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The Ground Up Show

Matt D'Avella

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The Ground Up Show is a podcast that inspires creatives to make meaningful content & pursue their passions. Award-winning filmmaker Matt D’Avella, best known for the Netflix documentary Minimalism, sits down with creators to talk about their process,...Show More
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111 - Fitness Advice to Live By

1:02:03 | Jun 27th

Jordan Syatt is a world record powerlifter & strength coach.
110 - Overcoming Anxiety

38:55 | Jun 20th

Caroline Zook & I talk about our experiences with anxiety. Caroline is the co-founder of Wandering Aimfully. Support the show here: patreon.com/mattdavella
108 - A Minimalist Approach to Business

17:45 | Jun 6th

Paul Jarvis shares why you might want to rethink growth as the status quo, how social media has changed the way we think about success & the three questions you should ask yourself before working towards any goal. Find Paul here: http://pjrvs.com Get...Show More
107 - The Morning Routine

1:00:11 | May 23rd

Josh Janssen from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss waking up early, morning routines & why we care how others start their day. Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional videos every...Show More
106 - Master Personal Finance

36:38 | May 16th

Ramit Sethi, New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You to be Rich, comes by to discuss how to earn more money, create healthy spending habits & change the way we’ve been thinking about money for our entire lives. Get short weekly emails ...Show More
105 - Does meditation really work?

57:55 | May 9th

Tommy Jackett from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss our experience meditating for the past month. Did we reach enlightenment? Find out! Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional video...Show More
104 - Quitting Social Media

1:08:08 | May 2nd

Sorelle Amore is a YouTuber & Photographer. On this episode we talk about quitting social media & why you might want to try it for 30 days. xx Get short weekly emails from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: mattdavella.com. Get additional vide...Show More
103 - The Loneliness Epidemic

20:56 | Apr 25th

Johann Hari, author of the NY Times Bestseller Lost Connections, set out across the world to speak with leading experts on depression, anxiety & loneliness to discover what has caused our epidemic of loneliness. And more importantly how to solve it....Show More
102 - Becoming an Essentialist

29:10 | Apr 18th

Greg McKeown is the author of the NY Times Bestselling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This is my edited conversation with Greg about his Essentialist philosophy, the myth of success and why small consistent steps far outweigh th...Show More
101 - GaryVee on Minimalism, Hustle & Finding Meaning

32:07 | Mar 15th

Gary Vaynerchuk a 5x New York Times bestselling author, angel investor, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia. Watch this interview at youtube.com/mattdavella. Learn about my process & how I make films in exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavell...Show More
100 - Getting Started

1:19:02 | Feb 28th

We made it to episode 100! I take questions & comments from listeners to celebrate. Enjoy.
099 - When to Quit & When to Stick

1:14:17 | Feb 20th

Michelle D'Avella is a breath-work teacher & author of The Bright Side of a Broken Heart. You can find more about her work at pushingbeauty.com or check out her YouTube channel at the link above. You can find her work at pushingbeauty.com. Support t...Show More
098 - The Business of Coffee

1:13:00 | Feb 13th

Chris Baca is a three time US Barista Championship finalist, YouTuber, and cofounder of Cat and Cloud Coffee. In this episode we talk about how he got into the coffee business, the importance of authenticity, and how his employees’ well being drives ...Show More
097 - Setting Life Priorities

1:04:42 | Feb 6th

Jason Zook is a an entrepreneur who runs an online community called Wandering Aimfully for creative entrepreneurs who are also interested in earning a sustainable income and crafting an authentic, fulfilling life. In this episode we talk about gettin...Show More
096 - What do you have to lose?

1:04:48 | Jan 30th

Bret Iwan is the voice of Mickey Mouse. In this episode we talk about creative fulfillment, finding balance, and the crazy story of how he landed the gig of one of the most recognizable voices in entertainment. Find Bret here: https://www.instagram.c...Show More
095 - Reframing Failure

1:01:17 | Jan 23rd

Caroline Zook is an artist and creative entrepreneur. In this episode we talk about getting swept up in the rat race, the importance of authenticity, and how to change the way you think about failure. Caroline's membership community: https://join.wan...Show More
094 - Success Doesn’t Equal Happiness

1:08:59 | Jan 16th

Alex Banayan is an entrepreneur and author of the book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched their Careers. In this episode we talk about overcoming fear, the dangers of being overly persistent, an...Show More
091 - Productivity

1:05:12 | Dec 26th, 2018

Thomas Frank:  youtube.com/thomasfrank   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
It's time to slow down.

06:44 | Dec 12th, 2018

I'm taking next week off. See you all in a few. If you want to support this podcast, get exclusive videos & podcast episodes go here:  patreon.com/mattdavella Thanks for listening!
090 - Keeping Fitness Simple

1:03:33 | Dec 5th, 2018

FitMenCook: https://fitmencook.com/ Get Kevin's new book: https://goo.gl/joNTko Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
089 - The Impostor Syndrome

1:05:44 | Nov 28th, 2018

Josh & Tommy's Podcast:  http://thedailytalkshow.com Josh & Tommy's Company:  http://bigmediacompany.com Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
088 - Things Worth Sacrificing

1:09:33 | Nov 21st, 2018

Daniel DeArco is an experimental photographer, filmmaker & fabricator that makes creative camera rigs for his projects like a slider that moves 24mph in a split second. Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
087 - The Fearless Creative

1:12:37 | Nov 14th, 2018

Find Puno here: ilovecreatives.com and on Instagram:  @punodostres Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at patreon.com/mattdavella.
086 - The Pressure to Keep Up

1:08:43 | Nov 7th, 2018

Justin "Henny" Henderson a 4x grammy nominated, award-winning, multi-platinum record producer. He’s worked with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z & Lil Wayne. Support this podcast & get exclusive videos on lifestyle design, creativity, filmmaking and busi...Show More
085 - The Power of Making Decisions

1:25:13 | Oct 31st, 2018

Cole Walliser is a Los Angeles based commercial director that’s worked with Miley Cyrus, Pink & Katy Perry. Support this podcast & get exclusive videos on lifestyle design, creativity, filmmaking and business: patreon.com/mattdavella
084 - Facing Resistance

1:03:19 | Oct 24th, 2018

Sarah Moshman is a documentary filmmaker that focuses on telling stories about powerful women. Her Netflix documentary Losing Sight of Shore follows four women as they row across the Pacific Ocean unassisted from America to Australia. Support this po...Show More
083 - Tiny Changes with Big Results

1:23:24 | Oct 17th, 2018

James Clear is the author of the book Atomic Habits. His work combines a range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology & philosophy. Support this podcast & get exclusive videos on lifestyle design, creativity, filmmaking and busine...Show More
082 - The Art of Detachment

1:13:45 | Oct 10th, 2018

Tatiana DeMaria is a talented musician, singer & songwriter. She's topped the charts with her rock band TAT & has produced music for television & film. Support this podcast & get exclusive videos on lifestyle design, creativity, filmmaking and busine...Show More
081 - Prepare for the Worst

1:18:53 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Chris Newhard is a director of photography & owner of Book Light Creative. He's back on the show to help me answer listener questions about money, filmmaking & freelancing. Contribute & get exclusive content at patreon.com/mattdavella.
080 - The Minimal Van Life

1:17:55 | Sep 26th, 2018

Aubry & Christian live in a van. The two, known as Minimal Millennials online, create videos on YouTube about their van life journey.   Support this independent podcast for $1 an episode on Patreon. Contribute $3 an ep to get exclusive vlogs & ama's.
079 - Death to the Status Quo

1:18:45 | Sep 19th, 2018

David Sherry is the founder of Death to Stock, a membership community that delivers personal, curated non-stock photos & video. On the podcast we talk about building your audience slow & with integrity, I try to convince David that he’s a minimalist,...Show More
078 - Become Indispensable

1:03:42 | Sep 12th, 2018

Jack Coyne is a filmmaker & YouTuber. We talk about how he’s been able to keep the momentum going, whether you should seek passion or stability, and he offers advice for those who are looking to land their first gig and become indispensable. Contribu...Show More
077 - Get Past Roadblocks

1:01:12 | Sep 5th, 2018

Cody Wanner is a filmmaker passionate about encouraging the doers of the world. On the podcast we talk about how to overcome roadblocks, when to say yes & why there is no such thing as a small creator. Contribute & get exclusive content at patreon.co...Show More
076 - Letting Go of Stuff

1:06:31 | Aug 29th, 2018

Todd Glass is a comedian and host of The Todd Glass Show. His latest comedy special Act Happy is available on Netflix. On this episode we talk about Todd’s journey to letting go of stuff, the mantra’s that help guide his minimalist philosophy, and wh...Show More
075 - It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

1:08:26 | Aug 27th, 2018

Sterling Grinnell is a filmmaker & photographer based in Denver, Colorado. You can watch his videos on YouTube or hire him for your next project. This podcast is made possible by Patreon subscribers. Get my exclusive AMA podcast & vlog at patreon.com...Show More
074 - How Much is Enough?

1:59:47 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Jason Zook is an entrepreneur & author. Along with his wife he co-founded Wandering Aimfully, an online community for creative entrepreneurs who are equally interested in earning a sustainable income and crafting an authentic, fulfilling life. Contri...Show More
073 - Dreams Don't Come True, Decisions Do

1:21:35 | Aug 15th, 2018

T.K. Coleman is a podcaster, blogger & Education Director at Praxis, an apprenticeship program designed to give an alternative to college. On the podcast we discuss... 1. The true cost of not following your passion. 2. Why you should plan for the wor...Show More
072 - Taking Minimalism Too Far

1:23:54 | Aug 8th, 2018

Kraig Adams makes videos about minimalism, tech & travel on his YouTube channel. On this episode we talk about when minimalism goes too far, how to avoid click-bate and sensational content, being original & how to simplify the role of social media in...Show More
071 - Opening up to Possibility

1:02:41 | Aug 1st, 2018

Brandin LaShea is a chef, business owner & host of an online show called POTPIE, a series where she cooks cannabis infused foods for her friends. We talk about marijuana and its many myths, the history of hip hop and how it’s changed, as well as know...Show More
070 - Living with a Sense of Urgency

1:05:16 | Jul 25th, 2018

Lewis Howes is a professional football player turned entrepreneur, podcaster & author. On this episode of The Ground Up Show we discuss... Why people need to live with a sense of urgency. Getting clear on your vision & the questions you should be as...Show More
069 - The Power of Constraints

1:14:55 | Jul 18th, 2018

Daniel & Rachel from Mango Street create YouTube videos & tutorials without the bullshit for over 670k subscribers. On this episode we cover... Why constraints will help you become a more efficient creator and help you develop your visual style. How...Show More
068 - Investing in Yourself

1:36:02 | Jul 11th, 2018

Caleb Wojcik is a Filmmaker & YouTuber that shows his audience how to make better videos. Transparency (especially when creating & making money online). Why it might be a good idea to invest money in yourself when you barely have any. How Caleb left...Show More
067 - Declutter Your Way to Clarity

1:08:37 | Jul 4th, 2018

Aileen Xu (also known as Lavendaire) is a YouTuber, Lifestyle Blogger & Artist. This week we discuss... Minimalism & how it might apply to your life. Building a brand & business outside of YouTube. And how to organize your weeks to be more productiv...Show More
066 - A Guide to Getting Unstuck

1:28:26 | Jun 27th, 2018

Nate Green is a fitness expert & author that advocates a simple approach to well-being. On this episode we cover... Breakdown what it takes to make lasting changes in your life. How a degree isn’t necessary if you have experience & connections. Pare...Show More
065 - Thinking on Your Feet

1:19:22 | Jun 20th, 2018

Blake Wexler is a comedian & writer. His latest album with Todd Glass called “12 Years of Voicemails from Todd Glass to Blake Wexler” peaked at #1 on iTunes. I'll let you guess what the album is about. On this episode we cover... Self-distribution v...Show More
064 - Turn Down the Noise

1:10:29 | Jun 13th, 2018

Terrence Cunningham is a singer, musician & author. He recently appeared on NBC's The Voice where his first audition astounded the judges. We talk about how to turn down the noise, creating a life-long career as an artist & how to be a fearless creat...Show More
063 - The Myth of Success

1:23:58 | Jun 6th, 2018

Amber Rae is an author, blogger & coach. On this episode of The Ground Up Show we discuss everything that's wrong with our view of success, what stops people from starting & how to finish your next project. New podcast every Wednesday! YouTube:  http...Show More
062 - The Process

2:06:22 | May 30th, 2018

Colin & Samir are filmmakers & content creators that have a YouTube channel called Colin & Samir. On this episode we talk about how to deal with pressure, maintaining ownership & productivity vs business. Enjoy! New podcast every Wednesday! YouTube: ...Show More
061 - Simple Advice

1:02:04 | May 28th, 2018

I'm answering your questions about minimalism, productivity, comparing yourself to others, knowing when to take the leap & lots more. This is the 4th AMA. Enjoy! New podcast every Wednesday! (And now sometimes Monday). Subscribe:  https://goo.gl/nzS5...Show More
060 - Searching for Meaning

1:22:33 | May 23rd, 2018

Tyler Babin is a photographer & video creator for Gary Vee. On this episode we talk about how to simplify your content strategy, how he turned an Uber ride into his dream job, life & death experiences, magic tricks & a lot more. New podcast every Wed...Show More
059 - Take Action

1:20:02 | May 16th, 2018

Adam Sjoberg is a documentary & commercial filmmaker that’s traveled to over 60 countries working on both independent & full scale productions. His first doc Shake the Dust, executive produced by NAS, chronicles the influence of breakdancing and its ...Show More
058 - Storytelling

1:19:17 | May 9th, 2018

Joe Beshenkovsky is the Emmy award-winning editor behind This American Life. His film’s include Objectified, Cobain: Montage of Heck & Judd Apatow’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. On this episode we go deep into what it takes to tell a great sto...Show More
057 - The Grind

1:34:59 | May 2nd, 2018

Dan Prakopcyk is a LA photographer that's worked with G-Eazy, toured with John Mayer and his work has been featured in Complex, Rolling Stone & Spin. We talk about how he worked his was up as PA struggling in NYC to landing his first gigs and making ...Show More
056 - Side Hustle

1:23:03 | Apr 25th, 2018

Sierra Katow is a comedian & writer living in Los Angeles. We discuss what it takes to make it as a working comic today, her side hustle as a full stack developer, and doing the work up front so you’re ready the moment things take off. More from Sier...Show More
055 - Minimize Distractions

1:29:02 | Apr 18th, 2018

Anthony Ongaro is the filmmaker & writer behind Break the Twitch where he inspires people to their minimize distractions and do more of what matters. In our conversation we cover: How to fail forward and learn from the mistakes we’ve made. The steps...Show More
054 - Going Viral

1:21:22 | Apr 11th, 2018

Hope Leigh is on the podcast today to talk about creating content, preparing for virality (it’s kinda like preparing for a good earthquake), and the exact kind of consistency that’s going to help you grow your audience. Her mantra: capture joy & buil...Show More
053 - Freelance

1:10:17 | Apr 4th, 2018

Ryan Bowles wants to help creatives & freelancers push themselves further & grow their businesses. In this episode we learn about how Ryan went from failing art classes to becoming a designer. And we also break down the three biggest points of strugg...Show More
052 - Step Into Fear

1:14:34 | Mar 28th, 2018

Quddus Philippe is a media personality, actor & entrepreneur behind Camera Ready. Today he helps people transform and level up their on-camera presence by working on deeper blind spots. This isn't about looking good on camera or ironing your shirt. I...Show More
051 - Staying True

1:18:18 | Mar 21st, 2018

Christian Crosby is an entertainer & entrepreneur. When he’s not hosting the 76ers basketball games he’s dedicating himself to his company Live Life Nice: a media company challenging people to stop being assholes (my words not theirs) and to be a nic...Show More
050 - Ask Me Anything #3

1:01:37 | Mar 14th, 2018

Let's celebrate episode 50 with another Ask Me Anything. On this episode I answer questions from podcast listeners all over the world. Thanks for sending them in! If I didn't get to your question this time around (and ya'll liked this one) then I'll ...Show More
049 - Create

1:28:06 | Mar 7th, 2018

Sara Dietschy is a filmmaker & podcaster that shares her passion for creating films & exploring the latest in tech. We talk about finding happiness in a $13 salad, how to create engaging content for YouTube & that time Casey Neistat gave her props in...Show More
048 - Creative Control

1:30:01 | Feb 28th, 2018

Joel P West is a musician & composer. He’s scored indie film’s like Short Term 12 & Band of Robbers. He also composed music for an episode of Chef's Table & The Glass Castle. In our conversation we talk about believing in your abilities & gaining con...Show More
047 - Simple Choices

1:09:03 | Feb 21st, 2018

Courtney Carver is an author & blogger at Be More With Less. I first met Courtney back in 2014 while filming my first feature-length documentary Minimalism. In the film she talks about her minimalist fashion challenge called Project 333 in which she ...Show More
046 - Taking Down Goliath

1:22:04 | Feb 14th, 2018

Dylan Schwartz is a photographer & owner of the digital agency Kissd. After years of working for large creative agencies he decided to take start something of his own. Instagram has become a critical part of his success. In our conversation we talk a...Show More
045 - Reject Perfection

1:38:00 | Feb 7th, 2018

Caroline Lee is a photographer & podcaster that wants you to ship your ideas. As she explains, we learn the most when we’re constantly creating & releasing our work. For many of us the problem comes when we spend too much time with a project. We labo...Show More
044 - Stories Worth Telling

1:49:35 | Jan 31st, 2018

Andrew Morgan is the documentary filmmaker behind The True Cost & After The End. We often get caught up with the “how”. How will I get my project funded? How am I going to make this happen? How did I get myself into this? Instead of getting caught up...Show More
043 - Reprogram Your Mind

1:08:52 | Jan 24th, 2018

Dan Harris is an anchor for ABC’s Nightline & the weekend addition of Good Morning America. If you told Dan ten years ago that he’d be writing books about meditation he’d have said you’re fucking crazy (he likes to curse). In his new book Meditation ...Show More
042 - Rewrite the Rules

1:22:18 | Jan 17th, 2018

Cole Younger is a Los Angeles based photographer that shares stunning photos with his audience of over 280k Instagram followers. From a young age optimism wasn’t a part of his world view. Cole struggled with using & selling drugs, being locked behind...Show More
041 - The Art of Not Thinking

1:14:30 | Jan 10th, 2018

Jordan Taylor Wright is a filmmaker, photographer & founder of the production company Taylor Cut Films. He creates beautiful & moving commercial films for his clients & audience of more than 575k Instagram followers. Jordan unpacks how he broke into ...Show More
040 - Grit And Gratitude

1:31:22 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Brian Bowen Smith is a legendary photographer known for his celebrity portraits. He’s shot key art for movies, television & magazines & his portfolio is prolific. He’s photographed Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Hart and… Dwayne “Th...Show More
039 - Get Moving

1:07:14 | Dec 27th, 2017

Luke Broadlick is a dancer & choreographer that’s toured with Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato & Justin Bieber. He’s choreographed for both Magic Mike films & the Magic Mike Live Las Vegas show. He started out in martial ...Show More
038 - Live Simply

1:34:02 | Dec 20th, 2017

Becca Shern is a registered dietitian & founder of Minimal Wellness. She teaches people how to live healthy & fulfilled lives by adopting a simple lifestyle. The health and wellness industry is confusing as hell. It’s filled with soundbites & half-tr...Show More
037 - Unplug

1:32:33 | Dec 13th, 2017

Asher Roth is a rapper by trade. He first plugged into the music industry in 2009 with his debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle & his platinum single “I Love College”. But this podcast episode isn’t as much about those days as it is about his decisi...Show More
036 - Laugh it Off

1:42:05 | Dec 6th, 2017

Alexis Wilkinson has written for HBO’s VEEP & FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She initially pursued a degree as a biomedical engineer, but made a 180 to become a comedy writer. And the transition paid off pretty quickly. In her Junior year of college she w...Show More
035 - Make An Impact

1:40:12 | Nov 29th, 2017

Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci are the filmmakers behind the Netflix documentaries Living On One Dollar & Salam Neighbor. They’ve made their name by immersing themselves fully into their films to learn as much as they can about their subjects. Whether ...Show More
034 - Ask Me Anything #2

1:11:10 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Do you believe in the impossible? Ever since I started my podcast I knew there was one story I wanted to tell. There’s one person that has the ultimate ground up story. One person that has come from nothing and yet created so much. He’s a man that co...Show More
033 - The Important Things

1:38:54 | Nov 15th, 2017

The Minimalists help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and most recently the documentary we created together. How did they become The Minimalists? What were some of their early mistakes as e...Show More
032 - Risking Everything

1:14:57 | Nov 8th, 2017

Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athlete, author of the best-selling book Finding Ultra & has been named one of the world's 25 fittest men. But only a few years back he was heading into middle-age unhealthy, overweight & overworked. How did he turn th...Show More
031 - Creating Opportunity

1:15:17 | Nov 1st, 2017

Melissa Carcache is a producer, writer & actress best known for her role in the Nickelodeon show Every Witch Way. She’s one of the creators & stars behind the new comedy series Hialeah. groundupshow.com
030 - Building Your Tribe

1:07:17 | Oct 25th, 2017

Jess Lizama is a YouTuber & blogger that shares her experiences in lifestyle design, travel & cooking. We chat about how to build an audience today, the importance of sleep, how she maintains her early morning routine & much more. groundupshow.com
029 - The Way of the Indie Filmmaker

1:45:44 | Oct 18th, 2017

Alex Ferrari is a filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. As the founder of IndieFilmHustle.com he helps creatives figure out how to make it & thrive behind the camera. We discuss mindfulness, creating at a high level, buildi...Show More
028 - Escaping The Rat Race

1:23:11 | Oct 11th, 2017

Melyssa Griffin is an entrepreneur that teaches business owners & bloggers how to grow their audience and skyrocket their income. We discuss the importance of building a brand with integrity, the psychology behind why we quit, we reminisce about some...Show More
027 - Digital Clutter & Stoicism

1:09:49 | Oct 4th, 2017

Gamal Prather is the creator behind Original Article & The Instead Company. The former is a design studio & the later is a vegan baking company. We talk about clearing your digital clutter, organizing your workspace & how yoga has helped develop his ...Show More
026 - Getting Good

1:18:20 | Sep 27th, 2017

Aaron Hertzog is a stand up comedian, writer & podcaster based out of Los Angeles. He was named Best Stand-Up Comedian at the 2013 WitOut Awards. www.groundupshow.com
025 - Get Your Dream Job & Fall in Love

1:10:43 | Sep 20th, 2017

Crew Spence is a professional wrestler, turned dating coach, turned performance strategist. He’s the founder of Spartan Plan and he’s helped thousands of people start successful 6-figure careers. http://www.groundupshow.com
024 - Living Under a Bridge

1:16:05 | Sep 13th, 2017

Matthew Nadu is an actor, producer & filmmaker that lives on a boat off the coast of Los Angeles. We discuss how he went from living under a bridge in NYC to creating meaningful content. groundupshow.com
023 - Killing it on YouTube

1:14:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

Joe Nation is a director, DP & editor based in Los Angeles. He’s the creator & star of the 2015 film: Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin. groundupshow.com
022 - The Brightside

1:27:00 | Aug 30th, 2017

Michelle D’Avella is the founder of Pushing Beauty, author of the upcoming book The Brightside of a Broken Heart, she’s a breathwork teacher, and she’s my sister. We talk about the early days when we first started our businesses, how she approaches c...Show More
021 - The Last Episode in Brooklyn

53:34 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Jesse Earle is a programmer, start-up founder & button-pusher. Goodbye, Brooklyn! This is the very last episode in Brooklyn before I made the move to Los Angeles. It was nice to spend it with my long-time friend, Jesse. groundupshow.com
020 - Becoming a Comedian

1:13:49 | Aug 16th, 2017

Josh Rabinowitz is a writer & comedian. You've seen him in Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, TruTV’s Friends of The People & Adam Devine’s House Party. He’s a writer for The Carmichael Show & Broad City. We talk about how he got into comedy and his...Show More
019 - The Bullet Journal

1:19:55 | Jul 28th, 2017

Ryder Carroll is the creator of Bullet Journal & the Tedx talk How to Lead an Intentional Life. Bullet Journal helps thousands of people organize their work & personal lives every day. groundupshow.com
018 - The Future

1:22:45 | Jul 19th, 2017

Jordan Lejuwaan is the Co-Founder & CTO of Futurism. We talk about building an audience, future technologies, universal basic income & psychedelic drugs. groundupshow.com
017 - A Comedian Abroad

1:00:27 | Jul 5th, 2017

Nathan Jaiyeola is a stand-up comedian living in Vietnam. Eight years ago I found myself at Temple University in Philadelphia taking a class called Comedy Workshop. The course fell under my Broadcast Telecommunications degree. Yes, the same bachelor’...Show More
016 - Become a Better Storyteller

1:54:35 | Jun 29th, 2017

Antonia Hylton is a correspondent for HBO's Vice News Tonight. We discuss the art of listening, how to improve as a storyteller and why it's important to stay informed. groundupshow.com
015 - Life On Set

1:28:34 | Jun 21st, 2017

Matthew Webb is the author of Set Life: A Guide to Getting a Job in Film (And Keeping It). In this episode of Ground Up he shares his journey of making videos with his friends (and lighting them on fire) to being an Assistant Director on blockbuster’...Show More
014 - Getting Out of Debt

25:37 | Jun 7th, 2017

I graduated college in 2010 with $95,000 in student loan debt and did the smartest thing I could think of at the time. I bought a brand new car. Back then I was living in my parent's basement in New Jersey while trying to make it as a filmmaker. At m...Show More
013 - Ask Me Anything #1

43:39 | May 21st, 2017

In this episode I answer your questions about Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. groundupshow.com
012 - Making Your Ideas Happen

1:09:06 | May 15th, 2017

Jerry Chu runs a small agency called The Stitch Effect that’s dedicated to social good. And he was one of my oldest client’s, when I was still struggling to start my business while living in my parent’s basement. We talk about why being proactive is ...Show More
011 - Understanding the Mind & Body

1:16:41 | May 4th, 2017

Nadia Munla is a health & sensuality coach based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s helping women to understand their bodies by eliminating all the noise and distraction. In our conversation we talk about her previous career as a filmmaker, building an online bu...Show More
010 - Working Your Way Up

1:19:13 | Apr 19th, 2017

Danielle Eden started out behind the camera as a dancer and actress, hoping to eventually transition into directing later in her career. But after a freak accident she found herself making the transition quicker than she could have imagined. We talk ...Show More
009 - The War Against Clickbait

1:14:58 | Apr 12th, 2017

Billy Disney is a filmmaker & content creator. He was an early influencer of video content at companies like The Verge and Mic.com. Now he’s an executive producer for one of the strangest and most innovative media companies on the web called The Outl...Show More
008 - Making Conscious Content

1:14:03 | Apr 5th, 2017

Elliott Ashby is a photographer, filmmaker and media personality, though he never intended to be behind the camera. When no one would give him a mic, he decided to create his own. groundupshow.com
007 - Cultivate Your Skills

1:01:44 | Mar 31st, 2017

RJ Woessner is an actor living in NYC and he's doing pretty damn well for himself. But that wasn't always the case. We talk about how he got started out, some of his early struggles, and how he made his own way in the cutthroat world of voice over ac...Show More
006 - Overcoming the Odds w/ Chris Newhard

1:18:12 | Mar 24th, 2017

Chris Newhard is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography. He's also one of my closest friends. I sat down with him to talk about his work, some of his early struggles and what it was like working on massive projects with acts like Sia.
005 - Leaving the Corporate World w/ Jacob Sokol

33:02 | Mar 10th, 2017

I sat down with Jacob Sokol of sensophy.com and host of the WTF Should I Do W/ My Life podcast. We talk about his story of leaving the corporate world to follow a more uncertain path of self-development and life coaching.
004 - The Minimalist Filmmaker

03:47 | Mar 4th, 2017

Since releasing our documentary Minimalism I’ve gotten this question a lot: How can you be a filmmaker & a minimalist? On the surface this question might seem like it’s based on a misunderstanding of what minimalism is, but truthfully I think it just...Show More
003 - How to Get New Clients

09:55 | Feb 24th, 2017

The question I get most often from freelancers and curious friends is, "How do you get new clients?" In this episode I break down how I've built my client base and offer tips for those looking to start something new. groundupshow.com
002 - Five Lesson's Directing my First Feature-Length Documentary

10:31 | Feb 24th, 2017

In episode two of Ground Up I talk about the five biggest lesson’s I learned directing my first feature length documentary Minimalism. Over three years ago Joshua Fields Millburn, of theminimalists.com, came to me with an idea to create a documentary...Show More
001 - Starting The Ground Up Show & My Biggest Mistake as a Filmmaker

08:30 | Feb 8th, 2017

My name's Matt D'Avella and I'm an award-winning filmmaker & host of The Ground Up Show. I've been a professional director & producer for my entire working career and released my first two feature-length documentary in 2016, Minimalism (on Netflix) &...Show More