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It IS possible to be healthier, more productive, and achieve YOUR version of success in Hollywood…without sacrificing your sanity in the process. Creative burnout doesn’t have to be inevitable. Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE), award-winning Hollywood film & TV editor of Cobra Kai, Empire, Glee, and more, documentary director, American Ninja Warrior in training, and father of two. The Optimize Yourself program helps creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and even weekend warriors more effectively manage their time, energy, and creativity so they can producer higher quality work in less time… all while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in their lives. Whether it’s P90X creator Tony Horton (Zack’s fitness mentor), American Ninja Warrior superstar Jessie Graff, productivity guru and inventor of the GTD system David Allen, world-famous biohacker and fitness guru Ben Greenfield, bestselling author and online business expert Ramit Sethi (Zack’s business mentor), or countless other experts in health, productivity, and career advancement, let us inspire you to step outside your comfort zone so you can reach your full potential.

It IS possible to be healthier, more productive, and achieve YOUR version of success in Hollywood…without sacrificing your sanity in the process. Creative burnout doesn’t have to be inevitable. Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE), award-winning Hollywood film & TV editor of Cobra Kai, Empire, Glee, and more, documentary director, American Ninja Warrior in training, and father of two. The Optimize Yourself program helps creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and even weekend warriors more effectively manage their time, energy, and creativity so they can producer higher quality work in less time… all while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in their lives. Whether it’s P90X creator Tony Horton (Zack’s fitness mentor), American Ninja Warrior superstar Jessie Graff, productivity guru and inventor of the GTD system David Allen, world-famous biohacker and fitness guru Ben Greenfield, bestselling author and online business expert Ramit Sethi (Zack’s business mentor), or countless other experts in health, productivity, and career advancement, let us inspire you to step outside your comfort zone so you can reach your full potential.

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United States

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It IS possible to be healthier, more productive, and achieve YOUR version of success in Hollywood…without sacrificing your sanity in the process. Creative burnout doesn’t have to be inevitable. Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE), award-winning Hollywood film & TV editor of Cobra Kai, Empire, Glee, and more, documentary director, American Ninja Warrior in training, and father of two. The Optimize Yourself program helps creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and even weekend warriors more effectively manage their time, energy, and creativity so they can producer higher quality work in less time… all while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in their lives. Whether it’s P90X creator Tony Horton (Zack’s fitness mentor), American Ninja Warrior superstar Jessie Graff, productivity guru and inventor of the GTD system David Allen, world-famous biohacker and fitness guru Ben Greenfield, bestselling author and online business expert Ramit Sethi (Zack’s business mentor), or countless other experts in health, productivity, and career advancement, let us inspire you to step outside your comfort zone so you can reach your full potential.

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English


Episodes

Ep128: How to Have a Successful Career Without Sacrificing Family | with Farrel Levy

10/27/2020
One of the many fears this pandemic has magnified is that we can’t possibly focus on our careers and work at the highest level while also having time to be parents, partners, and well-rounded individuals. And with the transition to working from home, navigating this challenge has become even more complicated. Today, I’m talking with ACE editor Farrel Levy who has worked at a high level her whole career moving between features and television, working on shows like Nashville, NYPD Blue, and...

Duration:01:13:46

A Special Interview with Topo Mat Creator Kit Perkins About His Latest Product - New Standard Whole Protein

10/21/2020
An interview with Ergodriven CEO and Topo Mat creator, Kit Perkins about his new venture: New Standard Whole Protein.

Duration:00:35:38

Ep127: The Difference Between Building a Career vs. Finding the Next Job | with Kabir Ahktar, ACE

10/21/2020
One of the topics I get questioned about constantly is networking: How important is networking? Can’t I just get really good at my craft so my work speaks for me? (I hate networking!!!) How often do I really need to do it? Today’s guest, Emmy award-winning editor turned director, Kabir Ahktar, ACE feels very strongly that: “It’s really important to stay networking…However much you’re doing, it’s probably not enough.” Kabir has built his entire career through networking and creating...

Duration:01:24:39

Ep126: On the Importance of Building Relationships, Asking Questions, and Never Giving Up | with Andi Armaganian

10/13/2020
For many of us working in creative industries (and even those that aren’t), we assume that competition simply comes with the territory of becoming successful. We have been taught the only way to get ahead is to push others out of the way as we climb the proverbial ladder to the top. But it doesn’t take long to realize this only perpetuates the stressful and high pressured environments that lead to burnout, exhaustion, and downright depression. With so many of us working from home now, it’s...

Duration:01:08:06

Ep125: From Scraping Up Cigarette Butts to Editing, Directing, and Producing Emmy-Winning TV Shows | with David Rogers

10/6/2020
If you’ve listened to at least an episode or two in the past, then it’s probably no surprise that I pride myself in being a time management ninja. I always say that the great equalizer is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. But as technology advances and the pace of life gets faster, the expectations of what we can accomplish grow larger. Now with many of us working from home, we’re expected to wear the hat of multiple roles, including assistant editor, IT person, and production...

Duration:01:05:43

Ep124: Simple Solutions to Your Chronic Aches & Pains (and Where They Came From) | with Dr. Sadie Sanders

9/29/2020
It’s astonishing that less than 5% of adults are moving 30 minutes or more a day, so much so that it’s been said “Sitting is the new smoking.” Although, I’ve argued for years that it’s not so much sitting that’s the problem…it’s being SEDENTARY that is the new smoking (whether you are sitting or standing). Clearly working from home amidst a global pandemic hasn’t made this any less true. Being sedentary is one of the root causes of chronic aches and pains. If you are listening to (or...

Duration:01:33:01

Ep123: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle | with Ben Greenfield

9/21/2020
It’s no longer news that sitting is bad for us. In fact, it’s common knowledge that sitting has become the new smoking. And hopefully by now after years of me screaming from the rooftops, you now know that standing isn’t much better. Sedentary is the new smoking, not just sitting. The key to better health and sustained energy levels throughout the day is movement. But with a pandemic keeping us all stuck at home, wildfires and poor air quality keeping us trapped indoors, and the world...

Duration:00:55:05

Ep122: 'Superfood Hunter' Darin Olien On How To Be Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

9/14/2020
With health (and more importantly maintaining strong immune systems) at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, we’re all looking for simple ways to boost our immunity and increase our energy levels. Whether you are unemployed, working from home or back at the office, or just trying to juggle home-schooling the kids while maintaining your own sanity, the thought of implementing healthier nutrition and fitness habits is daunting at best (and horrifying at worst). Luckily today’s guest...

Duration:01:19:40

Ep120: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 1 | with Ginny MacColl, ANW

9/8/2020
Have you ever wanted to pursue a passion your whole life that’s well outside your comfort zone…but felt like you missed your opportunity and now you’re “too old?” Maybe you always dreamed of running a marathon, or maybe you wanted to earn your black belt in martial arts, but somehow life always seemed to get in the way. If this sounds familiar, today’s guest Ginny MacColl has some sage advice to share with you: “It’s never too late to get stronger.” Ginny is an actress (Poms, Stars Fell On...

Duration:01:07:02

Ep121: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 2 | with Jessie Graff, ANW

9/8/2020
If you’ve been listening to this show for any amount of time, you know that I love breaking seemingly impossible goals down to small, manageable steps. I’m all about creating tiny habits and incrementally building upon them to progress gradually - hence playing chess with your life instead of checkers. This is one of the key elements in my coaching and mentorship program and it’s also the foundation that today’s guest has used to build herself up to one of the top competitors in American...

Duration:01:19:39

Ep119: [Case Study] Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Better Managing Your Time, And Making the Most of This Pandemic | with Ariel Fujita, Kristi Shimek, and Maxton Waller

9/2/2020
Having spoken to and worked with hundreds of people worldwide over the last six months, if there’s one constant to the ever-changing landscape of 2020, it’s that this global pandemic has been a magnifying glass amplifying every tiny little detail about our lives (and society at large) that just wasn’t working. For many this intense awareness has been paralyzing while for others it’s been a motivating call to action. So what’s the difference for those who feel stuck versus those who take...

Duration:01:36:09

I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic

8/26/2020
This episode is a reading of guest author, Debby Germino's article: I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic » Read the full article here Continue to Listen & Learn: The “Passion Tax” - Why Artists and Creatives Are Exploited, And How To Say ‘No’ How to Handle Transition Times and Increase Your Resilience How to Stay Productive (and Stop Procrastinating) During Your Next Hiatus | with Debby Germino Ep48: Feeling Lost? It’s Time to ‘Find Your Why’ | with David Mead Happiness...

Duration:00:23:58

Ep118: Legendary Editor Walter Murch On Optimizing Creativity, Productivity, and Well-Being In Hollywood For 50+ Years

8/24/2020
When you think of film editors, let’s face it - healthy habits and good physical conditioning are not images that immediately come to mind. But with a pandemic upon us, and with the high cost of the ‘Passion Tax’ we constantly pay as Hollywood creatives, healthy living is no longer an option - it’s a necessity. If we want strong immune systems and creative minds that are resilient to high-stress environments, it is imperative we adopt healthier habits like eating better and moving more...

Duration:01:22:33

Ep117: The Secret to Surviving 40+ Years Working In Hollywood | with Carol Littleton, ACE

8/17/2020
It’s an understatement to say Hollywood is undergoing major changes right now, but are these circumstances unprecedented? I argue things have changed a lot less than we want to believe over the last few months, the major difference is our level of awareness. And what we’ve become keenly aware of is how badly none of us want to go back to normal. There’s no question the pandemic has caused upheaval and instability, leaving us all wondering if we’ll weather the storm or sink with the ship. As...

Duration:01:21:47

The “Passion Tax” – Why Artists and Creatives Are Exploited, And How We Can Start Saying ‘No’

8/13/2020
The following is an episode where I provide my articles in audio form so you have the opportunity to walk and listen instead of sit and read if that’s your preference. My hope is that you’ll use this opportunity to get up and step away from your chair for the next 30 minutes and build the habit of moving more whether you’re working, stuck at home, or otherwise. The following is a reading of my article The “Passion Tax” - Why Artists and Creatives Are Exploited, And How We Can Start Saying...

Duration:00:31:03

Ep116: Maintaining Boundaries, Well-Being, and Sanity on Hollywood Blockbusters | with Jeffrey Ford, ACE

8/10/2020
No matter the rung of the ladder you happen to be on in the entertainment industry, making it in Hollywood is no easy feat. And with how our world is evolving post-pandemic, you might think it will be nearly impossible to maintain any sort of work-life balance for our foreseeable future, especially if you’re fortunate enough to reach the top rung of the ladder like today’s guest. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to not only survive but thrive while working on giant tent pole films like...

Duration:00:55:36

Work Remotely With Your Team In Real-Time Using Evercast (A Game Changer)

8/3/2020
Today’s interview is a little bit different than you might be used to where I’d like to introduce you to the newest sponsor of the Optimize Yourself podcast: Evercast. If you’re a content creator or someone who works in the entertainment industry and you’ve never heard of Evercast, you need to because this technology has the potential to change the way you work and live in our post-pandemic reality. In the following conversation I chat with Roger Barton and Brad Thomas, the co-founders of...

Duration:00:26:25

Ep115: How to Be So Thorough You Can’t Be Denied | with James Wilcox, ACE

8/3/2020
For some reason there seems to be this fallacy in Hollywood that someone has to “give you your big break” in order to make it in the industry, and in the meantime you’re just waiting for your big break to appear. The idea that you have to be in the right place at the right time, or worst of all, that you just need to have a lot of “luck” to make your dreams a reality (and you all know how I feel about the “L word”) must be a myth, right? Today’s guest is here to debunk that myth that...

Duration:01:18:56

Ep114: Breaking Into (and Making It) In the Industry as People of Color | with Mirra Watkins, Ariel Brown, and Isaiah Cary

7/27/2020
Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in? Have you ever struggled to find role models that looked like you and had similar life experiences? If you’re a person of color in Hollywood (specifically post-production), the likelihood is extremely high you know these issues all too well...like a likelihood of roughly 99% (as I discussed in a previous episode with seasoned editor and mentor Monty Degraff). Furthermore, if you are a POC who’s a college student or recent grad, you might be...

Duration:01:06:47

Ep113: The Importance of Setting Boundaries, Advocating For Yourself, and Asking For Help | with Janace Tashjian

7/20/2020
"It’s important not only to empower ourselves, but to empower each other. We are 200% stronger together than we are as an individual in our common endeavors.” Imagine a Post Department where you feel a sense of community and mutual respect. Imagine a Post Department where you are consulted about schedule changes and asked for your input in solving problems. Imagine a Post Producer who allows for flexibility to balance both work and life responsibilities. Imagine a Post Producer who...

Duration:01:08:34