What is 40 to you? The BIG 40 and after. A moment of reflection. A pause. Perhaps a change in lifestyle follows. Perhaps you redefine The Good Life. Perhaps a chance to be brave enough to finally follow your dreams after checking all the career, family and related boxes that were defined for you. This is 40 is now in its 2nd season, titled "Ask for More". Featuring deeply insightful stories of people who around the age of 40 asked for more of what they wanted and deserved in their lives. Join the "This is 40 Podcast" community to find a voice that reflects yours and meet others who have been on this journey. At times fun, at times deep and thoughtful. It is a community that is here for you. Come join us on Instagram:@mridsy_frenchiepreneur On Facebook: thisis40podcast. Hosted by Mrids Palat - Becker, entrepreneur, podcaster, TV and film producer living in Paris, as she talks to some of the most fun, brilliant, 40- year- olds who made a decisive change as they hit their 40th.
SEASON 2 : TEASER . CAN YOU MAKE AMERICA THINK CRITICALLY AGAIN?
"America's Government Teacher" to over 1 million fans and Jeffferson Award winner(#oprah is a past recipient), Sharon McMahon @sharonsayso has been on the
#DailyShow with Trevor Noah, #goodmorningamerica, #cnn and, now, on my podcast, 'This is 40' in season 2.
Yesterday (November 8), being the midterm elections it was the perfect opportunity to have Sharon's knowledgeable insights: Can America think critically again? In this highly polarized world Sharon is on a mission to combat political misinformation with non-partisan facts and she seems to be winning. (1 million and counting)
So grateful to have her knowledgeable insights into the elections critical thinking and her wisdom on holding space for opinions that don't suit us.
Enjoy this quick teaser for Season 2 of (And binge listen to Season 1 while waiting :)
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Celebrity Whisperer: How NOT to chase fame, let it find you instead- with Jonas Unger
Jonas Unger is best known for his incredible portraits of Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Susan Sarandon, Amy Adams and Paul Pogba among others. Coveted by the fashion and celebrity world alike Jonas has gathered fans in all domains. His work has been featured in the French and American Vogue, Le Monde and for campaigns including Hermes, Chanel, Tod's, Tom Ford, Chloé among others.
He is also known for his quest for solitude amongst the noise and fanfare of celebrity photography, of treating celebrities as human demystifying the celebrity myth, detaching them from all of the celebrity bubble, which as you can imagine, is not easy.
Jonas talks about his journey to 40 and, how, despite having all of these skills and all of these talents and getting amazing work he talks about not being in alignment with his inner self. How he turned his back on the commercial world for awhile. If there's one thing you should take away from here, its the quest for solitude!
Jonas mentions Helmut Lang's philosophy on different work for each age. https://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/26/fashion/thursdaystyles/decline-and-fall-of-helmut-lang.html
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Jonas Unger was born in Flensburg and grew up in Cuxhaven. Even today, his closeness to the water during his childhood manifests itself in a pronounced passion for the coast and the sea.
At the age of 13, Jonas and his grandfather, a professor of theology from Heidelberg, set off on a study trip through the then still existing Eastern Bloc - by car through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania to Greece.
Jonas likes to capture the many impressions and starts experimenting with his grandfather's camera and capturing the people and their stories. A passion that has not let him go until today.
After finishing his studies, he moved to Paris to concentrate on photography and to understand it better.
After a while Jonas begins to take photographs for M Le Monde, Zeit Magazin and SZ Magazin, among others. A LEAD Award follows, finally the golden nail of the ADC in 2011 for his Gérard Depardieu reportage for Zeit Magazin.
For Jonas, photography means above all communication: the basis from which every story, every idea develops, is always the portrait, the encounter and confrontation with people, always the story to be told. Jonas transfers this approach to all formats, whether travel, documentation, product or fashion - at the beginning there is always a story told around the object to be photographed.
Today, he photographs for the most prestigious magazines and exclusive customers in the world and has had the most diverse personalities in front of his camera, from Amy Adams and Julianne Moore to Christoph Waltz, Virgil Abloh, Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling and Paul Pogba.
Customer list editorial:
M Le Monde, Vogue France, Vogue US, Zeit Magazin, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Self Service, Purple Magazine, Vogue Dutch, Vogue Me, Interview US, Another Magazine, etc.
Hermes, Chanel, Tod's, Tom Ford, Chloé, Birkenstock, Arket, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etc.
Sustainability with a passion with Alice Steenland
Our guest today is Alice Steenland, a woman who gets stakeholders to make bold leadership moves by sharing her true passion for social good and for the sustainability space. Alice joined Dassault Systèmes in 2020 as the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Previously, she was the founding Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at AXA Group, where she pioneered a responsible investment strategy including the landmark decision to divest from coal and, later, tobacco.
She began her career in healthcare consulting after receiving her degree in human biology at Stanford University, and has since then worked with large multinationals, NGOs, ratings agencies, consulting firms, startups and multilaterals, working in both the US and Europe on projects with global impact.
I recently described Alice to a friend of mine as a woman with a vision, passion and integrity. The kind that will leave no stone unturned until she finds a solution to a problem that she’ll have identified way before you do. And who can do that with the unique kind of confidence that comes with being in your 40s -- and having a whole industry knowing of your worth!
She has been using this out-of-the-box thinking to help support the launch of disruptive business models because she is convinced that the future of sustainability lies in innovating new products, services, and economic models, and that the future of innovation lies in solving real world social & environmental challenges
Oh, did we mention that she’s a mother to 3 young daughters? And that she could write the next Paris-by bicycle guide book.
Here are Alice’s favorite newsletters:
Bloomberg GreenFT Moral MoneyEat Better: Futerra’s Sustainable Food Round UpFollow Alice on https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicesteenland/
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International man of mystery to stay-at-home dad - Seb Delasnerie
There once was a guy who managed a cabaret in Paris, who then got on a sailboat and went on to be an advisor to the government, communications director and ‘spin doctor’. I think he might be a spy (wink wink). His life reads like a Bond movie, right?
Stuck shivering with malaria in a dispensary in Equatorial Guinea he realized he needed to change the trajectory of his life to come back ‘home’. In his 40s while in the Middle East, his mom passed away back home in France – and he couldn’t make it back in time.
He realized then that he was definitely going to move back ‘home’ and maybe change things a little, including starting a family of his own. Living the life of international man of mystery wasn’t going to work out so well after a while.
True to his word, Seb is back in Europe. He lives in Spain and is now full time
stay-at -home dad to two little kids under the age of 7.
Seb is a licensed Yacht Master and seaman and sails as much as he can - I truly wonder if when he says ‘home’ he’s even talking about land at all! He is a freelance writer for trade publications, NGOs, private companies and a freelance consultant in strategic intelligence, helping companies with investment in emerging and frontier markets.
He’s also a small business owner for BnB’s and Iberico ham testing in Malaga.
Join us in listening to Seb talk about the 40s and how it brings on a reckoning that causes you to find a way to create a home, to be peace with yourself, to take over as primary caregiver to two small children and the joy that brings. I love when he says that his new job is “Raising my kids and seeing them grow”. See Seb's book recommendations below.
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Until next week, let us ask you: what is 40 to you?
Status anxiety from Alain de Botton,
A fantastic essay from the creator of the School of Life which was a great help understanding why we are so stressed about the image we are projecting to others, and ultimately how to care less.
La longue route – Bernard Moitessier
The story of Bernard Moitessier who in 1968 does the Golden Globe Challenge inaugural race, solo, non-stop round the world. Not only is he nearly finished, but he is winning, with a comfortable lead. And then he decides to turn right and sails another time halfway around the world non stop, before anchoring in Tahiti. He gave up, fame, money, honor because “he was happy at sea and wanted to save his soul”.
It resonates a lot with the daily rat race towards recognition, fame and money of most of us.
Multicultural bilingual but where do you call home? Finding your place with Marc Oman
"Because I think it's very easy for people at the top to say, 'Hey, I made it. So come on, guys, try a little harder. You'll get there too. '
That's just not true. The outcome of where you end up is not just a function of how hard you try. That realization I would have never had as fully, if my sister was still here. "
Sounds like someone who had an awakening right? Marc talks about the moment leading to him finding his voice for the causes he stands up for today; most recently the Black Lives Matter movement.
A born Parisian, Marc is a bi-national French American, currently Senior Lead at Google’s data centers & energy team based in Paris. If you wonder how he stays calm it’s got to do with meditation, cooking, sailing and surfing. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School
Marc is that perfect poster boy for a dual culture kid. He's a multilingual citizen of the world – fits seamlessly into France, and I thought seamlessly into the US but as he says, and as many kids who are multicultural will say
‘You never feel completely at home in any one place. You're always a little bit less than the people who were born there.'
Being multicultural and a little from here and a little from there, with traditions from all over will echo with many of audience.
Marc has been getting to 40 for the last six years. In his moment of vulnerability, he talks about when he realizes life can be grossly unfair for someone who's very close to you, when you watch them suffer because of it.
Book recommendation - L'appart by David Lebovitz (2017)
"Let it go" - for example, see this short explanation of Gandhi's "renounce and enjoy" philosophy
This is 40:
(3) Finding humor & beauty : curating the life you love
To Joanna Cohen, art is a way to see the world.
Joanna speaks of turning 40 in the context of the art world, coming back to it after a very different time in her life.
She talks of the challenges – sometimes life changes that ironically happen on your 40th birthday (talk about a sign!) and teach you to find humor and beauty in the darkest moment – that this is not just a skill, it’s an art and like anything you created that is incredibly individual, it's always yours to call on and draw strength from.
Joanna and I hit it off because as a true New Yorker she has that unbeatable resilience New York has, which I miss, admire and love so much!
Joanna skinned her knees in the art world at Christie's working her way up to Larry Gagosian, she continued her career in Paris, but that’s where the real adventure began. And we’re talking the stuff that at 40 makes you laugh out aloud at the absurdity and cry at the loss but then put on your superwoman cape and maybe get a tattoo!
Inspired to start your own art collection?
See Joanna's cheat sheet for our fans here
More about Joanna
Joanna Cohen is a Paris-based art advisor for private collectors and corporate clients, specializing in global contemporary art and emerging art markets. She founded Straight-Arrow Art Advisory in 2019, offering her clients a sur-measure investment strategy to acquire emerging and established contemporary international artists.
She offers galerie tours, international art fairs , private studio visits and other exclusive art events. Joanna started her career at Christie’s New York as a Senior Sales Administrator in the Post War Art Department. She then joined Gagosian Gallery, as Assistant to the Director at its Madison Avenue headquarters. While at Gagosian, Joanna worked closely with Gagosian executives, curators and collectors, facilitating sales, exhibitions and business administration.
A French native, Joanna returned to Paris in 2004 as Director of Galerie Maisonneuve. She later served as Director of Galerie Eric Mircher. Joanna has worked independently on site specific projects with galleries such as Nils Staerk Gallery and Sommer Gallery. Education is a very important aspect to Joanna’s advisory business; in 2011, she created and developed a bilingual art history program for the College Sainte Marie de Neuilly. She has been piloting the program ever since, educating future generations of artists and art collectors.