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Ep16: Writing Your Own (Unique) Path to the Top | with Wendy Calhoun

10/19/2017
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#AdvanceYourself month continues where we’re diving into the weeds talking about taking practical, boots-on-the-ground action steps to move your creative career forwards, or more specifically to this episode, how to transition from climbing one ladder to climbing a different one, even if that means taking one step back to take several forwards in the future. I’m incredibly excited for this episode because it’s with Wendy Calhoun who happens to not only be an incredibly decorated and...

Duration: 01:14:30


Ep15: Transitioning From 'Reality TV' to Scripted Drama | with Monica Daniel

10/17/2017
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'Advance Yourself' month continues where we’re diving into the weeds talking about taking practical, boots-on-the-ground action steps to move your career forwards, or more specifically in this episode how to transition from climbing one ladder to climbing a different one, even if that means taking one step back to take several forwards in the future. My guest today is Monical Daniel who has become somewhat of a legend on my former show. This interview was recorded a couple years ago and is...

Duration: 01:10:52


Ep14: Are Creative and Tech Workers the New 'Blue Collar?' | with Maxim Jago

10/12/2017
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Up until maybe the last three to five years, when hearing the term “Blue Collar” one would immediately picture a coal miner, a steel worker, people working in factories, or other types of physically demanding manual labor jobs. But as our society has progressed so rapidly due to advances in technology, a common question that has begun to arise is, “Are tech workers becoming the new ‘Blue Collar’?” While working in a coal mine or a steel factory might sound imminently more dangerous than...

Duration: 01:11:53


Ep13: The True Meaning of 'Below the Line' and How It Affects Your Career | with Mike J. Nichols

10/10/2017
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For those who work in the filmmaking industry, ‘Below the Line’ is a pretty common term, but in case you’re not familiar with it, it originated as an accounting term to separate the fixed costs of a film’s budget (actors, director, writers, and producers, etc) from the variable hourly, daily, and weekly costs of those working in various crafts such as editing, costumes, or the art department, just to name a few examples. Unfortunately ‘Below the Line’ has become much more of a social status...

Duration: 01:04:29


Ep12: The Right Way to Network In Hollywood | with Chris Visser

10/5/2017
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“How can I break into Hollywood or advance in my creative career if I don’t know anybody?” is a common question I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach at USC or online. Whenever someone sends me an email or Facebook message and asks, “Can I buy you coffee and pick your brain?” this is inevitably their reason for reaching out. Unlike doctors or lawyers, the path to being a successful film editor, writer, visual effects artist, animator, actor, or any other creative...

Duration: 01:21:17


Ep11: Making It In Hollywood as a "Creative" (What They Don't Teach You In Film School) | with Norman Hollyn

10/3/2017
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“How can I break into Hollywood or advance in my creative career if there is no set path to follow?” is by far the most common question I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach at USC or online. Whenever someone sends me an email or Facebook message and asks, “Can I buy you coffee and pick your brain?” this is inevitably the big question they seek the answer to. Unlike doctors or lawyers, the path to being a successful film editor, writer, visual effects artist,...

Duration: 01:33:51


Ep10: Fueling Your Brain For Optimal Creativity | with Mark Sisson

9/28/2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’m really confused by the endless amounts of information available regarding nutrition. All you have to do is spend a couple hours reading the heated (and sometimes outright vicious) debates about the latest hot Netflix documentary to see nutritional science is an emotional topic. And I’m just plain tired of the “My science is better than your science” argument. Luckily there are a few voices of reason, and one of them is Mark Sisson. Mark is the founder of the...

Duration: 01:07:53


Ep09: Everything You Need to Know About Food Shopping, Nutrition, and More | with Mira and Jayson Calton

9/26/2017
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In today’s digital world of information overload, the most controversial topic that causes the greatest amount of conflict and confusion (politics aside, of course) is nutrition. Rarely do I post anything on social media or via my inner circle email newsletter about diet and nutrition that doesn’t elicit at least one hate-filled response. Who knew something as simple as food could divide us so much? Luckily when you strip away the noise you find wonderful people like Mira and Jayson...

Duration: 01:55:07


Ep08: Advanced Sleep Technology and Biohacking | with Ben Greenfield

9/21/2017
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Prioritizing sleep is absolutely essential if you want to consistently generate creative thoughts and stay focused (and no...caffeine and Red Bull are not adequate replacements). But what options do you have if you work insane hours and getting the right amount of sleep isn't always an option? The next step is finding way to improve the quality of your sleep. If you missed episode number 7 with Shawn Stevenson I highly recommending giving that a listen first because it contains loads of...

Duration: 00:50:54


Ep06: Defining Your Purpose and Living Large | with Tony Horton

9/19/2017
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If you've ever found yourself stumbling to reach the finish line and you often fail to achieve your most important goals (don't worry, you're no different than the 92% of people who also don't achieve their goals), the problem isn't you, it isn't lack of "willpower," and it's not because you don't have any motivation. The problem is that you haven't properly defined your purpose. I’m incredibly excited about this interview because it’s with Tony Horton, one of the top personal trainers and...

Duration: 01:02:11


Ep07: How to Sleep Smarter | with Shawn Stevenson

9/19/2017
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In many creative industries it is not uncommon to wear a 'Sleep Deprivation Badge of Honor' to the office every morning and champion how hard you work despite barely getting any sleep. Let me put this simply...this needs to stop. NOW. There is nothing more detrimental to your energy levels, your productivity, your focus, and your creativity than sleep deprivation. And beyond how poor sleep affects your performance, the long term effects of sleep deprivation are downright terrifying. For...

Duration: 01:09:43


Ep05: How to Develop 'Obstacle Immunity' | with Spartan Race founder Joe de Sena

9/12/2017
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Grit. Determination. Perseverance. Are these qualities you can build, or are you just born with them? In today's episode I interview the founder and CEO of The Spartan Race Joe De Sena. We discuss his background starting several businesses (including being a pool boy for the mob as well as making women's clothing), why and how he started the Spartan Race, and most importantly, how to build obstacle immunity and apply it to anything in your life to become more successful. Even if you have...

Duration: 01:02:13


Ep04: The Zen-like Art of 'Getting Things Done' | with David Allen

9/8/2017
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I'm commonly asked, "How in the world do you balance so many different projects at once?" In this episode I give away my secret weapon and the foundation of my entire productivity system - GTD. » Click here to download a summary of the GTD system plus a visual flowchart In my never ending quest to eliminate as much busy work from my life as possible and take clear action towards my goals, I've spent years navigating the world of productivity and learning everything I can (hence my...

Duration: 01:02:53


Ep03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You're Approaching Both Mostly Wrong)

9/7/2017
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If you work in a creative profession and put your heart and soul into everything you do, burnout (and ultimately depression) seems inevitable. You work crazy hours, you eat crap, your deadlines are insane, and you're stuck in front of a computer for what seems like an eternity. But creative burnout isn't as inevitable as you might think. Even though you may feel like you're spinning your wheels, you aren't getting any closer to achieving your goals, and your colleague with half the talent...

Duration: 01:07:56


Ep02: Deskbound - Standing Up To a Sitting World | with Dr. Kelly Starrett

9/6/2017
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It's no secret: Sitting all day just plain sucks. But when working an intensely creative job for long hours, what other options do you have? The good news is there are now TONS of options, and if you're not sure where to start, this episode is your first step. If you have any interest in leveling up your energy, your focus, your mental stamina (and possibly even saving your life), you'll want to listen to this conversation with my guest Dr. Kelly Starrett, author of the New York Times...

Duration: 00:57:22


Ep01: Understanding the Link Between Creativity and Depression | with Dr. Edison de Mello

9/5/2017
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Creativity and mental health issues go together like peanut butter and jelly...or do they? According to the"Mad Genius Paradox," that may not be as true as we think. In the inaugural episode of the Optimize Yourself podcast I dive deep into the connection between creativity and mental health with Dr. Edison de Mello, the founder of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. D is one of the foremost experts in the country in integrative medicine and is literally one...

Duration: 01:13:27


BONUS: The Human Charger - A Revolutionary Light Therapy Device For 'Creatives' Who Live In the Dark

8/29/2017
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If you're a "creative professional" the chances are extremely high that you live in the dark. As a film editor, I have to spend all day in a dark room...it's just a requirement of the job. And while many people in my profession like to joke about occasionally exposing themselves to that "funny glowing ball in the sky," there's nothing funny about the long term effects of not getting enough exposure to light (anxiety, depression, and burnout being on the short list). But if your career...

Duration: 00:56:34


BONUS: Take Your Standing Workstation to the Next Level with the 'Topo Mat'

8/29/2017
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The standing desk revolution is upon us, but the number one complaint I hear from those who convert is that the transition is painful, and standing for long periods of time can get uncomfortable very quickly. After years of searching for a solution for myself, I have finally solved these problems thanks to the Topo Mat. This is the best anti-fatigue mat I've ever used. It's literally like a playground for your feet! In this bonus podcast episode I have re-released my in-depth conversation...

Duration: 00:51:07


[START HERE] The Beginner's Guide to Optimizing Yourself

8/28/2017
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Welcome to Optimize Yourself! If you’re a first-time listener, I’m grateful to have you with me and I appreciate you taking a little bit of time out of your crazy day to focus on finding a little balance and sanity amidst the chaos of 21st century living. And if you’re a longtime listener of my previous podcast Fitness In Post, welcome back. If you enjoy this introductory episode and you’re excited to learn more, I invite you to subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,...

Duration: 00:19:58