Breaking Big

How did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators and leaders break big?


  • Christian Siriano

    Sartorial savant Siriano parlayed his singular vision into a “Project Runway” victory.
  • Gretchen Carlson

    See how former news anchor Carlson became an advocate for working women everywhere.
  • Lee Daniels

    Trace Daniels’ path from West Philly to the red-hot center of Hollywood.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

    Discover how Sen. Gillibrand became known as a politician willing to transcend ideology.
  • Michael Strahan

    Follow Strahan’s trajectory from football star to sports commentator and TV host.
  • Roxane Gay

    See how Gay, a child of Haitian immigrants, became a leading feminist voice.
  • Ruth Zukerman

    Find out how Zukerman turned her passion for indoor-cycling into a massive business—twice.
  • Jason Aldean

    Country singer Aldean beat early career setbacks, ultimately turning them into triumphs.

About Breaking Big

Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points. Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson hosts.