I don't make my living writing; I make my living as a producer and as a director.
What you learn when you direct a film, even more so than as a producer, it's a marriage. It's like a relationship with that film so you've got to make sure that it's really something that you want to live with for three years or however long it is. So I haven't found the right thing to marry yet.
If there is a public perception at all, they see the producer as a big old guy who smokes a cigar and has lots of money and lots of power. That's not what a producer is and, if it ever was what a producer was, it certainly hasn't been for a long time.
Producers are now employees, not creators.
New York is the Hollywood of the publishing industry, complete with stars, starlets, suicidal publishers/producers, intrigues, and a lot of money.
I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out. It was inconcievable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role.
The decisions that Ellen made on her show were between her and her producers. I supported her decisions. I was there to hug her when she got home.
So I became a producer because I knew one of the reasons was they didn't do them the way I thought was right.
But when I did think about it and looked at the whole package - the producers behind the show, the writers, the cast I would be working with - I would have been a fool to turn it down just because the role for me was another gay role.
I've found that if you wear a beret, people think you're either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.
Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali - someone who actually creates a sound for them.
I have a very large forehead. I have a pronounced skull. Maybe producers think that there is a lot going on up in there.
Sometimes the producer has more say and the director takes what he is given. On other occasions, you don't see the producer very much and the director is the one who it is all about.
The writers on my team and the producers and executive producer should be called talent. We anchor four hours on Saturday and three on Sunday. How they do that astonishes me.
I wouldn't do the music thing if it weren't for my brother, who's a producer. He understands me and helps my vision come to life.
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