My own ambitions were eclectic. My father ran a steel plant, and I was expected to study metallurgy and end up at the steel plant when I finished high school at age 15. Despite my proficiency at science, I decided against it and instead went on to study filmmaking.

Anand Mahindra

I like comedy is important, and I think political satire can be really important.

Laura Benanti

People make the assumption that you're only interested in one thing based on the most recent thing you've done. But some directors can be pretty promiscuous about their tastes, and that's how I want to challenge myself.

Edward Zwick

History has proven that art depicting black people cannot be disentangled from the political implications that such art has on their lives. As Africans were being stripped from the continent and sailed across the Atlantic to the world, depictions of black people in Western art changed in order to further render them racialized caricatures.

Clint Smith

Chefs don't eat at normal hours, so the only time you like you really need a meal is after service, when you're exhausted and just something to help you wind down.

Marcus Samuelsson

Critics only make you stronger. You have to look at what they are saying as feedback. Sometimes the feedback helps, and other times, it's just noise that can be a distraction.