Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor, filmmaker, singer, entrepreneur, founder of the online production company hitRECord, and has hosted his own TV series HitRecord, he also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.
One of best ways to enter and appreciate the original, prolific brain of Joseph Gordon-Levitt is through the lens of hitRECord, the open, collaborative production company he founded in 2005, and one of the most creative and inspiring uses of the Internet ever. Its nearly 100,000 members submit projects – films, stories, songs, drawings, you name it – for other members to edit, build on and evolve. Gordon-Levitt credits directing short films on hitRECord with teaching him what he needed to know to make Don Jon, his first feature film as a writer, director and star. It was a darkly comic but ultimately hopeful tale about what happens when we become too connected to our devices, consuming people as things and communicating at versus with each other. His effort was rewarded with critical acclaim rare for actors who have the audacity to become auteurs; more importantly, audiences dug it. A lot of artists might find hitting it out of the park on their first time at bat daunting, but it just made him want to do more, and on a more collaborative level. That’s because Gordon-Levitt has never been fond of one-way streets – not for communication, not for critiques, not for creating, and especially not for careers. He could’ve ambled down his own pretty easy and lucrative path after early childhood success in commercials, films and most famously, NBC’s hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. Instead, he went to Columbia University, largely out of a desire to reclaim the feeling of “not knowing what I was going to be” – an open question for many college freshmen, but few actors who’ve worked steadily from the age of four. When he found himself roaming the streets of New York with a video camera, he knew a return to acting was inevitable, but he knew it would have to be in unexpected roles – not to make an artistic statement, but to prove to the business (and himself) that he didn’t have to be just one thing. When such roles weren’t immediately forthcoming, his restless creativity found an outlet in hitRECord. The roles he was seeking eventually surfaced in films like 500 Days of Summer, Brick, Inception and Mysterious Skin; and hitRECord projects began to take on momentum. Good times for someone who “gets off on the stuff I never anticipated would happen.” He believes we should welcome versus dread the unexpected, that change is the most natural state, that good becomes great when we all participate and, as poignantly demonstrated by his late brother Dan, that “people can be whatever the hell they want to be.” All of which posits that the best artists are collaborators, and the best collaborators tend to have a stubborn optimistic streak. Maybe it’s that enthusiasm (and a certain degree of DIY showmanship) that invests his performance as funambulist Philippe Petit in Robert Zemekis’ The Walk with such verve and authenticity. That, and his superior make-believe skills – a blank green screen is no match for a fertile imagination. In this issue, we talk to him about that film, the role of technology in modern life, what he’s learned from being on both sides of the camera, and his hopes for future of hitRECord. For those still unclear on that concept, tune in to our broadcast episode for Gordon-Levitt’s demonstration – and the musical results. Thanks, well,…everyone.
Andrew and Zach discuss the TikTok ban and the Senate's inability to reach a deal on the stimulus. Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins to talk about time banking, data rights, and how the attraction to fame is hardwired into our brains. Watch this conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vCGSYKBQtKQJoseph Gordon-Levitt - https://twitter.com/hitRECordJoe | http://hitrecord.comAndrew Yang - https://twitter.com/AndrewYang | https://movehumanityforward.comZach Graumann - https://twitter.com/Zach_Graumann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“I love being entrepreneurial because it’s really just about getting to play MacGyver, but for business.” -Tony Hsieh Welcome to a very special episode of CREATIVE PROCESSING! This episode was recorded live in collaboration with Talkhouse Podcast at the Life Is Beautiful Music and Arts Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. For this episode, Joe sat down with the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, where they took a deep dive into discussing the parallels of artistic and entrepreneurial creativity, and how technology will shape the future of collaboration.   As we start to develop the future of CREATIVE PROCESSING, we would love to hear your thoughts on Season 1! What were your favorite moments? What should we change? What should we keep? Let us know! Send us your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #creativeprocessing, or via email at creativeprocessing@hitrecord.org. Subscribe for updates on future episodes of CREATIVE PROCESSING. Thank you for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“You have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. You have to allow yourself to fail. Once you get over the fear of failure, then you will start to find where your happiness lies, and if ‘good enough’ is sufficient or not.” - Jessica Alba This is the last episode of the season! I've really enjoyed the podcast medium, and I appreciate the audience that this show has gathered, so thank you for listening. The guest this week is Jessica Alba. She’s an incredibly successful actress and entrepreneur. She co-founded The Honest Company, which has not only been extremely successful and lucrative, but also something that’s positive. She’s acted in a number of movies including Honey, Into the Blue, Good Luck Chuck, Fantastic Four, and Sin City (where we first got to know each other). She’s incredibly talented, smart, and just such a cool person. She continues to push herself beyond her limits, which I think is what makes her the perfect guest to answer this week’s question from Rochelle Connery from Anchorage, Alaska.  Rochelle asked, “Any hints on how to push myself to achieve more than just ‘good enough?’” Jessica is clearly someone who continues to push boundaries. We had a great conversation about finding equilibrium and balance amongst pressure and stress, getting over the fear of failure, how to battle insecurity, using boundaries to expand your creativity, and how Jessica has used stereotypes and low expectations to drive herself and empower others.   Even though this is the last episode, you can ask a question or continue the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #creativeprocessing. And, if you’re feeling inspired, check out HITRECORD.org/creativeprocessing, where we’re making art about some of the topics we discussed in these episodes. Subscribe for updates on future episodes of CREATIVE PROCESSING. Thanks for listening! ABOUT THE GUEST: Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company, is a globally recognized business leader, entrepreneur, advocate, actress and New York Times bestselling author. The Honest Company® is a mission-driven company dedicated to empowering people to live happy, healthy lives by providing thoughtfully formulated, safe and effective baby, personal care and beauty products. In 2013 Jessica authored the New York Times bestselling book, The Honest Life, a practical guide for parents to create a safe and healthy life for their families. Jessica has appeared on the cover of Forbes’ “Self-Made Women” issue and was among the top twenty of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of CNBC’s Next List of Rebels, Leaders and Innovators, and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.   SELECTED LINKS: Connect with Jessica: -Instagram: @jessicaalba -Twitter: @jessicalba -Facebook: @JessicaAlba Movies Mentioned: -Honey (2003) -Into the Blue (2005) -Good Luck Chuck (2007) -Fantastic Four (2005) -Sin City (2005) -Jaws (1975) -Gumby (1995) TV Shows Mentioned: -3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC, 1996-2001) -Fleabag (BBC, 2016-2019) -Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975- ) People Mentioned: -Rian Johnson (Filmmaker) -Cash Warren (Producer) -Tom Hanks (Actor)  -John Lithgow (Actor) -Kristen Johnston (Actress) -French Stewart (Actor) -Jane Curtin (Actress) -James Cameron (Filmmaker)  -Steven Spielberg (Filmmaker)  -Lorne Michaels (Producer)  -Jennifer Lopez (Actress/Singer) Philosophies/Theories Mentioned: -80/20 Rule -Wabi Sabi  -Myers-Briggs Test (TAKE IT HERE) -Nature v. Nurture (Also mentioned in Ep. 5 Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear and Ep. 6 Liv Boeree) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jan 17th, 1981
Episode Count
33
Podcast Count
19
Total Airtime
1 day, 3 hours
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 749859