The Ground Up Show

The Ground Up Show

By Matt D'Avella

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, the lesson’s they've learned & how to make an impact.


111 - Fitness Advice to Live By

Jordan Syatt is a world record powerlifter & strength coach.
27/06/191h 2m

110 - Overcoming Anxiety

Caroline Zook & I talk about our experiences with anxiety. Caroline is the co-founder of Wandering Aimfully. Support the show here:
20/06/1938m 55s

109 - Overthinking Everything

Jack Conte is the CEO of Patreon.
14/06/1941m 20s

108 - A Minimalist Approach to Business

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: Get the full full interview here:
06/06/1917m 45s

107 - The Morning Routine

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: Get additional videos every month & support this podcast:

106 - Master Personal Finance

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 from me on minimalism, habits & productivity: Get additional videos every month & support this podcast:
16/05/1936m 38s

105 - Does meditation really work?

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: Get additional videos every month & support this podcast:
09/05/1957m 55s

104 - Quitting Social Media

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: Get additional videos every month & support this podcast:
02/05/191h 8m

103 - The Loneliness Epidemic

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. To get the full 40 minute interview, as well as other extended interviews & my exclusive AMA podcast sign up at
25/04/1920m 56s

102 - Becoming an Essentialist

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 the alternative. You can get the full 1 hour interview at
18/04/1929m 10s

101 - GaryVee on Minimalism, Hustle & Finding Meaning

Gary Vaynerchuk a 5x New York Times bestselling author, angel investor, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia. Watch this interview at Learn about my process & how I make films in exclusive videos at I release new videos every month including an AMA podcast answering your questions.
15/03/1932m 7s

100 - Getting Started

We made it to episode 100! I take questions & comments from listeners to celebrate. Enjoy.
28/02/191h 19m

099 - When to Quit & When to Stick

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 or check out her YouTube channel at the link above. You can find her work at Support this podcast a & get access to exclusive videos.
20/02/191h 14m

098 - The Business of Coffee

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 their company. Find Chris here: and Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: Episode Highlights: 01:15 - “Adding Value” 04:31 - Chris and his coffee company 10:12 - Starting simple and not trying to over-optimize 12:25 - Being a 3 time finalist in the US Barista Championship 20:41 - Making skate films and video views 25:02 - It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the people 33:28 - Authenticity and caring for your employees 52:30 - Hustle vs. life balance 59:10 - Advice for people looking to start a business
13/02/191h 13m

097 - Setting Life Priorities

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 getting out of debt, balancing minimalism with ambition, and setting priorities in life. Find Jason here: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: Episode Highlights: 05:59 - Jason’s background 09:15 - Taking the long term view 14:49 - What does YouTube feel like now compared to when you started? 21:47 - Minimalism vs. ambition 27:57 - Fitting work around life 35:43 - Getting out of debt 41:04 - How to you create successful content 59:32 - Overcoming the guilt of letting some part of your business go 55:01 - Scaling up
06/02/191h 4m

096 - What do you have to lose?

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: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: Episode Highlights: 01:00 - Becoming Mickey 15:52 - Disney changed the game 27:22 - Being a VO Actor and having fans 29:57 - Filling Mickey’s shoes 31:55 - What it’s like to record the voice 38:19 - Grateful to have the opportunity 42:02 - Working as a freelancer 45:22 - Working hard but maintaining balance 45:22 - Enjoying the ride 55:31 - Advice to creative starting out 1:00:13 - Overcoming doubt
30/01/191h 4m

095 - Reframing Failure

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: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: Episode Highlights: 00:56 - Introduction: Ad agency and starting to make money online 04:47 - Starting to listen to her creative side and redefining success 11:55 - Getting swept up in the rat race 18:01 - Balancing pleasing your audience and your creative desire 21:43 - The mindset required to follow your own path 25:10 - Developing confidence through action 33:17 - If you are making 1k a month you can make 10k a month 39:10 - The importance of authenticity 45:43 - The book 53:19 - Minimalism
23/01/191h 1m

094 - Success Doesn’t Equal Happiness

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, and the truth about success and happiness. Find Alex here: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos only on Patreon: Episode Highlights: 00:58 - Success and happiness are linked09:39 - Defining success and advice for people on the journey14:11 - Practical Steps for success18:42 - Advice to land your dream interview27:39 - Using the Inner Man Strategy31:13 - The danger of too much persistence36:42 - Preparing for a big interview42:45 - Advice for people starting out: the idea of the third door46:25 - Hustling the right way54:37 - Overcoming fear to achieve the life you want59:29 - Quick Questions
16/01/191h 8m

093 - Men's Mental Health

Dan Doty: Evryman:   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
09/01/191h 7m

092 - Slow Fashion

Dani Nagel: Dazey:   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
02/01/191h 3m

091 - Productivity

Thomas Frank:   Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
26/12/181h 5m

It's time to slow down.

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: Thanks for listening!
12/12/186m 44s

090 - Keeping Fitness Simple

FitMenCook: Get Kevin's new book: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
05/12/181h 3m

089 - The Impostor Syndrome

Josh & Tommy's Podcast: Josh & Tommy's Company: Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
28/11/181h 5m

088 - Things Worth Sacrificing

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
21/11/181h 9m

087 - The Fearless Creative

Find Puno here: and on Instagram:  @punodostres Support this podcast & get exclusive videos at
14/11/181h 12m

086 - The Pressure to Keep Up

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 business:
07/11/181h 8m

085 - The Power of Making Decisions

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:
31/10/181h 25m

084 - Facing Resistance

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 podcast & get exclusive videos at
24/10/181h 3m

083 - Tiny Changes with Big Results

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 business:
17/10/181h 23m

082 - The Art of Detachment

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 business. Only on Patreon.
10/10/181h 13m

081 - Prepare for the Worst

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
03/10/181h 18m

080 - The Minimal Van Life

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.
26/09/181h 17m

079 - Death to the Status Quo

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, & how experimenting will lead to your creative & personal breakthroughs. Contribute & get exclusive content at
19/09/181h 18m

078 - Become Indispensable

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. Contribute & get exclusive content at
12/09/181h 3m

077 - Get Past Roadblocks

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
05/09/181h 1m

076 - Letting Go of Stuff

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 what things might be worth holding onto. This podcast is made possible by Patreon subscribers. Get my exclusive AMA podcast & vlog at
29/08/181h 6m

075 - It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

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
27/08/181h 8m

074 - How Much is Enough?

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. Contribute & get exclusive content at
22/08/181h 59m

073 - Dreams Don't Come True, Decisions Do

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 worst day of your week. 3. And the value in sharing your big goals & dreams with the world. Thanks for listening!
15/08/181h 21m

072 - Taking Minimalism Too Far

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 your life.
08/08/181h 23m

071 - Opening up to Possibility

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 knowing when to celebrate & treat yourself and when to put that extra cash into 401k.
01/08/181h 2m

070 - Living with a Sense of Urgency

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 asking yourself. And we talk about our mutual admiration & ambition to get Dwayne The Rock Johnson on our respective podcasts. New episodes every Wednesday. Submit to the Get The Rock on Matt's Podcast Jingle Competition (TM) today at Can't wait to hear from you!! The Get The Rock on Matt's Podcast Jingle Competition jingle was written & produced by Elliot Vaughan.
25/07/181h 5m

069 - The Power of Constraints

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 having too much gear can distract you. Why you should ask for forgiveness instead of permission. Submit to the tentatively titled Get The Rock on Matt’s Podcast Jingle Competition. Email your 5 second jingle to New podcast every Wednesday. Get more stuff at
18/07/181h 14m

068 - Investing in Yourself

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 his job to build a six figure filmmaking business. How to keep creating when no one is watching. If you’ve been enjoying the podcast leave a review on iTunes or share your favorite episode with a friend. Hear about my new course...
11/07/181h 36m

067 - Declutter Your Way to Clarity

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 productive. If you’ve been enjoying the podcast leave a review on iTunes or share your favorite episode with a friend. Get notified about my new course:
04/07/181h 8m

066 - A Guide to Getting Unstuck

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. Pareto’s 80/20 principle & why focusing on the tiny hacks and tweaks will stop you from starting. The Nuclear Mode. A very creative strategy he uses to restrict the time spent on his phone. Subscribe to my newsletter and find out about my new course here...
27/06/181h 28m

065 - Thinking on Your Feet

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 vs working with producers & production companies. How he got started as a comedian & improved his craft. One of his earliest & most memorable experiences bombing on stage. How to face rejection & doubt. Go to for more. Thanks for listening!
20/06/181h 19m

064 - Turn Down the Noise

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 creator. New podcast every Wednesday! YouTube: Podcast: Instagram: Twitter: Thanks for listening!
13/06/181h 10m

063 - The Myth of Success

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: Podcast: Instagram: Twitter: Thanks for listening!
06/06/181h 23m

062 - The Process

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: Podcast: Instagram: Twitter: Thanks for listening!
30/05/182h 6m

061 - Simple Advice

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: Podcast: Instagram: Twitter: Thanks for listening!
28/05/181h 2m

060 - Searching for Meaning

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 Wednesday! Subscribe: Podcast: Instagram: Twitter: Thanks for listening!
23/05/181h 22m

059 - Take Action

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 ties to the slums & ghettos around the world. We talk about breaking free from The Matrix and defining your own path, he gives some of the most practical & actionable advice I’ve heard from aspiring storytellers, and we discuss the importance of learning the business side of your creative path. Find Adam here:   New episodes every Wednesday.
16/05/181h 20m

058 - Storytelling

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 story. Every creative can get something out of this, but if you’re a filmmaker you need to stick around for the entire episode. There are at least a dozen gems that will improve your storytelling abilities from... Why it’s important to have subjects that speak from authority, trimming out the fat, never repeating yourself, organizing your projects & keeping an audience guessing but not confused. More from Joe: New podcast every Wednesday.
09/05/181h 19m

057 - The Grind

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 it as a freelance photographer. We answer some big questions like: When should you work for free? When should you lower rate? How do you find clients when there’s no one knocking at your door? More from Dan: More from the podcast:
02/05/181h 34m

056 - Side Hustle

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 Sierra: More from the podcast:
25/04/181h 23m

055 - Minimize Distractions

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 it takes to leave your corporate job to pursue an untraditional path. Anthony talks about what he would do differently as well as the things that worked. And how to control our content when we live in a world where we host it on other platforms. What can you do to regain control? Find out more about Anthony at xx Get more from this podcast: groundupshow.comBehind-the-scenes content: content: Thanks for listening!
18/04/181h 29m

054 - Going Viral

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 & build community. Hope’s danced with a few viral campaigns that we’ll get to in this podcast. These days she’s a branding strategist & content creator that works with dozens of brands to help make their shit look dope online. More from Hope: More from the podcast:
11/04/181h 21m

053 - Freelance

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 struggle for freelancers: How do you get clients? How do you build a relationship/communicate with clients? What do you charge? More from Ryan: More from the podcast:
04/04/181h 10m

052 - Step Into Fear

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. It's about doing the work you've been putting off for years. As Quddus explains on the podcast, "When fear is present the teacher is in the room." How might facing fear help you grow this week? More from Quddus: More from the podcast:
28/03/181h 14m

051 - Staying True

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 nice person. New episodes every Wednesday!
21/03/181h 18m

050 - Ask Me Anything #3

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 try to get to you on the next one. New podcast every Wednesday!
14/03/181h 1m

049 - Create

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 a video and she got 40k subscribers in a day. New episodes every Wednesday!
07/03/181h 28m

048 - Creative Control

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 confidence, enjoying the process of creating & when to say yes to projects. This podcast is advertisement free. Support the show by leaving a review on iTunes, telling a friend about it, or burning your girlfriend a mixtape. Thanks for listening.
28/02/181h 30m

047 - Simple Choices

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 challenges her readers to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months. "Doubt, fear and every negative emotion is a part of creativity." Today we take the conversation one step further and talk about the ways which simplicity can have profound impacts on your life from the inside out. We also discuss the business side of things, turning your blog into a business & the myth of job security.
21/02/181h 9m

046 - Taking Down Goliath

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 about the intricacies of creating content for Instagram, how he uses direct messages to get new clients & catching trends. Watch this episode: Exclusive content: Thanks for listening! If you've got a minute I'd really appreciate a rating on iTunes.
14/02/181h 22m

045 - Reject Perfection

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 labor over every detail, each pixel, until it’s perfect. The problem? Perfect doesn’t exist. Caroline makes a wonderful case for rejecting perfectionism. We also reminisce about the first time we cursed, tell awkward stories about nude spa’s & how to break through the noise in 2018. Watch this episode: Exclusive content: Thanks for listening! If you've got a minute I'd really appreciate a rating on iTunes.
07/02/181h 38m

044 - Stories Worth Telling

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 in the details, Andrew found stories that he couldn’t not tell. That drive pushed him to tell the stories behind the sudden death of his father & the unexpected cost consumerism has on the world. Watch this episode: Exclusive content: Thanks for listening! If you've got a minute I'd really appreciate a rating on iTunes.
31/01/181h 49m

043 - Reprogram Your Mind

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 for Fidgety Skeptics he works with meditation teacher Jeff Warren to break down the common myths about the practice & how to integrate it into your life (not having enough time is usually a bad excuse). I talk with Dan about his path to becoming an anchor, the moments that pushed his career forward & how to find happiness (or at least 10% more of it). Watch this episode: Exclusive content: Thanks for listening! If you've got a minute I'd really appreciate a rating on iTunes.
24/01/181h 8m

042 - Rewrite the Rules

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 bars & coping with depression. Picking up a camera was his way out. This is the story of how one man rewrote his future, got off the streets & found his calling. Watch this episode: Exclusive content: Thanks for listening! If you've got a minute I'd really appreciate a rating on iTunes.
17/01/181h 22m

041 - The Art of Not Thinking

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 filmmaking & got his first big breaks, the power of positive thinking & how to transform your life from within. He also details his spiritual practice and how he develops his best work when he gets out of his head & stops thinking.
10/01/181h 14m

040 - Grit And Gratitude

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 “The Rock” Johnson. We talk about Brian’s past & his humble upbringing, how starting out with nothing gave him an outlook on life that carry’s through to this day. He also uncovers how one becomes a celebrity photographer and the ten year struggle he had to break into the industry.
03/01/181h 31m

039 - Get Moving

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 arts and was a quick study. Learning how to move & adapt his body was the key to his success early on. But as his career took off in his teenage years it presented unexpected challenges. Luke challenges us to think deeper about the role social media plays in our lives. How might your life change if you stop trying to get more likes, retweets & followers? You might be able to reclaim your identity & find your voice.
27/12/171h 7m

038 - Live Simply

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-truths that pass through culture like a virus. Becca helps us figure out how to navigate these claims & breaks down the essential ingredients for a healthy life. We also dive deep into her business, discussing the foundation of her messaging & how she communicates with her audience to filter only the clients she wants to work with.
20/12/171h 34m

037 - Unplug

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 decision to unplug & start over. We discuss the process of taking ownership of your content & creating music for yourself, the difference between making an album in your closet vs the big industry studios (and where his best tracks have come from). We also talk simplicity, making change on the local level, social media, & how to get started.
13/12/171h 32m

036 - Laugh it Off

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 was elected as the president of the Harvard Lampoon, a historic magazine with a 140 year history. We talk about PC culture, dick jokes, having a fallback plan & the art of bullshitting.
06/12/171h 42m

035 - Make An Impact

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 it’s living on one dollar a day for 2 months in Guatemala or spending 30 days with Syrian Refugees. These guys are the real deal. In our conversation we talk about the mindset you need to have heading into big projects, can you be happy while living in poverty, and where the line between your creative field & entrepreneurship blur.
29/11/171h 40m

034 - Ask Me Anything #2

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 continues to give back and shows what’s possible with the right attitude. His name? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But there’s a problem:  The Rock is an international super-star & probably the busiest person on the planet. Me? I’m just a guy with a podcast that no one listens to. How the hell am I going to achieve this oddly specific dream? That’s where you come in. I’ve created a website with a huge tweet button that auto-generates new messages for The Rock. I believe with the right energy, the right message, we can inspire The Rock to come on my podcast. And if we can do that… we I think we can inspire the world. #gettherockonmattspodcast Oh yeah and in this episode I answer questions from the audience.
22/11/171h 11m

033 - The Important Things

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 entrepreneurs? What are the inner workings of their business? We also reminisces about our documentary and why being uncomfortable is one of the only ways to grow.
15/11/171h 38m

032 - Risking Everything

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 things around? He risked it all. I sat down with Rich to talk about the challenges he faced, how he grew his podcast to over 25 million downloads & his search to find meaning.
08/11/171h 14m

031 - Creating Opportunity

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.
01/11/171h 15m

030 - Building Your Tribe

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.
25/10/171h 7m

029 - The Way of the Indie Filmmaker

Alex Ferrari is a filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. As the founder of he helps creatives figure out how to make it & thrive behind the camera. We discuss mindfulness, creating at a high level, building an audience & why the Hollywood studios are scare shitless of indie filmmakers.
18/10/171h 45m

028 - Escaping The Rat Race

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 of our first paid gigs, and she gives me a ton of practical insights into creating a profitable course for my company.
11/10/171h 23m

027 - Digital Clutter & Stoicism

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 mindfulness practice.
04/10/171h 9m

026 - Getting Good

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.
27/09/171h 18m

025 - Get Your Dream Job & Fall in Love

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.
20/09/171h 10m

024 - Living Under a Bridge

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.
13/09/171h 16m

023 - Killing it on YouTube

Joe Nation is a director, DP & editor based in Los Angeles. He’s the creator & star of the 2015 film: Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin.
06/09/171h 14m

022 - The Brightside

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 change, and she walks me through her breathwork practice.
30/08/171h 27m

021 - The Last Episode in Brooklyn

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.
23/08/1753m 34s

020 - Becoming a Comedian

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 future dreams of opening a bagel shop.
16/08/171h 13m

019 - The Bullet Journal

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.
28/07/171h 19m

018 - The Future

Jordan Lejuwaan is the Co-Founder & CTO of Futurism. We talk about building an audience, future technologies, universal basic income & psychedelic drugs.
19/07/171h 22m

017 - A Comedian Abroad

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’s degree that cost me six-figures over four years. That's where Nate and I met. We became good friends and soon hatched plans for tv pilots & sketch comedy videos. He was the subject of my first ever documentary. He took an unconventional path when he decided to leave Philly and make the 9,000 mile journey to Cambodia and later Vietnam. He started out teaching students English, while pursing stand-up comedy to a completely different audience. In this episode I catch up with Nate about our past and what he’s been up to since then.

016 - Become a Better Storyteller

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.
29/06/171h 54m

015 - Life On Set

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’s like Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Max & The Great Gatsby. His story is inspiring for anyone looking to break into a new field.
21/06/171h 28m

014 - Getting Out of Debt

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 my lowest point I had $13 in the bank. Then I plugged my finances into a net-worth calculator online and realized I actually had negative money. I was worse than "worthless". In this podcast episode I talk about my story with money and how it's evolved over the years.
07/06/1725m 37s

013 - Ask Me Anything #1

In this episode I answer your questions about Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.
21/05/1743m 39s

012 - Making Your Ideas Happen

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 the most important skill you can develop today, starting a client-based business and much more.
15/05/171h 9m

011 - Understanding the Mind & Body

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 business & dealing with critics.
04/05/171h 16m

010 - Working Your Way Up

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 about the challenges creating her first documentary, dealing with rejection and what drives her.
19/04/171h 19m

009 - The War Against Clickbait

Billy Disney is a filmmaker & content creator. He was an early influencer of video content at companies like The Verge and Now he’s an executive producer for one of the strangest and most innovative media companies on the web called The Outline. We talk about how he built relationships and leveraged his skills to create opportunities where none existed.
12/04/171h 14m

008 - Making Conscious Content

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.
05/04/171h 14m

007 - Cultivate Your Skills

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 acting.
31/03/171h 1m

006 - Overcoming the Odds

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.
24/03/171h 18m

005 - Leaving the Corporate World

I sat down with Jacob Sokol of 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.
10/03/1733m 2s

004 - The Minimalist Filmmaker

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 comes from filmmakers who are paralyzed with choices. Companies and peer’s sell them on the gear that they absolutely need to have. Just like the average consumer they’ve become inundated with options. The underlying assumption: You need more stuff. In this video I talk about my relationship with the "stuff" of the filmmaking world. What are the important questions you should be asking yourself before you go out and purchase the latest gadget or gear?
04/03/173m 47s

003 - How to Get New Clients

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.
24/02/179m 55s

002 - Five Lesson's Directing my First Documentary

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, came to me with an idea to create a documentary. I’d been making videos all my life but I’d never attempted a project so massive. Over the next couple years I worked with a group of insanely talented individuals to bring it to life. It stretched the realms of what I thought was possible & pushed me to my limits. You can watch Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things on Netflix.
24/02/1710m 31s

001 - My Biggest Mistake as a Filmmaker

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) & Design Disruptors. This is a podcast about how to create something from nothing. When I first got started out as a filmmaker I had no idea what I was doing. I made a lot of mistakes the hard way. In this first episode I talk about the biggest, dumbest, most embarrassing mistake I ever made as a filmmaker. Because even when shit hits the fan, there's a lesson to be learned.
08/02/178m 30s
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