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Optimize Yourself

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Optimize Yourself

Zack Arnold: Hollywood Film Editor, Mentor, Coach

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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 ...
 
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The Hollywood Success Podcast

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The Hollywood Success Podcast

Hollywood Success Coach Erica Wernick: Making it in the film industry, finding success in Los Angeles

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Hollywood's Leading Success Coach, Erica Wernick, combines mindset and strategy to help you achieve your biggest Hollywood dreams. Erica has worked in television for 10 years as a Graphic Designer on 30 TV shows like Glee, Entourage, and Superstore and shifted gears towards coaching when she felt a strong desire to help people. In the past few years, Erica has coached Actors, Directors, Writers, Musicians, and even Set PAs (check out her website for success stories!) on getting to the next l ...
 
Let’s lift each other up and accelerate good change in the world. If you’re an entrepreneur, leader, or a creative who is committed to making a bigger impact and doesn’t have it all together… welcome! Join me, Sharlene Sobrepeña, and learn from fellow change agents who share their expertise, struggles, solutions, and insights. We’ll figure out how to set up a supportive environment, so you can use your gifts to do better, faster. Topics include mindset, self-mastery, habits, purpose, inspira ...
 
Hollywood has been brought to its metaphorical knees by the pandemic. Production has stopped. Easy funding has dried up. Audiences are holed up and anxious. International alliances (China) may be broken. And no one knows when any of it will change. Hollywood, The Sequel is a limited-run podcast series in which leading journalist John Horn asks some of the most important and influential people in film, television and entertainment at large (established stars and emerging taleånt) about how th ...
 
A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment produced by Southern California Public Radio. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists.
 
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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 special interview I did on super short notice with Erica Wernick over at the Hollywood Success Podcast where we discuss what’s at stake with the pending IATSE strike authorization vote. Like me, Erica i…
 
Today I'm talking with editor extraordinaire Zack Arnold (Cobra Kai, Burn Notice, Empire). Zack shares his insights about the culture in Hollywood and how this YES strike authorization vote will be just the beginning of much needed change (and the consequences of voting NO).By Erica Wernick, Zack Arnold
 
It's the one we've been waiting for; the Olympia Review, in-depth from our Three Amigos; Milos Sarcev, Ron Harris and Giles Thomas.You want deep analysis for the 2021 Olympia, that's what Global Muscle is delivering this week in this special episode.MD Global Muscle, for TRUE bodybuilding fans. #MuscularDevelopment Join this channel to get access t…
 
"I've literally failed in front of a million people, and something magical happens when you're willing to do that." - Sandy Zimmerman Have you ever had a nagging feeling that you were meant to be doing something different with your life? Maybe you feel as though you're capable of doing more and you're not living up to your full potential, or maybe …
 
It's time for our pre-Olympia special guys, another totally STACKED line-up of amazing guests for you this week, just days away from 2021 Olympia.First up we had Italian super team, Andrea Presti and coach Mauro Sassi, Andrea, the first Mr Olympia competitor from Italy in 28 years.Next was WPD future superstar Brooke Walker who updates us as she he…
 
"Do your work every day, and stay focused on what you care about. Work-life balance doesn't just happen, you have to schedule it." - Matt Nix There's no question that the start of any successful career requires a certain amount of hard work, grit, and even a bit of hustle. If you want to excel further than those around you, there will be times when…
 
Arnold Classic USA and UK Special Episode this week. We review, we preview and - of course - we interview.First up is 7th placed Arnold Classic USA open pro Mokhamed Elemam interviewed the morning after the Columbus, Ohio show. Next is UK Arnold favourite Samson Dauda who tells us of what could well be his breakthrough year.Then we had the 6' 5" Gi…
 
I created Optimize Yourself so that I could provide the resources to help creative professionals find fulfillment in their work and love what they do...but not at the expense of their health, their relationships, or their sanity. A natural extension of this is that we must be valued & respected for the work that we do. Without respect, no matter ho…
 
» Read & Share the full article HERE One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received from a friend & mentor is the following: “Don’t let others determine your value. Only you can determine your value.” Unfortunately the idea that we as creative professionals are undervalued for the unique contributions we bring to the entertainment industry is …
 
Double the amount of guests this week! Well, we are coming up to the most exciting time of year, so we figured "let's go for it", right?Arnold predictions and insider info to start off with Swiss Supercoach Patrick Tuor. Next up we had more thoughts and rundowns from 'This is Bodybuilding' IG page owner Michael D.Bryson, right after was rising 212 …
 
Every 3 years our (the people who work in the crew for television and features) contracts are re-negotiated with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers). This year, we've asked the AMPTP to stop the abuse with the 14-16 hour days, the lack of proper rest periods, the "new media" contracts, no meal breaks, and unlivable wages…
 
“I want to make sh*t happen, but it can't happen at the cost of the people around me.” - Mark Gantt Working in Hollywood as a creative professional can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand the freedom to express yourself and tell stories that motivate, inspire, and entertain others can be a dream come true. But on the other hand the pressure …
 
Another awesome trio of top guests for this week's MD Global Muscle.First we have the new, super-sized 212 Derek Lunsford telling us all about the past few months working with Hany Rambod and what he feels it will bring for the upcoming Olympia.Then we were joined by female pro Branka from Croatia. She has some very cool news that had host Giles 'T…
 
“People are embarrassed to even articulate out loud what they say to themselves silently.” - Ethan Kross Do you ever wonder why some people excel under intense pressure while other people fold? How is that an Olympic athlete can train for four years honing their skills with exact precision and in the final moment make a crucial mistake to blow thei…
 
When editor and 1st AE Chris Patterson reached out to me earlier this year, he was stuck trying to figure out how to convince his colleagues he was ready to edit. He knew he had the skills, but he didn’t have the experience (or the credits) such that people were willing to take the chance on him. Not even six months later after working with me in t…
 
This week, MD Global Muscle is coming in HOT! Another star studded line-up for you in this latest episode. First up we have the one and only Real Deal, Chris Cormier, sharing his insights & thoughts on the upcoming big shows (you know what ones) and breaking news headlines.Next up we have NPC European pro figure Champ Anna Banks telling her story o…
 
When editor Marcella Garcia originally reached out to me in January because she was stuck in the wrong place in her career and wanted to make a seemingly impossible transition into scripted entertainment, she did not expect to be sending me this message just six months later (in the Optimizer Slack community): Like Marcella, when people come to me …
 
More Champs and Future Superstars in this week's latest episode!First up we have the rising beast Pavel Beran from the Czech Republic, eager to rise to numero uno status. Next was current Fitness Olympia AND Arnold Classic Champion Missy Truscott. Then we were joined by 24 year old phenomenon Martin Fitzwater, who is setting tongues a'wagging after…
 
In this episode, I 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, burn…
 
Bit of an Alicante, Spain Europa Pro special episode this week guys.First we had the Champ and now 7-time Pro winner Nathan De Asha, who tells us his even bigger plans for rest of 2021.Followed by Mr Olympia bound, 25 year old Vlad Suhoruchko, who after placing 4th in Spain, now has enough points to make his Mr 'O' debut this October. Next up was T…
 
It's a Tampa Pro special this week guys and gals.First up we have the full rundown from MD's 'Man on the Scene', Online Editor Ron Harris. Next we were joined by 212 Tampa champ Kerrith Bajjo, then it was part two of Milos Sarcev.And finally, we had the SHOCK of the ENTIRE Tampa Pro event, the incredible 47 year old, runner-up Phil Clahar. Hear how…
 
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d li…
 
"It's not about the Oscar, it's about everything that leads you to the Oscar." On this episode, I talk to client and friend Amanda Durocher, who shares how we can heal the traumas and insecurities that hold us back from everything we desire. Check out her new podcast called New View Advice, and follow us on Instagram: Erica: @hollywoodsuccesscoach …
 
And the hype for the Tampa and Texas pro shows is building for this special episode of MD Global Muscle. We have pre-contest favourite Iain Valliere on with his coach Patrick Tuor on together to discuss the plans for the 2021 season ahead. Next we have the highly anticipated return of Huge Texan, Steve Kuclo who vows to take take the Texas Pro...ou…
 
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d li…
 
A Chicago Pro Bonanza for you this week. We went a 'lil bit crazy this week with a TON of exclusive Post-Chicago Pro coverage!We had the 212 talk-of-the-town, Ahmed Wardany, accompanied by fellow Egyptian, Open Pro Mohammed Shaaban. Next up we had France's FASTEST rising star, Open Pro Theo Leguerrier.Then we were joined by Chicago Pro WPD Champ Pa…
 
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d li…
 
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d li…
 
This week we have TWO Champs for the price of one!Open pro Andrea Presti from Italy (joined by his incredible coach Mauro Sassi) & Anastasia Leonova (female bodybuilding), amazing winners of last weekend's Mr. Big Evolution Pro in Portugal give us their winner interviews, just one day after being crowned Numero Uno.And we hear from the huge, shredd…
 
Another stellar line-up yet again this week with FIVE amazing guests.First up is Portugal's Numero Uno open pro; Sergio Lima, even a one-time training partner of Brandon Curry would you believe?Next was 2021 Omaha Pro Michaela Aycock Champ in the ladies bodybuilding category, Michaela; a women's physique for several successful years made the switch…
 
In case you missed the announcement, the Optimize Yourself podcast is currently on summer hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we plan to leave you high and dry without engaging conversations that educate, motivate, and inspire you. We’ll be back this fall with some significant changes and improvements to the show, but in the meantime… ...this week I’d li…
 
Hello out there to all of my Optimize listeners & readers, I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your summer so far. This brief announcement letting you know that I and my team will be going on a summer hiatus for the next several weeks. Since the pandemic began in early March of 2020 we’ve all been going non-stop without a break doing our best to …
 
Four sensational guests in this latest episode folks.We have Open pro Joe Mackey, just as he arrived to Dennis James' house in Arizona and explains why we should all be expecting a super-sized version of him at the Chicago Pro in just a few week's time with the help of DJ and legendary coach Chad Nicholls.Next up we had the amazing Jessica Reyes-Pa…
 
"One video made by anyone can change the world." - Misha Tenenbaum Whether you are a seasoned editor, an aspiring editor, or if you're simply a creative professional who tells stories, you can always benefit from improving your visual storytelling skills. The craft of storytelling gives you the power of persuasion, the ability to affect change, and…
 
Today Dr. George Touliatos, MD @drgeorgetouliatos joins IFBB Pro Hall of Famer Kevin Levrone @Levrone Report and co-host MD Online Editor @Ron Harris to discuss steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in bodybuilding. #KevinLevrone #MuscularDevelopment #PEDs #SteroidsJoin this channel to get access to perks:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xC5Cl…
 
In this episode, I 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, burn…
 
Nee naw, nee naw, someone call the Fire Brigade, cos this episode is on FIRE! MD Global bringing us three more fascinating special guests. First up we have rising amateur Carlos Thomas Jr, now working with Swiss Supercoach Patrick Tuor and gunning hard for his pro card later this year.Next up was female bodybuilder and media figure Isabelle Turell …
 
In Part 1 of my conversation with college student (and now graduate) Austin Coburn we discussed the many pitfalls that so many young, ambitious creatives fall into when they enter the working world hoping to “make it.” Today's conversation is part 2 of our conversation, and in today's episode we flip the script and Austin interviews me from the per…
 
In this episode, I 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, burn…
 
02:13 Kevin’s training philosophy – he started off as a powerlifter4:40 Getting ripped while eating 7/11 convenience store food5:40 Kevin’s chest workout outlined7:30 His body responded best to sets of 4-6 reps, he would only do 12-15 reps in final month before a show8:12 Squats – 315 was first warmup set, final set would be 500 x 2010:30 Kevin’s l…
 
Okay folks, it's time for a really, REALLY big guy episode this week. Over 1000lbs of prime, extra lean beef crammed into this one. We have Jamie the Giant, the 300lb, shredded aesthetic beast, then it's Dr Dorian Haywood, Australia's Jake Nicolopoulos & the Ukraine's Vlad Suhoruchko.Four of the biggest we could find for you, our viewers. And of co…
 
Every year at this time there is an influx of energetic and passionate young filmmakers as they graduate from college ready to take on the world and become the next great filmmaker. Most graduates (including myself) enter their career ready to take on the world and do whatever it takes to "make it" in the industry, including: Working ridiculously l…
 
In this episode, I 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, burn…
 
Have you been grinding it out, "paying your dues" on the job, sacrificing social and family life, hoping that one day it will pay off and you'll finally land the top level, “tentpole” gigs you've been dreaming about your whole career? Or maybe you're just starting your career and you're wondering how much you need to sacrifice in order to achieve y…
 
This week IFBB Pro Hall of Famer Kevin Levrone & MD Online Editor @Ron Harris hosts another well-known IFBB Hall of Famer - the Incredible Lou Ferrigno who talks about Pumping Iron, being an Olympian, transitioning from bodybuilding to television and movies, and playing one of the most iconic Marvel characters ever - The Incredible Hulk. Also, Lou …
 
The one HUNDREDTH episode guys, can you believe it? We went all out for this special landmark episode with a true array of amazing guests. We had new NYP 212 Champ Nathan Epler, then rising WPD star Brooke Walker, the 275lb Monster that is Eddie Bracamontes, then up-to-date relevant news-intro discussions with MD Online Editor Ron Harris....And las…
 
For my regular readers & listeners I know I may sound like a broken record at this point, but when it comes to forging your career path in any field it comes down to the same basic components: You need to clearly identify the right ladder to climb. You need to focus on becoming awesome at your craft. You need to make sure the right people know you …
 
In this episode, I 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, burn…
 
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