If you think you're a failure, I've got some good news for you: you might be a success by standards you haven't yet honored.
"You don't permission from anybody. You need permission from yourself."
"I firmly believe that it is the most optimistic time that we've ever been in, because politics are dwindling, structures are dwindling...and you as the creator...can put things into the world in a way that nothing from the top-down can."
"...A 1:1 relationship between thought, creation and scale. That is the most powerful thing that I can ever imagine."
The value of truth has completely changed now.
All lunch money went to music.
The different sounds that created me, help make me the artist I am today. The sounds of my neighborhood, like old school hip-hop, Aretha on my parents radio and Ethiopian church music.
I'm going to eat crunchy snacks.
People all around the world were talking about us!
When I am doing this work I am always thinking, what could be really nice? What would I love to have when I open my book in real life, if real magic could happen?
One of my big goals is to make the real world and the virtual world mix, but gently.
If you've been somebody in your past life, it's very humbling.
Do your actual job well, but then go above and beyond. Make your passions known far and wide.
Each of us in this room has the capacity to create that world—to inject love.
I always consider the audience as one of the biggest pieces in creating a production. Because we can do all that work and all that preparation and create this whole thing that we can put on the stage, but if nobody comes to see it, then it really has no impact.
Once you step on that stage you really are in a whole another world and it really takes something to do that, to throw your head over the wall and jump off that cliff and to make yourself that vulnerable, but it's absolutely exhilarating and when it does happen, you are not only creating the fantasy, you actually become it.
When you think you are at full capacity, remember that you are actually just full of capacity.
New ideas are born here every single day. And it makes me think about what I was talking about before: The idea that you have to make your idea. You have to do your homework. You have to fashion that idea. But then you have to hold on to it. You actually have to grip on to your idea and make sure that as you are changing it and evolving it, you’re also nurturing it. And making sure that it all come forward you need to care for it. And you need to acknowledge the fact that the world is gonna work on you. That it is gonna make it hard for you to bring it forward. You need to listen and to improve. And you need to not give up when you have that idea. Because at the end of the day, once you have that idea and release it, it will go in the most amazing places you never expected.
Suddenly it’s really shocking because how people are using this is totally, totally unexpected. […] It becomes this platform for people to express their own ideas and to have their own insights. And that’s the amazing part: the way in which it becomes social and performative.
J.R.R. Tolkien said that Fantasy is the "back door to your heart." Your willing to explore ideas that may not be safe. There is a very scary political climate right now, but if we start discussing the dark lord Sauron and how he took over Middle Earth, we can actually have a safe conversation in a mirror world.
Fantasy is another place we can go where we can explore ideas, where we can explore feelings, where we can explore things that may not be safe in our world.
Fantasy isn't really for children, because they don't need it...Fantasy is really for us for whom the blade is really dulled and need to be reminded that this world is magical.
Homer used artistic license very openly in The Iliad. Even questioned his entire culture.
That's what Fantasy does - it reminds us of how magical the world that we live in is.
Greek mythology...is a soap opera.
What's the point of Fantasy? Ultimately it's about the question: "What does the fact that we are going to die, no matter how strong we are, have to do with how we live life?"