and Scott’s new book, Get Better at Anything will help you reignite your passion for learning. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Ep74: How to Master the Metaskill of 'Ultralearning' | with Scott Young Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career Gartner Hype Cycle Research Methodology | Gartner Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You're Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker Top Performer Adam Grant — The Man Who Does Everything | The Tim Ferriss Show Scott Young's website Get Better at Anything book Continue to Listen & Learn Ep253: | Breaking Through Your Upper Limits and Living In Your Zone of Genius | with Gay Hendricks Ep252: Find Your Creativity by Finding Your Why | with Dr. Mark Shrime Ep217: How to Live a Better Life Simply by Asking Better Questions | with Marc Champagne Ep214: What Creativity Is, How It Works, and the Laws to Learning It | with Joey Cofone Ep65: Becoming a ‘Digital Minimalist’ | with Cal Newport Ep55: How Tiny Changes Can Create Remarkable Results | with James Clear Ep35: FOCUS: The Superpower of the 21st Century | with Cal Newport Ep222: Is Artificial Intelligence Coming for Your Job? Maybe…and Here’s How to Prepare | with Michael Kammes Ep86: How to Become ‘Indistractable’ | with Nir Eyal Ep04: The Zen-like Art of ‘Getting Things Done’ | with David Allen The Beginner’s Guide to Optimizing Yourself Guest Bio: Scott Young Scott H. Young is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Ultralearning, a podcast host, computer programmer, and an avid reader. Since 2006, he has published weekly essays to help people learn and think better. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Pocket, and Business Insider, on the BBC, and at TEDx among other outlets. He doesn’t promise to have all the answers, just a place to start. He lives in Vancouver, Canada. Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

Duration:01:21:25

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Ep 257: How to Be a Multi-Hyphenate Creative and be the CEO of Your Creative Career | with Nelson Paredez Parks

6/18/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Nelson Paredez-Parks who is a Hollywood talent manager, entrepreneur and a life & business coach. Nelson has been helping actors shape their careers by equipping them with entrepreneurial spirit. He has also been sharing his business strategies to help businesses and entrepreneurs grow. In our conversation, Nelson and I will help you learn how to view your creative profession as a thriving business, with you as the CEO. Nelson also shares how you can manage your time and energy that will allow you to grow while running your business. Then he shows you how you can craft your own business plan to help fuel your creative passion. I highly recommend that you listen to my conversation with Nelson as it is packed with a lot of actionable strategies that translate perfectly to any field. The tools and mindsets he shares will equip you to become the CEO of your creative journey and take your career to the next level. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: https://helpandanswers.com Ep253: | Breaking Through Your Upper Limits and Living In Your Zone of Genius | with Gay Hendricks Ep36: How to Accomplish Your ‘One Thing’ Every Day | with Jay Papasan https://theaixperts.com Continue to Listen & Learn Ep105: Ramit Sethi on Forging The Path Towards Your Own ‘Rich Life’ Ep245: How to Reinvent Yourself, Pursue Your Dreams, and Change Careers at Any Age | with Marcelo Lewin Ep197: On Authenticity, Luck, and Designing Life (and Footwear) On Your Own Terms | with Xero Shoes CEO Steven Sashen Ep250: The Creative’s Guide to Understanding AI and Leveraging AI to Build Workflows & Optimize Your Creativity | with Rob Howard Ep217: How to Live a Better Life Simply by Asking Better Questions | with Marc Champagne Ep101: How to Transition From ‘Technician’ to ‘Entrepreneur’ | Mastermind Q&A with Misha Tenenbaum Ep175: Defining Your Own Version of Success & Overcoming the Loneliness of Being a Freelancer | with Michael Bauman Ep199: The Business & Craft of Trailer Editing, Making Your Side Hustle Your Career, and Staying Motivated Along the Way | with Chris MacDonald Ep43: How to Optimize Your Finances As a Freelancer or Small Business Owner | with Sylvia Inks Ep241: How to Optimize Your Money to Buy You Time (and Experiences) | with Laura Vanderkam Ep88: The ‘Profit First’ Financial System (That Gives You the Freedom to Say ‘No’ to the Wrong Gigs) | with Mike Michalowicz Ep131: How Having a ‘Side Hustle’ Buys You the Freedom to Say ‘No’ | with Alex Ferrari Guest Bio: Nelson Paredez-Parks Nelson Paredez-Parks is a dynamo renowned for his eclectic skill set and embodying multiple roles. As an acknowledged expert in the entertainment industry, Nelson is known for his leadership of The ESI Network, a premier talent management company with over 30+ years in the entertainment world. He’s an expert in getting your kids into show business as well as navigating the entertainment business with healthy boundaries. Two other initiatives including the latest two he is most excited with are Helpandanswers.com which helps business owners and entrepreneurs scale up and grow their businesses and TheAIxperts.com, which is an informational site educating entertainment professionals about how to integrate A.I. into their current business models. His other entrepreneurial past ventures include organizations like “Talent Plan,” a celebrity and impersonation company, “Break for Breakfast” a large networking group in Hollywood, “Rise up Entertainment” which developed a series of commercial spots that Nelson directed and produced, and “Kidz Eyes,” a nonprofit company that provided arts scholarships to...

Duration:01:12:15

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Ep256: Overcoming the Grief of "Invisible Losses" (Including Losing Your Job), and Getting Out of "Survival Mode" | with Christina Rasmussen

6/11/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Christina Rasmussen who is an acclaimed grief educator and counselor. She is the bestselling author of Second Firsts, Where Did You Go? And her new book Invisible Loss is the focus of our conversation today. Now you might be wondering why I’m talking to a grief counselor on a podcast about optimization. But you’ll quickly realize that living a fulfilling and rewarding life is hindered by “invisible losses.” These unrecognized losses leave us feeling like we’re not living the life we’re meant to live. Christina and I delve into the concept of the 'Thriver Self,' the part of us that's unhindered by fear, eager to try new things, looking for opportunities, and ready to take action. She argues that through an invisible loss, we lose our connection to our Thriver Self thus hindering our ability to move forward. You will hear Christina put me on the hot seat as the tables turn and I get vulnerable about the circumstances of my life over the last year and a half. Christina helps me connect to my Thriver Self and identifies a simple step I can take to restore what was lost. This practical approach that she calls Life Reentry, is a process that will help us move on and thrive in our new reality. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: I Was Tired of Putting My Kids to Bed via FaceTime Every Night. Here’s What I Did About It GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story The Invisible Losses Library Invisible Loss book Continue to Listen & Learn Ep254: The Ugly Truth About Burnout (Even When You’re Unemployed), and How to Build Immunity From It | with Dr. Kandi Wiens Ep237: A New Approach to Relieving Stress & Anxiety (and Improving “Emotional” Health) | with Nick Wignall Ep42: How to Reverse Depression, Anxiety, and ADD at the Genetic Level | with Dr. Ben Lynch Ep226: The Benefits of Mindfulness & Therapy (and How to Know Which One You Need) | with Seth Gillihan Ep26: The Power of a ‘Mindfulness’ Practice | with Dr. Swati Desai Ep170: How to Avoid Burnout and Live a More ‘Effortless’ Life | with Greg McKeown Severance Is Not Only the Dystopian Future of Workplace Burnout…In Many Ways We’re Already There The difference between exhaustion and burnout (and my dirty little secret) Ep64: [CASE STUDY] Overcoming Burnout and Imposter Syndrome | with Chryss Terry Ep47: The Ugly Side of Depression, Burnout, and Imposter Syndrome | with Gen Malone Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You’re Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker Ep82: Real Talk About Mental Health and Depression | with Michael Kammes Ep01: Understanding the Link Between Creativity and Depression | with Dr. Edison de Mello Guest Bio: Christina Rasmussen Christina Rasmussen is an acclaimed grief educator and bestselling author of Second Firsts (Hay House, 2013), Where Did You Go? (Harper One, 2018), and Invisible Loss (Sounds True, 2024). In 2010, four years after her thirty-five-year-old spouse passed away from Stage 4 colon cancer, she created the Life Reentry process, which launched her on a mission to bring compassion, grace, and validation to thousands, while simultaneously establishing an exit from what she termed the Waiting Room. Christina holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling (University of Durham). She is currently finishing her master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing (Academy of Art). Her grief work has been featured on ABC News and in Women’s World, the Washington Post, and the White House Blog. In her spare time, she is learning to play the piano and planning her first trip to the edge of space. She works and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband,...

Duration:01:37:49

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Ep255: Managing the Burnout, Anxiety, & Depression Created By Your "Busy Brain" | with Dr. Romie Mushtaq

6/4/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Dr. Romie Mushtaq who is a board-certified physician who brings together more than two decades of leadership in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. She is the author of the recently published book, The Busy Brain Cure. Dr. Romie offers a fresh approach to understanding stress, anxiety, and burnout from the perspective of a brain doctor. In our conversation, Dr. Romie and I talk about what she calls 'busy brain,' a condition stemming from unchecked stress and burnout, and how these can lead to burnout without us even realizing it. We dive deep into the symptoms of a busy brain and I reveal the score I got when I took Dr. Romie’s Busy Brain Test. We discuss what circumstances led to that score and she introduces me to the concept of Caregiver Burnout which was revelatory to me. Dr. Romie knows the science of the busy brain but she also shows her deep empathy for anyone who may appear to have it all together but inside you are falling apart. She wants you to know that you are not alone and there is help. Dr. Romie provides your next steps to understanding your own chronic stresses to help you create a personalized path to healing. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: The Busy Brain Test Ep188: How Your Gut Health is the Key to Unlocking a Healthier & Happier You | with Dr. Edison de Mello Ep152: Understanding the Difference Between Integrative & Traditional Medicine | with Dr. Edison de Mello Ep95: On the Frontlines with COVID-19, How to Boost Your Immunity, & Testing Safely | with Dr. Edison de Mello Continue to Listen & Learn Ep254: The Ugly Truth About Burnout (Even When You’re Unemployed), and How to Build Immunity From It | with Dr. Kandi Wiens Ep237: A New Approach to Relieving Stress & Anxiety (and Improving “Emotional” Health) | with Nick Wignall Ep42: How to Reverse Depression, Anxiety, and ADD at the Genetic Level | with Dr. Ben Lynch Ep226: The Benefits of Mindfulness & Therapy (and How to Know Which One You Need) | with Seth Gillihan Ep26: The Power of a ‘Mindfulness’ Practice | with Dr. Swati Desai Ep170: How to Avoid Burnout and Live a More ‘Effortless’ Life | with Greg McKeown Severance Is Not Only the Dystopian Future of Workplace Burnout…In Many Ways We’re Already There The difference between exhaustion and burnout (and my dirty little secret) Ep64: [CASE STUDY] Overcoming Burnout and Imposter Syndrome | with Chryss Terry Ep47: The Ugly Side of Depression, Burnout, and Imposter Syndrome | with Gen Malone Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You’re Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker Ep82: Real Talk About Mental Health and Depression | with Michael Kammes Ep01: Understanding the Link Between Creativity and Depression | with Dr. Edison de Mello Guest Bio: Dr. Romie Mushtaq Dr. Romie Mushtaq is a board-certified physician who brings together more than two decades of leadership in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. She is an award-winning speaker working with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, & global associations. Her brainSHIFT programs improve mental well-being and help to build a culture of wellness. Dr. Romie serves as Chief Wellness Officer for Evolution Hospitality, where she scaled a mindfulness & wellness program to over 7,000 employees. Her expertise is featured in the national media, such as NPR, NBC, TED talks, and Forbes. Her first book, The Busy Brain Cure is published by Harper Collins in January 2024. Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original...

Duration:01:26:08

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Ep254: The Ugly Truth About Burnout (Even When You're Unemployed), and How to Build Immunity From It | with Dr. Kandi Wiens

5/28/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Dr. Kandi Wiens, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Medical Education Program and co-founder of Big Sky Leadership Labs. But what brought her to my attention is her book, Burnout Immunity, and her perspective on the subject. My conversation with Dr. Wiens starts deep and goes deeper with both of us admitting to feeling burned out right out of the gate. This isn’t two experts who have it all figured out spouting advice from the mountain top. This is a very real conversation talking about burnout from the trenches. Dr. Wiens takes us deep into the psychology of burnout to gain an understanding of its root causes. We explore why we tend to drive ourselves to burnout, even when we may be unemployed or underemployed. Dr. Wiens reveals how the term burnout is often overused and that sometimes, we might not be burned out at all. More importantly, Dr. Wiens and I talk about the strategies and tools you can use to develop burnout immunity so you can build resilience and heal your relationship with your work and live a more balanced, fulfilling life. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout I Was Tired of Putting My Kids to Bed via FaceTime Every Night. Here’s What I Did About It. Are You Burned Out? Or Is It Something Else? Burnout Risk Assessment | Kandi Wiens Ep224: Managing & Alleviating Chronic Pain with…Creativity? | with Anna Holtzman kandiwiens.com Continue to Listen & Learn Ep170: How to Avoid Burnout and Live a More ‘Effortless’ Life | with Greg McKeown Severance Is Not Only the Dystopian Future of Workplace Burnout…In Many Ways We’re Already There Ep147: [CASE STUDY] From Total Burnout to Shooting for the Moon (Literally) | with David J. Turner The difference between exhaustion and burnout (and my dirty little secret) Ep64: [CASE STUDY] Overcoming Burnout and Imposter Syndrome | with Chryss Terry Ep47: The Ugly Side of Depression, Burnout, and Imposter Syndrome | with Gen Malone Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You’re Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker How I burned out as a burnout coach (and then bounced back) So You’re Burned Out…Now What? [7 Ways to Climb Out of the Hole] 7 Red Flags You Might Be Burned Out (Or You’re Headed There) Ep82: Real Talk About Mental Health and Depression | with Michael Kammes Ep01: Understanding the Link Between Creativity and Depression | with Dr. Edison de Mello Guest Bio: Dr. Kandi Wiens Kandi Wiens, EdD is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Medical Education Program and the Penn Health Professions Education Certificate Program. As a sought-after international speaker, Dr. Wiens is co-founder and chief research officer of Big Sky Leadership Labs, where she leads and conducts evidence-based research on executive performance, emotional intelligence, burnout, and resilience. Her work has been prominently featured in the Harvard Business Review and in several Harvard Business Review Press books. A Senior Fellow at Penn, Dr. Wiens is Academic Director of the PennCLO Master’s Program and teaches various graduate-level and executive-format courses. She has designed and delivered over 2,000 leadership development programs focused on helping leaders build and leverage their emotional and social intelligence to amplify their positive impact and protect themselves from burnout. Dr. Wiens holds a doctorate from the Penn Chief Learning Officer executive doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in business administration from Montana State...

Duration:01:06:26

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Ep253: Breaking Through Your Upper Limits and Living In Your Zone of Genius | with Gay Hendricks

5/21/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Gay Hendricks who is a psychologist and leader in the fields of personal growth, relationship transformation and bodymind therapies for more than 45 years. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Big Leap, The Genius Zone, and Conscious Loving. In our conversation, Gay and I talk about what he calls the Upper Limit Problem - a concept in which we ourselves tend to sabotage our own successes, preventing us from reaching our own full potential. We dive deep into how the Upper Limit Problem works in order to better understand where it's coming from and more importantly, how to overcome it. Gay walks us through some of the strategies described in his book, The Big Leap Year, to break through the upper limit problem and reach an area he calls The Genius Zone where you can grow in your own innate creativity and live a more fulfilling life. If you feel that something keeps holding you back from your own breakthrough, I highly recommend that you listen to my conversation with Gay Hendricks as well as read his books, The Genius Zone and The Big Leap Year. He offers life-altering strategies in order for you to end negative thinking so you can live more freely in your own genius zone and creative fulfillment. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Gay Hendricks’ Books Continue to Listen & Learn Ep252: Find Your Creativity by Finding Your Why | with Dr. Mark Shrime Ep161: Managing Limiting Beliefs, Imposter Syndrome, and all the “Chatter” In Our Heads | with Ethan Kross Ep132: How to Pursue Fulfilling Work and Find Your ‘Calling’ | with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar Ep75: The Four Tendencies’ (aka ‘The Matrix’ For Understanding Yourself & Others) | with Gretchen Rubin Ep216: Chase Jarvis On Building Your Network of ‘A-Gamers,’ Designing the Life You Want, and Fulfilling Your ‘Creative Calling’ Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You’re Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker Ep226: The Benefits of Mindfulness & Therapy (and How to Know Which One You Need) | with Seth Gillihan Ep217: How to Live a Better Life Simply by Asking Better Questions | with Marc Champagne Ep178: How to Manage An Identity Crisis (Especially When You Know You’re Meant For Something More) | with Erica Wernick Guest Bio: Gay Hendricks Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At The Speed Of Life, The Big Leap, and the New York Times bestseller, Five Wishes. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford in 1974. After a twenty-one-year career as a professor at University Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, and later co-founded its charitable organization, Foundation for Conscious Living. He was also the founder of a virtual learning center for transformation and a publishing company and was a co-founder of a conscious entertainment company. Throughout his career he has done executive coaching with more than 800 executives, including the top management at such firms as Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Motorola and KLM. His book, The Corporate Mystic, is used widely to train management in combining business skills and personal development tools. Gay is also a mystery novelist, with a series of five books featuring the Tibetan-Buddhist private detective, Tenzing Norbu. In recent years he has co-created a popular podcast called The Big Leap with Gay Hendricks and Mike Koenigs. He has appeared on more than 500 radio and...

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Ep252: Find Your Creativity by Finding Your Why | with Dr. Mark Shrime

5/14/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is Dr. Mark G. Shrime, who is the author of the book, Solving for Why: A Surgeon's Journey to Discover the Transformative Power of Purpose. You might wonder why I’m talking to a surgeon on a podcast about creativity and living a fulfilling life, but as you’ll learn, Dr. Shrime is also a sought-after speaker helping others find meaningful career paths. In this conversation, you will discover how to take risks, make tough decisions, and listen to your heart in order to live a life of passion, meaning, and purpose. Dr. Shrime explains the power of solving your why so you can get unstuck and move onto the right path. He lays out 4 questions and a 3 step plan to help you live a life aligned with your passions, skills, and values. . He also shares how to overcome the decision paralysis that is keeping you on the wrong path. If you're stuck in an unfulfilling job or feel like you’re not living to your full potential, this conversation could be the first step towards the rewarding life you deserve. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Ep152: Understanding the Difference Between Integrative & Traditional Medicine | with Dr. Edison de Mello Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes - William Bridges Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life - Richard Rohr Start With Why - Simon Sinek Ep218: How to Know (Without a Doubt) If It’s Time to Quit | with Annie Duke Ep232: How to Future-Proof Your Creative Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Résumé | with Christina Wallace Ikigai - Wikipedia Continue to Listen & Learn Ep48: Feeling Lost? It’s Time to ‘Find Your Why’ | with David Mead Ep233: Redefining Your Career Path in a Post Generational Society | with Mauro Guillén Ep132: How to Pursue Fulfilling Work and Find Your ‘Calling’ | with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar Ep06: Defining Your Purpose and Living Large | with Tony Horton Ep240: Stop Delaying Your Dreams and Live a Life Rich in Experiences | with Bridget Hilton & Joe Huff Ep242: A Mental Performance Expert on Shifting Your Mindset to Endure Setbacks | with Derin ‘DMac’ McMains Ep228: The Link Between Telling Your Story & Identifying Your Purpose (And How to Do Both) | with Dan Davis [CASE STUDY] Why I Said No to a Job (A Great One)…During a Pandemic Ep198: Terrified to Make a Big Change In Your Life? Start By “Showing Up Small” | with Eddy Roche Ep169: Why Becoming a Failure is Essential to Success | with Alex Weber, ANW Ep143: Mastering the “Chess Mindset” to Achieve Any Difficult Goal (and Get Really Good at Failing Along the Way) | with Misha Tenenbaum Ep36: How to Accomplish Your ‘One Thing’ Every Day | with Jay Papasan Guest Bio: Dr. Mark Shrime Dr. Mark G. Shrime is the International Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Ships and a Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is the author of Solving for Why: A Surgeon's Journey to Discover the Transformative Power of Purpose (Hachette 2022). He previously served as the O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, as the founder and Director of the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and as Research Director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard. He has spoken at the United Nations, WHO, Harvard, Princeton, and around the world addressing issues of healthcare inequity, moral injury in the healthcare workforce, and the non-health outcomes of health policies. In 2018, he was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Show Credits: This...

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TOP 5: Silvia Inks on How to Optimize Your Finances As a Freelancer or Small Business Owner

5/7/2024
Given the vast uncertainty in the job market over the last year, it can feel near impossible to both structure your time so you actually feel productive and also manage your finances so you have the confidence you’ll weather this storm. That’s why the Optimizer team & I have put together this Top 5 series the Creative’s Guide to Time & Financial Freedom. We have chosen my most relevant conversations with some of the world’s experts on both time & financial management to help you gain a little more control in a world that feels very out of control. These episodes are packed with actionable tips from brilliant minds who understand the unique challenges faced by freelancers and creatives, both inside and outside, of the entertainment industry. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit optimizeyourself.me/podcast to download your very own customized podcast playlist based on your goals. Without further adieu, here is the final part of this five-interview series with Silvia Inks. She’s the founder of SMI Financial Coaching where she helps people organize their finances so they can sleep easy at night and focus on the things they love instead of worrying about their money. You can find the original show notes for this interview at optimizeyourself.me/episode43.

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TOP 5: Mike Michalowicz on The ‘Profit First’ Financial System (That Gives You the Freedom to Say ‘No’ to the Wrong Gigs)

4/30/2024
Given the vast uncertainty in the job market over the last year, it can feel near impossible to both structure your time so you actually feel productive and also manage your finances so you have the confidence you’ll weather this storm. That’s why the Optimizer team & I have put together this Top 5 series the Creative’s Guide to Time & Financial Freedom. We have chosen my most relevant conversations with some of the world’s experts on both time & financial management to help you gain a little more control in a world that feels very out of control. These episodes are packed with actionable tips from brilliant minds who understand the unique challenges faced by freelancers and creatives, both inside and outside, of the entertainment industry. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit optimizeyourself.me/podcast to download your very own customized podcast playlist based on your goals. Without further adieu, here is the fourth part of this five interview series with financial expert, Mike Michalowicz. Mike is the author of Profit First, which is an essential guide to organizing your finances, especially if you are a freelancer in the gig economy. This conversation breaks down his financial system designed specifically for freelancers & entrepreneurs, and this is the same system I use to manage all of my money, both business and personal. It’s game changing stuff… You can find the original show notes for this interview at optimizeyourself.me/episode88.

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TOP 5: Matt Sandrini on Your Time Is Worthless (Here’s How to Invest It Properly)

4/23/2024
Given the vast uncertainty in the job market over the last year, it can feel near impossible to both structure your time so you actually feel productive and also manage your finances so you have the confidence you’ll weather this storm. That’s why the Optimizer team & I have put together this Top 5 series the Creative’s Guide to Time & Financial Freedom. We have chosen my most relevant conversations with some of the world’s experts on both time & financial management to help you gain a little more control in a world that feels very out of control. These episodes are packed with actionable tips from brilliant minds who understand the unique challenges faced by freelancers and creatives, both inside and outside, of the entertainment industry. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit optimizeyourself.me/podcast to download your very own customized podcast playlist based on your goals. Without further adieu, here is the third part of this five interview series with author and productivity expert, Matt Sandrini. Matt and I discuss how you can invest your time just as you would invest your money and why the idea of work-life balance is a myth (and what you should aim for instead). You can find the original show notes for this interview at optimizeyourself.me/episode77.

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TOP 5: Laura Vanderkam on How to Optimize Your Money to Buy You Time (and Experiences)

4/16/2024
Given the vast uncertainty in the job market over the last year, it can feel near impossible to both structure your time so you actually feel productive and also manage your finances so you have the confidence you’ll weather this storm. That’s why the Optimizer team & I have put together this Top 5 series the Creative’s Guide to Time & Financial Freedom. We have chosen my most relevant conversations with some of the world’s experts on both time & financial management to help you gain a little more control in a world that feels very out of control. These episodes are packed with actionable tips from brilliant minds who understand the unique challenges faced by freelancers and creatives, both inside and outside, of the entertainment industry. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit optimizeyourself.me/podcast to download your very own customized podcast playlist based on your goals. Without further adieu, here is the second part of this five-interview series with Laura Vanderkam who is the author of All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth. Despite the book being ten years old, the information is timeless and this conversation will help you see the relationship between time, money, and happiness in a whole new way. The original show notes for this conversation can be found at optimizeyourself.me/episode241.

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TOP 5: Ramit Sethi on Forging The Path Towards Your Own ‘Rich Life’

4/9/2024
Given the vast uncertainty in the job market over the last year, it can feel near impossible to both structure your time so you actually feel productive and also manage your finances so you have the confidence you’ll weather this storm. That’s why the Optimizer team & I have put together this Top 5 series the Creative’s Guide to Time & Financial Freedom. We have chosen my most relevant conversations with some of the world’s experts on both time & financial management to help you gain a little more control in a world that feels very out of control. These episodes are packed with actionable tips from brilliant minds who understand the unique challenges faced by freelancers and creatives, both inside and outside, of the entertainment industry. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit optimizeyourself.me/podcast to download your very own customized podcast playlist based on your goals. Without further adieu, here is episode one of my five-part interview series with Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You to Be Rich, and author of the New York Times bestseller of the same name. In this conversation, Ramit, who is also my business mentor, delivers a slew of actionable steps you can take to design a richer life for yourself far beyond the spreadsheet. The original show notes for this conversation can be found at optimizeyourself.me/episode105.

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Ep251: Building Skills, Relationships, and Weathering Industry Storms | with Shie Rozow

4/1/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist My guest today is composer and music editor Shie Rozow whose lifelong passion for music and storytelling led him to work on over 150 feature films including The Flash, The Lost City, Guardians of the Galaxy and Hustle & Flow. Shie has earned 17 Golden Reel Award Nominations, winning for his work on Chicago (as assistant music editor), IMAX: Deep Sea, and Wu Tang: An American Saga along with 4 Telly Awards for his scores to Matt and Maya, Lost Time, One Day You’ll Go Blind, and Body Language: Bill Shannon. But here's the thing: Shie's journey isn't your typical award-winning musician, child prodigy story. In fact, Shie shares that he couldn't even read music when he applied to music school. You’ll learn how his passion and determination have allowed him to grow and thrive as a creative professional despite the ups and downs of the volatile entertainment industry. Shie has discovered how to diversify his skills, interests, and passions in order to make himself irreplaceable. In addition to diversifying his skills, Shie has made it a point to build meaningful, genuine relationships. He generously shares the strategies he uses to maintain them and these are some of the best warm outreach strategies I’ve ever heard! Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: EditFest 2023: Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Art of Editing OpenAI’s SORA Shie Rozow's Books (enter the coupon code 'Optimize' at checkout for $5 off) Continue to Listen & Learn Ep250: The Creative’s Guide to Understanding AI and Leveraging AI to Build Workflows & Optimize Your Creativity | with Rob Howard Ep246: Building a Career Beyond Your Job Title, Strategically Crafting Your Story, and Diversifying Your Career Portfolio | with Jeff Bartsch Ep231: How to Become Resilient In the Face of Change (and Manage an Identity Crisis) | with Brad Stulberg Ep233: Redefining Your Career Path in a Post Generational Society | with Mauro Guillén Ep232: How to Future-Proof Your Creative Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Résumé | with Christina Wallace Ep222: Is Artificial Intelligence Coming for Your Job? Maybe…and Here’s How to Prepare | with Michael Kammes Ep221: How to Be an Irreplaceable Creative in the Emerging World of Artificial Intelligence | with Srinivas Rao Ep214: What Creativity Is, How It Works, and the Laws to Learning It | with Joey Cofone Ep212: The Science of Storytelling, Why We Need Stories, and How to Rewrite Our Own | with Will Storr Ep205: Using the Hero’s Journey to Write Better Stories (and Live a Better Life) | with Chris Vogler Ep59: The Craft of Film Composing (And Working with Composers) | with Joseph Trapanese Ep248: Make Yourself Memorable: How to Leave an Impression, Build Your Network, & Get Hired | with Carole Kirschner Guest Bio: Shie Rozow Composer and music editor Shie Rozow (pronounced Shy ro-zov) has taken a different path than most leading him to work on over 150 feature films including major international blockbusters like The Flash, The Lost City, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hustle & Flow. Armed with over 25 years of industry experience and driven by his lifelong passion for music and storytelling, Shie has earned 17 Golden Reel Award Nominations, winning for his work on Chicago (as assistant music editor), IMAX: Deep Sea, and Wu Tang: An American Saga along with 4 Telly Awards for his scores to Matt and Maya, Lost Time, One Day You’ll Go Blind, and Body Language: Bill Shannon. He brings his inexhaustible talent and natural ear for music to every story, weaving a rich musical narrative that compliments the filmmaker’s vision and unlocks new layers of...

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[CASE STUDY] Why People Don’t Respond to Your Cold Outreach (and How to Get a Response) | with Scott Davis

3/29/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist If you're a creative professional in the entertainment industry, you are probably feeling pretty discouraged by the lack of jobs popping up this year. At Optimize Yourself, we like to focus on the things we can control and set goals that we are empowered to achieve. While we can't control what jobs are out there or whether they are offered to us, we can put ourselves in positions where we will be the first to hear of jobs when they pop up. This involves building relationships with people. That's why today, I'm sharing this episode from the archives with editor and assistant editor Scott Davis, who, back in 2018, made a big move from New York to Los Angeles with zero contacts or connections. The strategies he used apply the same today as they did back then. I hope you find this useful and actionable so you can let go of what you can't control and take action on what you can control. → Click here to see the original published episode Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: (sound familiar?)terrifying feeling of trying to get into this ‘fortress of opportunity’seemsinsidedilemmapursue the career path you really want(Listen for this key takeaway!)networking for introvertshow Scott boosted his response rate from 5% to 75%REAL goal of sending an outreach email‘crawl inside the brain’How to get people to OPEN your approach emailwrongright wayConnecting the dotsinvest in building relationships over timeUseful Resources Mentioned: Get The Insider’s Guide to Writing Great Amazing Outreach Emails The Optimizer Coaching & Mentorship Program Continue to Listen & Learn Ep244: [CASE STUDY] How Marc Wiltshire Optimized His Cold Outreach Strategies (and Expanded His Network) to Land His Dream Job Ep204: [CASE STUDY] How to Make Your Dream Project a Reality | with Matt Allen and Matthew Gentile Ep192: [CASE STUDY] How a Single Outreach Email Led to a Dream Job at Marvel | with Matthew Farrugia Ep172: [CASE STUDY] Landing Your Dream Job Isn’t About “Luck,” It’s About Strategy | with Fabian Corrado & Nick Towle Want a Response to Your Cold Emails? Then Every Message MUST Do These 5 Things Why Writing Cold Emails Is the Most Important ‘Soft Skill’ You Must Master (Especially If You’re An Introvert) The 5 Most Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Cold Emails (and How to Fix Them) Ep184: Networking (the Right Way), Mentorship, and Connecting with ‘Experts’ | with Troy Takaki, ACE Guest Bio: Scott Davis J. Scott Davis is an editor, assistant editor, outdoorsman, hopeless introvert and constant seeker of knowledge. "I lived and worked in NYC for over 10 years working with some of the greatest documentarians on some really great films like: “Makers: The Women Who Make America”, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”, “Wagner’s Dream” and “Outside the Bubble”. In the fall of 2018 I headed west to Los Angeles to escape bad weather, lack of sunlight, and 5th floor walk ups. The lifestyle change is glorious but the true joy is I am now pursuing a long held dream of working in scripted features and series." Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

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Ep250: The Creative's Guide to Understanding AI and Leveraging AI to Build Workflows & Optimize Your Creativity | with Rob Howard

3/19/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist Today's guest is Rob Howard who is a professional software developer and the founder of Innovating with AI, a company that helps entrepreneurs harness the power of AI. As a veteran with over 20 years in the tech industry, Rob is here to help us demystify AI by giving us a glimpse of how Large Language Models (LLM) really work. Rob breaks down for us what makes AI tick and how understanding it can shift our perspective from fear to opportunity, as AI becomes another tool for unleashing more of our creativity so we can do great work. Rob also shares how you can start to dabble with AI so you can integrate it with your own unique talents and skills. Regardless of how you feel about AI, this conversation will open your mind and help you future-proof yourself in order to stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: Plinko board Image: Zombie crawling to the finish line The iron triangle Innovating with AI Rob's No Code Toolkit Continue to Listen & Learn Ep249: OpenAI’s Chad Nelson on How Artificial Intelligence Could Shape the Future of Creativity, Collaboration, and How We Can Survive Ep222: Is Artificial Intelligence Coming for Your Job? Maybe…and Here’s How to Prepare | with Michael Kammes Ep221: How to Be an Irreplaceable Creative in the Emerging World of Artificial Intelligence | with Srinivas Rao EditFest 2023: Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Art of Editing What Does The Future Hold for “AE’s” In the Age of “AI”? | LACPUG Panel Ep214: What Creativity Is, How It Works, and the Laws to Learning It | with Joey Cofone Ep212: The Science of Storytelling, Why We Need Stories, and How to Rewrite Our Own | with Will Storr Ep246: Building a Career Beyond Your Job Title, Strategically Crafting Your Story, and Diversifying Your Career Portfolio | with Jeff Bartsch Ep233: Redefining Your Career Path in a Post Generational Society | with Mauro Guillén Ep232: How to Future-Proof Your Creative Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Résumé | with Christina Wallace Ep245: How to Reinvent Yourself, Pursue Your Dreams, and Change Careers at Any Age | with Marcelo Lewin Guest Bio: Rob Howard Rob Howard is a 20-year tech industry veteran, software developer, startup founder, investor and entrepreneur – and the creator of Innovating with AI. Rob’s story starts at age 12 – when he learned to code and built his first HTML websites. A few years later, his first online business was featured in Entertainment Weekly, and he was off to the races in a career that combined tech and entrepreneurship with journalism, public communications and a unique approach to building companies that make their customers and employees proud. Rob founded a 1-million-user cloud storage startup that was acquired in 2009, and since then he’s built, acquired and invested in a range of tech startups, including acquisitions of MasterWP and Understrap and the launch of EveryAlt, BusinessEnglish.ai and Inbox Autopilot, three AI-powered software-as-a-service platforms. Rob is the CEO of HDC, a web development firm that has served brands including Harvard University, MIT, The World Bank, and Marriott. His software powers more than 100,000 websites, including sites for Intel, Facebook and The Oscars. Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

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What Does The Future Hold for "AE's" In the Age of "AI"? | LACPUG Panel

3/12/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing and causing a stir among creative professionals that ranges from excitement at new possibilities to fear of rendering jobs redundant and unnecessary. As the responsibilities of assistant editors have morphed into highly technical tasks over the years, a disconcerting question emerges: are their roles at risk of being assumed by AI? At last year's LACPUG, I was honored to be the moderator of a panel that talked about this very topic. The distinguished panelists were Ashley McKinney, Assistant Editor (Gotham Knights, Shooter, The Last Movie Star); Scott Jacobs, Assistant Editor (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, WandaVision, The Orville); and Richard Sanchez, Visual Effects Editor (Ahsoka, Bill & Ted Face the Music, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law). Whether you are an assistant editor or any creative professional in any industry, this conversation applies to you. AI is not going anywhere and the more we understand how it impacts every job and person we interact with, the more we can adapt and grow with it. Join us for a candid conversation about what this paradigm shift means for all creative professionals. This is a discussion you won't want to miss and I am immensely grateful to LACPUG for allowing me to publish it here. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: Useful Resources Mentioned: EditFest 2023: Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Art of Editing The 2030 Vision Initiative (MovieLabs) Continue to Listen & Learn Ep249: OpenAI’s Chad Nelson on How Artificial Intelligence Could Shape the Future of Creativity, Collaboration, and How We Can Survive Ep222: Is Artificial Intelligence Coming for Your Job? Maybe…and Here’s How to Prepare | with Michael Kammes Ep221: How to Be an Irreplaceable Creative in the Emerging World of Artificial Intelligence | with Srinivas Rao Ep214: What Creativity Is, How It Works, and the Laws to Learning It | with Joey Cofone Ep212: The Science of Storytelling, Why We Need Stories, and How to Rewrite Our Own | with Will Storr Ep246: Building a Career Beyond Your Job Title, Strategically Crafting Your Story, and Diversifying Your Career Portfolio | with Jeff Bartsch Ep232: How to Future-Proof Your Creative Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Résumé | with Christina Wallace Ep245: How to Reinvent Yourself, Pursue Your Dreams, and Change Careers at Any Age | with Marcelo Lewin Ep231: How to Become Resilient In the Face of Change (and Manage an Identity Crisis) | with Brad Stulberg Mastermind Q&A: How to Successfully Be a “Specialized Generalist” | with Michael Addis Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

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EditFest 2023: Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Art of Editing

3/5/2024
Want to continue learning from the world’s experts on time management, networking, career development, better sleep, overcoming burnout, and so much more? → Click here for your customized podcast playlist When it comes to AI, I've made it pretty clear where I stand. I believe we are seeing the transition away from specialization and back to generalization when it comes to the value we bring to the workplace. And AI is only accelerating this process. As creatives, we can choose to embrace the possibilities of what AI can offer us while doubling down on our unique zone of genius that sets us apart from the machines or we can choose to be left behind. At last year's EditFest, I was one of 4 panelists invited to talk about the convergence of AI with the creative process, particularly related to the art of editing. My fellow distinguished panelists were Jon Dudkowski, ACE Editor (Star Trek Discovery, Umbrella Academy, Man in the High Castle) ; Chad Nelson, producer and creator of Critterz, an AI-generated short film; and Cristobal Valenzuela, co-founder and CEO of Runway (and named one of the top 100 most influential people in AI by Time magazine). The panel was moderated by Carolyn Giardina, tech editor at The Hollywood Reporter. I was honored to be part of a panel on this important topic and I am immensely appreciative to EditFest and Jenni McCormick for giving me permission to publish the talk here for all of you to experience. Please enjoy the 2023 EditFest Panel, Artificial Intelligence: Exploring the Technology and It's Impact on the Art of Editing. Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One? » Click here to subscribe and never miss another episode Here's What You'll Learn: CritterzUseful Resources Mentioned: The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil 匚尺丨ㄒㄒ乇尺乙 — An animated short created with AI The Gartner Hype Cycle Ep233: Redefining Your Career Path in a Post Generational Society | with Mauro Guillén Ep85: Mentorship, Networking, and Surviving Hollywood Blockbusters | with Dody Dorn, ACE The Creativity Code: Art and Innovation in the Age of AI by Marcus Du Sautoy Continue to Listen & Learn Ep249: OpenAI’s Chad Nelson on How Artificial Intelligence Could Shape the Future of Creativity, Collaboration, and How We Can Survive Ep222: Is Artificial Intelligence Coming for Your Job? Maybe…and Here’s How to Prepare | with Michael Kammes Ep221: How to Be an Irreplaceable Creative in the Emerging World of Artificial Intelligence | with Srinivas Rao Ep214: What Creativity Is, How It Works, and the Laws to Learning It | with Joey Cofone Ep212: The Science of Storytelling, Why We Need Stories, and How to Rewrite Our Own | with Will Storr Ep246: Building a Career Beyond Your Job Title, Strategically Crafting Your Story, and Diversifying Your Career Portfolio | with Jeff Bartsch Ep232: How to Future-Proof Your Creative Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Résumé | with Christina Wallace Ep245: How to Reinvent Yourself, Pursue Your Dreams, and Change Careers at Any Age | with Marcelo Lewin Ep231: How to Become Resilient In the Face of Change (and Manage an Identity Crisis) | with Brad Stulberg Mastermind Q&A: How to Successfully Be a “Specialized Generalist” | with Michael Addis Show Credits: This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

Duration:01:20:00