Donald Glover: The Creative Life, Self-Honesty, Magic, And The Hazards Of Specialisation

Today’s episode is all about Childish Gambino. Don’t know who he is? How about mcDJ? No? How about Troy Barnes from the sitcom, Community? Of course, it is the one and only Donald Glover.Donald is an actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, DJ, writer, director and producer.

Over the last few years Glover’s career has skyrocketed. Last year he was named in the top 20 of Business Insider’s ‘A-List’, an annual list of the most powerful stars in Hollywood. For his music, he was nominated for two Grammy’s in 2015; this year, however (2017, for those living in the future), he more than doubled that, with five grammy nominations.

For his career on the screen, his tally is equally impressive—with Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing, in a comedy series; and Golden Globe awards for Best TV Series, and Best Actor.He has starred in a few well-known films: Magic Mike, The Martian, and this year’s new Spiderman movie; and will be the voice of Simba in Disney’s remake on the Lion King, set to be released in 2019.

At 34 years old, Glover’s career is yet to reach it’s peak—there’s plenty more to come from him both in Music and on the screen.


What is the Success Series Podcast?

This show is all about the secrets, recipes and philosophies of some of the world’s most famous people—be them composers, actors, actresses, entrepreneurs, authors, painters, investors, philosophers, journalists, scientists, you name it. Each episode features one person,, and typically 7-10 separate pieces of advice.

These podcasts are not interviews done by us, however; what we do instead is comb the internet platforms for any recordings and audio clips that already exist, study them, and then separate the wheat from the chaff. These podcasts are the wheat—or as we like to call them, nutritious audio snacks.

The golden number is 7: this is the number of lessons we try to fit into each podcast. But inevitably we struggle to keep within that number; sometimes there is just too much to cram into 7 that we have no choice but to include 10 or more. Besides, are not rules made to be broken? And seen as we created the rule in the first place, well…


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