IMPORTANT ADVICE MY MANAGER HAS GIVEN ME
All meaningful at the time, all much more meaningful later.
- •"If you're known for quality, you'll work forever."On: the very beginning of my career, as I was writing the first thing anyone had paid me to write. Applies to most things.
- •"Being afraid to choke is not the creative energy I'm looking for."On: my confession that fear of screwing up my very first screenplay deal was keeping me from writing how I wanted to.
- •"You want to be the sushi chef who spent ten years learning to cook the perfect grain of rice."On: script quality over quantity. There is something to be said for being prolific, and something to be said for producing something of a supreme level of polish, however much of it you do.
- •"There's no such thing as good deals with bad people."On: whether or not I should work with someone I knew to be problematic, at a time when I needed the money. I took the deal.
- •"Any script that gets produced has something you can learn from."On: my naive declaration that every network pilot of that year was dogshit. Given after telling me that he appreciated my "healthy contempt for everything."
- •"If you start to take Vienna, take Vienna."On: a project I had been chasing for weeks, and was only halfway to landing. His paraphrasing of a Napoleon quote, dropped in casual conversation. Super baller.
- •"I'm too old, and too rich."On: why, instead of standing in the line at Franklin's BBQ in Austin, he hired a PA to bring him brisket.