If you’re traveling back to the city today from Memorial Day Weekend, OR if you’re spending today enjoying the beautiful weather and the empty city, consider checking out some of my favorite podcast episodes. Listed below in no particular order, I'm sharing pods on a variety of topics ranging from the best types of workouts for your body to acting tips from the greats to entrepreneurial leveling up. Listening to each of these episodes gave me a new perspective on long term habit forming, on daily practices, on thought patterns, on strategy, on relationship building, and/or on the world so that I could show up more fully to the work and people that are important to me.
As you can tell, I LOVE PODCASTS. Please share your favorites with me too, so I can build and grow my collection!
Good Life Project: Andrew Forsthoefel: Walking to Listen
This is a true story of a guy from outside Philadelphia who literally walked across the country to hear people’s stories. It's breath taking. Oh, and they're making a musical about it.
Big Questions w/Cal Fussman: Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game
This is SUCH a great interview with Simon Sinek, the author of Start with Why. Finding my Why, and then organizing and understanding my Hows and my What, have revitalized and refocused the passion I put into everything I do.
Finding Mastery: Adventure Rock Climber Alex Honnold on Mindset, Progression, Pressure
If you haven’t seen Free Solo, do it immediately. It's WILD to get an insight into the mindset of a climber who could fall to his death at any minute. Dr. Michael Gervais is a sports psychologist and an excellent interviewer who truly tries to get into the heads of the people at the top of their games to figure out how they do what they do.
Here’s the Thing: Dustin Hoffman and Edie Falco
Alec Baldwin is a great interviewer. It’s really fun to listen to him interview other smart, eloquent actors. If you like this episode, also check out his newer one with Jeff Bridges.
The Long and The Short of It: 6- Sprinting
Deciding whether or not you’re sprinting or marathoning on certain projects is a great way to reduce overwhelm or burn out. And finding people who are pace setters is a great way to check in with how hard you’re working. Jen Waldman and Peter Shepherd FTW, once again.
Seth Godin does an incredible job of identifying the differences between freelancers and entrepreneurs. As actors, we are freelancers. We do the work for clients who need us. Listening to this episode helped me better understand my role as a service provider and how I can better market my services.
Seasons 4, 5 & 6 of The Ensemblist
If you’re curious about how being a Broadway swing works, what the Easter Bonnet competition is, and about other various components of Broadway “behind the scenes”, I highly recommend listening to these three seasons.
Episodes #267, #272, #273 of Balanced Bites: All About Fats & Oils, All About Blood Sugar & Carb Confusion, and All About Protein
Liz Wolfe and Diane Sanfilippo break down the science behind these different nutrients in translatable, digestible ways.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd: Kristen Bell
This podcast episode (with my twin :-)) is a real insider view on relationships and the work that goes into maintaining them over the long term. I love how real they are with each other.
The Tim Ferris Show #287: Terry Crews- How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want
Terry Crews’ story about how his teachers believed in him made me choke up with pride for the work and the belief I have in my students.
Insatiable: How to Exercise for Your Body Type
This episode actually explained why the workouts I was doing weren’t giving me the results I wanted to see. After listening, I completely changed my workout routine and am now making progress! I loved the reminder that everyone's body is different.
Akimbo: Status Roles
The acting industry is built on this made up hierarchy of importance. To be able to thrive in situations where status roles are present, it’s important to understand where they come from so you can better establish your own status role for success in any given situation.
A Balancing Act: Rob McClure
Rob is THE BEST (listen to the episode and also read this NYTimes piece he wrote). He’s so smart, humble, funny, and honest in the hard work and dedication it takes to build an acting career, and I love listening to Analisa Leaming interview him peer-to-peer. He’s so generous in his appreciation and celebration of other actors, teachers, and audiences.
Entreleadership: #236 and #237: The Mental Game with Michael Gervais
Michael Gervais has his own podcast previously mentioned above, Finding Mastery, but this is a two part episode with him being interviewed. It’s a FASCINATING conversation that revolves around shifting your mental strategy to be able to achieve in high stakes situations.