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Become a more inventive, imaginative you. Every week, Guy Raz (creator of How I Built This) leads a deep dive conversation with someone at the top of their game. From conquering stage fright to learning to be more present and focused, you'll learn how each guest mastered their craft and ultimately became more successful in life. The result? An arsenal of tools and techniques you can apply to your own life and work, allowing you to harness your talent and become a better version of yourself.

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Become a more inventive, imaginative you. Every week, Guy Raz (creator of How I Built This) leads a deep dive conversation with someone at the top of their game. From conquering stage fright to learning to be more present and focused, you'll learn how each guest mastered their craft and ultimately became more successful in life. The result? An arsenal of tools and techniques you can apply to your own life and work, allowing you to harness your talent and become a better version of yourself.

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    Viral Music Phenom Jacob Collier: This “Life-Changing” Moment Unlocked New Creative Powers

    Viral Music Phenom Jacob Collier: This “Life-Changing” Moment Unlocked New Creative Powers

    This episode comes out for free on March 5, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers on February 27.

    Jacob Collier has been called the “Mozart of Gen Z” by the New York Times. As a teen, his one-man-band performances went viral and led to a cold email from (and friendship with) music legend Quincy Jones – something he discusses in this episode.

    He also talks about his childhood, where he gets his ideas, why doesn’t make pop hits, and his most recent album, Djesse, Vol. 4. The album features an eclectic range of collaborators, from T-Pain to Chris Martin of Coldplay… plus, 100,000 other voices. Really!

    Get Jacob’s album Djesse Vol. 4 here: https://shop.jacobcollier.com/

    Songwriting Secrets Behind 70 BILLION Streams: Ryan Tedder (2023)

    Songwriting Secrets Behind 70 BILLION Streams: Ryan Tedder (2023)

    Ryan Tedder is the lead singer of OneRepublic and the producer and songwriter behind countless hits including Adele’s Rumor Has It and Beyonce’s Halo. Tedder even sold his own catalog for a reported $200 million. He joins Guy to talk about growing up in a religious family, tackling his stagefright (“I was shaking backstage”), using personal experiences to write hits, working with star musicians, and how to choose singles in the TikTok age. This episode was originally released in 2023.

    Links from the ShowRyan Tedder performing “Apologize” solo for BBC MusicOneRepublic’s music video for “I Ain’t Worried” featured on Top Gun: Maverick Music video for Adele’s “Rumor Has It” co-written by Ryan TedderMusic video for Beyonce’s “Halo” co-written by Ryan TedderMusic video for Paul McCartney’s “Fuh You” co-written by Ryan TedderRyan’s InstagramHis TikTokHis Hit-Making CourseSee all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 57 min
    Hilary Swank: Moving to Hollywood with $75 and Whether She’d Do “Boys Don’t Cry” Today

    Hilary Swank: Moving to Hollywood with $75 and Whether She’d Do “Boys Don’t Cry” Today

    Hilary Swank is one of just 14 women to win not one but two Academy Awards for Best Actress (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby). And as you’ll learn today, her life story just as remarkable as her career: from growing up in a trailer park (“it was no big deal”) to moving to L.A. as a teenager and living with her mom in their car for a time while chasing her dreams, to her breakthrough role as Brandon Teena in the indie film “Boys Don’t Cry” – a performance that earned Hilary an Oscar, and just $3,000. She also reflects on playing a transgender character as a cisgender woman; which movie she feels doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves; and how she envisions the next chapter of her career after becoming a mother last year.

    Hilary’s newest film is called Ordinary Angels.

    Links from the show: Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress in Boys Don’t CryAcceptance speech for Best Actress in Million Dollar BabyBoys Don’t Cry Memorable MomentsFreedom Writers (2007)Ordinary Angels (Feb 22, 2024)See all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 45 min
    Regina Spektor: From Temping as a Receptionist to Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist

    Regina Spektor: From Temping as a Receptionist to Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist

    Regina Spektor is one of the most critically-acclaimed and respected singer-songwriters of the past 25 years. She’s also one of the most thoughtful and open guests we’ve had on this show. 

    Today, you’ll learn how Regina went from medical receptionist writing lyrics on post-it notes to rising star in the NYC music scene; how she overcame her fear that record labels would meddle with her art; why “invisibility” has been her greatest creative asset; the songwriting process behind beloved songs like “Samson”; and her thoughts on finding fresh ideas while handling “adult” responsibilities and raising her two young children.

    Links from the show: “Samson” official music video“Fidelity” music videoHer Tiny Desk ConcertDan Smith of Bastille talking about Regina with GuyOrange is the New Black opening creditsHer new album: Home, Before and AfterListen to, or watch, all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chef David Chang (Momofuku): “I’m Addicted to Creative Excitement”

    Chef David Chang (Momofuku): “I’m Addicted to Creative Excitement”

    David Chang is the founder of Momofuku, a culinary brand that grew from a single 600-square-foot location to include a Michelin-starred restaurant, a bakery and dessert chain, and a line of consumer packaged goods. David joins Guy to talk about opening his first restaurant after his epiphany about ramen on a trip to Japan; the panic and anxiety he felt in those early days; and how he’s learned to become a better leader and reject the toxic elements of “kitchen culture”.

    Links from the show: Bon Appetit on Momofuku Inc.Jimmy Fallon and David Chang have a hot wing eating contestDavid shows how to make chili-crunch carbonaraDavid explaining the mystery of his pork buns to ViceDavid makes leftover fried riceDavid’s Shiitake and Swiss Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles RecipeMomofuku websiteDavid’s podcastDavid’s InstagramSee all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How Dan Aykroyd Created "Ghostbusters" and His Thoughts on the Female-Led Reboot

    How Dan Aykroyd Created "Ghostbusters" and His Thoughts on the Female-Led Reboot

    Dan Aykroyd was the youngest cast member on a brand new comedy show called Saturday Night Live when it premiered in 1975. In addition to iconic performances as Julia Child and a Conehead, Dan also created a real blues band called The Blues Brothers with fellow cast mate John Belushi. In this episode, Dan talks with Guy about playing drums behind Muddy Waters, his fascination with paranormal science that led him to create Ghostbusters, what he thinks of the female-led Ghostbusters reboot he helped produce, and the reason he thinks he's done with acting.

    Links from the show: Coneheads sketchBass-O-matic sketchAsk President Carter sketchThe Blues Brothers on SNLSoul ManCrystal Head VodkaZombie Town TrailerSee all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

jflobot ,

Educate me Guy

I guess I did a review on this show already but after listening to the show on Jewel, I have to add again. If you aspire to do anything in life, this show will be a great tool for inspiration, ideas, and support. Guy and his guests have a way of making you feel like your not alone. Anyone of his shows will inspire. Have a listen you won’t be disappointed.

Honestly, I never knew Stephen Colbert… at all. What an incredible story he is. Thank you both for living fearless lives and sharing how you have overcome obstacles by accepting who you are, then stepping into the void. I look forward to discovering what Stephen does and who Guy interviews next. Thank you for what you do!

Jay12231993 ,

Needs more diversity

This show is one of my favorites but it skews heavily white with the talent and the people profiled. Yes there are a few examples of people of color on the episode but why do we have to scroll back so far to find those episodes? Would love to see more diverse voices featured on this otherwise amazing podcast.

podcastreview2020 ,

Great show

Fantastic!

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