Gems from Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer is a director and has had an interesting career in Hollywood.  He recently published a book and was interviewed on WTF with Marc Maron.  During the interview I was struck by the great advice he gave if you are a creative person.  Here are a few things I took away:

  • Get a #2 pencil and a legal tablet.  Their value put together is more than the separate parts.
  • You have no money, what is your value?  Your ideas.
  • It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to exist.
  • Generate ten ideas a day.
  • Create great titles with one or two words and then come up with an idea
  • Always have a sexy hook: a good title, a singular sentence that defines what you’re hoping to achieve, an emotional destination.  You have to be able to say it with some currency, even better if you already have a script done (even if it isn’t that good).
  • The cinematic destination is to ignite emotion.  Failure to ignite emotion means it fails to communicate in that art form.
  • Do something different than other people so it has a disruptive quality, create a trend.
  • Learn a lot to create a curation system that might be better than other people.  Learn about a subject and/or a person, marry with your curiosity, then comes a spark or inspiration!

Listening to him speak encouraged me to be curious, just put something down on paper even if I don’t think it’s any good (practice makes progress!) and doing something different comes from being curious and learning new things.

These bullets seem to highlight the difference between dreaming and doing.  I’ve done too much dreaming…



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