Dany Garcia: My Phone Goes to Sleep When I Do

The founder and CEO of The Garcia Companies on dealing with email, burnout and failure.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Photograph by Jaime Chalem

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Dany Garcia: Grab an espresso, put my French bulldog, Franklin Washington, on my lap and enjoy a quiet 10 minutes before things get hectic.

TG: What gives you energy?
DG: The idea that today I have an opportunity to change the world.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
DG: Hiring an amazing full time personal driver.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
DG: “Power vs Force” by David Hawkins.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
DG: Our relationship is respectful. It goes night night when I go to sleep.

TG: How do you deal with email?
DG: The majority of my emails act like a newsfeed keeping me abreast to what’s going on with my companies. I have a great, efficient team which allows me to weigh in on the 10 percent that truly need my attention.
 
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
DG: I’m obsessed with movie trailers and the art of storytelling within 120 seconds.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
DG: The end of 2016. My companies had experienced exponential growth and success that created a new work paradigm. It took me a moment to adjust.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
DG: That’s a difficult question for me to answer. There’s not a failed outcome in my process. It just means I haven’t found my answer yet.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
DG: “God Save the Queen.” I was exposed to the phrase when I was 13 years old, not knowing its context, and with adolescent enthusiasm I decided to reference myself as the queen.


Dany Garcia is the founder and CEO of The Garcia Companies, a global talent and media management enterprise, she oversees such talent as Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill. In addition, she serves as co-founder and oversees Seven Bucks Productions playing an instrumental role in its formation and operations alongside Dwayne Johnson. Dany and her all female executive team works closely with their clients to achieve their goals in every facet of their career including the building of their brand that crosses all mediums.

As Johnson’s producing partner, Dany has worked unwaveringly to create his multi-billion-dollar box office, constantly generating international opportunities that elevate all aspects of his career — as an actor, producer and businessman. Garcia continues to build a brand that defies any limitations. Their innovative global approach to all that they do has resulted in world-wide success unparalleled by any other actor today.

Dany and her Seven Bucks banner serve as executive producers on the highly-anticipated Paramount feature film Baywatch (May 19, 2017) which stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Other upcoming feature films include Jumanji, Rampage, Skyscraper, Jungle Cruise, and Big Trouble Little China. Dany recently teamed up with SPIKE TV to produce a monumental holiday event, “Rock the Troops,” a music and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the brave men and women of America’s Armed Services. This compelling and modern tribute emanated from the historical Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and brought together A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy, and film. In addition, Dany continues to executive produce the HBO comedy “Ballers,” alongside Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg which is about to enter into its 3rd season.