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You know Bryan from sell-out stand up shows, hilarious roles in movies like "The Hangover" and TV shows like "MAD TV", "How I Met Your Mother", and "The Goldbergs", and from his successful podcasts (The Fighter and the Kid, Mixed Mental Arts, The Bryan Callen Show). Our long time friend and favorite funny guy, Bryan Callen, is a unique combination of comedian, actor, podcaster, philosopher, and history fanatic. Born overseas and living in six countries outside the U.S. before age 14 gave Bryan a world lens few experience. A master observer of the world and himself, asking difficult questions is the foundation of everything Bryan does from stand-up and acting to podcasting and being a family man. His pattern of repeatedly questioning everything and choosing to get uncomfortable has developed his sense of responsibility to his opportunities and his process for growth as an artist and human being. Bryan believes self-growth begins by being brutally honest with yourself. By honestly asking of yourself, "What would I want if I knew I couldn't fail? What would I really ask for if I knew I would 100% get it?"
This conversation is chock-full of gems and takeaways on how to question, pivot, commit to your personal vision, practice less attachment, be more generous, and start with honesty and curiosity. Listening to Bryan make a point is like taking a journey through philosophy, poetry, history, real talk, self-deprecation, and gut-wrenching laughter. Bryan's vast knowledge and willingness to learn will make you want to simultaneously pick up ancient texts, learn a language, LAUGH, scare yourself, and share your original talents with the world for the greater good.
BRYAN'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"I have always looked at everything, whether it's my relationships, marriage, friendships, or my career as a verb. It ebbs and flows like a river."
"I believe that everything, when you want to be good at it, is an act of faith."
"Accomplishments are important, but they are not the whole kit and caboodle."
"My only goal has always been to do something original. I'm obsessed with original expression."
"Art is something that is relentless."
"I don't think you do art for yourself…If I don't create beauty for beauty's sake, I think that's a sin."
"There's always a great deal of failure in everything you do. What matters is effort. What matters is the reach."
"Learning what NOT to think about is way more important than what to think about. Learn how to talk to yourself in a constructive and empowering way."
BRYAN'S PROJECTS AND CHARITABLE WORK
Doctors Without Borders provides humanitarian and medical aid where it's needed around the world.
Plan International supports children in need worldwide in the areas of education, policy, advocacy, and representation.
Operation Smile helps repair cleft lip and cleft palate in children around the world.
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Closing song "Bring Them Home (Radio Edit)" (Brink of Midnight)