Brandon Stanton is an American author, photographer and blogger. He is the author of Humans of New York, he is also one of Time's "30 Under 30 People Changing The World".
My book Creative Calling is out! Thanks for all your love, support, and help getting it out into the world. We kicked off celebrations in Seattle with over 700 people in attendance to talk about Creativity with my good buddy, Humans of New York creator, Brandon Stanton. I recorded the session for you. Hope you enjoy!   Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts -- Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times best selling authors and the best entrepreneurs of our times. 
Brandon Stanton (@humansofny) is the photographer behind Humans of New York. He attended the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before moving to New York to pursue photography. Followed by over 25 million people on social media, Humans of New York features daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City. It has been turned into two #1 New York Times bestselling books: Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories. In recent years, Brandon has expanded the blog to include stories from over thirty different countries, and was invited in 2015 to interview Barack Obama in the oval office. In 2017, Humans of New York was turned into a television series that is now available on Facebook Watch.Enjoy!This podcast is brought to you by WordPress, my go-to platform for 24/7-supported, zero downtime blogging, writing online, creating websites — everything! I love it to bits, and the lead developer, Matt Mullenweg, has appeared on this podcast many times.Whether for personal use or business, you're in good company with WordPress, which is used by The New Yorker, Jay Z, Beyoncé, FiveThirtyEight, TechCrunch, TED, CNN, and Time, just to name a few. A source at Google told me that WordPress offers "the best out-of-the-box SEO imaginable," which is probably why it runs nearly 30% of the Internet. Go to to get 15% off your website today!This podcast is also brought to you by Four Sigmatic. While I often praise this company's lion's mane mushroom coffee for a minimal caffeine wakeup call that lasts, I asked the founders if they could help me—someone who's struggled with insomnia for decades—sleep. Their answer: Reishi Mushroom Elixir. They made a special batch for me and my listeners that comes without sweetener; you can try it at bedtime with a little honey or nut milk, or you can just add hot water to your single-serving packet and embrace its bitterness like I do.Try it right now by going to and using the code Ferriss to get 20 percent off this rare, limited run of Reishi Mushroom Elixir. If you are in the experimental mindset, I do not think you'll be disappointed.***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at transcripts of episodes, go to in sponsoring the podcast? Please fill out the form at Tim’s books: Tim:Twitter: Instagram: YouTube:
Arianna has a captivating conversation with Brandon Stanton, the creator of photo-blog phenomenon, “Humans of New York,” which has spawned three bestselling books and a Facebook TV series. The journalist, photographer, storyteller, author and social media sensation takes Arianna behind the scenes of the creation and explosive growth of “Humans of New York” and what he has learned along the way about rejection, connecting with people, defining happy endings and measuring success through social validation. Arianna and Brandon also touch on a wide range of important topics from time management and self-presentation to technology and faith. The Thrive Global Podcast is brought to you by Sleep Number (  Learn more about your ad-choices at
(Photographer, Storyteller) Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter.  Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses: Creating HONY through good stories The effects of interviewing 10,000 people Working to find the individual story of each person through presence The Key to life is… Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord? Working beyond definition Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project Approaching strangers and cutting through Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us Changing with friends Sincere connection with each other  Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom Living in the work is the reward Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life The worlds dumbest question LINKS Follow Brandon's journey: Humans of New York siteBe sure to sign up on the mailing list on my site! Visit my friends at MindPodNetwork and help fund MindPod Network
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Mar 1st, 1984
New York, NY, USA
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5 hours, 30 minutes
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