Advice


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Interviewees dispense words of wisdom to those just starting out in the television industry. 

Highlights
Chuck Lorre on his advice to writers starting out
Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors
Asaad Kelada on advice to aspiring TV directors
Jeannie Epper on advice to an aspiring stunt person
Judy Crown on advice to aspiring hair stylists, and on how she'd like to be remembered
Mark Snow on advice to aspiring television composers
Who talked about this topic

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on advice to aspiring agents

Robert Adler

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Robert Adler on advice to aspiring television scientists and inventors

Mary V. Ahern

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Mary V. Ahern on advice to an aspiring television producer, and on then-current shows she admires

Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on advice to aspiring television executives

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors

John Amos

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John Amos on advice to an aspiring actor

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on advice to aspiring visual effects professionals 

John Aniston

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John Aniston on advice to aspiring actors

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on her advice to aspiring actors

Dick Askin

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Dick Askin on advice to aspiring television executives

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on advice to an aspiring actor

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on his advice to an aspiring television producer or director

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on advice to aspiring gossip reporters

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on advice to an aspiring actress

Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on advice to aspiring television executives

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on advice to aspiring producers

Lowell Bergman

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Lowell Bergman on advice to an aspiring journalist

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on his advice to an aspiring performer

Rick Berman

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Rick Berman on advice to an aspiring producer

Robert Blackman

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Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on advice to an aspiring writer and on how he'd like to be remembered

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on advice to aspiring directors of photography

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on advice given to him by Dick Clark
Vin Di Bona on advice to an aspiring producer

Al Borden

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Al Borden on advice to aspiring propmasters

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain on advice to aspiring writers and television personalities

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on advice for aspiring actors

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on the hardest thing to teach about directing and producing for comedy
Kevin Bright on the best advice he's received about comedy and show business
Kevin Bright on advice to aspiring television professionals

Vivian Brown

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Vivian Brown on advice to aspiring meteorologists 

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on advice to aspiring writers and comedy writers

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on advice to aspiring directors

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on advice to aspiring talent executives - return phone calls and don't book through email

David Canary

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David Canary on advice to aspiring actors

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon advice to aspiring casting directors
Reuben Cannon on advice to aspiring producers

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on advice to aspiring weather forecasters

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caron on advice to aspiring writers

Thomas Carter

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Thomas Carter on advice to aspiring television directors

Tucker Cawley

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Tucker Cawley on advice to aspiring writers

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on advice to aspiring dancers

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on advice anyone starting out in the entertainment industry

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on advice to aspiring actors

Ed Christie

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Ed Christie on advice to aspiring puppet designers

Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on advice to aspiring production designers

Ron Clark

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Ron Clark on advice to an aspiring television writer

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on advice to an aspiring actor

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on advice to an aspiring television composer

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on advice to an aspiring television director
Bob Claver on advice to aspiring television producers

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on his advice to young animation producers

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on advice to aspiring television executives
Andy Cohen on advice to aspiring television hosts

Hal Kanter with Emerson College

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Hal Kanter on advice to aspiring comedy writers

Carlos Mencia with Emerson College

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Carlos Mencia on advice to aspiring comedians

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on words of wisdom for aspiring television performers

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on advice to aspiring performers, and on his song writing

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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Dick Gregory on advice to aspiring comedians, and on profanity in comedy

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriguez on advice to an aspiring comedian

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on advice to aspiring actors

John Conte

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John Conte on advice to aspiring performers

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on advice to aspiring television journalists 

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on advice to aspiring television writers
Barbara Corday on advice to aspiring television executives

Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette on advice to an aspiring producer

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on advice to aspiring film and TV composers

Douglas S. Cramer

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Douglas S. Cramer on advice to aspiring television producers

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on advice to aspiring actors

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on advice to aspiring hair stylists, and on how she'd like to be remembered

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on advice to aspiring actors

William Daniels

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William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on advice to an aspiring actor

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis on advice to aspiring television directors

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on advice to an aspiring television writer

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on advice to aspiring television production designers

John Debney

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John Debney on advice to an aspiring film and television composer

Kelley Dixon

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Kelley Dixon on advice to aspiring editors

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on his advice to aspiring Art Designers

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on summing up his career including proudest achievement, advice, collaborating with writers, mentors, and how he'd like to be remembered

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on advice to an aspiring actor

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on advice to an aspiring actor

Peter Ellenshaw

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Peter Ellenshaw on advice to aspiring artists 
Harrison Ellenshaw on advice for aspiring visual effects professionals 

Ed Begley, Jr. with Emerson College

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Ed Begley, Jr. on advice for aspiring performers

Dick Enberg

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Dick Enberg on advice to an aspiring sportscaster

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on advice to an aspiring agent

Jeannie Epper

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Jeannie Epper on advice to an aspiring stunt person

Danny Epstein

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Danny Epstein on advice to aspiring music professionals who want to work in television

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on good advice she's gotten regarding her acting in her career
Nanette Fabray on advice to aspiring actors

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on the best advice he received on producing a story, from Don Hewitt
Jeff Fager on advice for young journalists
Jeff Fager on the lifestyle of being a journalist

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on the best advice she has received
Edie Falco on the best advice she has received
Edie Falco on advice to aspiring actors

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on advice to aspiring televangelists 

Ruth Duskin Feldman

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on her advice to parents with children in the public eye

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes on advice to those starting out in the television business 

Mike Fenton

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Mike Fenton on advice to aspiring casting directors

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on advice to aspiring television writers and producers

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on advice to aspiring actors

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on advice to an aspiring actor

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on advice to aspiring writers, and on his children who are writers

Harry Friedman

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Harry Friedman on advice to an aspiring producer
Harry Friedman on advice to an aspiring game show host

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on advice to aspiring journalists

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on advice to aspiring directors and producers

Eileen Fulton

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Eileen Fulton on her acting style, and on advice to aspiring actors

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on advice to aspiring performers

Michael Gelman

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Michael Gelman on advice to an aspiring producer

David Gerber

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David Gerber on advice to an aspiring producer

Marla Gibbs

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Marla Gibbs on advice to an aspiring actor

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on advice to aspiring actors

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on advice to aspiring directors and producers
Lesli Linka Glatter on advice to aspiring producers

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on advice to aspiring producers and executives

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on advice to aspiring composers

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on advice to aspiring actors

Walon Green

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Walon Green on advice to an aspiring writer

Robert Halmi, Sr.

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Robert Halmi, Sr. on advice to aspiring producers

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on what he would want to tell his younger self when starting out in the business

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on advice to aspiring actors

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on advice to an aspiring actor

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on advice to an aspiring director

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on advice to aspiring musicians to desire to work in television

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on advice to an aspiring actor

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on advice to aspiring talent executives

Winifred Hervey

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Winifred Hervey on advice to aspiring writers and producers

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on advice to aspiring directors

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on advice to aspiring stunt people

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on advice to an aspiring actor

Ellen Holly

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Ellen Holly on what she learned from her time on One Life to Live, including advice she would give to young actors about the business-end of television

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on advice to aspiring writers

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on advice to aspiring actors

Eddie Foy III

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Eddie Foy III on advice to aspiring casting directors
Eddie Foy III on advice to aspiring casting directors
Eddie Foy III on advice to aspiring actors
Eddie Foy III on advice to aspiring actors

Frank Inn

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Frank Inn on advice to aspiring Hollywood animal trainers

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on advice to aspiring writers

Alan Jaggs

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Alan Jaggs on advice to aspiring editors

Al Jean

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Al Jean on advice for aspiring writers and for those who want to get into animation

Joseph Jennings

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Joseph Jennings on advice to an aspiring art director

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on advice to aspiring actors

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on advice to an aspiring director
Lamont Johnson on advice to an aspiring actor

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on advice to an aspiring actress, and on how she'd like to be remembered

Sidney M. Katz

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Sidney M. Katz on advice to aspiring editors

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on advice that has helped her as a director

Michael King

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Michael King on advice to someone entering the television business

Roger King

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Roger King on advice to an aspiring television executive

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on advice to aspiring writers

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on his advice to a young actor

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on advice to an aspiring writer

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on advice to aspiring actors and politicians

Jack LaLanne

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Jack LaLanne on his advice to aspiring television fitness professionals

Paul LaMastra

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Paul LaMastra on advice to someone starting out in the television editing field

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on advice to aspiring producers
Peter Lassally on advice to aspiring talk show hosts

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on advice to an aspiring actor

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on her advice to an aspiring actor

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on advice to aspiring actors

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on advice to aspiring writers

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on the best advice he's received about the business
Barry Levinson on working with his son on HBO's The Wizard of Lies and advice he gave him

Al Lewis

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Al Lewis on advice to an aspiring actor

Judith Light

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Judith Light on advice to an aspiring actor

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors

Barry Livingston

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Barry Livingston on advice for aspiring actors

John J. Lloyd

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John J. Lloyd>  on advice to aspiring art directors>

Kurt Loder

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Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on advice to aspiring actors, and how she'd like to be remembered

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on advice to aspiring actors

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on advice to aspiring producers

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lumet on advice to an aspiring television director

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on advice to aspiring television directors

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on his advice to actors for reading scripts
William H. Macy on the best advice he's received, and his advice to actors
William H. Macy on advice to aspiring actors

Loring Mandel

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Loring Mandel on advice to aspiring television writers

Anita Mann

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Anita Mann on advice to an aspiring choreographer

Abby Mann

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Abby Mann on advice to aspiring television writers, and on how he'd like to be remembered

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on advice to aspiring actors

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on her advice to aspiring actors and directors

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on advice to aspiring television directors

Bob May

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Bob May on advice to an aspiring performer

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on advice to aspiring television directors

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on advice to aspiring production managers, and on the importance of preparation

Bill Melendez

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Bill Melendez on advice to an aspiring animator

Lee Mendelson

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Lee Mendelson on advice to aspiring television producers and animators

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on advice to an aspiring actor

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner on advice to aspiring televangelists

David Milch

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David Milch on advice to aspiring television writers

Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller on his advice to an aspiring music professional

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on advice he gave his children, both in the business, about directing

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on advice to aspiring television writers

Millie Moore

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Millie Moore on advice to an aspiring editor

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on advice to an aspiring sound effects professional

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on advice to an aspiring musician

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on advice to an aspiring producer

Thad Mumford

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Thad Mumford on his advice to aspiring writers and on how he'd like to be remembered

Gareth Neame

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Gareth Neame on advice to aspiring producers

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on advice to aspiring television executives, and on the then-current state of television

Alan Neuman

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Alan Neuman on advice to an aspiring television director

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on advice to aspiring television academics

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on advice to aspiring performers

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on advice to aspiring actors

Nicolas Noxon

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Nicolas Noxon on advice to aspiring documentarians

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on advice to aspiring actors

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on advice for aspiring writers
Bernie Orenstein on advice for aspiring producers

Gail Parent

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Gail Parent on advice to aspiring television writers

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on advice to an aspiring actor

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on advice to an aspiring actor, and on what makes a good director

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on advice he has given his son about directing

Alan Perris

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Alan Perris on advice to aspiring television executives

Frederick S. Pierce

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Frederick S. Pierce on advice to aspiring television executives 

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on her advice to an aspiring casting director, and on how she would like to be remembered

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on advice to an aspiring television writer

Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Polonsky on advice to aspiring writers, and on his dislike of the internet

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on advice to an aspiring actor

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on advice to an aspiring television chef

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on advice to aspiring actors, and how she'd like to be remembered

Jorge Ramos

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Jorge Ramos on good advice he's received about being a journalist 
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on advice to aspiring animators

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on advice to aspiring female television producers

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on advice to aspiring writers

Larry Rhine

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Larry Rhine on advice to aspiring television writers

Rita Riggs

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Rita Riggs on advice to aspiring television costume designers

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on advice to aspiring actors

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on advice to aspiring actors

Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney on advice to aspiring actors

Meta Rosenberg

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Meta Rosenberg on advice to an aspiring television producer and succeeding in the industry as a woman

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on advice to aspiring television critics

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on advice to aspiring writers

Mark Rothman

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Mark Rothman on advice to aspiring writers

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on advice given to her by mentors
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career

Joseph Sargent

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Joseph Sargent on advice to aspiring directors

Bob Schieffer

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Bob Schieffer on advice to aspiring journalists

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on advice to an aspiring television executive

Lew Schneider

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Lew Schneider on advice to an aspiring television writer

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on advice to aspiring Standards & Practices professionals
Alfred Schneider on advice to show creators in dealing with Standards & Practices professionals

Reese Schonfeld

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Reese Schonfeld on advice to someone who wants to start a cable network

Joe Sedelmaier

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Joe Sedelmaier on advice to aspiring advertising professionals 

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on advice to aspiring art directors

Mel Shavelson

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Mel Shavelson on how he'd like to be remembered

David Shaw

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David Shaw on advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement

Sid Sheinberg

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Sid Sheinberg on advice to aspiring television executives

Judith Sheindlin

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Judith Sheindlin on advice to an aspiring daytime television personality

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on advice to an aspiring director

Treva Silverman

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Treva Silverman on advice to aspiring comedy writers

Chet Simmons

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Chet Simmons on advice to an aspiring sports executive

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon on his advice to aspiring writers

Bob Simon

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Bob Simon on advice to aspiring journalists

John Singleton

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John Singleton on the best lessons he's learned over the course of his career

Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on advice to aspiring musicians

Gary Smith

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Gary Smith on advice to aspiring producers

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on advice to aspiring television composers

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on advice to an aspiring news producer

John Soh

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John Soh on advice to aspiring editors

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on advice to aspiring actors

Darren Star

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Darren Star on trusting your own instincts as a writer and not allowing the audience to influence your choices
Darren Star on not allowing success to inhibit you in your career choices
Darren Star on advice to aspiring writers

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on advice to aspiring television writers

Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart on advice to those starting in the entertainment industry

Dick Stiles

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Dick Stiles on advice to an aspiring art director

Norman Stiles

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Norman Stiles on advice to an aspiring children's television writer

John Strauss

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John Strauss on advice to someone starting out in public relations

Donald L. Taffner, Sr.

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Donald L. Taffner, Sr. on advice to aspiring television executives

George Takei

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George Takei on his advice to aspiring actors

Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on advice to aspiring television executives 

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on advice to an aspiring actor

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tischler on advice to an aspiring editor

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on advice to aspiring actors, and on career highlights and regrets

Robert Trout

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Robert Trout on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on advice to aspiring writers
Saul Turteltaub on advice to aspiring producers

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on advice to aspiring television personalities

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on advice to an aspiring actress

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on advice to an aspiring television executive, and to a creator of programming

Helen Wagner

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Helen Wagner on advice to aspiring actresses

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on advice to aspiring comedians

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on advice to aspiring TV judges

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on advice for an aspiring actor

George Watters

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George Watters on advice to aspiring editors

John Wells

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John Wells on advice to aspiring writers

Ellen Wheeler

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Ellen Wheeler on advice to aspiring daytime producers

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on advice to an aspiring cinematographer

Dan Wilcox

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Dan Wilcox on what he likes about writing and advice to an aspiring writer

Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams on advice to aspiring actors

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on advice, and on information he wished he had when he started in the business

Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson on advice to an aspiring writer and an aspiring director

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on advice to aspiring casting directors

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on advice to someone starting out in the cinematography business

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on his greatest achievement and his advice to aspiring television documentary filmmakers 

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on advice to aspiring production designers

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on valuable advice she has received, and on her advice to aspiring television executives

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on following your passion and working hard at what you love
Jeff Zucker on trusting your gut as a Producer and Executive, and not relying solely on research
Jeff Zucker on advice to aspiring television producers and executives

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on advice to an aspiring television writer

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