Art of Failure
By Steve Friedman
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Everyone has a story about failure; even successful people. Listen to frank discussions with artists, executives, entrepreneurs, actors, entertainers, and more, about failures of all sorts and how they turned their failures into successes. AOF provides helpful advice for young people (99 and under) on how to find art in our “failures.” Guests include: William Wegman; Strauss Zelnick, Michael Finkel, Beri Smither, Bonin Bough, Christina Sass and Rudy Garcia Tolson
||ExplicitKevin Allison: The State, RISK!, and Terrible Jobs||Kevin Allison has one of the most successful live storytelling series and podcasts out there, RISK!, which encourages participants to tell raw, unfiltered stories. But before RISK!, Kevin garnered more than a decade of bad luck and bad jobs. He became..||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Finkel: Not all those who wander are lost||In 2002 Michael Finkel was a young journalist with an enviable career. Then, The New York Times discovered that Michael had created a composite character for a story about child labor and the African slave trade. Michael was fired. He said, “I mean...||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRudy Garcia-Tolson: No Legs & No Limits||At five years old, Rudy Garcia-Tolson's parents gave him a choice: he could have a double amputation at the knee and walk with prosthetics or not and be wheelchair-bound. For Rudy, this was a slam dunk decision. Now at age 30, he is a five-time...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeri Smither: American Model||What is it like to be a supermodel? "Beri Smither started working when she was 17, was sent to Paris and was an instant hit. She has worked with photographers Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Arthur Elgort, Michael Thompson, Steven Klein, Peter Lindberg...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonin Bough: Out of the boardroom, into the wild||Bonin Bough is the youngest C-suite executive to have worked in a Fortune 50 company, and he didn't get that far without making a few mistakes. “Failure happens, but how do you maintain the drive and the willingness? I'm relentless. It doesn't...||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristina Sass: Accomplished with imposter syndrome||How do you learn to work past doubt? We spoke to Christna Sass, the co-founder and president of Andela. Prior to co-founding Andela, she directed the Program department of the Clinton Global Initiative and advised the President and CEO of The...||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrauss Zelnick: Meditation & Grand Theft Auto||The media mogul opens up about early failures.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWilliam Wegman: Aging, Art and Baseball||What does William Wegman know about failure? Listen and find out.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Wit, insight, and vulnerability
With wit and insight, Steve Friedman coaxes his guests to reveal their vulnerable moments and perceived failures. He also shares some of his own.
I found the very human reflections on fear, shame and imposter syndrome especially helpful. Lots of fun banter as well!
Or is it Simple, yet..smart? I love this podcast because it has a both a down-to-earth vibe and high-caliber guests. It is a great combination. It makes you think and it makes you want to keep creating despite (or inspite) of failures. Thank you!
Steve’s interview with Christina Sass was inspiring and just captivating- I can’t wait for the next one!