#2. Nobody really knows what the public wants. Sometimes the public wants talent and sometimes it doesn’t care jack for talent. You can’t predict when. (Therefore the only way to succeed is to keep producing a mix of talent and shit over the long term, and wait for a hit.)
#3. If you succeed in Hollywood, you’ll never need to work anywhere else. Then again, Hollywood success doesn’t translate anywhere else. That’s why successful people in Hollywood break all the rules for normal human beings. They understand it’s all about what they think of themselves.
#4. Watch your back.
#5. Protect your soul.