#29 – B. Jeffrey Madoff – Creative Careers

B. Jeffrey Madoff is the author of the book “Creative Careers” and the founder and CEO of award-winning video production company Madoff Productions. He is also a director, photographer, writer, and professor in New York City. 

Mr. Madoff tells us all about his new book “Creative Careers” in this episode.

The book features insider advice from Daymond John, Karlie Kloss, Tim Ferriss, Randi Zuckerberg, Dave Asprey, Dennis Crowley, Brandon Maxwell, Mauro Porcini, Joy-Ann Reid, Roy Wood Jr., and dozens more.

In one of the most popular classes at Parsons School of Design, B. Jeffrey Madoff gave students a reality check: “Most of us have had the feeling of ‘I could’ve done that,’ whether at an art gallery, watching a performance, or finding a new product or even a new business idea. What’s the difference between you and them? They actually did it. You didn’t.”

With Creative Careers, you will learn how to do it, too: use your creativity; have a sustainable, profitable career; and do what you love.
Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience to supercharge your career.

Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you:

  • Determine your value
  • Be smart about your hustle
  • Ruthlessly edit down your creative projects
  • Overcome fear and doubt
  • Create a successful, long-lasting career on your own terms

You may aspire to join the fashion world, to work in visual arts, or to spearhead a start-up. You may be an executive who leads a creative team, or a professional looking to make a career change. Madoff takes you down an accessible path that will lead to success in any field or endeavor.


00:09:00 – Music talk
00:17:05 – The beginning of a creative career
00:26:08 – The importance of business skills
00:48:50 – How to know if you have a good idea
01:07:07 – Takeaways from experts & closing thoughts

The show

The book: Creative Careers


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Recording details

Recorded on June 30 2020; in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and New York City, NY, USA.