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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.

Location:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Hot Seat Friday: From outreach emails that get responses to having a mentor | with Jonathan Hodges

3/11/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:29:27

Hot Seat Friday: The Key to Writing Outreach Emails That Get a Response| with James Crouch

3/4/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:28:26

Hot Seat Friday: Negotiating your true value (not just the hours you work) | with Denise Chan

2/25/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:27:05

Hot Seat Friday: Should I Risk Saying No to a Comfortable Job in Pursuit of My Dream Job? | with Marcella Garcia

2/20/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:27:20

Ep175: Defining Your Own Version of Success & Overcoming the Loneliness of Being a Freelancer | with Michael Baumann

2/17/2022
"You have to think how can I create those moments, those celebrations, the appreciation, the presence in this moment so that I can actually enjoy the accumulation of my life of days rather than trying to hang it all on one momentous achievement." - Michael Bauman As a freelancer or entrepreneur, it’s easy to get caught up in “the grind,” endlessly pursuing what others define as “success,” but one of the overlooked effects of doing so is often loneliness (whether you are at the bottom or...

Duration:01:16:09

Hot Seat Friday: How Can I Waste Less Time and Overcome Perfectionism When I Edit? | with Denise Chan

2/11/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:36:25

Hot Seat Friday: Is Working with an Agent Going to Benefit My Career? | with Melanie Annan

2/4/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:23:27

Ep174: Hollywood on the Record: The Real Story Behind @IA_Stories | with Marisa Shipley & Amy Thurlow

2/1/2022
At the epicenter of the conversation last August during the most contentious portion of the IATSE contract negotiation was perhaps the IA stories Instagram account where literally hundreds of thousands of IATSE members discovered they weren't alone in enduring the horrors of working in Hollywood: Burnout, abusive working conditions, and sacrificing everything - including even their lives - to simply keep their jobs in the entertainment industry was apparently everyone’s story. Pandora’s Box...

Duration:01:33:23

Hot Seat Friday: I Have Multiple Career Goals. Do I Have to Choose Just One? | with Lara Britton

1/28/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:27:32

Hot Seat Friday: I Need a Networking Plan to Make a Career Transition | with Fabian Corrado

1/21/2022
What I’d love to do is 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:00:39:46

Ep173: How to Reinvent Yourself at Any Age (And Become Badass) | with Scott Morgan

1/18/2022
As creative professionals, we constantly have to reinvent ourselves to stay relevant (and frankly just to survive the insanity of our industry). The pressure to come up with new ideas and be daring is stressful at best, and debilitating at worst. Many of us are under the illusion that this pressure we place on ourselves gives us our edge - that it helps us continue to perform our best. But instead this pressure leads to limiting beliefs, imposter syndrome, and procrastination. And if it...

Duration:01:09:38

Ep172: [CASE STUDY] Landing Your Dream Job Isn’t About “Luck,” It’s About Strategy | with Fabian Corrado & Nick Towle

1/4/2022
From the outside it often looks as if the dominant factor that determines whether someone achieves their careers goals or not is luck (And you all know how I feel about “luck.”) From an insider’s perspective, having helped hundreds of people successfully make career transitions, I believe luck is simply when their hard work intersects with the right opportunity. And this intersection is no accident when you have the right strategy. One of my favorite aspects of the Optimizer coaching &...

Duration:01:10:24

FOCUS: The Superpower of the 21st Century | with Cal Newport

12/28/2021
As 2021 winds down and we approach the New Year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and write off the end of the year as a loss, putting our goals and intentions aside and telling ourselves “We’’ll start fresh again in January.” But then inevitably when the new year hits and we create resolutions, life still gets in the way which leads to over 92% of New Year’s resolutions failing. (Don’t worry...I’m just as guilty as anyone else.) If you intend to make things...

Duration:01:02:16

How Tiny Changes Can Create Remarkable Results | with James Clear

12/23/2021
As 2021 winds down and we approach the New Year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and write off the end of the year as a loss, putting our goals and intentions aside and telling ourselves “We’’ll start fresh again in January.” But then inevitably when the new year hits and we create resolutions, life still gets in the way which leads to over 92% of New Year’s resolutions failing. (Don’t worry...I’m just as guilty as anyone else.) If you intend to make things...

Duration:01:07:06

The Four Tendencies’ (aka ‘The Matrix’ For Understanding Yourself & Others) | with Gretchen Rubin

12/14/2021
As 2021 winds down and we approach the New Year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and write off the end of the year as a loss, putting our goals and intentions aside and telling ourselves “We’’ll start fresh again in January.” But then inevitably when the new year hits and we create resolutions, life still gets in the way which leads to over 92% of New Year’s resolutions failing. (Don’t worry...I’m just as guilty as anyone else.) If you intend to make things...

Duration:01:04:00

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less | with Greg McKeown

12/7/2021
As 2021 winds down and we approach the New Year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and write off the end of the year as a loss, putting our goals and intentions aside and telling ourselves “We’’ll start fresh again in January.” But then inevitably when the new year hits and we create resolutions, life still gets in the way which leads to over 92% of New Year’s resolutions failing. (Don’t worry...I’m just as guilty as anyone else.) If you intend to make things...

Duration:00:57:02

How to Pursue Fulfilling Work and Find Your ‘Calling’ | with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

12/1/2021
As 2021 winds down and we approach the new year it is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and right off the end of the year is a loss, putting our goals and our intentions aside and telling ourselves, "We're going to start fresh again in January." But then inevitably, when the New Year hits and we create resolutions, life still gets in the way, which leads to over 92% of New Year's resolutions failing. Don't worry, I'm just as guilty as anybody else. If you intend to...

Duration:01:08:58

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