Someone got mad at me today.
Like really mad. I wasn’t mean to them or anything. I didn’t insult them or even punch them in the face. They just didn’t like the way I did something, that actually had nothing to do with them, ironically. But they didn’t like it anyway. Their style and my style were just downright different.
And to be honest with you, over the course of my career, they haven’t been the only one.
Other producers have been mad at me. Agents have been mad at me. And hey, based on a few comments I’ve read, some of you have even been mad at me!
It happens. All the time.
But I’ve got news for you. If you’re a producer, a playwright, a politician, or just a, well, person, it’ll happen to you too. (Even JFK, Gandhi, and Bert & Ernie had people mad at them.)
Because not everyone goes about things the same way. People have different styles, different motives, and different objectives.
So along your producing path, you’re probably going to piss some people off too. But here’s what someone told me once . . .
The key to a successful career is . . . try to make more people happy than you make mad, and you’ll be more than fine.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.