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Produce Yourself

99 EpisodesProduced by Terence MichaelWebsite

What began as a humorous analysis of just behind the scenes TV and film production, has now grown into an observation of The Hero’s Journey taken by professionals working in all aspects of Hollywood. The focus is on obstacles, side-hustles, approach, process, optimization and seeking peak performanc… read more

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EP99 - Skills for Tomorrow with Jason Scoggins

August 28th, 2019


Resident recurring guest, Jason Scoggins (President & COO of Entertainment company Slated), continues the podcast trifecta for some more peak performance thoughts. The guys discuss work ethic, grit, soft skills, …

EP98 - Talent Stacking, Writers Block & Looking Stupid with Jason Scoggins

July 22nd, 2019


Recurring guest Jason Scoggins (President & COO of Entertainment company Slated) joins the podcast for some more peak performance thoughts. He also discusses looking stupid and trying to get past imperfect skills …

EP97 - Jason Scoggins - Power of Books, Curiosity, Listening

June 28th, 2019


Jason Scoggins is the President and COO of Slated. He's also the founder and creator of several Hollywood-meets-Silicon Valley type companies …

EP96 - Chris Collins - Top TV Editor & Real Estate Tycoon

May 23rd, 2019


Chris Collins is a punk rock drummer who happens to be one of Hollywood's top editors (America's Next Top Model, Duck Dynasty, Keeping Up With The …

EP95 - Josh Wade Reality Writer, Producer, Stand-Up

May 21st, 2019


Josh Wade shares how he went from Stand-up comic, to meeting Mike Meyer's mother-in-law, to becoming a secret weapon-writer of Reality TV shows. Yes, lots of writing in Reality. He's now a TV producer of all kinds and …

EP94 - Real Estate Special w Terence Michael

March 16th, 2019


Want to make money in real estate? When I’m not producing stories in Hollywood, you can find me deep-diving into the fascinating world of real …

EP93 - Just Write The F***ing Book (Part 3) Michael Addis

March 4th, 2019


Part 3 of 3 for filmmaker, Michael Addis' journey to writing his first book. 

This time we discuss a range of topics from the qualities of cover design, how to source them or make them yourself; the importance of book …

EP92 - Just Write The F***ing Book (Part 2) Michael Addis

February 6th, 2019


Part 2 of 3. The discussion with filmmaker, TV producer, and comedy guru Michael Addis continues on his journey to becoming an Author.

What program …

EP91 - Just Write The F***ing Book (Part 1) Michael Addis

February 4th, 2019


[Part 1 of 3] Michael Addis is writing his first book and seeking my armchair advice on where to begin. He’s already written, directed and produced movies; written, directed, and produced TV shows; written and performed …

EP90 - Brianna Bruderlin - TV Producer To Fashion Empire

January 18th, 2019


I love Brianna Bruderlin. She not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. She left a very lucrative and successful career as an executive producer …

EP89 - Dave Schulz Explores Bitcoin's Future

January 9th, 2019


Dave Schulz is a film/TV producer, entrepreneur, and most recently bitcoin advocate. In this special episode, we take a slight departure from …

EP88 - Matt Cook - Entrepreneur, Author, Movie Company Owner

January 2nd, 2019


Matt Cook is an intellectual entrepreneur, startup wizard, published author, and savvy thought leader who has always written his own story. He's …

EP87 - Special - Produce Yourself Book Excerpt

December 20th, 2018


On the roughly one-year anniversary of the book "Produce Yourself," this podcast episode broadcasts chapter one in its entirety as a sampler for anyone who has been curious but hasn't had a chance to check it out.

Hope …

EP86 - Jeremiah Smith - TV Producer, Podcaster, Investor, Real Estate Mogul

December 12th, 2018


Jeremiah Smith is the doppelgänger I didn't know I had. We've still never met in person (as of this broadcast), yet we share so many ideals and strategies from producing to investing, from real estate to podcasts.

If …

EP85 - Meg MacRae - Rock Tour Manager Turns Down The Noise

December 7th, 2018


Meg MacRae has been the "mom" to rock bands on tour. From Ozzie to Jon Bon Jovi, from Phish to Neil Young; Meg has been managing and coordinating all of the behind-the-scenes to keep these rock stars in line and out of …

EP84 - Jane Bloom - Perspective on Producing, Passion, and Purpose

November 12th, 2018


Jane Bloom is two-time Emmy winning producer who is always reinventing herself. Having just taken a lengthy two-year hiatus to travel and discover herself, Jane joins the podcast to discuss what's special about …

EP83 - Mafia to Witness Protection to Entrepreneur

September 9th, 2018


What can I say about Paul Cantarella? I love this guy. Actually, I have to say that to avoid wearing cement shoes at the bottom of the Hudson. I …

EP82 - Supergirl Legion M's Terri Lubaroff

September 5th, 2018


Terri Lubaroff is the COO and board member of the newest movie studio in Hollywood, Legion M. What separates Legion M from all of the others is that …

EP81 - Jason Scoggins on Jason Bateman's Ozark S1

August 27th, 2018



Frequent guest, Jason Scoggins, stops by to dissect season 1 of the Jason Bateman series, "Ozark." Together we break down The Hero's Journey and geek out over the show. This …

EP80 - Seth Nagel - From Buying Movies to Selling Them

August 20th, 2018


If you're a film or TV writer, you know who Seth Nagel is. And chances are if he doesn't represent you, you wish he did. Seth is a manager/producer shepherding and shaping writers ideas and scripts into viable projects …

EP79 - Chad Miller Digital Film Distribution

July 30th, 2018


If you're about to make, or have just made, any indie movie in the digital space, Chad Miller is the guy you want to know.

He is currently the …

EP78 - Steve Sobel - Hollywood's One-Man Show

July 9th, 2018


Steve Sobel broke into Hollywood by sharing his own story. He wanted to write and he wanted to act. So naturally, like everyone else in this town, he …

EP77 - Steven Lewis - Perfecting Your Hollywood Impression

June 12th, 2018


Steven Lewis is THE go-to guy for the big movie studio execs (um... we're talking the Chairman of Universal, Hulu, Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox, …

EP76 - Rick Sasson Process to "Yes" in TV

May 30th, 2018


Rick Sasson is a successful TV producer who has been running production and development at large companies for the last 4 years. He's been developing …

EP75 - Paul Haddad The Showrunner's Network Executive

May 23rd, 2018


Paul Haddad is an accomplished writer, novelist, TV showrunner, and currently AMC Network Executive. He's also who I refer to as an ambassador of Los …

EP74 - Yann Debonne - Build a Show Produce a House

May 7th, 2018


Yann Debonne’s TV career as a showrunner and company owner is one most other showrunners would kill for ( He has had overall deals …

EP73 - Sebastian Twardosz 10 Minutes To Prove You Can Direct

April 16th, 2018


Sebastian Twardosz is the guy you want to know for HELP in Hollywood. He's a partner in Circle Road Films, a professor at USC of Cinematic Arts, a …

EP72 - Erik Adams Hollywood Entrepreneur

April 8th, 2018


Erik Adams is a smart Hollywood entrepreneur who knows opportunity when he sees it. After getting laid off from one of the only two jobs he ever had …

EP71 - Ready Player One Analysis w Jason Scoggins

April 1st, 2018


Jason Scoggins (GM of StoryScout and President of Slated) joins the podcast to go deep into the Oasis with Terence Michael and analyze the Hero's Journey, why this film works (or doesn't), and what the actionable …

EP70 - Kristin Herold Entertainment Reporter

March 24th, 2018


Kristin Herold is currently the co-host of a radio show on 790 KABC "So What's Your Problem?" and a glamorous red carpet host. But before all of …

EP69 - Graham Bradstreet Film Finance Guru

March 9th, 2018


Graham Bradstreet needs no introduction in Hollywood, especially among the studios, agencies, and major production companies who all come to him for …

EP68 - Oscar Nom "The Big Sick" Analysis with Jason Scoggins

March 2nd, 2018


"The Big Sick" is an awesome indie movie, which sold for big bucks at Sundance. It works because it follows The Hero’s Journey and those important …

EP67 - Oscar Nom "Baby Driver" Analysis with Jason Scoggins

March 2nd, 2018


"Baby Driver" wasn't nominated for Best Picture, yet should have been according Terence Michael and his special guest Jason Scoggins. It's an …

EP66 - Dave Fleming News Producer to Miles Guy

March 1st, 2018


Dave Fleming was a hotshot Emmy-winning news producer in L.A. for many years. He grew up in Beverly Hills where he went to High School. A little …

EP65 - Michael Addis TV Film Comedy Hyphenate

February 20th, 2018


TV/Film writer/director/producer/showrunner Michael Addis is perhaps the most energetic guy Terence Michael has ever met. And because the two haven't caught up in so long, this podcast is unfortunately a chaotic and …

EP64 - Life As a Stand-Up On The Road with Ian Gelfand

December 14th, 2017


Ian continues where he left off, talking about life on the road and working with comics like Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, Ray Romano, Dave Attell, and …

EP63 - Steve Monroe Non-Stop Acting Requires Therapy

December 8th, 2017


Steve Monroe is the actor you've seen in your favorite big studio movies or TV shows. He's everywhere! With over 100 acting credits, he's managed to carve a brand for himself that keeps him working non-stop. Steve met …

EP62 - Kinga Philipps Adventures Hollywood

November 21st, 2017


Kinga Philipps is an award-winning journalist, explorer, host, surfer, actress who is traveling the world, producing content, writing about her adventures and trying to save the planet, all at once. She's pretty much a …

EP61 - Athlete To Acting To Stunts To TV To Docs

November 14th, 2017


Pro Wakeboarder Barrett Perlman had sights set on Hollywood. So utilizing her athletic skills she transitioned into stunts and acting in independent …

EP60 - Eric Schaeffer, Producer of His Own Life

November 5th, 2017



After driving a cab in NYC for 10 years, Eric gave himself permission to tackle Hollywood's notoriously high walls. Now he's "created" …

EP59 - Ian Gelfand Stand-Up Comic

October 27th, 2017


There's almost a decade from Ian Gelfand's past that he finally exposes.  It dovetails into how/why he's now the showrunner for BET's "50 Central" sketch comedy show.  But after being M.I.A. for several months, Ian …

EP58 - Jen Hutchins LA Producer to Austin

October 18th, 2017


TV Producer Jen Hutchins has gone from 100 episodes of Cris Angel's "Mindfreak" to Adam Carolla to Dr. Phil to other impossibly difficult shows to …

EP57 - Producer Geoff Nuanes Wears Makeup

October 9th, 2017


Superstar producer Geoff Nuanes reveals his journey in TV production.  After a stint as Associate producer of MTV’s big hit "Buckwild," he worked …

EP56 - Pam Suchman D-Girl to TV to Book

September 28th, 2017


Writer/Producer Pam Suchman stops by to share her journey through Hollywood.  From movie D-Girl at places like Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, and …

EP55 - Public Relations Star Tyler Barnett

September 6th, 2017


Public Relations and Marketing Strategist, Tyler Barnett stops by to give tips and tricks for marketing yourself, your products, your brand and platform.  From Social Media to press releases, Tyler gives you everything …

EP54 - Flawless Effect with Paige Billiot

August 27th, 2017


While Ian continues his vacation with 50 Cent, Terence interviews influencer Paige Billiot about her Flawless Effect Campaign.  She worked with Terence on Syfy's "Naked Vegas," hiding a big secret during the entire …

EP53 - Fred Villari Producer

May 6th, 2017


Producer Fred Villari (Amazing Race, Breaking Bonaduce, LA Ink) takes Ian and Terence on his career journey from working with Guns N Roses and …

EP52 - Jason Scoggins Slated President

April 24th, 2017


Film Finance Guru and ex-literary agent Jason Scoggins stops by to fill the guys in on, his new adventure combining tech and the film business.  Jason not only used to represent Ian Gelfand back in the day, …

EP51 - Karla Cavalli Host/Actress/Travel Nerd

April 14th, 2017


Karla Cavalli is an Emmy Nominated actress, host, writer and producer. Most recently she traveled the globe as the energetic host of Travel Channel's Emmy nominated hit show 'Planet Primetime'. Karla has also worked …

EP50 - Nichole Millikan Producer

March 24th, 2017


Special Guest Nichole Millikan stops by while in town working on a new MTV series.  She used to work for both Terence and Ian, and then left …

EP49 - From Reality to Film - Adam Sidman

March 9th, 2017


Special guest and film producer Adam Sidman visits with Terence and Ian at his hotel room in Marina Del Rey.   Adam used to work with the guys in TV and has now switched over to film.  In fact, it was Terence and Adam …

EP48 - Ian Diets Before Death

March 1st, 2017


Ian discovers he has an ulcer so he calls Terence to bring him bananas and berries.  The guys talk about diet, health and the struggle to eat right …

EP47 - Planting Seeds

February 22nd, 2017


There's lots of down time in between projects in the TV business because just about everyone is freelance.  What should staff and crew do in between …

EP46 - Moving Up The TV Ladder

January 19th, 2017


Terence and Ian podcast from Ian's hotel room in Marina Del Rey and attempt to give advice to a write-in-fan about getting ahead and moving up the ladder in TV.  But Ian's concerned with what he'll eat for dinner and …

EP45 - TV Budgets or Off Topic

December 23rd, 2016


In between going off topic several times, Ian and Terence manage to talk about TV show budgets and how much it actually costs to produce a show.  But from discussing the correct spelling of Terence's name, to buying …

EP44 - Network TV Creative Contribution

November 8th, 2016


There's too much programming on TV right now, which makes networks nervous, and makes them meddle more when they're all competing for same audience.

But what makes matters worse is when smaller networks don’t have …

EP43 - Ian Gets Schooled by His AP

November 2nd, 2016


Ian starts cussing and then wonders if he can get sued for that.  This dovetails into a very uneducated discussion about libel, slander, and talking …

EP42 - Ian Feels Beaten Up On Set

October 14th, 2016


What happens when cast is resistant, frustrated, and doesn't want to do take after take?  The guys discuss the challenges on a "process" or "build" type show when talent has to repeat the steps.  Also, how do you manage …

EP41 - TV Production Is Sometimes Painful

October 14th, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss doing a show with an airdate or not.  Ian prefers one because he feels he knows when the pain will end.  But Terence's show has 5 passes of notes vs the typical 3, which Ian finds even more …

EP40 - Square and Spicy TV content

September 26th, 2016


After Ian explains why he won't have internet access on the open seas of Alaska for the next two weeks, Terence compares his current production to that of a new restaurant, where the investors keep peeking in the …

EP39 - Scary On Set Stories With Bears and DUIs

September 13th, 2016


Ian tells an epic story about his fears of bears in Alaska, going through Bear training and how his New York Neurosis is getting in the way of the way of life in Alaska, especially when he has to sleep in his car …

EP38 - Pontoon Planes Alaska TV Shoot

September 7th, 2016


Ian describes his journey from set to home via a pontoon plane.  He is LOVING Alaska.  But is he there because of his own neurosis, or because he has …

EP37 - Showrunner Turnover

August 29th, 2016


Do showrunners save the day taking over an existing show or is it luck of the draw?  The concept of showrunners being replaced is foreign to Terence, and Ian explains that was a situation he had to walk into.  So when …

EP36 - Show Push Problems

August 22nd, 2016


Terence's show gets pushed, 3 times, causing him to lose potential crew and other logistics.  On the other hand, Ian is feeling confident and almost too good in Alaska, realizing he'll be spending way more time there …

EP35 - Bribing in Alaska

August 15th, 2016



In a remote town in Alaska where most people are on a waiting list for over a year to get internet service, Ian and his crew get it in less than a week.  Was someone bribed?  How do Ian's neighbors feel about his …

EP34 - Dodging Bears & Whales in Alaska

August 8th, 2016


Ian is now in Alaska prepping for his new show, telling us about all the whales, crabs, and wildlife.   Terence attempts to get every Bear-pun out while he can, without turning the show into a nature podcast.  Is his …

EP33 - Executive Producer Credits Aplenty

July 28th, 2016


In an especially unfunny episode, Terence and Ian get serious and talk about the abundance of credits and how no one really knows who does what due to them.

Executive Producers, showrunners, and production company …

EP32 - Poaching Staff and Crew

July 21st, 2016


After some brief gossip about Discovery/TLC and several shows going down, Terence and Ian discuss the rules and regulations of poaching staff and …

EP31 - Ian Worries Prior to Production

July 15th, 2016



A friend of Ian's is negative about his show and that starts to make Ian worry (big surprise).  Terence tells Ian to look in the mirror and tell himself he’s good enough, and dog gone it, people like him.  Ian worries …

EP30 - Vetting Crew On Facebook

July 10th, 2016


Ian reveals his unease and nervousness during preproduction.  He can't take the agony of waiting for production to start.  Meanwhile, Terence now has executive producer Meredith Prunkard on board, and hopes to have …

EP29 - Female Skewing Shows

July 2nd, 2016



After Ian recommends writers Mike Spear and Marcia Fields to Terence's new show; they discuss staffing both their shows with a female focus.  Terence creates his own censor sound when Ian starts comparing the size of …

EP28 - Alaska & Arizona Two Shows Begin

June 27th, 2016


Terence and Ian are each starting new shows, one in Alaska and one in Arizona, at exactly the same time and they're both in need of staffing and crewing up.   Terence is starting from scratch with an entire new team, …

EP27 - Ian Cries For Ducks

June 20th, 2016


Ian has finally, after 27 episodes officially left Duck Dynasty and is feeling depressed, having regrets and wondering if he made the right decision to leave and go to Alaska.  In other words... it's just another day in …

EP26 - Trading Beard for Bush

June 9th, 2016


Eight episodes ago Ian was pondering which show to do when he was done with Duck Dynasty.  The short cliff hanger is over finally over.  Of course, we have to endure Ian's eating in your ear and checking emails.  Also, …

EP25 - Ian Takes The Crew to The Movies

June 2nd, 2016


Ian decides to do something nice for the crew before finishing the season by taking them all to the movies.   Does this mean Ian is soon leaving the show?

Executive Producers, showrunners, and production company …

EP24 - Logos, Brands, Music

May 26th, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss their experiences with the never-ending battle with logos, brands, music, rights and clearance with products, signs, billboards, landmarks, etc., in film and television.  It's a nightmare.   But …

EP23 - Cast Adopts Mannerisms

May 19th, 2016


Terence updates us on his never-ending pilot, network notes and reshoots, while Ian reveals the cast of Duck Dynasty is now adopting his neurotic mannerisms in scene.  What has the world come to? 

Executive Producers, …

EP22 - Ian Catches Terence Cheating on Him

May 12th, 2016


Ian finally returns to the podcast after two weeks, only to discover live, on air, that he was replaced (podcast 20 and 21 had Special Guests).  Ian obsesses about being cheated on without his knowledge and won't let it …

EP21 - Dave Schulz Film & TV Producer

May 5th, 2016


Week #2 and Ian Gelfand is still in hiding, trying to decide which show to do next (listen to Podcast 19).  So filmproducer, TV producer, VP of …

EP20 - Shark Tank Ian Sambor Producer

April 28th, 2016


When Ian Gelfand goes M.I.A. and the podcast must go on, Terence turns to the only other Ian he knows, Ian Sambor, the Emmy-winning Producer of "Shark Tank" to fill in.  Can New-Ian fill Old-Ian's shoes?  Can New-Ian …

EP19 - Talent Managing Talent

April 21st, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss the appeal of being in the field vs post, especially when you've got a knack for handling talent.  They share stories and talk about integrated marketing -- when it's done wrong, and how it's …

EP18 - Two Shows Which One?

April 14th, 2016


Ian seeks Terence's advice in which show he should do next.  Should he go to The Hamptons on a Bravo show, or Alaska on a Discovery show?  Terence …

EP17 - No Clocking Out

April 7th, 2016


Ian is back home in NYC during a dark-week on set, but complains that he's really still working.  For once, Terence agrees with his neurosis... showrunning never sleeps.  The two of them also have side businesses, …

EP16 - Inappropriate Jokes

April 1st, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss on set antics like $20 dollar challenges and telling jokes.  But when are jokes inappropriate or taking it too far?  Terence …

EP15 - Rainout on Set

March 24th, 2016


Terence and Ian are in a fiesty mood with each other.  Why you should never leave your phone unattended on set.  And when the biggest rain out in …

EP14 - Losing a Producer and Pranking Sound

March 17th, 2016


Ian tells Terence stories about crashing a party on American Pickers and then bawling his eyes out over losing a producer.  Why are Sound Mixers so …

EP13 - Embarrassing the Talent

March 12th, 2016


Sometimes a talent's reluctance to do something on set needs to be demonstrated by the producers.  Bad idea?  Ian tell Terence that he wants to be acknowledged for his physical abilities, all while singing The Little …

EP12 - "Hello" in the Morning

March 11th, 2016


Terence and Ian ponder if everyone should say hello to you in the morning at work.  And are you a bitch if you don’t?  And speaking of bitches, does …

EP11 - Spending Stupidly

March 1st, 2016


After only a week, Ian's boredom turns him into a spendthrift.  With three TVs now in his apartment, he questions Terence about heading out to Shreveport to gamble.

Executive Producers, showrunners, and production …

EP10 - Are We Talking About You?

March 1st, 2016


Terence and Ian cover their tracks while talking about several people they've worked with who have personality flaws and social awkwardness.  Is it you?  And are people being nice to you because they like you, or …

EP9 - Cast/Crew, family of attitude

March 1st, 2016


In their first 40-minute podcast (twice as unfunny as their normal 20-minute ones), Terence and Ian discuss the differences between crew attitude and cast attitude, and how it's no different than your family's attitude. …

EP8 - Nothing to Eat in Louisiana

March 1st, 2016


Ian's now been in Monroe on "Duck Dynasty" for an entire two days of production, hasn't unpacked, and can't find anything to eat.  Fortunately the dog saves this pathetic excuse of a podcast episode.   

Executive …

EP7 - Fans Find Your Set

February 20th, 2016


Fans love to show up on set.  Terence and Ian discuss the fans who show up on shows like Duck Dynasty, Love and Hip Hop, Auction Hunters, and American Pickers, dealing with them and trying to make your show at the same …

EP6 - Working With Friends

February 15th, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss the pitfalls and benefits of hiring and working with your friends on set and during production.  Does cronyism work?  And …

EP5 - Moved in to Monroe

February 15th, 2016


Ian discusses his worries and neurosis over living in Louisiana, now that he's landed.  He finds dust and cracks, eventually spending $250 at Walmart …

EP4 - Pilots vs Series

February 14th, 2016


Terence and Ian discuss the creativity and budget differences in pilots and series... which mostly reveal the difference between Ian and Terence

Executive Producers, showrunners, and production company owners -- Terence …

EP3 - Spoiled Producers

February 13th, 2016


Everyone thinks Hollywood producers are spoiled for getting to eat food on set whenever they're hungry.  Terence and Ian have differing thoughts on …

EP2 - Wanting Your Show to Love You

February 12th, 2016


Ian questions if he'll ever work again, all while getting multiple show offers.  He simply wants to be loved, and called back, even if he doesn't …

EP1 - Lodging in Louisiana

February 11th, 2016


Considering the move to Louisiana to direct and showrun Duck Dynasty, Ian has questions for Terence, who currently executive produces the show.  But rather than contemplate cast, crew, or creative, Ian seems concerned …

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