Christophe Zajac-Denek hosts and produces “I’m Kind of a Big Deal,” a podcast about little people. As someone who is four feet, 4 inches tall with a rare form of dwarfism, he sees life through a specialized lens. Zajac-Denek has worked as an actor, stuntman, touring rock-and-roll drummer, and TV producer. When he’s not raising awareness about dwarfism on his show, he can be found surfing one of California’s point breaks. 

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All Stories by Christophe Zajac-Denek

February 24, 2022

When work priority includes healthy mental state

In the ever-changing landscape of work-life balance, Michelle Siouty, an entertainment producer, says that taking time for hobbies and family supports her mental health and makes her a more valuable employee.

October 25, 2021

Toxic positivity: Seemingly innocuous comments towards little people can be harmful

For people with dwarfism, trying to be accepted in society is a constant, uphill struggle. Though they may sound validating, toxically positive remarks can reinforce little peoples’ feelings of being misunderstood.

October 5, 2021

Little people want parity on screen as well as off

Yes, actors of short stature are more visible than ever. But the roles they’re offered are still often cartoonish, if not demeaning and offensive. Change, however, is emerging.

October 5, 2021

Little person takes big step, writes kids book about his life

Charlie Higdon was born with achondroplasia, a common type of dwarfism. Realizing he stood out from others, Higdon decided to educate children and adults that shorter limbs shouldn’t be a target for hurtful comments.

August 31, 2021

More women are carving out a space in woodworking

Custom furniture maker and instructor Larissa Huff believes it’s a good time for women in the field. ‘The internet has brought us together in a way that I don’t think anybody’s ever seen,’ she says.