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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 produce 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 produce 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 produce 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

Ep171: How to Determine If a Job Is Worth The Costs | Community Q&A

11/24/2021
One of the most challenging things we deal with as freelance creative professionals is the constant feast & famine cycle of either always working or always looking for the next gig. I’m sure at some point you’ve had the experience of agonizing for hours, days, or weeks debating a job opportunity (or multiple opportunities). You may have also agonized about whether or not to take low pay (or unpaid work) that might seem like a great opportunity that could launch your career...but on the other...

Duration:01:32:58

Ep170: How to Avoid Burnout and Live a More ‘Effortless’ Life | with Greg McKeown

11/16/2021
"There are two kinds of people in the world - people who are burned out, and people who know they are burned out." - Greg McKeown There is an epidemic of exhaustion and burnout in not only Hollywood but globally across countless industries. The culture of overwork and exploitation specifically in the entertainment industry is beyond toxic at this point, and something needs to change. My theory is that many of the people at the top in Hollywood did not get there because they are always the...

Duration:01:27:15

Zack Arnold On the Devastating Words “Why Doesn’t Daddy Love Us?” (from the Success Engineering Podcast)

11/9/2021
Hello to all of my Optimizer readers & listeners. Today’s episode is gonna be a little different in that I’m not the host, I’m the guest. This is a recent interview I did with Michael Bauman on the Success Engineering podcast. You will hear me talk very candidly about the identity crisis I suffered several years ago while seemingly at the height of my career editing Empire when I was spending months on end putting my kids to bed via Facetime and realized I didn’t want to live that way...

Duration:00:51:57

Ep169: Why Becoming a Failure is Essential to Success | with Alex Weber, ANW

11/2/2021
There are turning points throughout our lives where we have a choice to either accept the status quo and continue being “comfortable” or take a stand to affect real change. Whether it’s change on an individual level or even on a larger scale, to take a stand requires courage and “brave honesty” (to borrow a term from today's guest), and most importantly real change requires stepping into the discomfort zone and attempting things you never previously believed you were capable of. Sounds...

Duration:01:09:28

Ep168: Hollywood On the Record: What’s REALLY Happening On Set? | with Shay’La Banks and Nickolaus Brown

10/28/2021
In an ideal world, being a creative professional means you love what you do and your passion for your work fuels a meaningful and fulfilling life that also has a positive impact on the world. Whether you write, direct, produce, edit, or work on set - that's the dream we all set out to achieve when we join the industry. In the real world, however, you quickly discover that passion can also lead to exploitation. Toxic work environments, unreasonable deadlines and schedules, and unrelenting...

Duration:01:26:49

Ep167: A Contract Isn’t Going to Change Our Lives...It’s Up to Us to Create Change | Community Q&A

10/26/2021
How many times have you worked on a project that set an impossible schedule and you felt responsible for meeting ridiculous demands? How many times have you met those demands hoping you would be rewarded for the amazing feat you accomplished...only to be asked to do it again tomorrow except faster, better, and cheaper? These situations have unfortunately become the rule instead of the exception which is why I often say that Hollywood is where yesterday’s miracle becomes today’s...

Duration:01:17:26

Ep166: How a Near-Death Experience Turned Massive Failure Into Growth | with Chinna Balachandran, ANW

10/19/2021
“Your obstacles don’t care about what you’ve been through.” - Chinna Balachandran Fail is a four letter word that most of us avoid like the plague. We live in a society that is obsessed with achievement, yet has no tolerance for failure. But any successful person will tell you that regular and consistent failure is not only part of the path to success...failure IS the path. Without embracing failure, you'll never learn how to overcome obstacles or become resilient in the face of adversity...

Duration:01:05:53

Ep165: How to Overcome Doubting Yourself When You Know You’re Meant For More | with Sandy Zimmerman, ANW

10/13/2021
"I've literally failed in front of a million people, and something magical happens when you're willing to do that." - Sandy Zimmerman Have you ever had a nagging feeling that you were meant to be doing something different with your life? Maybe you feel as though you're capable of doing more and you're not living up to your full potential, or maybe even if you’re successful, the thought of being “comfortable“ is beginning to feel like you're locked in a prison of your own creation? But as...

Duration:01:11:51

Ep164: How to ‘Get In the Room’ and Work with Producers Who Will Value & Respect You | with Matt Nix

10/6/2021
"Do your work every day, and stay focused on what you care about. Work-life balance doesn't just happen, you have to schedule it." - Matt Nix There's no question that the start of any successful career requires a certain amount of hard work, grit, and even a bit of hustle. If you want to excel further than those around you, there will be times when you have to make sacrifices or trade-offs to reach your goals. But your career shouldn’t come at the expense of your relationships, your...

Duration:01:21:53

How To Change The Culture In Hollywood With Zack Arnold (from The Hollywood Success Podcast)

9/29/2021
Hello to all of my Optimizer readers & listeners. Today’s episode is gonna be a little different in that I’m not the host, I’m the guest. This is a special interview I did on super short notice with Erica Wernick over at the Hollywood Success Podcast where we discuss what’s at stake with the pending IATSE strike authorization vote. Like me, Erica is also both an entrepreneur and creative professional in Hollywood working as both a coach and a graphic designer as part of the Art Director’s...

Duration:01:11:11

Ep163: Understanding What’s At Stake With the IATSE Strike Authorization Vote | Community Q&A

9/28/2021
I created Optimize Yourself so that I could provide the resources to help creative professionals find fulfillment in their work and love what they do...but not at the expense of their health, their relationships, or their sanity. A natural extension of this is that we must be valued & respected for the work that we do. Without respect, no matter how much we love our jobs, our careers won't be sustainable and our passion will eventually become indifference (and sometimes even hatred). We...

Duration:01:21:54

Dear Hollywood: If We Don’t Speak Up Now, The Industry As We Know It Will Never Be The Same (It’s Gut Check Time)

9/22/2021
» Read & Share the full article HERE One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received from a friend & mentor is the following: “Don’t let others determine your value. Only you can determine your value.” Unfortunately the idea that we as creative professionals are undervalued for the unique contributions we bring to the entertainment industry is not a new one. For decades we have been considered replaceable widgets that are expendable. As legendary editor Walter Murch explained in our...

Duration:00:19:34

Ep162: Stop Waiting For Permission to Make Sh*t Happen | with Mark Gantt

9/21/2021
“I want to make sh*t happen, but it can't happen at the cost of the people around me.” - Mark Gantt Working in Hollywood as a creative professional can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand the freedom to express yourself and tell stories that motivate, inspire, and entertain others can be a dream come true. But on the other hand the pressure of having to create on a grueling daily schedule can lead to doubts, insecurities, imposter syndrome and perfectionism (especially the days when...

Duration:01:26:10

Ep161: Managing Limiting Beliefs, Imposter Syndrome, and all the “Chatter” In Our Heads | with Ethan Kross

9/15/2021
“People are embarrassed to even articulate out loud what they say to themselves silently.” - Ethan Kross Do you ever wonder why some people excel under intense pressure while other people fold? How is that an Olympic athlete can train for four years honing their skills with exact precision and in the final moment make a crucial mistake to blow their shot at gold? Maybe you've had the experience of preparing for hours for your dream job interview and when you finally sat down to talk, you...

Duration:01:24:44

Ep160: Convincing People You Can Do The Job (When You Don’t Have the Credits) | with Chris Patterson

9/9/2021
When editor and 1st AE Chris Patterson reached out to me earlier this year, he was stuck trying to figure out how to convince his colleagues he was ready to edit. He knew he had the skills, but he didn’t have the experience (or the credits) such that people were willing to take the chance on him. Not even six months later after working with me in the Optimizer coaching & mentorship program he posted this in the #wins channel in our Slack community: Editor Chris Patterson has spent much of...

Duration:01:05:22

Ep159: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs (and Lack of Experience) to Break Into Scripted Television | with Marcella Garcia

9/7/2021
When editor Marcella Garcia originally reached out to me in January because she was stuck in the wrong place in her career and wanted to make a seemingly impossible transition into scripted entertainment, she did not expect to be sending me this message just six months later (in the Optimizer Slack community): Like Marcella, when people come to me for help, they commonly describe themselves as feeling stuck, overwhelmed, burned out, and ready to change. They are burdened with limiting...

Duration:00:57:53

Hot Seat Friday: How to ask Better Questions and Make Genuine Connections at Networking Events like EditFest | with Denise Chan

8/27/2021
In this episode, I give you an insider’s glimpse into the world of my Optimizer coaching & mentorship program and what we call the ‘Hot Seat.’ What you’ll hear today is a recording of an actual live session with an Optimizer student where on the Hot Seat we tackle various questions about career transitions, productivity, workflows, networking, burnout, habit formation, resumes and websites, and any number of other work or life challenges that students bring to the table as they navigate...

Duration:00:22:27

Art of the Cut, Ep. 101: "Cobra Kai" Editor Zack Arnold, ACE

8/10/2021
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d like to share a fairly recent interview I did with Steve Hulfish on his Art of the Cut podcast which is now a part of the Frame.io world. In this...

Duration:00:58:38

Get To the Core of Your Why and Optimize Yourself (from Passion in Progress Podcast)

8/5/2021
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d like to share an interview I did with Javier Mercedes for his show Passion In Progress where Javier inspires his listeners to get out and pursue...

Duration:01:03:09

Work-Life Balance in the Industry (from The Practical Filmmaker Podcast)

7/28/2021
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d like to share with you another interview I did last summer with Tanya Musgrave of The Practical Filmmaker, where we also discussed my viral...

Duration:00:52:29