— Anatole France
faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant
and has forgotten the gift."
— Albert Einstein
They “fail up.”
Resilience is practically a prerequisite for creative success, says Kaufman. Doing creative work is often described as a process of failing repeatedly until you find something that sticks, and creatives — at least the successful ones — learn not to take failure so personally.
"Creatives fail and the really good ones fail often," Forbes contributor Steven Kotler wrote in a piece on Einstein’s creative genius.
— Emma Thompson
— Nicki Minaj
— Ray Bradbury
Despite Wilde’s lengthy resume, she was struck by how limited the opportunities are for women in film. In a very telling anecdote, Wilde recounted a recent live read she did that perfectly illustrated the gender-specific issues found in Hollywood:
We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!”"
— Olivia Wilde, via HuffPo