#SOUNDBITES

ALICE MERTON

ALICE MERTON

My first song... was basically just about finding my way back home. I just didn't feel at home in Germany at all in the beginning. That’s why I kept on searching for this lighthouse, I guess, which would take me back to Canada.

AMMA ASANTE

AMMA ASANTE

“I would say the biggest shift in delivering opportunities to women needs to be in trust. The powers that be — those who commission and finance (and that includes women as well as men) — need to to trust stories in our hands, crews in our hands, and the audiences’ ability to respond to our work.”

ANDREW COTTON

ANDREW COTTON

I remember the whole thing. It was a painfull wipeout, but I wouldnt say it was a wipeout that had traumatized me. Nothing like that. These things can happen, you can get injured, surfing. And the waves don't have to be big to get you injured.

ANITA TILLMANN

ANITA TILLMANN

Berlin is a kind of nonconformist. We don’t have an establishment, we don’t have old traditional fashion rules, so that allows us on the other hand to be very open and to always try and to be innovative and to see, what kind of things we can do. In terms of fashion the whole wearbles scene turns into smart textiles.

ANNIE MAC

ANNIE MAC

I hate to break it to you but I've never experienced sexism; from promoters or punters. If anything, at the start of my career when I was still an up-and-coming DJ, people seemed to be delighted that I was a woman out there doing my thing. There still always seems to be a row of curious and smiling girls at the front of my gigs and I love that. Not one male DJ has ever made me feel different or small because of my gender

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

I've always wanted to play a spy, because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem.

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED

Dance can absolutely have that honor of being a really important art of our time. Look at opera! Opera directors take old stories and modernize them and create situations we can completely relate to, with technology, with modern images. We need a re-intellectualization. You see a lot of the work in companies where the composers, the visual artists, and what could be done with the art isn’t deep enough. I want to see more innovation, more risk-taking, and more new subjects to be taken on as stories in ballet.

BJARKE INGELS

BJARKE INGELS

I wanted to be a cartoonist, but there was no cartoon academy. So I enrolled in the Royal Danish Art Academy School of Architecture. But then I really got smitten by architecture.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Get to the red-hot center of what's important in somebody's life. That's where you will find the truth.

CHILLY GONZALEZ

CHILLY GONZALEZ

To me, a performance is a military operation; it requires so much planning, and then ripping up the plan the minute you get there because you have no idea what the audience is feeling.

CHRISTIAN BOROS

CHRISTIAN BOROS

I collect art that irritates me. This is not meant as a kind of rejection. It is rather the wish I have, that a work of art changes the limits of my thinking so my perception shifts

CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW

CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW

What really helped me as a filmmaker is my journalistic background. Knowing how to really do research can be crucial.

CHRISTOPHER BAUDER

CHRISTOPHER BAUDER

Light is an interesting medium for examining these interactions because it can be natural as well as artificial, it is physical as well as ephemeral, and it can be designed or used in its pure form. It is a source of energy but in the same time it uses energy. It is a subject of art but in the same time it is its object. In other words it contains in itself all the contrasts I want to examine through art.

CHRISTOPHER LEACOCK

CHRISTOPHER LEACOCK

Mindfulness and 'cutting through the noise' is becoming more and more important for me.

Courtney Kemp

Courtney Kemp

There’s no leap to showrunner ...The shows I worked on got canceled every year, and then I was on The Good Wife for three years, and the idea for Power started to come together and I pitched it.

DAVE STEWART

DAVE STEWART

I was an alienated, Harold and Maude kind of child

DAVID MORRISSEY

DAVID MORRISSEY

I like to be frightened of new roles. It keeps me on the edge.

DAVIDE MARENGO

DAVIDE MARENGO

As a director always have a plan B. In most cases your Plan B will become Plan A.

DUNCAN JONES

DUNCAN JONES

One of the things my dad always said is that it's O.K. to do one for you and one for them. He taught me a lot of things, but that's certainly one of the many that I took to heart.

DUNCAN JONES

DUNCAN JONES

One of the things my dad always said is that it's O.K. to do one for you and one for them. He taught me a lot of things, but that's certainly one of the many that I took to heart.

Daniel Ek

Daniel Ek

Put your consumers in focus, and listen to what they're actually saying, not what they tell you.

David Lynch

David Lynch

Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey

When you are an actor, rejection and disappointment are an occupational hazard.

David Simon

David Simon

What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story is the only reason you're in it.

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

I always try to be my utmost self. Bright lights, they tend to burn out fast. So I shine bright, but I'm scared that it won't last.

EDWARD BERGER

EDWARD BERGER

„The possibility of failure is really important to stay eager and awake. I want to be afraid that it could possibly all go wrong. So taking on something as completely different as 'Patrick Melrose' and 'The Terror' is incredible important to me."

ELLEN ALIEN

ELLEN ALIEN

Playing records is like traveling through time. We DJs are looking for the message in an old record, thinking about how we can integrate it into our sets today, and then: boom, the club explodes!

EMILY ATEF

EMILY ATEF

I wasn’t making a film about the life of Romy Schneider. This is a zoom. In German, you’d say it’s a 'Zustandsbeschreibung', a situational report. That’s what interested me.

Edward Berger

Edward Berger

The possibility of failure is really important to stay eager and awake. I want to be afraid that it could possibly all go wrong. So taking on something as completely different as 'Patrick Melrose' and 'The Terror' is incredible important to me.

FREYA RIDINGS

FREYA RIDINGS

When I first left school labels said: ‘It’s too different. There’s no drums, it’s sad ballads, it’s the complete opposite of what everyone’s doing.So I spent a few years working on what I wanted to say. Eventually the stars aligned. I feel like it was a horse race, and I’m a zebra. Everyone said, ‘that’s not gonna work’ — then it worked!

FRIEDRICH LIECHTENSTEIN

FRIEDRICH LIECHTENSTEIN

Man kann sehr viele unterschiedliche Leben nebeneinander leben.

GREG PETERS

GREG PETERS

We're learning things that are happening specifically in Asia that I think will be indicators of where the rest of the world goes. Mobile is a great example.

GRETA GERWIG

GRETA GERWIG

The more particular you make something, the more universal it becomes.

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

I wanted to write about a dark, damaged, screwed-up, troubled female protagonist.

Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti

Television is ultimately a business of failure. You try a lot of things, and most of it fails.

HITO

HITO

Coming to the German capital also made me appreciate Japan more, by bringing the minimalism tradition of Japan to my music in Berlin... #Hitostyle means I see and feel the people, meet the promoter, feel the venue, what kind of year, day, night… Europe, Japan or South America—but I don’t change. Wherever I am, I stand as I am and I play as I am!

HONEY DIJON

HONEY DIJON

I am a citizen of the world and a human being. I only want to engage in energy that heals and uplifts people. Of course I have views on things happening in humanity, but I can’t be everything for everybody. My mission as an artist is to bring people together, not separate them.

HORIYUKKI IGARASHI

HORIYUKKI IGARASHI

Placing trusted members at the core of our projects enables us to create better things, so that's one reason, but we also set up the new system with our members' futures in mind. Seeing "retired" performers working in other areas besides the stage is inspiring to the younger members following in their footsteps.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

I still suffer terribly from stage fright. You just have to cope with it - take it on the chin and work through it, trying to use the adrenalin to perform.

JESSICA SPENCE

JESSICA SPENCE

People loved the fact that we were Danish. So we really wanted to go back to our roots and celebrate that heritage.

JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams

Find what you love. Then fight like hell when people try to take it away from you.

JOHANN KÖNIG

JOHANN KÖNIG

When I was young I was incredibly annoyed with the dominance the art world played in my upbringing. But at 16 or 17 I discovered an interest, at 18 I decided that I wanted to work with art as a career, and by the time I was 20 I resolved to become a gallerist.

JOHN TRUBY

JOHN TRUBY

Step 1: Write Something That May Change Your Life.

JULIA STOSCHEK

JULIA STOSCHEK

Berlin is Germany’s most relevant cultural junction ... In my collection I interpret the fleeting nature of time-based media as a signature of our times. There’s no other art form that reproduces a dynamic so close to life.

Jimmy Iovin

Jimmy Iovin

Continue to learn with humility, not hubris. Hubris is boring.

Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow

People should look at comedies as dramas when they are writing. It should be stories that work just as well without the joke.

LA FLEUR

LA FLEUR

The climate to make it in Berlin arriving as a new artist might be tougher as the market is saturated with artists, but at the same time, there are a lot of creatives in the same melting pot which can nourish and make it possible to meet other artists opening up new possibilities

LARS EIDINGER

LARS EIDINGER

What fascinates people the most [about theatre] is that it's right there, you can influence it as an audience; if you shout something, you will change the way the actors play. This is something that a lot of actors avoid – but I try to make the people aware that they see me and I see them.

LISA NISHIMURA

LISA NISHIMURA

I never lack awe at people. Why people react the way they do, what are they hoping to achieve, what holds us back.

MAREK REICHMAN

MAREK REICHMAN

The art of beauty is something inherent in everything we do.

MICHAEL NAST

MICHAEL NAST

Wir sind Schüler von heute, die in Schulen von gestern von Lehrern von vorgestern mit Methoden aus den Anfängen der industriellen Revolution auf die Probleme von übermorgen vorbereitet werden.

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

One mistake many writers make is to think a lot about the begin of the story - and hardly about the end.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

It doesn't matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

If you don't get physically ill when seeing your first rough cut - something is wrong.

NICOLAS JAAR

NICOLAS JAAR

Part of why I was drawn to making dance music was convenience. It was the type of music I could make without a band, and I wasn't interested in collaborating with anyone.

NICOLETTE KREBITZ

NICOLETTE KREBITZ

I need danger, I need to not know where I’m going, I want to put everything on one card once in a while and maybe lose it all.

NICOLETTE KREBITZ

NICOLETTE KREBITZ

"I need danger, I need to not know where I’m going, I want to put everything on one card once in a while and maybe lose it all."

NINA KRAVIZ

NINA KRAVIZ

Some people couldn’t handle me. It was like​: ‘It cannot be true that you can have lipstick on and make music’ ... When I DJ, I’m fucking alive. All my channels are open. People think I’m on drugs, but I’m not – I’m just really experiencing it.

PAIGE VANZANT

PAIGE VANZANT

It took me a while to figure out that I'm a brand. But I'm more than a girl who gets in a cage and fights.

PAUL HAGGIS

PAUL HAGGIS

I don't think writers should write about answers. I think writers should write about questions.

PEACHES

PEACHES

Sex is so misunderstood. It’s ridiculous. It’s still a fascination to me. Why are all insults parts of our body? Why do we call people an asshole? Assholes are very important! We all have one.

PEGGY GOU

PEGGY GOU

I sent the first record to many people, Gerd Janson, Juju Jordash… they all said no. It was like, nobody wants my music. … But I wanted to be the youngest and first female Korean DJ that plays Berghain. And I did it.

PJ HARVEY

PJ HARVEY

I firmly disbelieve that one has to be a tortured soul to write good music…. Making me into a role model is placing too much importance on what I see as a work in progress.

Petty Jenkins

Petty Jenkins

Every villain has their belief system that makes perfect sense to them.

RICHIE HAWTIN

RICHIE HAWTIN

People go to see a rock band and they expect to see their eight favorite songs. But, at the heart of DJing it’s about living in that moment and playing new records and trying to create something that doesn’t really exist.

ROSAMUNDE PIKE

ROSAMUNDE PIKE

Acting is about communicating what it is like to be human: the pain, the laughs, the misery, the joy. I suppose I am searching to have it all.

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

At the end of the day it doesn't matter how big your screen is or how much money you spent, but what you capture between these framelines.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

As a showrunner, you can never be a 'maybe.' When I do movies, there is a lot of, 'Maybe' and, 'Let's investigate that.' But for TV, it has to be yes or no.

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON

Every door that was slammed in my face, I’ve kicked down. Every obstacle I’ve stepped over and pushed through. That’s really how you have to be.

SARAH FARINA

SARAH FARINA

The styles I use in my compositions are diverse, yet they come together beautifully like the colours in a rainbow. And the essence of my music is bass, hence I call it ‘rainbow bass’.

SASHA WALTZ

SASHA WALTZ

Dance is the manifestation of our being alive. Dance is transformation. Dance locates the soul, dance affords the body a spiritual dimension. Dance enables us to feel our body, to rise above, to go beyond, to be another body.

SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

You know, everybody talks about authenticity and being radical and being direct, and all these things. The idea was to take this really literally and find out where does this really lead to, to find out if this is what people really want, is this what we want?

SHARON EYAL

SHARON EYAL

I believe in the story that comes from inside the body.

SHOHEI OTOMO

SHOHEI OTOMO

As a visitor who doesn't speak Japanese, it's easy to think that Tokyo is a city that is peaceful or well organised, everything runs [on time], everything works, and everyone's polite. But underneath the surface there is a lot of unhappiness

SVEN MARQUARD

SVEN MARQUARD

It's subjective. You always want friction, though. That's the theme in any good club: diversity, friction.

Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun

My gift is being extremely ordinary.

Sebastian Schipper

Sebastian Schipper

"A good director, in my opinion, is not afraid of madness. He is not afraid of the unforeseen. It's like on vacation - you always want everything to work out the way you want it to, but you also have to deal with it when the ferry doesn't come... And for a director it's very important to just let that happen."

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well.

Spike Lee

Spike Lee

You have to do the research. If you don't know about something, then you ask the right people who do.

THOMAS BENSKI

THOMAS BENSKI

"The concept behind the company has always been the same: to create a multidisciplinary independent studio. But maybe certain aspects of that have only been visible recently."

TIEFSCHWARZ

TIEFSCHWARZ

Music is too rich and too beautiful to focus on one corner. For some period of time it was good for us to be all over the place, and it never felt wrong. It was our own development within the music.

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

We are not garbage collectors, we are filmmakers... Shut the camera off and only focus on the intense scenes.

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ANNIE MAC

I hate to break it to you but I've never experienced sexism; from promoters or punters. If anything, at the start of my career when I was still an up-and-coming DJ, people seemed to be delighted that I was a woman out there doing my thing. There still always seems to be a row of curious and smiling girls at the front of my gigs and I love that. Not one male DJ has ever made me feel different or small because of my gender