When fame presented itself to me, I was not at a point in my life where I was equipped to deal with it.
Frankly, I have always dreaded writing - there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear.
One of the biggest wake-up calls of my career was when I saw a record contract. I said, 'Wait - you sell it for $18.98 and I make 80 cents? And I have to pay you back the money you lent me to make it and then you own it?'
If there used to be 100 people at a major working on a record, now there are 18, but they're the good ones. There's a lean, mean hunger.