I take more to the subject than to my ideas about it. I am not interested in any idea I have had, the subject is so demanding and so important.
When you take a picture you haven't a clue that it is going to be what it is. Maybe you have a clue but you don't really know. There are too many possibilities. Part of the game is how many balls you can juggle. It is to me. When you are 12 you can juggle two. Maybe when you are 50 you can juggle five. That is an interesting concept to me: how much I can put in and still make it pull together?
At first, my presence in my photos was fascinating and disturbing. But as time passed and I was more a part of other ideas in my photos, I was able to add a giggle to those feelings.
The camera is not merely a reflecting pool and the photographs are not exactly the mirror, mirror on the wall that speaks with a twisted tongue.
The only heaven permitted to me is the part-time job heaven.
I like blue a lot, and greens. Earthy blues and greens.
I know who I am as an artist. I've always known who I am as an artist.
I like that I stand for something like American Idol which helps musicians and artists get out there. It's important to have shows like Idol because it's so hard to get into the music industry nowadays - nearly impossible.
I do not foresee 'spaceships' to the moon or Mars. Mortals must live and die on Earth or within its atmosphere!
To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.
I can't do movies where you start thinking "Where's the commercial appeal? How are we going to market this?" It's not that kind of party.
When creatively passionate people get together to start a company, the energy and camaraderie is really pretty stimulating.
Listen real hard to the smartest guy in the room before you go trying to prove how smart you are.
Consumers never complain about ads being too smart.
I have always felt the word 'advertising' is either a diminutive or derogatory term that kind of goes with stuff people don't like, and I always felt frustrated because I felt like I was a communication artist or a media artist. The best advertising is one of the art forms of our culture.
I'd rather apologize than to be so timid as to never try to do anything smart or brave.
Most ideas are a bit scary, and if an idea isn't scary, it's not an idea at all.
Make it smart. Make it beautiful. Have fun.
Throughout history, the technology always comes first. It's just technology for a while, until the day we artists inherit it.
[In 2004] That's how I got a relationship with Steve Jobs. Because I listened really hard to him cause he's the smartest guy I ever worked for.
The smartest advertising is the advertising that communicates the best and respects the consumer's intelligence.
I have the "thing" worked out - the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact. Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out.
Many years from now when your children ask what New York City was like just after 9/11, this will be the book you give them in response. It's an exquisite novel full of heart, soul, passion and intelligence, and it's the one this great New York author was born to write.
I have a kind of old-fashioned, artisan approach.
I know I'm smarter than an armadillo
Full of thrills and tension - but smart and human too.
I wanted readers to be genuinely unsure as to whether she's telling the truth or lying. It meant making her partly sympathetic, and partly unsympathetic, which wasn't easy.
When you start to build self-worth and redeem your magnificence, the fears go away... you void your fears via your realization of your own self-worth.
And I think that's a singer's job. You know, to really interpret a lyric. There's an art to it, and I think some people are really great at it, like Tammy Wynette and George Jones and Tony Bennett.
Well, probably having to be away from home. When I come back I kind of feel like there's a routine going on that I'm not a part of, so that can be difficult.
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to sellin' out reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
It takes so many people to make a success story like that. It starts with the song and the songwriters, then Mark Wright's producing, all of the players that played on it, me singing, the marketing department, the promotion department at the label... It takes a lot of people to make a hit like that.
The Earth is the Lord. Everybody walks on the earth. And nobody respects the Earth. Everybody who walks on the earth, shits on the Earth. Spits on the Earth. Don't respect the Earth. So the Earth didn't like it. So the Earth call for a revolution. And the earth is fighting back. The Earth call for a revolution. The Earth call for justice. And the Earth get justice. 'Cause the Earth release ganja. The Earth release herbs.
I'm everything I'm made of. So a part of me is made of classical music. I'm grateful for it.
So in every sense, from an independent artist to a major label artist, you just have to have great product, great faith and great people, they all go together.
When you're worrying you're not praying. Stop worrying start praying.
Sin is like an incredible meal that becomes poisonous venom in your stomach. What you eat on Earth you may digest in Hell.
I don't think the music industry has done any damage to my faith - it's probably strengthened it because it's made me see how necessary and relevant it is. I think if you don't keep your guard up, obviously there's a lot of potential for being half-hearted throughout the whole process because you can compare yourself to other people instead of the ultimate standard.
The music does a lot for me. I'm one of those types of artists who the music really inspires my delivery, my cadence, and what I hear.
Prayer doesn't bend God's arm but it's guaranteed to bend our hearts toward His will. Worry less. Pray more.