Art of Failure

Art of Failure
Artists, entrepreneurs and actors on failing, learning and succeeding

Museum of Failure: Dr. Samuel West
Jun 25 • 20 min
Get a peek into the viral sensation, the Museum of Failure. The museum is a collection of over 100 failed products and services from around the world, items like Colgate Lasagna. What can we learn from these products? The museum’s founder Dr. Samuel West…
Kwame Onwachi: Grit & Grace to “Overnight” Success
May 28 • 24 min
When Kwame Onwuachi was 26 he had already experienced more career highs and lows than chefs twice his age. He competed on the TV series, “Top Chef,” and opened his own restaurant—The Shaw Bijou when he was 25. The restaurant was one of the most…
Brian Scudamore: 1-800-GOT-JUNK
May 14 • 27 min
When Brian Scudamore was 19 years old he was in a McDonalds parking lot trying to figure out how to pay for college. He saw a dirty pick-up truck advertising a junk removal service. Realizing that he could pay for college by hauling junk, Brian invested…
Mini Failures: The Ritz-Carlton
May 7 • 4 min
Why you should always check the fine print before checking out…
Carlos Dengler: From Rock Star to True Self
Apr 30 • 22 min
We spoke to Carlos Dengler, an actor, writer, musician and a former member of the band Interpol, that has produced several critically acclaimed albums. Carlos left the band in 2010. He is an actor, writer and musician. He is working on a forthcoming…
Mini Failure: Little Blue Pills
Apr 23 • 7 min
Steve was at a casting call when a friend and agent begged him to audition for another commercial. She said it was a national campaign, he’d make a ton of money…it was an ad for Viagra.
The Anti-Resume: Redefining Success
Apr 16 • 23 min
At Penn, people are so successful in high school and aren’t used to experiencing failure or bouncing back from,” said Olivia O’Dwyer in a recent article about the Anti-Resume Project. The project’s goal is to normalize failure and promote the idea that…
Nancy Giles: From Shy Kid to Finding Her Voice
Apr 2 • 28 min
Nancy Giles is an actress, and a commentator, she was on CBS News Sunday Morning for more than a decade and acted in a number of well-known movies and TV shows, most notably: the TV series, China Beach; and the movies Big and Working Girl. But before she…
Mini Failures: My First Acting Job
Mar 19 • 8 min
Steve’s first acting gig entailed a musket (an ancient rifle), a crowded hall, and the (then) Governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kane. What could go wrong?
Arabian Prince: Life After N.W.A
Mar 12 • 29 min
Arabian Prince, was a founding member in N.W.A., one of the earliest and most significant gangster rap groups. he original members were: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Arabian Prince. But he left the group after their debut-studio album, Straight Out of…
Mini Failures: A Follicle Failure
Mar 5 • 11 min
Steve Friedman always had enviable hair until, one day, he didn’t. Are you losing your hair? Have you already lost it? Here, Steve talks about the journey of losing his hair including some tips for those who have just started losing their hair.
Adam Liptak: Journalism, Law and Poker
Feb 26 • 22 min
Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. Here, Adam discusses his circuitous path towards journalism, how journalism has changed in the age of trump and the supreme court.
Mini Failures: My First Heartbreak
Feb 19 • 10 min
Have you ever been dumped? Our host, Steve Friedman has been dumped. In this new series he opens up about his own failures. The series is called Mini Failures. Episode #1 is about Steve’s attempt to get his girlfriend back after she dumped him. Episodes…
Kevin Allison: The State, RISK!, and Terrible Jobs
Feb 12 • 31 min
Kevin Allison has one of the most successful live storytelling series and podcasts out there, RISK!, which encourages participants to tell raw, unfiltered stories. But before RISK!, Kevin garnered more than a decade of bad luck and bad jobs. He became…
Michael Finkel: Not all those who wander are lost
Jan 29 • 28 min
Our interview with Michael is about his latest book but also covers Michael’s own career, a career that He described as being shaped like an hour glass: success; failure and then recovery. Michael also discussed his latest book, The Stranger in The Woods:…
Rudy Garcia-Tolson: No Legs & No Limits
Jan 16 • 31 min
At five years old, Rudy Garcia-Tolson’s parents gave him a choice: he could have a double amputation at the knee and walk with prosthetics or not and be wheelchair-bound. For Rudy, this was a slam dunk decision. Now at age 30, he is a five-time Paralympic…
Beri Smither: American Model
Dec 31, 2018 • 27 min
What is it like to be a supermodel? Beri Smither started working when she was 17, was sent to Paris and was an instant hit. She worked with photographers Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Arthur Elgort, Michael Thompson, Steven Klein, Peter Lindberg and many many…
Bonin Bough: Out of the boardroom, into the wild
Dec 10, 2018 • 34 min
Bonin Bough is the youngest C-suite executive to have worked in a Fortune 50 company, and he didn’t get that far without making a few mistakes. “Failure happens, but how do you maintain the drive and the willingness? I’m relentless. It doesn’t matter how…
Christina Sass: Accomplished with imposter syndrome
Nov 26, 2018 • 31 min
How do you learn to work past doubt? We spoke to Christna Sass, the co-founder and president of Andela. Prior to co-founding Andela, she directed the Program department of the Clinton Global Initiative and advised the President and CEO of The…
Strauss Zelnick: Meditation & Grand Theft Auto
Nov 12, 2018 • 32 min
Strauss Zelnick is the man behind many blockbusters, everything from Grand Theft Auto to Dirty Dancing. Find out what Zelnick was like before he was a media mogul. It turns out that he wanted to be a musician, then a creative writer. Find out how he beat…
William Wegman: Aging, Art and Baseball
Oct 21, 2018 • 47 min
What does William Wegman know about failure? Listen and find out.