Behind The Brilliance



Behind the Brilliance is a weekly podcast featuring funny and smart conversations on creativity, life, and work.


  • 022: Dealing with Setbacks

    022: Dealing with Setbacks

    18/09/2014 Duración: 27min

    In this episode, Lisa follows up episode 21 with Benoni Tagoe with a discussion on setbacks. She shares her thoughts and experiences with setbacks and how she's overcome them. She also offers book recommendations (surprise, surprise) and shares her thoughts on failure and why ambitious people have to make peace with it.  

  • 021: Benoni Tagoe

    021: Benoni Tagoe

    11/09/2014 Duración: 01h12min

    Creative entrepreneur Benoni Tagoe stops by to pull back the curtain on his success as the creator of The Bizz Plan, the head of business development for Issa Rae Productions and a music industry thought leader. We chat about his work in music, digital entertainment, and business as well as depression, Fifty Shades of Grey, and why there's no future in frontin.  

  • 020: Shane Snow

    020: Shane Snow

    04/09/2014 Duración: 01h03min

    In this episode, entrepreneur, journalist, and author Shane Snow stops by to discuss his body of work, how his company was born, and what he learned while writing Smartcuts. The book analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time. Shane and I cover why hard copy books are better than e-readers, what we want to add to our bucket lists, and the virtues of being an independent thinker. It was awesome.

  • Time Management Hacks for Super Busy People

    Time Management Hacks for Super Busy People

    28/08/2014 Duración: 36min

    In this episode, Lisa shares her best advice on time management and passes on great insight from high profile achievers on how to get more done in less time. She also recommends strategies for feeling less stressed while setting and pursuing big goals.

  • Overcoming Creative Inertia

    Overcoming Creative Inertia

    21/08/2014 Duración: 26min

    In this episode, Lisa shares her advice on dealing with writer's block and creative dilemmas. Based on her experience and that of successful creatives and entrepreneurs she knows, she offers five ways to deal with feelings creatively stuck.

  • 017: Wadooah Wali

    017: Wadooah Wali

    14/08/2014 Duración: 01h03min

    Award winning filmmaker and digital media maven Wadooah Wali stops by to talk about her film, Gaze of the Beholder, and give Lisa the scoop on what it took to get the film made. She also talks about her career in PR with companies like Demand Media and Full Screen and also shares her thoughts on the realities of modern storytelling.

  • 016: Victory Boards

    016: Victory Boards

    08/08/2014 Duración: 24min

    Lisa shares her reflections on the Cindy Gallop episode and the #LisaLikes pick, Psychocybernetics. She also shares why victory boards are just as important as vision boards and shares a random story from high school. She also gets all Iyanla towards the end with an inspiring rant about keeping yourself motivated.

  • 15 - Cindy Gallop

    15 - Cindy Gallop

    31/07/2014 Duración: 01h14min

    Creative entrepreneur Cindy Gallop stops by to share her thoughts on porn, startups, and the importance of taking consistent positive action. We cover her startups - Make Love Not Porn and If We Ran The World along with her philosophy on being a woman over 50 and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

  • 014: Risk vs Regret

    014: Risk vs Regret

    25/07/2014 Duración: 35min

    Lisa shares her unique perspective on risk vs regret and offers a framework for making risky decisions. She touches on the consequence of not making strategic decisions, the reason other people's opinions don't matter, and the most important reason to take risks.

  • 013: Rebecca Bender

    013: Rebecca Bender

    26/06/2014 Duración: 01h18min

    Sex trafficking survivor Rebecca Bender tells the story of how she went from girl next door to sex worker in a matter of months. Between pimps, drugs, and alcohol, Rebecca manages to escape, reinvent herself, and enjoy a new life as a wife and mother. Building on her remarkable resilience, she's now traveling as a speaker and author who is raising awareness about sex trafficking and reshaping what it means to be a modern Christian.

  • 012: Laura Wise

    012: Laura Wise

    19/06/2014 Duración: 01h14min

    The talented and adventurous Laura Wise is this week's guest who shares her story of spending 18 months in the Phillippines as a missionary. We cover cutlure, the international effects of American media, and the current paradox of black women in entertainment.  

  • 11: Pete Chatmon

    11: Pete Chatmon

    12/06/2014 Duración: 01h13min

    Filmmaker + entrepreneur Pete Chatmon is the director/producer of multiple films starring top talent including Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana, and Dorian Missick. After succesfully producing and directing his first feature film, he went on to create a multimedia company where he works on a wide range of creative projects. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on his journey into making movies, his thoughts on the new digital landscape, and the most important traits creative people need to be successful.

  • 010: Heidi Durrow

    010: Heidi Durrow

    05/06/2014 Duración: 01h15min

    New York Times bestselling author Heidi Durrow shares her story of growing up Danish and African American and sorting out her identity. We also talk about how she landed on the New York Times list after 48 rejections from publishers. Her inspiring story of persistence and commitment to craft offers insight on the resilience necessary to thrive as a creative.

  • 009: Lisas Birthday episode

    009: Lisa's Birthday episode

    29/05/2014 Duración: 21min

    In this abbreviated episode, I share my reflections on the past year of my life and my hard-earned wisdom on taking risks, achievements, and the awkwardness of making friends as an adult.

  • 008: Bunmi Laditan

    008: Bunmi Laditan

    22/05/2014 Duración: 01h05min

    Author, humorist, and amazing woman Bunmi Laditan graces Lisa's virtual couch to talk about her journey as a writer and entrepreneur. She shares hard won insight on perserverance, reinventing yourself, and surviving parenthood.

  • 007: Kiel Berry

    007: Kiel Berry

    15/05/2014 Duración: 01h18min

    Kiel Berry, EVP of Machine Shop, the creative studio of Linkin Park, stops by to share his story as a dynamic thinker using his business acumen on creative endeavors. We explore his journey to building a career he loves, his book Stunt, and his first exposure to ratchet Southern hip hop.

  • 006: Pamela Slim

    006: Pamela Slim

    08/05/2014 Duración: 01h15min

    Bestselling author, speaker, and coach Pam Slim stops by to share her story of going from nonprofit consultant to successful thought leader. We cover a range of topics including parenthood, authenticity, and figuring out your purpose in life.

  • 005: Michael Starrbury

    005: Michael Starrbury

    01/05/2014 Duración: 01h10min

    Writer Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete) stops by to chat about his life as a writer and his philosophy on a range of issues including class, race, and the creative process.   This is one of my top 5 favorite interviews of all time after talking to more than 150 people throughout my career. Michael is candid, funny, and smart, and the conversation is insightful for anyone hoping to do great work - especially writers.  

  • 004: Stacey Ferreira

    004: Stacey Ferreira

    24/04/2014 Duración: 57min

    Stacey Ferreira stopped by to share her story as a game changer and young entrepreneur. She tells the story of how she raised $1 million from Richard Branson and his business partner and then sold the company. She also shares her thoughts on dating as a female entrepreneur.

  • Episode 003: Rosetta Thurman

    Episode 003: Rosetta Thurman

    08/04/2014 Duración: 01h05min

    Life and business coach Rosetta Thurman graced Lisa's virutal couch to talk about her journey through the non-profit world to entrepreneurship. She discusses the birth of her blog, Happy Black Woman, and offers insight on various topics including location independence (she lives in Hawaii!), love (no cookie cutter relationships here), and personal development.  

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