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The Great Creators with Guy Raz

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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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Our Editor's Take

The Great Creators with Guy Raz is a podcast about artists and their craft. It also talks about them as business people. Listeners can hear from today's top actors, musicians, and writers. They'll hear about both career triumphs and failures. The guests explain what they learned on their journey to the top.

If the premise of The Great Creators with Guy Raz sounds a little familiar, there is a good reason for that. The show is a little like the How I Built This podcast. But this one has artists instead of entrepreneurs. It is not a coincidence that these shows have a similar theme. After all, Guy Raz hosts both programs. Raz is a legend both in public radio and in the podcasting world. The journalist is both curious about and comfortable with every type of guest. He finds common ground with everyone from actor Tom Hanks to hip-hop artist Santigold.

The Great Creators with Guy Raz debuted in 2022 with talk show host Stephen Colbert as the first guest. He explained how, after a career of making jokes in other personas, he became comfortable talking as himself. Other top guests on the podcast include actor Sigourney Weaver. She talks about how she wasn't excited about auditioning for Alien, the movie that made her a star. Zooey Deschanel tells Raz about having ADHD and why she calls it her "superpower." Singer Bjork says what it was like to record an album at age 11. Danny Elfman reveals what it was like to appear at Coachella at age 68—and to take his shirt off at the festival.

The Great Creators with Guy Raz is a great way to learn more about artists people love. New podcast episodes come out each week. They all have extensive show notes with links to the guests' most iconic or obscure works.

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Zooey Deschanel: Stopping Stage Fright in Its Tracks and How She Turned a “Disorder” Into a Superpower (2022)
Jul 11 2023
Zooey Deschanel: Stopping Stage Fright in Its Tracks and How She Turned a “Disorder” Into a Superpower (2022)
Zooey Deschanel is an actor (New Girl,Elf, 500 Days of Summer) musician (She & Him), crafter, and entrepreneur (HelloGiggles, Lettuce Grow). In 2022 she told Guy how being diagnosed with ADHD as a child affected her life and career, how the "loneliness" of the actor's life led her to songwriting and her collaboration with M Ward, and how – right before landing her biggest role – she almost quit acting. Zooey also delivers some practical tips on how to turn fear into excitement, and makes the case that regularly pursuing new creative paths makes you better at everything else.Links from the show:Zooey's parents' filmographies: Caleb Deschanel & Mary Jo DeschanelZooey's first instrument: the Casio SK-1Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa MonicaScene from Zooey's first-ever role on TV: Veronica's ClosetZooey and Frances McDormand "Drugs & Promiscuous Sex" scene from Almost FamousThe Go-Getter (2007 film), how Zooey met M WardLet's Dance by M WardVincent O'Brien by M WardThieves by She & Him (Official Video), one of Zooey's favorites which she wrote in "12 minutes"She & Him's "pandemic project," Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian WilsonNew Girl full episodes on AmazonSaturday Night Live sketch - Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel HelloGiggles Lettuce GrowSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at