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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.

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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English


Episodes

Defining Your Purpose and Living Large | with Tony Horton

12/6/2022
As the new year approaches, you may be thinking about how the past year went and what the new year will bring. Maybe you’re happy with the direction your life and career are headed…or maybe you’re ready to make some changes? As 2022 winds down, I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the chaos of the holidays and fall into the trap of thinking “I’ll just write December off as a loss and start fresh in the new year.” Rather than simply take a hiatus during the month of December, my...

Duration:00:59:51

Ep200: Ralph Macchio ‘Waxing On’ About Authentically Living a More Balanced and Fulfilling Life

11/28/2022
Ralph Macchio is an actor, producer, and director obviously most well known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid films and now the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai. He has also appeared on both stage and screen in notable credits including The Outsiders, Crossroads, and My Cousin Vinny. Most recently, he has also added ‘NYT bestselling author’ to his credits after releasing Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me which I can not recommend enough (it probably comes as no surprise I read...

Duration:01:13:21

Ep199: The Business & Craft of Trailer Editing, Making Your Side Hustle Your Career, and Staying Motivated Along the Way | with Chris MacDonald

11/15/2022
Chris MacDonald is an experienced veteran trailer editor who has worked at Universal Pictures and other major studios such as Sony, Disney, Paramount, and trailer houses such as MOcean and Aspect (to name a small few). Chris is also the co-founder of the wildly popular online editing school, Film Editing Pro, and today’s discussion balances a combination of understanding how to build a career as a trailer editor as well as making the transition to building your own business if that is the...

Duration:01:31:49

Ep198: Terrified to Make a Big Change In Your Life? Start By “Showing Up Small” | with Eddy Roche

11/8/2022
Eddy Roche is a serial entrepreneur and fitness instructor on a mission to make the world a fitter, healthier, and happier place. He has created not just one but two highly successful businesses - one being the largest outdoor fitness community in Los Angeles, and the other being the largest organic whole food delivery service in Los Angeles. But plot twist…despite his outward confidence, Eddie almost didn’t pursue either of these opportunities because he was overwhelmed by both judgment...

Duration:01:16:22

Ep197: On Authenticity, Luck, and Designing Life (and Footwear) On Your Own Terms | with Xero Shoes CEO Steven Sashen

11/1/2022
Steven Sashen is the co-founder and CEO of Xero Shoes. He is a serial entrepreneur who has never had a job he didn't create, a former professional stand up comic, an award-winning screenwriter, and to top it all off…a masters All-American sprinter (in fact he is one of the fastest men over 60 in the country). If Steven’s bio hasn’t done it already, listening to our conversation for all of 5 seconds will quickly convince you as it did me that Steven is quite possibly the most interesting man...

Duration:01:27:11

Ep196: How to Become Oscar-level Successful (Without Being a Dick) | with Peter Ramsey

10/25/2022
Peter Ramsey is a Director, Producer, and Storyboard Artist known as the first black director to direct a big budget animated film with Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians and the first black director to win the Academy Award in animation for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But what is even more inspiring than Peter’s career achievements, however, is that he’s simultaneously working at the top levels of the industry while also maintaining the reputation of being “a nice guy,” proving that...

Duration:01:29:13

Ep195: When Being a “People Pleaser” Goes Too Far (and How to Set Boundaries) | with Lisa Robison, CCE

10/18/2022
Lisa Robison CCE, is a camera assistant turned award-winning editor best known for her work on "Loudermilk," "My Life Without Me," "The L Word" and "Firefly Lane,” and most recently she edited the Tribeca feature, "American Dreamer.” Even more impressive than her credits, however, is Lisa’s story of growth and perseverance in the face of massive adversity. While we will each have our own unique paths to success, you'd be hard-pressed to find a story more unique or inspiring than Lisa’s....

Duration:01:09:05

Ep194: How ‘The Great Resignation’ Caused Us to Question Everything About the Way We Work (and How to Quit if It’s Time to Move On) | with Anthony Klotz

10/11/2022
Anthony Klotz is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at UCL School of Management in London who has made a career of studying resignations. Anthony’s research has been published on a multitude of high-profile platforms such as The Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review and The Wall Street Journal (just to name a few). He instantly rose to stardom early in the pandemic for having coined the now ubiquitous term “The Great Resignation” to describe the mass exodus of...

Duration:01:33:22

Ep193: A Former Monk on Managing Overwhelm (and Following Your Intuition) | with Cory Muscara

10/4/2022
Cory Muscara is a former monk, host of the Practicing Human podcast, and bestselling author of the book, Stop Missing Your Life. He has taught mindful leadership at Columbia University and is an instructor of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Oz named Cory as one of the nation’s leading experts in mindfulness (and rightfully so) as Cory’s meditations have been heard more than 25 million times in over 150 countries. If you’re stuck on the hamster wheel of dedicating...

Duration:01:11:01

So You’re Burned Out…Now What? [7 Ways to Climb Out of the Hole]

9/27/2022
If you're coming to this article unsure of whether or not you're experiencing actual burnout, I suggest starting with The 7 Red Flags That You Might Be Burned Out. If you've already read that article, then you are now familiar with The First Law of Holes: Whether or not you're stuck at the bottom of a hole you dug for yourself or if someone helped you get there is now irrelevant. The reality is you can't get out by yourself. And furthermore if you simply accept that where you are stuck is...

Duration:00:20:33

7 Red Flags You Might Be Burned Out (Or You're Headed There)

9/20/2022
Burnout is at epidemic proportions regardless of what you do for a living. And yes, I dare to use the word “epidemic” given we live in a frightening (almost) post-COVID reality because quite frankly, COVID has a lot to do with the fact that as many as 52% of people across a variety of different industries consider themselves burned out, and over 67% of those same people believe burnout is worse than before the pandemic. I argue, however, that the number of people currently burned out is far...

Duration:00:19:53

If We Don't Do Something About Workplace Burnout, "Severance" Will Be the New "Quiet Quitting"

9/13/2022
For those uninitiated, here’s the simplest way to describe the nuanced brilliance that is the Emmy-nominated Apple+ Series Severance: Severance is Office Space meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets…The Shining. It’s clearly a risky concept, hence why it probably took creator Dan Erickson and executive producer/director Ben Stiller years to receive a green light, but in hindsight it’s obviously a gamble that is paying off judging by the 14 Emmy nominations for its first season. If Severance...

Duration:00:23:04

Ep192: [CASE STUDY] How a Single Outreach Email Led to a Dream Job at Marvel | with Matthew Farrugia

9/6/2022
Matthew Farrugia is an assistant editor in Hollywood who’s recent two projects are both so high profile and high security, I can’t name them yet (Hint: They’re for Apple+ and Marvel). What’s crazy is that despite his young age (and more impressively his extremely short amount of time in the industry) Matthew went from working in a paint store to landing his dream job working for Marvel in just short of 2 years.TWO. YEARS. After becoming a student of my Optimizer coaching & mentorship...

Duration:01:06:59

[BONUS] Mastermind Q&A: How to Successfully Be a “Specialized Generalist” | with Michael Addis

9/2/2022
Michael Addis is a man who wears many successful hats as an editor, writer, director, and showrunner. If you’ve ever enjoyed shows such as Impractical Jokers or projects with actors such as Jamie Kennedy or Tom Green, there is a chance you’ve come into contact with Michael’s work. Some of his recent credits include Assembly Required, You Kiddin’ Me, Famous Food Truck, and Chopped U. In this Mastermind Q&A with my Optimizer coaching students Michael shared how he’s built a wide & varied...

Duration:00:50:15

Ep191: Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace | with Simon Smith, ACE

8/30/2022
Simon Smith, ACE is an award-winning editor whose most recent credits are the HBO series Chernobyl and the Disney+ series Star Wars: Andor. While Simon has been on many podcasts talking about his successful work as an editor, our conversation instead centers around neurodiversity in the workplace. Why? Because it was only recently that Simon was diagnosed as an adult with autism. Not only does Simon embrace his autism, he considers it to be one of his greatest assets when it comes to his...

Duration:01:27:52

Ep190: Transforming Your Disabilities Into Superpowers | with Erik Stolhanske

8/23/2022
Erik Stolhanske is an actor, writer and producer probably best known for his role as ‘Rabbit’ in Super Troopers 1 and 2. And if you’re one of the many P90X junkies like me, you might also remember Erik as the guy with the prosthesis in the plyometrics video (yes…the guy with a wooden leg in the jumping workout!). No matter his role (and he has a lot), Erik always brings his unstoppable mindset and a tenacity to pursue the most challenging goals, no matter the obstacles. And given Erik was...

Ep189: Optimizing Sleep, Productivity, & Creativity Using Ultradian Rhythms and Self-Tracking | with Azure Grant

8/16/2022
Dr. Azure Grant is a researcher in metabolic and hormonal health, a post-doctoral researcher at Helen Wills Neuro Institute, UC Berkeley, a scientist-in-residence at Crescent Health where she is advising on measurements of energy levels and subjective sleep drive, an avid runner, and what might not come as a big surprise to you at this point…an avid self-tracker. And in today’s conversation we demystify sleep, circadian rhythms, ultradian rhythms, and how all three affect your ability to be...

Duration:01:31:02

Ep188: How Your Gut Health is the Key to Unlocking a Healthier & Happier You | with Dr. Edison de Mello

8/9/2022
Dr. Edison de Mello is a Board-Certified Integrative Physician and a licensed psychotherapist. He’s also the founder and chief medical officer of The Akasha Center in Santa Monica, CA where he treats patients using his signature East-meets-West approach. As he’s mentioned in previous interviews together, unlike many doctors in the traditional medical system, he doesn’t treat diseases or symptoms first, he treats the patient first. Today’s conversation centers around his new book Bloated?...

Duration:01:22:57

Ep187: [Hollywood On the Record] How to Create Your Dream Job by Setting Healthy Boundaries | with Jerilynn Stephens & Kimi Messina

8/2/2022
Jerilynn Stephens and Kimi Messina are both award-winning Hollywood hair stylists with over 60 years experience between the two of them. Jerilynn’s recent credits include Legendary, The Voice, and Shark Tank. And Kimi has worked on films such as Almost Famous, Pirates of the Caribbean, Master and Commander, and The Last Samurai. She’s also been the key hairstylist on Dancing with the Stars for 27 seasons and Legendary Seasons 2 and 3. Building a fulfilling career path in the entertainment...

Duration:01:05:20

Ep186: Unscripted vs Scripted…Is It Possible To Balance Both? And With Kids??? | with Yvette Amirian, ACE

7/26/2022
Yvette M. Amirian, ACE is an award-nominated film and television editor who’s recent credits include Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, John Singleton’s L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, and most recently the scripted feature for critically acclaimed filmmaker Robert Machoian, The Integrity of Joseph Chambers. She's spent most of her career bouncing back and forth between editing scripted and unscripted documentary content, a feat that is coveted by many editors and creatives. (And in case...

Duration:01:24:34