Breck has an innate talent for excavating the truth in a person’s life, flipping it like a pancake, then serving up radical shifts in perspective and life. His profound instinct has garnered him the status as L.A.’s most renowned private coach for an international clientele of discerning, high-performing individuals. He has transformed the lives of professional athletes, CEO’s, studio heads, music executives, and other people in the entertainment industry; has lead innovative workshops for a diverse demographic.

Breck’s work centers around alchemizing defects, original wounds, and blind spots into assets and advantages for a thriving, generative life. He calls it living in Freedom; that creative childlike, fresh-eyed state of enthusiasm for all aspects of life, and understanding how to use your skills, talents, and resources in the most effective ways. His style is both direct and compassionate, allowing people to dismantle their fantasies so they can develop a genuine sense of what is (and isn’t) possible. His workshops are deep dives into such topics as Radical Ideas (uncovering true purpose), couples workshops like Radical Connection, and his signature Radical Alchemy series that is the foundation of his work. In addition to his private practice and workshops, he is intrinsic in working with entrepreneurs to help launch new initiatives. Breck is a co-founder of several startups, including popular brand, SmartyPants, which was recently acquired by Unilever.

Breck has over thirty years of experience in the field of progressive personal work, leading international workshops several thousand strong, to intimate five-person sessions. His work is deeply rooted in his own experience; a wild and prominent upbringing with a side-serving of dysfunction. He currently has three children and has been married now for over twenty-five years to his wife, who is his muse and teacher. His personal mistakes, challenges, and losses serve as a portal allowing him direct insight and compassion into his client’s struggles and joys. 


Brands Breck Works With…


  • The One Who Knocks

    …Though Cranston was making a good living from commercials, he felt close to creative despair. Early in their marriage, he told Dearden, “I feel I’m stuck on the junior varsity.” So she gave him a gift of private sessions with the self-help guru Breck Costin, who suggested that he focus on process, not outcome. Cranston says, “It incrementally came to me that when I audition I’m not trying to get a job, but to give them something, my acting. The victory is not ‘Did I beat that other guy out?’ but ‘Did I present that character as believably as I could?’ That was the turning point.”…

    …Though Cranston was making a good living from commercials, he felt close to creative despair. Early in their marriage, he told Dearden, “I feel I’m stuck on the junior varsity.” So she gave him a gift of private sessions with the self-help guru Breck Costin, who suggested that he focus on process, not outcome. Cranston says, “It incrementally came to me that when I audition I’m not trying to get a job, but to give them something, my acting. The victory is not ‘Did I beat that other guy out?’ but ‘Did I present that character as believably as I could?’ That was the turning point.”…

  • Building Lasting , Loving Families LiveHappy Magazine by Breck Costin

    Have the same philosophical/moral sensibilities—The way you look at life, how you raise your children, common goals, etc., are the foundation. You can be different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds but the sensibilities must be in common. Like building a house, it’s the foundation that anchors the house and weathers the heat and the rain. The art, furniture and design are all wonderful, but those are perpetually changing factors; it’s the foundation that’s sustains.


    Choose your best friend. This cannot be overemphasized. Chemistry is wonderful, and should be the initiating factor, but it’s the person you want to stay on the phone with all night that you want long-term.

    Pick someone who has the same issue as you, and the conversation sounds like this: “We’re going to run out of money,” one says. “I know we’re going to starve,” the other replies. Try to pick someone who doesn’t have the same issue as you, so the conversation sounds like this: “We’re going to run out of money,” one says. “We’re going to be OK; we’ll figure it out.”

  • How SmartyPants’ Founders Fell in Love by Launching Their Company – INC. Magazine

    A former technology startup executive, Courtney Nichols Gould, 45, reconnected with an old acquaintance to start a business. She wasn’t expecting romance, too. The co-CEO of Marina Del Rey, California-based SmartyPants describes how it grew from its tumultuous start to its current success, raising $4.8 million through crowdfunding site CircleUp and hitting nearly $5 million in revenue last year. Oh, and she married her co-founder in 2011.

    I came out to Los Angeles from New York City in February 2009. I had been COO of Clear, the airport-security fast pass, and took a year and a half off to think about my next gig. When I started thinking about staying in L.A., two people said, “Oh, you should talk to Gordon Gould,” which was very funny, because I knew Gordon from way-back-when in New York, when we were both in the dot-com world.

    Gordon was working on an idea about children’s brain health and how nutrition could contribute to it. It seemed like a really worthy ambition to create a high-quality all-in-one vitamin that addressed all the compliance hurdles, and to wrap it in a brand with some charm. That stood for something.

  • Faux vs. Full: Is Your ‘True Love’ Faking It? The Huffington Post

    Imagine you are carrying around a faux Prada bag you bought for six dollars in Chinatown. It looks real. It feels real. But how long can you keep convincing yourself that it is?

    Relationships all too often work the same way. Eventually, the fake label falls off, the seams bust, the handles break. The quality just isn’t there.

    Whether you’re leaving that toxic partner or searching for that one-in-seven-billion, someone may well come along that fits your needs. Then years go by, and you question, is he the right match? You sleep around, or stay around, afraid of being alone. You’ve both settled into a faux relationship that is no longer alive, often at a damaging cost to one another. You know something is seriously wrong, and you don’t know what to do.