Ryan Holiday (born June 16, 1987) is an American author, marketer, and entrepreneur. He is a media strategist, the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.
Holiday began his professional career after dropping out of college at the age of 19. Ryan briefly attended University of California, Riverside, where he studied political science and creative writing. He worked for Tucker Max, the controversial fratire author. Holiday worked with Tucker Max to orchestrate a media craze by trying to get Planned Parenthood to name a clinic after him, and previously created a boycott of Max's work as part of a movie launch. Later, Holiday worked with Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, on Greene's 2009 New York Times bestselling book, The 50th Law. Today, he still advises or works with a variety of bestselling authors including Max, Greene, Timothy Ferriss, Tony Robbins, and Food Babe's Vani Hari. Holiday served as Director of Marketing for American Apparel and as an adviser to founder Dov Charney. He left the company in October 2014. He has been responsible for a number of media controversies, and written extensively on the topic of media manipulation.
In February 2014, Holiday was named editor-at-large of the Business & Technology section at the New York Observer.
Holiday has written for Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, Thought Catalog, Medium.com and the New York Observer, where he is the media columnist.
In December 2013, Holiday was reported to be writing a book with Cash Money Records founders Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. Addressing the book on The Breakfast Club in 2017, Holiday said the project had stalled.