Nothing is more terrifying to me, really, than the status quo. I'll make mistakes before I keep doing something the same way.
The artist doesn't really think about consequences - he or she does the work, stands back and looks at and thinks, 'Hmm, that could have worked better like this.' But as a person who needs to sell tickets to do the next work, one needs to analyze how it does or does not hit its mark.
I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter.
When I was a kid, the avant-garde to me was boring because it was just the flip side of being really successful.
L. J. Smith