Take Risks with the Fresh and New

Embrace change.  Embrace what that future is.  Don't fear it because that's your biggest upside. 

I believed that one of the magical things that happens in television is you turn it on and someone comes into your home, into your life, and there's nothing more exciting than making that bond with talent, having that sense of discovery.  So fresh is not always tested.  Fresh is not guaranteed, but it’s your biggest upside.  Cut against the grain. 


Will & Grace did that.  And that really was the name of the game for us.  Take a risk, go with Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David who had never done it before. They scared us.  And yet, there was something fresh and original. 

Take a deep breath, know it might be the last one you take in that job, but magic happens.  And there seems to be an insatiable appetite for something new and for that sense of discovery.  So embrace change.  Embrace what that future is.  Don't fear it because that's your biggest upside. 

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Related Articles

A controversial theory claims past, present, and future exist at the same time

Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.

Back to the Future.
Surprising Science
  • Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
  • Time travel may be possible.
  • Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
Keep reading Show less

Six disastrous encounters with the world’s most hostile uncontacted tribe

From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.

Culture & Religion
  • Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
  • But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
  • Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
Keep reading Show less