“I’m realizing more and more the value of our story comes in how we tell it. There is enough experience in each of our backgrounds that we each have a great story to offer. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this program. The amount of learning and growth has been incredible, and at this point I’m confident in my path forward.”
“Zack helped me identify my core interests, skills, and traits that go beyond a single job role. Just yesterday I saw that I was perfect for a job role I had never considered before, and now a whole new career path has opened up. This exercise gives me the confidence that I’m moving in the right direction now, and will continue to make good career choices in the future because I know what’s a good match for me.”
Whether it’s global pandemics, industry shutdowns, Hurriquakes and Sharknados, or the exponential growth of artificial intelligence, it’s clear the only thing we can reliably count on is change.
But it wasn’t supposed to be this way…
Since pre-school we’ve been asked incessantly, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
From that point on:
→ We chose our high schools in preparation for specific college degree programs.
→ We chose a college major in preparation for a singular, specialized career path.
→ We then entered the workforce and grabbed the bottom rung of the career ladder assuming if we “paid our dues,” eventually we’d climb to the top.
Only to discover…
The career ladder no longer exists.
As artists, creatives, and storytellers it has now become our responsibility to constantly hustle for the next gig and design our own career paths…
…except we were never given a map.
Or a compass.
Or the necessary human skills to navigate a constantly changing landscape.
Now with the rise of artificial intelligence, there’s no guarantee the career we’ve worked so hard to build and the skills we’ve spent years acquiring will even be relevant in the future.
We are entering a new era where the advice we’ve taken our entire lives to focus on mastering one specialized skill could now set us up for failure instead of success.
What got us here might no longer get us there.
To be clear: I have no intention of teaching you to spread yourself thin, scatter your attention, and turn you into a “Jack of All Trades, Master of None.”
In this workshop you will learn how to properly leverage:
So that you can identify what makes you uniquely valuable such that you can take your speciality and diversify it amongst a variety of different crafts, income sources, or even career paths.
Knowing I have the skills to really pursue this career is necessary, but knowing there are others in your corner can feel even more important. I want to express my gratitude to Zack and this community!
No longer will you have to define yourself just by what you do.
Now you’ll be able to define yourself by who you really are.
Living my life with intent has improved my life dramatically. I’ve been in a good mood just because of our conversations and me looking forward to knowing there is a route ahead of me. You have helped me pull back the curtain and shown me the path… I just need to take it and follow certain steps. It’s still scary as heck, but I don’t have the same kind of intimidation by a long shot.
✅ Become the CEO of Your Creative Career (and Your Life)
“Work-life balance” might be all but a myth in today’s “hustle” culture, but it doesn’t mean we can’t build a more diverse combination of jobs, experiences, skills, crafts, hobbies, and passions such that we are no longer busy making a living but instead making a life.
✅ Define Yourself Beyond Your Résumé
You are not your credits. Learn how to redefine who you are beyond your job so you can find your true specialization and then diversify that specialization amongst a variety of different skills, crafts, or even multiple career paths.
✅ Identify Your “Creative Calling”
Learn how to clarify the kinds of projects that energize you and the stories you want to tell that really inspire you such that you are excited about solving the problems in your life rather than dreading them.
✅ Set Clearer Boundaries Between Work & Life
Once you’ve reconnected with the passion you have for your craft, the world will come to collect “The Passion Tax.” Learn how to identify your most important, non-negotiable needs so that when you’re ready to make the next career pivot, your new career won’t steal your soul in the process.
✅ Write the Next Chapter of Your Hero’s Journey
You’ll learn how to apply Joseph Campbell’s iconic “Hero’s Journey” story framework to write the next chapter of your own story so you can get people excited to both collaborate with you and also help you along your journey as mentors, peers, and friends.
My “Optimized” website worked! A director told me “On your site you mentioned that projects about mental illness are close to your heart, and I feel similarly.” Glad I was so specific about the projects that are important to me. And I got the job! Thanks, Zack.
My name is Zack Arnold (ACE), and I help artists, creatives, and storytellers like you design the more balanced, more sustainable, and more fulfilling creative careers you deserve…without sacrificing your health, relationships, or sanity in the process.
Consider me your career sensei. Welcome to my dojo.
Having worked in Hollywood for over two decades as an award-winning editor and producer (notable credits include Cobra Kai, Burn Notice, Empire, and Glee) – and now as a creativity coach, career strategist, podcaster, speaker, and author – I understand how uncertain (and terrifying) the future of your creative career looks. Artificial intelligence has changed the game, and in order to ensure the survival of storytelling as we know it, we need to make sure that AI works for us (not the other way around).
I’m here to help you future-proof your creative career by better understanding how the intersection of your work experience, your life experiences outside of the job, your skills, your passions, your knowledge, and most importantly your values make you uniquely valuable in the age of AI.
My work as an editor, documentary director, podcaster, speaker, career strategist, and American Ninja Warrior has been featured in publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Fox News, The Washington Post, Variety, The Guardian, Forbes, NPR, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn Learning, Art of the Cut, Frame.io, Post Perspective, and many more.
Not sure if this workshop is the right fit for you?
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In this self-guided online learning course you’ll get instant access to over 4+ hours of video instruction to help you organize all of your past & present work experience, life experiences, skills, abilities, interests, and values such that you can find the intersection of all the above to identify where you can provide unique value to the world.
You’ll learn how to identify your speciality that you can then diversify and generalize to pursue multiple paths throughout your life rather than being stuck in a singular career path that no longer provides stability and job security.
If you’d like ongoing access to the final edited workshop along with the entire library of Optimizer courses, workshops, masterclasses, as well as the Optimizer Slack community and live access to weekly Office Hours, click here to become a monthly Premium subscriber.
The Premium subscription includes ongoing access to the following:
There are no long-term commitments if you decide to sign up with the Premium monthly subscription beyond the month-to-month commitment. If you are confident you’ll be sticking around, click here to save with a yearly subscription.
The Premium subscription includes ongoing access to the following:
The only requirements for this workshop are a good internet connection and Zoom. Other than that, all of the strategies you’ll learn can be done with pen & paper, post-it notes, a white board (my personal favorite), or any digital app of your choice that’s relevant to journaling, mindmapping, or freeform drawing.
I’m so confident this workshop will help you see your career through a completely different lens that I’m offering a full 30-day refund. You have 30 days to not only attend the live workshop but also implement the strategies you learned in this program. If within 30 days you can demonstrate what you learned in this workshop is not applicable to your career and won’t make a difference, I’m happy to provide a 100% refund.