The Truth Barrel with Gabrielle Reece and Neil Strauss

Life isn't easy. And most people have secrets they don't discuss: affairs, fears, challenges, double lives, and inner struggles. In The Truth Barrel (a 220 degree barrel sauna), New York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss (The Game) and pro athlete Gabby Reece (NBC's Strong) sweat the truth out of some of the most famous, knowledgeable, and interesting people in the world, from Grammy-winning musicians to gold-medal Olympians. The goal: To learn from these experiences and solve the biggest challenges of life that most people are too afraid to discuss.


The Art of Writing & Selling Screenplays with Max Landis, part 2

Director and screenwriter Max Landis returns to The Truth Barrel for...Director and screenwriter Max Landis returns to The Truth Barrel for part 2 of his energetic and informative interview on writing scripts and getting movies made. This time, Max discusses the brutal process of pitch meetings, why pitching a script is infinitely more challenging than a first date, and advice that will help you during your next dreaded work "meeting." Max also shares a detail about an upcoming film that he's never revealed publicly before...

In this episode you will learn...

- How Max would have pitched Star Wars.
- The best advice on pitching films that Max has never given before.
- What to look for when picking your creative partners.
- When compromise is victory.
- How to handle bad feedback from superiors.
- The importance of organic communication and "the note behind the note."
- Why you should talk about your scripts as if they are movies you have seen.
- How to curate a great reading experience.
- How to recognize your own false self-diagnoses.
- How to avoid over-selling something.
- And Neil and Gabby discuss what they have learned together about their respective interviewing processes as co-hosts in their first fifty episodes of The Truth Barrel.
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01:10:00 9/26/2017

Past Episodes

Max Landis is one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. From his first big film Chronicle to his upcoming Bright, with Will Smith to his classic Youtube video Wrestling Isn't Wrestling, Landis is also one of Hollywood's most prolific screenwriters. In this episode, he shares an equally large pile of advice, introspection and reflection about the tension between the struggle to create art and the demands to compromise it to make a living. This is a must-listen episode for any writer out there, as well as anyone who has ever doubted their own talents. And they discuss the question, "If you know yourself, does your art change?"

In this episode, you will learn:

- How to divorce yourself from your art when selling it.
- The mindset to have when facing unexpected and unwelcome changes.
- The four types of screenwriters.
- How to avoid the seductiveness of cynicism.
- Max's secret screenwriting techniques, and what he always does on the first page of every screenplay
- The one thing to avoid when re-branding yourself.
- What the open loop is and why it's paramount to great storytelling
- Why humans love surprises and how to train their emotions.
01:16:00 9/19/2017
For 12 years, Frank Warren has been mailed over 1 million secrets on post cards from people on every continent. His website, has led him to become the most trusted listener of secrets in the world. Frank joins Neil and Gabby in The Truth Barrel to share the lessons he has learned about the secrets that people keep, what they reveal about us, and whether or not it's true that we're as sick as our secrets.

In this episode, you'll learn...

- How Frank saved the life of someone on the verge of suicide
- What is a secret, when should you reveal it, and how it will help you and others
- How to overcome the shame of revealing a personal secret or confession
- Why the safest places might be the least comfortable places to share your secrets.
- The best way for parents to learn their childrens private lives and whether they should
-The qualities you need to receive someone else's secrets
- How Neil gets his interview subjects to open up so much.
- And the most common secret Frank has read out of 1 million secrets (you'll never guess)
01:59:00 9/12/2017
Emily Morse ("Loveline", "Sex with Emily") has been improving people's sex lives on the radio for over 12 years. Today, she strips down with Neil and Gabby in The Truth Barrel to find out what steps you can take to improve.

SPOILER: Step one is to listen. And if you listen right, you'll learn:
- Solutions to the most common problems men and women face, including mismatched libido
- What a "sex script" is and how to use it
- How to improve your nonverbal communication before during and after sex.
- Hot sex moves for pleasing your partner(s), and five key components of having clean and attractive sex hygiene.
- How to get more confidence in being the sex initiator.
- How to make your partner(s) feel more desirable.
-And some things that are too explicit to list here.
01:33:00 9/5/2017
A decade ago, Asher Gottesman had millions of dollars in the bank and a successful real estate career. But after two years of food addiction, alcohol abuse, and expensive drug habits, he found himself in dangerous debt - he went from flying in private planes to not being able to pay his utility bills. Today, Asher joins Gabby and Neil in The Truth Barrel to talk about his new life purpose - helping others recover from their own self-destructive habits.

This episode is loaded with lessons such as:

- What is the difference between conditional and unconditional love?

- How to embrace letting go and forgiveness.

- Why the way you're punishing your children may be hurting both of you.

- How to recognize when you're being manipulative, and when you yourself are being manipulated.

- How to spot your own destructive patterns.

- How to overcome embarrassment and ask for the help you need.
01:19:00 8/22/2017
Joakim Noah is a 10-year NBA veteran who just finished the most interesting year of his career. He left the Chicago Bulls to play for his hometown New York Knicks, suffered injury, endured suspension... and became a father. He has turned down all interview requests for some time now. In this rare and powerful interview with Joakim, you'll learn how one regains confidence, handles high expectations, owns their decisions, finds joy in the struggle and the secret power behind all success.
01:21:00 8/15/2017
Comedian and Actor Jay Mohr climbs into the Barrel to clean up the mess of Neil and Gabby's appearance on his podcast, Mohr Stories. Once that's straightened out, you'll learn the best metaphor for anxiety ever (which will also help alleviate a lot of unnecessary anxiety), Jay's advice about approaching your creativity and art as a sport, unpeeling the onion of your psyche, how to stand up for yourself at work and at home and what the opposite of love is, and how to deal with it.
01:40:00 8/8/2017
Dive in deep in this extremely raw and personal episode of The Truth Barrel where Gabby & Neil go one-on-one about their respective life challenges and their powerful solutions to them. There is a focus on balance, relationships, and parenting. Listen as they deconstruct and share the inner-monologues that they wrestle with in their own lives: What is E + R = O? How can you sustain your individuality while maintaining a loving relationship? What is problem solving through head, ears, hands, or feet? Why is the outcome NOT the outcome? How do you share your reality with someone else? And how thinking of everything you do as "art" can make each moment easier.
01:21:18 8/1/2017
Comedian Danny Lobell, host of the Modern Philosophers podcast, gets into the Barrel to share the struggle of being broke as joke. If you're interested in learning about the making of a storyteller and the art of turning your experiences into compelling tales, make sure you listen. In this episode, you'll also learn from Danny about the best practices for public speaking, up-ending your diet under extreme circumstances, turning bad experiences into hilarious stories, how to accidentally stumble into your passion and why an easy job is the worst job.
01:35:51 7/25/2017
Listen to Part 2 of Danny Cipriani's most open, personal interview to date. Gabby and Neil discuss Danny's self-imposed exile to Australia and his return to the U.K. Most importantly, they look at the part we play in the worst things that happen to us, and the good that comes out of the bad. Plus how rugby saved Danny's life, how he recovered from being hit by a double-decker bus, and how he recovered from the accident to return to the sport in even better shape.
52:39 7/18/2017

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