Optimize Yourself

By Zack Arnold: Hollywood Film Editor, Mentor, Coach

Creative burnout doesn't have to be inevitable. Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE), award-winning Hollywood film editor, documentary director, blogger, and father of 2, the Optimize Yourself podcast helps ambitious creative professionals like you who live sedentary lifestyles learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your focus and creativity and minimize depression and burnout. Learn how to combat the negative effects of working a sedentary job and become more active throughout your workday (without the need to “hit the gym”), develop laser-sharp creative focus and become a productivity ninja using programs like Trello and Omnifocus, find a little work-life balance amongst the insanity of 21st century living by eating better, sleeping better, and managing stress more effectively, and learn what it really takes to advance in your career as a creative professional and land your “dream job.” It’s time to start designing the optimized version of you.

  1. 1.
    Evercast vs. Zoom - Why the New Evercast Proves the Choice is Clear For Remote Collaboration [Evercast Review]
    23:12
  2. 2.
    Hot Seat Friday: Communication Strategies While Working From Home | with Jesus Silva
    30:01
  3. 3.
    Ep139: Fostering Better Relationships and Improving Team Culture | with Jason Barger
    1:06:07
  4. 4.
    Ep138: On Hiring Editors & AE’s, Fostering Creative Collaboration, and Managing Happy Post Teams | with Paul Leonard
    1:14:36
  5. 5.
    Hot Seat Friday: Telling the Right Story With Your Résumé| with Karen Goffred
    28:03
  6. 6.
    Hot Seat Friday: Negotiating Working From Home with Clients | with Paul Del Vecchio
    28:49
  7. 7.
    Hot Seat Friday: Managing Burnout In the Entertainment Industry | with Eva Yuma
    29:32
  8. 8.
    Ep137: How to Negotiate Your Real Value (and Advocate For Yourself) As an Assistant Editor | with Scott Jacobs
    1:12:56
  1. 9.
    Ep136: Promoting Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Sanity In the Edit Bay | with Kevin Tent, ACE
    1:10:13
  2. 10.
    Ep135: The “Playbook” For Building a Successful Career in Scripted TV | with Steve Lang, ACE (pt2)
    58:08
  3. 11.
    Ep134: Leveraging Your Skills to Get Hired (When You Don’t Have the Experience) | with Steve Lang, ACE
    57:41
  4. 12.
    How to Go From Cold Contact to Your Ideal Mentor In Seven Simple Steps
    35:31
  5. 13.
    Ep133: Improve Your Networking Skills By Serving First (Instead of Selling) | with Liston Witherill
    1:09:46
  6. 14.
    How to Find the Right Type of Mentor For You (and When You Should Seek the Best)
    32:47
  7. 15.
    Ep132: How to Pursue Fulfilling Work and Find Your ‘Calling’ | with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
    1:14:57
  8. 16.
    Struggling to “Do” It All? Try “Being” First. (Three Strategies to Reclaim Your Time and Sanity When Working From Home)
    29:40
  9. 17.
    Ep131: How Having a 'Side Hustle' Buys You the Freedom to Say 'No' | with Alex Ferrari
    1:20:19
  10. 18.
    IMDbPro for Networking: The 10 Features That Will Take Your Outreach to a New Level
    27:06
  11. 19.
    Ep130: On Pursuing Your Passion (Instead of Paychecks), and Finding the Right Mentor | with Joaquin Elizondo
    1:15:52
  12. 20.
    Ep129: How to Cultivate a “Service-Centric” Mindset (and Why It Will Make You More Successful) | with Agustin Rexach
    1:13:23
  13. 21.
    Ep128: How to Have a Successful Career Without Sacrificing Family | with Farrel Levy
    1:13:46
  14. 22.
    Ep127: The Difference Between Building a Career vs. Finding the Next Job | with Kabir Ahktar, ACE
    1:24:39
  15. 23.
    A Special Interview with Topo Mat Creator Kit Perkins About His Latest Product - New Standard Whole Protein
    35:38
  16. 24.
    Ep126: On the Importance of Building Relationships, Asking Questions, and Never Giving Up | with Andi Armaganian
    1:08:06
  17. 25.
    Ep125: From Scraping Up Cigarette Butts to Editing, Directing, and Producing Emmy-Winning TV Shows | with David Rogers
    1:05:43
  18. 26.
    Ep124: Simple Solutions to Your Chronic Aches & Pains (and Where They Came From) | with Dr. Sadie Sanders
    1:33:00
  19. 27.
    Ep123: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle | with Ben Greenfield
    55:04
  20. 28.
    Ep122: 'Superfood Hunter' Darin Olien On How To Be Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome
    1:19:40
  21. 29.
    Ep121: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 2 | with Jessie Graff, ANW
    1:19:39
  22. 30.
    Ep120: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 1 | with Ginny MacColl, ANW
    1:07:02
  23. 31.
    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
    1:36:09
  24. 32.
    I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic
    23:58
  25. 33.
    Ep118: Legendary Editor Walter Murch On Optimizing Creativity, Productivity, and Well-Being In Hollywood For 50+ Years
    1:22:33
  26. 34.
    Ep117: The Secret to Surviving 40+ Years Working In Hollywood | with Carol Littleton, ACE
    1:21:48
  27. 35.
    The “Passion Tax” – Why Artists and Creatives Are Exploited, And How We Can Start Saying ‘No’
    31:03
  28. 36.
    Ep116: Maintaining Boundaries, Well-Being, and Sanity on Hollywood Blockbusters | with Jeffrey Ford, ACE
    55:36
  29. 37.
    Work Remotely With Your Team In Real-Time Using Evercast (A Game Changer)
    26:25
  30. 38.
    Ep115: How to Be So Thorough You Can’t Be Denied | with James Wilcox, ACE
    1:18:56
  31. 39.
    Ep114: Breaking Into (and Making It) In the Industry as People of Color | with Mirra Watkins, Ariel Brown, and Isaiah Cary
    1:09:23
  32. 40.
    Ep113: The Importance of Setting Boundaries, Advocating For Yourself, and Asking For Help | with Janace Tashjian
    1:11:12
  33. 41.
    Dear Hollywood: It’s Time For An Intervention About The Hours We Work [Change.org Petition Inside]
    26:49
  34. 42.
    Ep112: On Signing COVID Waivers, Kit Rental Fees, and Working Humane Hours | with Cathy Repola, MPEG National Executive Director
    1:34:35
  35. 43.
    Ep111: Parenting In a Post-Pandemic Hollywood | with Natalie Boschan, Bari Winter, Yvette Amirian ACE, and Monica Daniel
    1:34:40
  36. 44.
    Dear Hollywood: We Don’t Want to “Go Back to Normal.” Normal Wasn’t Working.
    18:11
  37. 45.
    Ep110: From Out-of-Shape to Running a 240 mile Ultra Marathon | with Wes Plate
    1:07:40
  38. 46.
    Ep109: 20 Questions to Ask Your Father on Father’s Day Pt2 | with Al Arnold
    57:47
  39. 47.
    Ep108: 20 Questions to Ask Your Father on Father’s Day Pt1 | with Al Arnold
    1:08:09
  40. 48.
    Ep107: Recognizing, Mentoring, and Promoting Diversity In Hollywood | with Monty DeGraff, ACE
    1:18:53
  41. 49.
    Ep106: On the Vital Importance of "Being Nice" | with Jesse Averna, ACE
    1:35:49
  42. 50.
    Ep105: Ramit Sethi on Forging The Path Towards Your Own 'Rich Life'
    1:03:47

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