3 Things: Elizabeth Craft, John Early, and Christopher Schroeder / by Chris Duffy

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 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Elizabeth Craft is a television producer and screenwriter. She's had a long and successful career, so you might think she'd feel fully secure in her job. But that's not how it works. In this fantastic thirty minute interview, she talks about the fear of being fired, what it's really like to work in television, and how insecurity and uncertainty can fuel the creative process. She says so many things perfectly that I've struggled to verbalize for myself. It's obviously relevant for anyone in entertainment, but also for anyone who worries about job security. (So... everyone.) Writer Elizabeth Craft on Fear h/t Mollie

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

I haven't recommended John Early before now. That's astonishing. I went back to the archives three times and checked. I'm not sure how that could have happened because he is one of the most deeply, hilariously funny people on the planet. I'm glad to now fix that obvious oversight. Here's John Early doing his iconic Britney Spears impression for Conan. 

And here's John Early giving pitch-perfect life advice to Esquire readers.
 Ask a Comedian: John Early

1 Interesting Thing:

The news coverage of politics and international relations has been pretty universally negative for the past couple weeks, so it's easy to forget that there are promising trends too. Christopher Schroeder, a Silicon Valley investor, visited Tehran last year and wrote about the emerging entrepreneurs he met there. It's a different face of Iran that we don't often get to see. Schroeder met a ton of inspiring young people, like Nazanin Daneshvar, a woman who's built a huge Groupon-like business in Iran. She's got more than two million users and 10,000 businesses as customers. The Iran I Saw

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