A good friend recommended I check out the best Hollywood storyteller recount his life and the true grit of old Hollywood in The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans. It really was an awesome story, and it was a delicious experience to hear the author read his own book in the audio version -- complete with profanities and all.
I found the author's sense of individualism and never forfeiting his own opinions to be a great example to follow. He recounted a lot of what made him successful, and he also humbly admitted all the ways he really screwed up; I enjoyed hearing both sides of the story. I liked the many little aphorisms shared in the book, such as around the art of negotiation, dealing with the ladies, prioritizing family and health, and how to have a good time in life overall.
Below are some of the more funny or thought-provoking points that I took away from the book.
Last night, I give a short speech about lighting design at "Pecha Kucha SPARK" in Santa Monica.
This event was a series of 6 minute speeches given by a diverse group of presenters from the fields of lighting, architecture, design, and technology.
As I'm not a lighting professional, I did it mostly for fun and for the chance to practice speaking in public about one of my hobbies since high school. My speech was titled, "Rock Concert Lighting and the Meaning of Life," and you can watch it below.
In the midst of an in-depth lecture on intellectual property and contracts with talent, my entertainment law professor went on an aside about doing business properly and ethically. It was a captivating few minutes that really rang true to me and echoed a lot of the principles that I've written about here before. Below are the suggestions of my prof; let me know what you think.
If everyone stood behind a set of principles or advice like this, I think business would operate a lot more smoothly.