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The Ground Up Show

112 EpisodesProduced by Matt D'AvellaWebsite

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 imp… read more

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111 - Fitness Advice to Live By

June 27th, 2019


Jordan Syatt is a world record powerlifter & strength coach.

110 - Overcoming Anxiety

June 20th, 2019


Caroline Zook & I talk about our experiences with anxiety. Caroline is the co-founder of Wandering Aimfully.

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108 - A Minimalist Approach to Business

June 6th, 2019


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 …

107 - The Morning Routine

May 23rd, 2019


Josh Janssen from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss waking up early, morning routines & why we care how others start their day.

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106 - Master Personal Finance

May 16th, 2019


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 …

105 - Does meditation really work?

May 9th, 2019


Tommy Jackett from The Daily Talk Show joins me to discuss our experience meditating for the past month. Did we reach enlightenment? Find out!

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104 - Quitting Social Media

May 2nd, 2019


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.


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103 - The Loneliness Epidemic

April 25th, 2019


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. …

102 - Becoming an Essentialist

April 18th, 2019


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 …

101 - GaryVee on Minimalism, Hustle & Finding Meaning

March 15th, 2019


Gary Vaynerchuk a 5x New York Times bestselling author, angel investor, chairman of VaynerX & CEO of VaynerMedia.

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100 - Getting Started

February 28th, 2019


We made it to episode 100! I take questions & comments from listeners to celebrate. Enjoy.

099 - When to Quit & When to Stick

February 20th, 2019


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.

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098 - The Business of Coffee

February 13th, 2019


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 …

097 - Setting Life Priorities

February 6th, 2019


Jason Zook is a an entrepreneur who runs an online community called Wandering Aimfully for creative entrepreneurs who are also interested in earning …

096 - What do you have to lose?

January 30th, 2019


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 …

095 - Reframing Failure

January 23rd, 2019


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, …

094 - Success Doesn’t Equal Happiness

January 16th, 2019


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 …

093 - Men's Mental Health

January 9th, 2019


Dan Doty: Evryman:


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092 - Slow Fashion

January 2nd, 2019


Dani Nagel: Dazey:


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091 - Productivity

December 26th, 2018


Thomas Frank:


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It's time to slow down.

December 12th, 2018


I'm taking next week off. See you all in a few.

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090 - Keeping Fitness Simple

December 5th, 2018


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089 - The Impostor Syndrome

November 28th, 2018


Josh & Tommy's Podcast: Josh & Tommy's Company:

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088 - Things Worth Sacrificing

November 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.

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087 - The Fearless Creative

November 14th, 2018


Find Puno here: and on Instagram:  @punodostres

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086 - The Pressure to Keep Up

November 7th, 2018


Justin "Henny" Henderson a 4x grammy nominated, award-winning, multi-platinum record producer. He’s worked with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z & …

085 - The Power of Making Decisions

October 31st, 2018


Cole Walliser is a Los Angeles based commercial director that’s worked with Miley Cyrus, Pink & Katy Perry.

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084 - Facing Resistance

October 24th, 2018


Sarah Moshman is a documentary filmmaker that focuses on telling stories about powerful women. Her Netflix documentary Losing Sight of Shore follows …

083 - Tiny Changes with Big Results

October 17th, 2018


James Clear is the author of the book Atomic Habits. His work combines a range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology & …

082 - The Art of Detachment

October 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.

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081 - Prepare for the Worst

October 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.

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080 - The Minimal Van Life

September 26th, 2018


Aubry & Christian live in a van. The two, known as Minimal Millennials online, create videos on YouTube about their van life journey.


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079 - Death to the Status Quo

September 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 …

078 - Become Indispensable

September 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, …

077 - Get Past Roadblocks

September 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.

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076 - Letting Go of Stuff

August 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 …

075 - It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

August 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.

074 - How Much is Enough?

August 22nd, 2018


Jason Zook is an entrepreneur & author. Along with his wife he co-founded Wandering Aimfully, an online community for creative entrepreneurs who …

073 - Dreams Don't Come True, Decisions Do

August 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 …

072 - Taking Minimalism Too Far

August 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 …

071 - Opening up to Possibility

August 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 …

070 - Living with a Sense of Urgency

July 25th, 2018


Lewis Howes is a professional football player turned entrepreneur, podcaster & author. On this episode of The Ground Up Show we discuss...

  1. Why …

069 - The Power of Constraints

July 18th, 2018


Daniel & Rachel from Mango Street create YouTube videos & tutorials without the bullshit for over 670k subscribers. On this episode we …

068 - Investing in Yourself

July 11th, 2018


Caleb Wojcik is a Filmmaker & YouTuber that shows his audience how to make better videos.

  1. Transparency (especially when creating & making …

067 - Declutter Your Way to Clarity

July 4th, 2018


Aileen Xu (also known as Lavendaire) is a YouTuber, Lifestyle Blogger & Artist. This week we discuss...

  1. Minimalism & how it might apply to …

066 - A Guide to Getting Unstuck

June 27th, 2018


Nate Green is a fitness expert & author that advocates a simple approach to well-being.

On this episode we cover...

  1. Breakdown what it takes to …

065 - Thinking on Your Feet

June 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.

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064 - Turn Down the Noise

June 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 …

063 - The Myth of Success

June 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.

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062 - The Process

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 …

061 - Simple Advice

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 …

060 - Searching for Meaning

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 …

059 - Take Action

May 16th, 2018


Adam Sjoberg is a documentary & commercial filmmaker that’s traveled to over 60 countries working on both independent & full scale …

058 - Storytelling

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 …

057 - The Grind

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 & …

056 - Side Hustle

April 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 …

055 - Minimize Distractions

April 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 …

054 - Going Viral

April 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. …

053 - Freelance

April 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 …

052 - Step Into Fear

March 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.

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051 - Staying True

March 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 …

050 - Ask Me Anything #3

March 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 …

049 - Create

March 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 …

048 - Creative Control

February 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 …

047 - Simple Choices

February 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 …

046 - Taking Down Goliath

February 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 …

045 - Reject Perfection

February 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 …

044 - Stories Worth Telling

January 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 …

043 - Reprogram Your Mind

January 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 …

042 - Rewrite the Rules

January 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 …

041 - The Art of Not Thinking

January 10th, 2018


Jordan Taylor Wright is a filmmaker, photographer & founder of the production company Taylor Cut Films. He creates beautiful & moving …

040 - Grit And Gratitude

January 3rd, 2018


Brian Bowen Smith is a legendary photographer known for his celebrity portraits. He’s shot key art for movies, television & magazines & his …

039 - Get Moving

December 27th, 2017


Luke Broadlick is a dancer & choreographer that’s toured with Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato & Justin Bieber. …

038 - Live Simply

December 20th, 2017


Becca Shern is a registered dietitian & founder of Minimal Wellness. She teaches people how to live healthy & fulfilled lives by adopting a …

037 - Unplug

December 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 …

036 - Laugh it Off

December 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. …

035 - Make An Impact

November 29th, 2017


Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci are the filmmakers behind the Netflix documentaries Living On One Dollar & Salam Neighbor. They’ve made their …

034 - Ask Me Anything #2

November 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 …

033 - The Important Things

November 15th, 2017


The Minimalists help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and most recently the documentary …

032 - Risking Everything

November 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 …

031 - Creating Opportunity

November 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 & …

030 - Building Your Tribe

October 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 …

029 - The Way of the Indie Filmmaker

October 18th, 2017


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 …

028 - Escaping The Rat Race

October 11th, 2017


Melyssa Griffin is an entrepreneur that teaches business owners & bloggers how to grow their audience and skyrocket their income. We discuss the …

027 - Digital Clutter & Stoicism

October 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 …

026 - Getting Good

September 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.

025 - Get Your Dream Job & Fall in Love

September 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 …

024 - Living Under a Bridge

September 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 …

023 - Killing it on YouTube

September 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.

022 - The Brightside

August 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 …

021 - The Last Episode in Brooklyn

August 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, …

020 - Becoming a Comedian

August 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. …

019 - The Bullet Journal

July 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 …

018 - The Future

July 19th, 2017


Jordan Lejuwaan is the Co-Founder & CTO of Futurism. We talk about building an audience, future technologies, universal basic income & …

017 - A Comedian Abroad

July 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 …

016 - Become a Better Storyteller

June 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.

015 - Life On Set

June 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 …

014 - Getting Out of Debt

June 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 …

013 - Ask Me Anything #1

May 21st, 2017


In this episode I answer your questions about Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.

012 - Making Your Ideas Happen

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 …

011 - Understanding the Mind & Body

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 …

010 - Working Your Way Up

April 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 …

009 - The War Against Clickbait

April 12th, 2017


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 …

008 - Making Conscious Content

April 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, …

007 - Cultivate Your Skills

March 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 …

006 - Overcoming the Odds

March 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 …

005 - Leaving the Corporate World

March 10th, 2017


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 …

004 - The Minimalist Filmmaker

March 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 …

003 - How to Get New Clients

February 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.

002 - Five Lesson's Directing my First Documentary

February 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, came to me with …

001 - My Biggest Mistake as a Filmmaker

February 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 …

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