I Curated The 8 Best Episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show For Actors and Creatives. Please Enjoy This Pure Goodness
Some of you probably already know that I'm a big fan of Tim Ferriss. As the author of the Four Hour Work week, he's had a hugely positive impact on my life. But his Podcast The Tim Ferriss Show, where he interviews and deconstructs world class performers took my appreciation to whole other level. Through Tim's interviews; I've heard pearls of wisdom from amazing people and some of the worlds best artists as if they were sitting down in my living room, personally mentoring me. For that I can't thank him enough and today I want to pass that onto you.
The following is a list of the 8 episodes of Tim's show that I think 99% of creative people will love to listen to. From here on out, most of the text is straight from Tim's site with a dash of editing by me. If you've got a morning commute, go running or just want to feed your mind do yourself a favour give these a listen, you'll be soaking in some of the best conversations on the web.
Comedy’s Dynamic Duo, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
This episode features a dynamic duo. Seth Rogen (@SethRogen) and Evan Goldberg (@EvanDGoldberg) Together, they get into a lot of mischief and create amazing comedy.
In December 2014, Rogen and Goldberg’s film, The Interview, became the most-talked-about news story around the world. Under extremely difficult circumstances, the film persevered to become Sony Pictures’ #1 digital title of all time.
In this conversation, they discuss all manner of tactics and silliness, including:
• Kyokushin karate
• Their writing process
• Who are the most underrated comedians and comedy writers?
• How Superbad got made… after they first drafted it around age 13
• The movie they both wish they’d written
• Common pot mistakes
• Recommended newb pot for working versus relaxing
• Will there be a McLovin spinoff?
• And much more…
The “Wizard” of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Rodriguez wrote the script for his first feature film while he was a paid subject in a clinical experiment at a drug research facility. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film.
Rodriguez went on to write, produce, and direct a series of successful films including, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids franchise, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and Machete, among many others.
Whitney Cummings on Turning Pain Into Creativity
“In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.”
– Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and producer. She is the executive producer and co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season.
She has headlined with comics including Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and others. In the episode they cover:
Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks
Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her brand-new book is titled Rising Strong. In it, she writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.”
Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau’s Techniques and Routines
Jon Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with Made, which he also wrote and produced. He established himself as a writer with the iconic cult hit Swingers, in which he starred. Other directing credits include Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura, and Chef, which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.
This episode goes deep into everything --
– How did he get started?
– What role did Dungeons and Dragons play?
– What made Swingers unique, and how was Elf an inflection point?
– What are the creative (and control) choices he made in Chef and why?
– What are his writing techniques, routines, and tools?
– And much, much more.
Amanda Palmer on How to Fight, Meditate, and Make Good Art
Amanda Palmer, first came to prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.
You may have seen her surprise hit TED presentation, “The Art of Asking,” which has been viewed more than 6 million times. But her story goes much deeper, and, in this conversation, Tim delves into her routines, habits, creative process, relationships, business models, and more.
Her new book is aptly titled The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. She made international news when she raised nearly $1.2 million pre-selling her new album, using both “direct-to-fan” and “pay what you want” (patronage) business models to build and run her business. It’s a brilliant conversation. Enjoy.
Tim Ferriss Interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (And Much More)
In this episode, Tim interviews the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger… They dig into lessons learned, routines, favourite books, and much more, including many stories I’ve never heard anywhere else.
As a starting point, we cover:
• The Art of Psychological Warfare, and How Arnold Uses It to Win
• How Twins Became His Most Lucrative Movie (?!?)
• Mailing Cow Balls to Politicians
• How Arnold Made Millions — Fresh Off The Boat — BEFORE His Acting Career Took Off
• How Arnold Used Meditation For One Year To Reset His Brain
• And Much More…
How Renegade Filmmaker Casey Neistat Breaks Rules, Reinvents Himself, and Gets Thanked For It
Casey Neistat (@caseyneistat) is a New York-based filmmaker. His online films have been viewed more than 50,000,000 times in the last 3 years.
He won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards for the film Daddy Long Legs. His main body of work consists of dozens of short films he has released exclusively on the Internet, including regular contributions to the New York Times critically acclaimed Op-Docs series.
Casey is excellent at breaking every rule imaginable and having people (fans, sponsors, big brands, etc.) thank him for it. In this conversation, we dig into his history, techniques, influences, habits, and more…
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