We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Producer Quotes from Missy Elliott, Jim Brown, Rajkumar Hirani, DJ Snake, Twinkle Khanna. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I never stopped recording, but I went through a period where… The one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that for as long as I’ve been as artist, I’ve been a writer and a producer.
When I’m on a picture, I have two bosses – the director and the producer. My co-star is not my boss.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has produced my earlier films, is still a part of ‘PK’ and is presenting it. He is not a hands-on producer – he used to put a certain amount in the bank and give me the cheque book.
The good thing about not speaking the language is you just listen. You listen to everyone, every producer, every writer.
Once, I went to the premiere of a film, and the producer asked me if I liked it. I said it’s crap. But I don’t say that anymore. Now I say I have to think about it. If you ever hear me say that, you know the answer!
Marty Richards is an angel on Earth. A producer that does what he says he’ll do. He helped me greatly.
To compare writing an article for ‘Sports Illustrated’ to doing a piece for ‘Real Sports’, the article, it was all me. You know, I’m out there by myself with my pad and pencil. ‘Real Sports,’ I’ve got a producer, an assistant producer, and cameramen. It’s an individual game versus a team game.
I made numerous attempts to find a way to do it all, to be a creative singer, songwriter, producer, and to be the mother, daughter, sister, lover, wife. And the thing about music is, with me, that she’s a harsh mistress. She does not come to me in the midst of stress.
I’m a songwriter and producer, so I’m always wanting to make my own stuff, and not use anybody else’s.
I’m a producer at heart.
No producer should revive a play unless they have a very good reason for it. I think there’s quite enough about a good play to make it available to new audiences.
Our album stuff, we bring it to our producer to help us finesse. But anything that’s been on YouTube and a lot of the stuff that’s been on the album, too, it started from us just sitting around in a circle and jamming it and finding where the parts fit.
I learned a lot about filmmaking from my dad. Starting when I was a child, I would listen to my dad as an actor, writer, director and producer talking about films – you know what the treatment would be in the opening, in the middle, and in the ending.
I’d be saying, ‘No, I’m so not a DJ, I’m a producer.’ But no matter how much faith you may have in yourself, until you have a hit you can’t really run around telling everyone you’re a producer.
Judd Apatow is pretty good, both as a producer and as a director.
I always make sure my film benefits my producer and earns him a profit.
On ‘Darjeeling,’ I was on set every day and I acted as the second unit director and a producer on that film. I was there throughout the whole process. On ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ I showed up for one day.
Before I joined The Beach Boys, I was working at Columbia Records as a producer, and saw The Byrds come in and do their first overdub before Terry even met them.
As a producer, I try to bring as many nice people as I can to insure that there’s no screaming, there’s no shouting, there’s no bullying. The more of those kind of people that you can bring together, the better the experience everyone has on set.
After all, at end of the day, when you’re breathing your last, it’s not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside; it’s your children. Keep that in mind.
My sisters are amazing. My sister is my business partner, my twin. She’s an amazing producer, writer. You know, we’re just grinding and trying to make my mother proud as well as God.
I started at the ‘Wall Street Journal Report’ as a production assistant typing chyrons and rolling the teleprompter, and then I became a producer, producing stories in the field, then the show’s line producer.
I’ve sung a lot for the Tauranis in the last six years. Now that my contract with them is over, I’m free to sing for others. If ‘Race 3’ is made by another producer, I will.
Thanks to the abundance of shellfish in Puget Sound, Washington State is the largest oyster producer in the country.
Telugu-Tamil producer Thyagarajan has bought the South Indian language rights for two Hindi hit films, Vikas Behl’s ‘Queen’ and Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26.’ He wants me to play Akshay Kumar’s role in the Telugu version of ‘Special 26.’ Akshay and I even look similar, physique-wise.
Post my parents’ divorce, when I was 10, my mother, Deepa Motwane, took up a job as a line producer with documentary filmmaker Shukla Das, who was a cousin of hers. When I was 17, she did a TV talk show and I helped her with research and assisted her as she was also producing that show.
Even though I’ve been making electronic music since I was 14, it’s hard for people to see you as a producer with a musical identity when you’re contextualized in a band that performs on a stage.
That’s Tommy, this great producer who comes in contact with people and must have a mental library of personnel who are great for this and great for that, and he brought this whole group of musicians to the project that I’d never worked with before.
I would like – either as an actor, or producer or even director – to do something sci-fi or action-related. I like sci-fi, always have, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ and all that stuff.
There used to be times when I used to be bothered about box office, director, producer, the actress… If those ticks were marked, I used to say ‘yes’ to a film. Later on, my focus absolutely changed. Now if a character stays with me for two to three nights, I say ‘yes’ to the film.
As a producer you have creative control, and that’s what is so exciting about it. At the end of the day, if you have made a film it’s totally your responsibility, and if it works it’s your responsibility and if it doesn’t it’s also your responsibility.
When you’re a stand-up comic, you live and die by what you say on stage. There’s no director or writer or producer who can tell you what to say and not to say. Once in a while, a club owner will ask a comic to work clean, or not say something, but that’s few and far between.
I have a lot of respect for, always dig, the crew. Sometimes a lot more than the cast. But a good run production team is paramount to making a good film. You just can’t it done without a good line producer, without creative producers, without people who are making stuff happen.
As a producer, I always want to know what makes the kids tick.
Part of the advantage, and part of the result of trying to be a producer and director, are the practical things, you find. It’s so advantageous to go to a place that you already have a feel for, a literal and spiritual familiarity.
I’m working on a movie called ‘Virgin Mary’ with Abigail Breslin. I’m also in ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.’ And I have a television movie coming on Nickelodeon that I worked on with Nick Cannon. I acted in it, but I am more excited about being a producer!
I tend to start with a full set of lyrics, and then my producer, Joel Little, and I work on the music collaboratively.
We make sure we have total artistic control with our albums. We were working with Interscope Records, and they had a hard time with us having all the control. So when we signed with Warner Bros., we told them we would be working hands-on with our producer, and they were cool with it.
The writer and the director are ultimately responsible for what is portrayed and glorified in a film. Then comes the producer.
I like making sounds and putting it together, I’m not just a singer or a producer.
I always wish I had a road map for how to navigate my life as a parent and a producer, but in truth, it’s a lot of trial and error.
I’m a producer. I’m a musician. And my job is to come in and, you know, put – you know, I treat all of the artists that I work with, like, you know, the way da Vinci was looking at Mona Lisa, you know, there’s an interesting backdrop.
I came to New York to be an actor and I became a film producer first.
I sing, but I’m not a singer. I’m just a producer who sings on her own songs because I can’t find anybody else who sounds like me.
I didn’t go into the theater to be a producer, I went into the theater to be a director.
I’m a producer first, and I know music, so I can jump on any song, whether it’s pop or urban, without changing me. Whatever I do, I’m gonna make it classic.
I mean, I’m new but I’ve always been very interested in film making process and I’ve been lucky enough to work with film makers in my past that have been very encouraging to let me hang around. I get so emotionally vested – that the producer part of me was natural.
To be a good producer, one needs to be able to eat lunch, and make ill-informed decisions.
There’s a difference between a beatmaker and a producer.
To me, as a producer, I always want something to set stuff apart.
I know how irritating it is when a producer puts his hand in everything.
I love Kanye for that. Being a producer, making beats, and being a rapper. He does it all.
Before I hit any country I always do my research. I look at what’s on the chart there, what’s worked in the last few years. As a deejay, as a producer, that’s when I get editing. I bring my own edits of tracks that are really cool and happening out there.
As both a consumer and producer of newspaper articles, I have no beef with pay walls. But before signing up, I read the fine print.
I want to be an executive producer.
I love being in front of the camera but I love the fact that I have more control as a producer.
My father was a television director and producer, working on documentaries and current affairs programmes including ‘Panorama,’ and I didn’t think he’d find acting a sensible option. But as soon as I’d finished my A-levels, I got on a train to Edinburgh, and that was it.
You have to pace yourself. As a producer, you start with a concept and shepherd it through the script to the delivery of the film. It’s a very long journey for an hour and 40 minutes of movie.
With literary fiction, generally a film maker falls in love with a book. In commercial fiction, it’s a producer or studio falling in love with a book they can make into a movie with worldwide appeal.
I was not the producer of ‘Vaanaprastham’ earlier. The first producers backed out when they became doubtful about the monetary benefits. I do not blame them. But as an actor, I wanted to make the film. So, I told Shaji sir that I would produce the film. It was only then we started shooting.
I would love to work with Calvin Harris because I think he’s a really good songwriter and producer and he does everything, which I like.
When a producer approaches you, you think about the character, and whether you will fit into it.
I had people who said I was a brilliant producer but I wouldn’t get on the news because I was too northern. But there was no way I was changing my accent – it is the key to my identity.
Your job as a producer is to make suggestions without putting your ego in front of everything else. Also, I think you want to focus on that artist’s best qualities and really highlight them.
If the packaging is good – the actors, director and producer – then it will work, even if the product is not good.
I was like a wonder kid at Uptown. The first record I produced sold two million copies – and I’d only produced it because the producer didn’t show up.
When you are doing stand-up comedy, you are the writer, producer, director, sometimes bouncer.
I’m trying to break away from doing covers or from being considered only as a YouTube star. I’m a singer, songwriter, sound engineer, and producer.
Most of the time, I write songs with the arrangements all at once, in my head. There’s the producer side of me that’s always thinking sounds, like, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great sound if it existed to put in front of a song, to open it up, and then, when it did its thing, something else would happen?
I’ve always felt I struck out with Doris Day. Her son, Terry Melcher, was a producer I worked for at Columbia, and one day, he asked me to go to her house to play piano on a song she was doing. So I get there, and she has about 30 dogs running around the place – turns out she’s a dog rescuer.
When you’re working with a producer, there has to be chemistry.
I was in a TV show called ‘Lucky’ on FX. The casting director from ‘Lucky’ was casting ‘Dragon Wars’. She called me in to meet with the producer and audition, and I got it from there.
I’m not a full-fledged producer, but I can be one if I want to really spend my time on straight being a producer.
On a practical level I’m a TV producer and storyteller who’s gone about as long as you can go without achieving a mass audience.
For me, it’s about becoming a mogul, owning my own projects, and establishing myself as a funding producer. That’s what’s big to me. The movies and all that stuff are great, but the fact that I’m in a position to do what I want to do, however I want to do it and when I want to do it is bigger.
What I do is I basically make records to please myself first and foremost, and so one of the most important things for me as a musician and a writer and a producer is to feel like there’s always a sense of evolution and reinvention with each record.
A producer gets the whole vision done from top to bottom, to making the record to having the record delivered to the world. That’s a producer.
I had done another show called ‘United States of Cars,’ which was a pilot that didn’t get picked up. And they said, ‘You know, we’re doing ‘Top Gear,’ and would you like to meet the guys?’ It was the wild – most wild audition I ever had because I never went to a studio or a producer’s office.
My son Mahadevan recently expressed his interest in acting. As a father, I can only provide him the platform, and that’s precisely what I’m trying to do by turning producer to launch my son.
When I see good films not doing well, irrespective of my role being appreciated or not, I have a problem because then the producer who has made a loss will never believe in investing in good cinema.
I’m a producer, I’m a mom, a friend.
I don’t want to be labeled as a certain style producer; I just want to be producer and musician in general.
Superstars come and go. I want to make sure I am always a producer’s actor. I may be refused to be called a great actor but I have never troubled any of my producers in my life. Honesty always catches the camera, and that is what my strength is.
Studios are an assembly line. They can be a very good assembly line. As a producer, you concentrate on one project at a time. As an executive, you’re in charge of a slate.
I’m used to working with the director and producer, and that’s my relationship. It’s very simple.
After 11 seasons, I retired from football. Four months later I was in Ghana shooting ‘Beasts of No Nation’ as an executive producer.
I think my music covers a broader sound than just ‘Tropical House’… My goal is to simply be a great producer in my own right without being pigeonholed.
With ‘Badlapur’, I wasn’t even thinking about casting. I was wondering whether any producer will want to make a film with a story like this. It is not your expected, feel-good, or even your regular thriller.
I am happy writing and being a producer not a director.
I like working with other people but I’m not a songwriter, I’m a producer.
I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director.
I feel it’s my job to continue being a student of music if I want to continue being an artist and a producer of other artists. You have to keep filling your mind with other music. You have to be ahead of the curve.
Now a movie with 30 million returns would be something very incredible and the producer can only get 10 to 15 million. This is only 100 thousands US dollars. This is not enough!
I did a series called Ned and Stacey for two years for Fox back in the 90s. I was writer on it as well as a producer, and it was very important to me that there were no contemporary references.
Being a consumer of conservative news sites as well as a producer of one, I felt like Drudge’s site abandoned that.
Jessie Wallace was the first time I erupted. She was late, she was young. She’s not like that any more. I lost my temper. It was silly and I burst into tears and ran up to the producer. I said I had been terrible and amateur.
The question at the end of the day was, the courts having found there was no defense, a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect tell the producer go to jail even though there is no law at all that we can use to get you out of jail?
My dad is a successful television producer, director and writer, and my mom’s a director and writer. Even when I was young, I wanted to be an actress.
If you screw up five films straight, then you’re done. It’s a business, the producer invests money and you need to make sure his money is recovered and in the process you give out the best film.
Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch of professionals to participate in a recording session, the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge. That directly related to a film producer’s job.
The sound of ‘Take Her Up to Monto’ and ‘Hairless Toys’ is the sound of me and the producer in the studio doing whatever we like. There is no reference. It’s too easy to be referential now; I’m trying to find something else.
I think you should do Bollywood once you are all into your own market. Doing a Bollywood song for a particular actor or producer, you should be known in the world outside of Bollywood music.
I wanted to make a black story about South Africa. Unfortunately, no producer in the United States would put one penny into a black story.
It took 17 years to get ‘Rambling Rose’ made from the time Calder Willingham wrote the script adapted from his novel. Ed Scherick, the producer, was interested in it. Martha Coolidge was interested in directing it.
My dream as a producer is to be able to build a company that can be a safe haven for artists, for directors and for writers and actors to do what they do best and let them have final edit. I’d like to build something to that effect.
A producer is always behind the scenes, even more in the movies – nobody sees you. I didn’t even meet most of the actors. When I worked on ‘Top Gun,’ I never met Tom Cruise. You were always in the background.
I went from the most underground band in the world to signing with Madonna’s producer and a record label that is extremely mainstream – it was interesting.
I actually became a producer because I saw the producers getting all the babes. They were stealing them from the guitarists.
I would like to do all kind of movies, but it all depends on the producer. The director, the actor, and the producer must like it, and they must be clear about it.
Every so often, you have a producer or a songwriter or both or a team that comes along and really reshapes and redefines sonically what music is and the interpretation of it to the masses.
When you’re making this kind of music, you don’t need a producer. If you’re making pop albums or trying to write hit singles, then yeah, but if you’re writing 20-minute prog epics, as long as you know how to make it sound good, and you have a good mixer, that’s all you need.
From a producer’s point of view, of course, ‘Law & Order’ presents an ideal – a show that is almost entirely actor-proof, that can keep going and going no matter what happens to the cast or how many actors demand raises.
I think of myself as a producer who tries to bring the best out of everyone, whether that be an artist, songwriter or a publicist.
Talking-head shows are just a camera, a sound guy, and then a PA writing down what you say and a producer asking you questions. And you’re just supposed to rephrase the question and add a joke to it. Figuring out how to do that was super hard.
A lot of people don’t know that before the artist, I wanted to be a writer and producer. That’s always been a love of mine. Its easy for me to do it on myself, but it’s fun to create for someone else.
As an actress I knew I had to control my weight gain somehow as any director or producer would like to sign in a svelte actress.
There’s been many times when a producer will say, ‘I don’t think you want to say that.’ We were told we shouldn’t be so brutally honest about songwriting or radio or the industry.
Every creator has to follow what they believe. That’s the message I would love for every single executive to get, to clearly understand, and every single producer out there.
Collider is a company that I formed with a movie producer, Alisa Tager, and we just wanted to create a place where writers could come and develop their ideas without a regard to limitations of form.
The only reason I’m an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer’s office.
‘Perfect competition’ is considered both the ideal and the default state in Economics 101. So-called perfectly competitive markets achieve equilibrium when producer supply meets consumer demand.
The first record we put out on Fueled by Ramon, ‘The Papercut Chronicles,’ we had no idea what the term ‘producer’ meant. It was just us writing songs, and we are trying to go back to that – singing in a room and vibing off each other.
‘Bahubali’ is not about big budgets, big visuals, or massive marketing. If a hero, producer, and director in Bollywood can have that kind of trust, something even bigger than ‘Bahubali’ is possible.
But I really am very active in the choice of the line producer with the producer of record and the distributing company, because I’ve had some terrible, terrible experiences with some line producers, particularly in cable.
As a young man, I went to Paris and soaked up many hours of film knowledge from Robert Hakim in my efforts to become a producer.
One thing about being a stand-up is it’s a one-man show. You gotta do everything. You’re the producer, writer, director, and the actor. You just gotta be out there and perform and give your all. It’s such an honest form of art that it just taught me so much, and it kind of prepared me for manhood at an early age.
It was very unusual, because normally the producer requests the test to determine whether they want to hire someone or not. Olivia was concerned about playing a seventeen year old.
Since signing with Universal, I have been working closely with Gary Ross, the director, producer and screenwriter. We have spent many hours on the phone, and I’ve been sending him information and items that have been useful to the writing process.
It was all to do with the change of producer as well as political reasons I don’t really comprehend.
A lot of people want to blow up as a producer, but what helps you blow up as a producer is an artist that matches well with your music. When that artist gets popular and blowing up, and people start knowing them, that’s when they start knowing you.
I only got to be able to act, because I gave myself a job as a producer.
A producer is someone who actually calls the shots. An executive producer is just a guy that eats more food at craft service.
Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people, and obviously comedy has something to do with that. I’ve been a producer and led people. Also, being a comedian, you’re under pressure.
I’m a producer at heart. I like being in the control room and directing people. That’s what I do. But I’ve gotten on the mic a few times in my career; people seem to like it, so I’ll do it again here and there. But that’s really not my thing.
I’m a record producer and songwriter; I’m a problem-solver.
Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.
I find, as a woman and as a producer, I spend a lot of time convincing people I actually did the work.
Our agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley continues to face historically low prices and producer income, as well as losses due to weather and other disasters.
I’m always up for the challenge of doing more and doing different things. I love being inspired like a new producer all over again.
I needed to be sexier. I needed to be more hip. I needed to be more edgy and this and that. ‘No, don’t write that kind of song, write this type of song. No, don’t work with that producer, work with this producer. No, don’t wear those clothes, wear these clothes.’ And I didn’t want to be a puppet, you know?
I love to improvise when it’s appropriate and encouraged by a producer.
That’s really important in a producer – a producer that can step up and play a keyboard, play a bass, play a guitar, and help you with things instead of just saying, ‘I think this could be better.’
I got started as a producer first, but really, I feel my beats had more life than anyone could rap on them.
I recognize that every role I play, I’m not going to play someone that has a ministry or that is a Christian, and I don’t think that’s what God has called me to do. The gift and talent that He’s given me as an actor, director, producer is to entertain, sometimes to inform, most times to inspire.
The first war movie I ever saw was ‘Platoon,’ and I was eight months pregnant. So my husband, producer Charles Roven, wasn’t sure I’d make it.
I’m a producer for fun. I’m not a professional schooled musician or anything.
I don’t even know what a traditional producer is or does. I feel like the job is like being a coach, building good work habits and building trust. You want to get to a point where you can say anything and talk about anything. There needs to be a real connection.
As a producer, I wanted to make medium-budget films, and I did.
A strategy is something like, an innovative new product; globalization, taking your products around the world; be the low-cost producer. A strategy is something you can touch; you can motivate people with; be number one and number two in every business. You can energize people around the message.
I learned so much from my life as an actor, as a kid actor through being an adult actor, and then becoming a writer and producer and doing animation.
Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or… So everybody understands the hours.
We were delighted to have Nigel as a producer. The only problem is that Nigel is so famous that he seems to dominate most interviews without being there.
Ever since my first film, I had more producers than scripts. And I’ve realised that a certain project requires a certain kind of producer for it to be made well.
Mustard believes in me so much. It’s good to have a mentor that’s been through it. Even though he’s a producer, he’s been a new artist.
E-books, which made their debut in the 1990s, cut costs even more for both consumer and producer, though as the Internet expanded, those roles became confused.
I started posting a few covers on SoundCloud in 2017, and that got me into contact with my producer who I still work with, Josh Fountain.
I feel like a lot of music producers have, like, the same toolbox. And I think, like, to me, as a producer, like, I want something to set my stuff apart.
A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer.
Whereas my producer literally worked on this thing for 10 years and because I gave that presenter credit to David Lynch, she to this day never gets credit. It really kills me.
I want to direct but I think I’d be bloody awful and I don’t want to produce but I think I’d be a very good producer because if I believed in something I’d be able to protect it.
We had some marvelous outtakes, but the producer had destroyed them all.
With technology you can now be your own record company, director, producer, etc. If you have talent, you can display it on the Internet and the world will tell you their thoughts in the matter of seconds!
It is hard for me to understand why we tolerate so many barriers to agriculture trade when America is the No. 1 producer of agriculture products. I think opening up markets – more markets for agricultural sales is a very high priority for us.
For me, every film is like the first picture. I am very choosy with the director and producer.
Having been an actress before becoming a producer has helped, because I realize the needs.
When you work on a Jerry Bruckheimer film, you can be sure of two things: no production value will be spared, and the catering will be as fine as any really really good restaurant. Jerry is an amazing producer, with a commitment to his films second to none.
You know, what a producer does is one of the great mysteries in life, so anyone can be one.
As a producer, I’m trying to challenge myself to just make something that is of a professional quality – not necessarily pop music, but maybe in the sense that Nine Inch Nails is professional quality.
I never planned to become a dancer, but I became one. The same thing happened with acting and direction. I remember I was doing the choreography of a film, and the producer came and offered me to direct the film. It was in Telugu, and that is how it started.
My second record I used a producer, which was frustrating in a way, because I think a lot of the punky spirit and provocative nature of the lyrics didn’t come across – the music was pretty.
I started working as a movie writer and a movie producer… all the way back to ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘Commando.’ All of those experiences, plus working both at DC and at Marvel – each of those things are bricks in the wall.
I was the youngest producer to have a No. 1 record when Kris Kross first came out, and that was a record I held for I don’t know how long.
I think of myself as a producer. As a producer and as a showrunner, I already understand what it meant to gather people into a room and step back, to create the boundaries of ‘everything’s okay’ to allow TV writers to go to their craziest places.
Little Steven – the songwriter, producer, and arranger – stayed alive doing the ‘Lilyhammer’ score. That pretty much took up three or four years of my life, and all of my musical energy went into that.
Well, T Bone’s had a remarkable career as a producer since the time that we first worked together. He was dividing his time between recording and producing when we first met, and touring. We toured together and we were great friends.
I was the only person at Univision who had complete creative control of my own show, by contract. They didn’t like that. I was the executive producer; I owned the studio where we taped. I decided who went on my show and who didn’t.
I have always wanted to be independent. When I became a producer, people said I would not succeed, but I proved them wrong.
In Korea, the director has the final word. If the director makes a decision, that decision is final. In Hollywood, every decision needs to go through the producer, the studio, and sometimes even the main actor. There is a certain procedure that needs to be followed.
Nothing means more to me than making the best music and me getting better as a writer and producer… I want you to know I work really hard. The bar is really high.
The fact is Jerry Weintraub, the handsome, bearish movie producer, the man with the long career, who worked with Arthur Godfrey and Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and George Clooney, is a great storyteller – he’s this as much as he’s anything else. He takes time telling stories, too.
I want to be a director, producer, and a writer. And an actor. So, like, all the things in acting, basically.
I’m a studio rat. I like going in there as producer.
Washington state’s 2nd Congressional District is a major producer of small fruit crops such as raspberries and strawberries. This research center is doing important work to help farmers enhance the quality, yield and marketability of their small fruit crops.
The ‘Remnants’ EP was the first time I got to really explore myself as a producer, and I got the insane idea of doing it on my own in my future career.
I didn’t want to have people open doors for me. My dad never made a call on my behalf to anyone – not to a producer, a director, or a casting agent.
As an executive producer, I feel really lucky.
Each additional idea is a gift to the future. Each additional idea producer is a source of wealth for future generations.
I realized that I need to protect my films because the director will move on, the producer will move on too, but as an actor I will be considered a flop if things will not work.
Sometimes a producer and an artist get together and they make magic like Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. As far as my own music career – you could liken my chemistry with Timbaland to Marty Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
I do media work but I don’t do broadcast on TV. I’m a content producer and creator, so I just go out there and produce awesome content.
I can’t freestyle or else I’ll just start saying anything, so I’ll write the song first and then record. I’ll rap to the producer and he’ll make the beat off my rap.
You have to find a sound that reflects what our souls feel like inside, how our bodies actually feel. That’s why we made our own beats. We couldn’t find a producer who could give us the feeling to match our lyrics.
Immediately after the Floyd experience, I became a pop record producer.
When I saw the rise of the anti-Christ Donald Trump, I was like, ‘Hell no.’ We can’t be in a country where we love celebrities so much that we let the executive producer of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ become the GOP nominee.
A big producer offered me the part of the pretty girl that waits at home for the guy, and I couldn’t do it. That’s not a story I ever want to tell.
A producer should only be there to enable an artist to be himself.
I really liked ‘Super 8’. If Steven Spielberg is an executive producer of anything, you know that it’s going to be amazing!
I can’t really recall the first time I was noticed by a producer but the first time I was on television was doing Daytime for Another World, which I started in December ’75 and went until December ’76.
I think the rise of China is inevitable, because China has moved from a low-cost producer, at low levels of technology, to higher levels of technology, and because it’s very competitive, even in some high-tech products they offer at very competitive rates – much lower than their competitors.
If you got a vibe with a producer I think you should go full-fledged instead of being satisfied with two songs.
Acting has been my first passion, and turning a producer was a natural progression.
Some people see Jermaine Dupri as a producer, and they don’t really know what the songwriting skills are.
Pierre Franey’s producer wanted to do a show with me. This was around 1998, and I think we shot our first PBS show that same year.
‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ was a movie that I repeatedly turned down. The movie’s producer, Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, known for his tight-fisted control of the James Bond movie franchise, desperately wanted to re-team Julie Andrews and me after the success we’d enjoyed with ‘Mary Poppins.’
Every single line, every single thing has to be fought over. There’s kind of like an intrinsic doubt from absolutely everyone in my crew, my producer, everyone. It’s not just the film industry – it’s a worldwide thing. It’s the culture of the world to doubt women.
It’s great being a producer! Why am I wasting my career writing and directing? Those are actual jobs in which you work. Being a producer, it’s kind of like you just go to the set, yell at a couple of people, and then stay up all night dancing in nightclubs.
I see myself maybe being, like, a movie producer or screenwriter or a novelist or a scientist or mathematician.
The experience of being a young, blonde, naive but well-intentioned young producer was both intimidating and eye-opening.
I spend a lot of time working in the studio as a producer, not just a singer.
As a producer, it’s not unusual to find yourself on the field, backstage, often with a camera crew and living with constant anxiety of accidentally ending up in the shot.
Well, Babyface brings his savoir faire to every project. He’s a very easy producer to work with, very detailed in listening to everything.
When my film flops, I believe it is my mistake. There have been times when I didn’t come out of my house because my films didn’t do well. I lock myself in for months. I don’t talk to people. I feel bad for producer, director, for those who lost money. It’s never about myself or my career alone.
Puffy produced four of the tracks on the album. Those are the four songs that are collaborations between Puffy and me. And he gives me my space to work even when we work together, like with my producer and my vocal coach.
We’re a unique band, so why have a generic producer lumping you in a box with other bands that sound the same?
An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.
The film ‘The Queen’ came about with a producer saying to me that he wanted me to write about the circumstances behind Diana’s death. I think he was hoping that I would come up with some journalistic scoop that would identify an MI5 covert plot.
There’s definitely a couple of people I’ll play stuff to when it’s nearly finished just to see what they think; Mark, our producer, his wife is Australian and just listens to the radio – she’s awesome – and, I guess, is quite a casual music listener.
I would always rather be working on the band. All that other stuff is stuff I really enjoy doing, but I don’t consider it… like, I don’t want to be a producer. I don’t consider that as my life’s goal.
It’s always been a dream of mine to be Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, and here I am performing alongside Robert Lindsay and being directed by a major Broadway producer. Who said dreams don’t come true?
As a producer, I have always made music to create memories and as a DJ, I’ve always been keen to share those good times with fellow like-minded individuals.
You can’t be in a bubble being a producer. You have to keep up on what’s happening at all times.
Salman Khan did not help me get movie offers. What rubbish! Will any producer take a risk of millions of rupees at the instance of any person? Everyone knows that the film industry is highly competitive, and one gets a job on one’s talent only and not on any recommendation.
I don’t watch the movies I make, so I haven’t seen ‘Footloose’ since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it’s pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn’t want me.
Every actor, director, and producer want all their films to do well. So you choose the role carefully, listen to the script, and work hard. But there is no way of predicting whether it will be a hit or a flop.
I never had any plans to become a producer when I was a kid. I wanted to be a DJ, like most other kids at the time. Then my mum bought me a Casio keyboard and I started to sample sounds that I liked.
Part of the fun of working on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ for me, was that I got a lot of freedom from our executive producer, Chuck Rosen, to add things, change things. I got a lot of freedom to be creative.
What you learn when you direct a film, even more so than as a producer, it’s a marriage. It’s like a relationship with that film so you’ve got to make sure that it’s really something that you want to live with for three years or however long it is. So I haven’t found the right thing to marry yet.
I wound up getting pulled into being a consultant on the Lifetime drama ‘For the People.’ The executive producer said, ‘I want you to write scripts.’ We sold pilots to a bunch of different networks.
If no producer, no movie.
Chemistry is not anything an executive producer or writer can orchestrate or plan; you just hope for it.
As a producer, I probably am a little stronger than most, since I was a director originally.
All I ever really work for is to be a really good engineer, a good producer, a good executive, good in the world of Beats. That’s power to me.
I thought that it would be easier to learn that if I worked in motion pictures. So I went to work with one motion picture producer who was developing a color system. This didn’t do to me much good. All I did was pick filters for the camera.
On Belle de Jour, the producer was very protective. It was very hard for me.
I’ve been on so many movies. Generally, I haven’t gotten to be on the ground level. As of two years ago, in ‘Dear John,’ I got to really be on the ground floor. I wasn’t a producer. I felt like I put the work in, and I did have a lot of sway on what got fixed, reshoots, so on and so forth. It felt really good.
I do not need a producer. I need only a good production manager. I need only a man who will give me money.
When I was in college, I studied business because I thought I wanted to be a director and producer.
I was creator and executive producer of ‘The Brady Bunch’ on TV. The stage version was done by others, but it was a repeat of the old scripts. The ‘Gilligan’ musical is a completely original work with all seven characters and 18 original songs.
A lot of what being a producer is, is giving people space. Like psychologically being there to help them realize what they’re trying to do.
I thought I’d be a low-key producer or something, politics and film at the same time. But also, I’m not a big movie person – my girlfriend gets mad at me because I go to sleep whenever we go to the movies.
There’s one thing which I hate about color films… people who use up a lot of their despairing producer’s money by working in the laboratory to bring out the dominant hues, or to make color films where there isn’t any color.
With a musical, you kind of have to do a mind-meld with the book-writer, the lyricist, the composer, the director – sometimes the producer. I think that’s a reason why musicals are the hardest form.
1900 was a bit of mixed bag, it seems to me, on the one hand, because this is the year when this country becomes the premiere producer of manufactured goods. Clearly, a lot of people were making a lot of money, but it’s also a time that reflects the savaging of one of the deepest depressions.
I want to put a face to my music, I don’t want to be a faceless producer or faceless artist.
Today a record producer is even more involved and is often the production’s sole musician, one person playing all the instruments one-by-one.
When I started writing the screenplay for ‘The Queen,’ about the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana, both Stephen Frears, the director, and Andy Harries, the producer, begged me not to put Tony Blair in it.
I had set a goal of being a producer by 25.
As a producer, when you get to work with a filmmaker who is joyful about making films, you want to do it again and again.
You can’t be an artist while you’re producing, because you’ll be over-critiquing the producer part.
I remember the first 45 record I bought. It was called ‘A Dog a Donut’; it was a breakbeat. Actually, I think I bought two at one time, and the other one was ‘Dance to the Drummer’s Beat.’ Those are breakbeats. I paid a dollar for it, for each one. Your average producer or DJ would know who came out with those.
I finally, you know, moved to Mexico City, where the film industry is. I started working there as a producer, which is a very, very valid thing for women to do, because we always produce for men, right?
I can meet any producer in Hollywood and look them in the eye, knowing I didn’t sleep with them, or do drugs with them.
I think from the age of thirteen, I really wanted to be a producer and I’ve always thought that the producer was the top of the tree.
Drake is a lyrical genius, and he’s great with melodies, and Pharrell is an amazing producer and songwriter.
I’m not a writer, director or producer.
While I used to make my living principally as a record producer, as time went on, I had to depend more and more on my live performances because of the evolution of the record industry, which has de-emphasized what made it possible to make a living.
I am a very big fan of Brian Eno, of his work as an artist and making his music, and as a producer. In some ways, I have looked to his career as a model for my own.
You know, when you’re a producer, you’re a bit of a lackey. You’re just making cups of tea and making sure they’ve got newspaper, stuff like that.
Even as an actor, much before I turned director or producer, I was somebody who was very involved with every film I was doing. I would pretty much be a part of a project from the time they toss the ball to the marketing. It’s very simple.
Being able to hear an artist and emulate them has been a huge part of being successful as a producer and co-writer. I think it’s a problem when a producer comes in to work with an artist, and you can’t hear the artist as well anymore. It’s very important to me to be invisible.
Producing all my own songs and refusing to go to the hot producer. That’s the biggest risk I’ve taken so far.
By the time I was ten, everyone knew I wanted to be a producer. I was a very precocious little boy.
The idea that America, whose oil production has been declining for the past 40 years, is now on track to become the world’s biggest producer by 2015 is still hard to grasp.
Many years ago, I was a producer on a movie called ‘My Dog Skip.’ Willie Morris, the great southern writer, had written the book. We had adapted it and taken 17 years of his life and compressed it into one year.
My husband himself is a producer, so we know the practical difficulties of producers.
Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.
It’s just that back then we didn’t know that was considered being a coproducer. I would sit on the side and say what I wanted musically, but at the time we thought if you aren’t the one playing it, you don’t get the credit. Now you’ll start seeing my name listed as producer.
You always want to be innovating and creating what’s next. Versatility is also really important for a producer.
I’ve always been an independent producer. I’d kind of like to be hired help for a change. I don’t mind that.
Oh, she just happened to be a friend of the producer’s. Or, oh, they’ve been trying to get her from the beginning and she just had a spot open up. There are always little loopholes, so I don’t take anything personally anymore.
I would love to do a track with Will.I.Am. He’s always creating amazing songs. I mean, to be honest, Chris Brown has always been amazing, so I would hop on there and let him do his thing and create some magic there. As for a producer, I would love to work with J.R. Rotem. He’s my favorite producer out there.
For a producer, I’ve been behind the scenes my whole career.
As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I’ve never heard one say, ‘No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.’ They will always say, ‘You don’t like him? I’ve got somebody else.’ They’re totally spineless.
I write a lot of my own music. I usually go in with a producer, and every now and then there will be another writer in the room.
I had completely changed from being a mixtape DJ to being a producer and working with Nas and stuff like that.
You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart.
If did go back to school, I would want to learn another aspect of the entertainment industry like to become a producer or an agent, you need a law degree.
If you are looking for a producer, try to contact established producers. Don’t let the fear of theft paralyze you, or you will never get anywhere with it.
My producer, HH, makes sounds, so I’m writing to his beats.
Honestly, I’m willing to experiment with far more variety in roles than I’m given. But ultimately, it’s the producer’s decision. But, I’ve done a variety of roles – the evil don, the evil husband… I’ve done villainous roles, supporting roles, etc.
I have always accepted films based on what my role is. Of course, I do look at who is playing the lead opposite me, the producer and the director.
If I was going to do anything, I’d be a producer, only because I’d like to have a say in what gets made and what doesn’t.
Saying no to a project is not easy. I’m always under the impression that I might end up upsetting the director or producer of a film.
On my first movie, there were three women: the body-makeup girl, the hairdresser, and the secretary of the producer.
Any part I do is a marriage of the words – what the playwright or producer or show runner’s vision is – to how I would play it. It took me a while to get rid of ‘Oh, they want it this way, so I’m going to do it how they want it.’
Prince, Bootsy Collins, Earth Wind & Fire and Parliament all had albums that sound different. I wanted to show, as a hip-hop producer, I’m one of those that can do anything, because I was raised on so much music aside from rap and hip-hop.
The people on ‘Quintuplets’ were great, but I wasn’t a producer on that show, and it wasn’t exactly my taste.
If I’m not putting out music, I’mma be producing for everybody. I got an artist named Mike Slice. He’s nice, and he’s real good. I’m doing a bunch of production for all the artists in the industry because I’m as much as a producer as I am an artist.
As a director, you need the Saul Zaentz type of producers. Zaentz was a guy who literally capped the storm outside of the director so that they could do their job. That’s a great producer.
Everybody in L.A. is a songwriter, producer, actor, creative. For some reason, you’re supposed to go to a bar and all hang out and act like you like each other. There is a lot of fake stuff that goes on.
I’m a designer, producer and I am hands-on for every project I undertake. The creative side of what I do is really something I think people overlooked for a while.
The beauty about being a producer is you sit there, and you explore ideas which become a passion, which slowly becomes a reality.
I always wanted to find my voice and claim my tone, but I was doing it through the steps of being a TV writer. I had the executive producer title. I was running the room.
I’m unapologetic about multi-tasking. From being a television producer to a musician, an actor, and a film producer, I would like to believe there has been growth in my career.
I just always want a new producer. I’m going to have a new producer on the next one. Because I’m the same person, and I feel like, I know I’m going to bring to it a certain sensibility that’s me, and I want to have something different coming out on each album.
My definition of a producer is ‘the man with the dream.’
When you do a first movie, you’re contractually supposed to do the second one and then you don’t do it, you become an executive producer. That’s why there are a ton of directors who have executive producer credits on other movies.
My siblings are so talented. My sister’s a producer, and my brothers and I all write.
From the engineer to the producer, all of these roles are critical to creating a song.
In ‘Maaya,’ I’m going shirtless for the first time in my career. My producer requested me to take off my shirt in one of the scenes. I have been working extremely hard to flaunt a perfect body for the scene.
Whether you’re an actor, producer, writer, or director, it’s all about the story you’re going to tell.
I don’t want to be labeled as just a producer. Producers have little control and they get little respect. And I’m a man of respect.
No one ever said that I couldn’t create my own projects, but no one actually told me that I could be an executive producer, either.
I will never become a director or a movie producer. I was always looking at picture directing because I didn’t know what to do! You can’t be a movie director without real preparation.
We were the victims of the new producer but what annoyed me was they told the press we were leaving before us.
I want to be known simply as a producer who makes music.
Usually I start with a beat, I start making a beat, and my producer side is making the beat. And on a good day, my rapper side will jump in and start the writing process – maybe come up with a hook or start a verse. Sometimes it just happens like that. A song like ‘Lights Please’ happens like that.
Filmmaking has always involved pairs: a director coupled with a producer, a director alongside an editor… The notion of couples is not foreign to cinema.
I mean, my dad’s a television producer, and I knew I could get a job as an assistant or a reader with one of his friends, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do.
You can sit around and complain that Hollywood doesn’t make any good movies. But you can generate your own material. So I read books. I come up with ideas. I was the producer on ‘The Woodsman’ to help get that off the ground. Sometimes that extends itself to directing.
I was in the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design, on a scholarship. I was – still am – an artist. They were looking for an actor for ‘Take a Giant Step,’ and a producer liked my look and asked if I could act. I said, ‘Yep!’ Then I got into acting more or less just to make money for paints and canvases.
You kind of have to have no ego to be a producer and a songwriter.
I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer.
I never went to work on a movie set until I was a producer and director.
I’ve struggled a lot to get where I am. I initially got rejected by every producer. But no complaints. I enjoyed each and every moment of the struggle. My first break came in 1997 from Krishna Vamsi and then Puri Jagannadh, who is my closest friend. I owe everything I am to him. Our careers have evolved simultaneously.
Becoming a producer enables you to empower yourself, to make the film that you want to make. I have desires to make movies – I have movies I’m developing, and things that I’m interested in.
People think that by living on some mountainside in a tent and being frozen to death by freezing rain, they’re somehow discovering reality, but of course that’s just another fiction dreamed up by a TV producer.
It’s a battle between record company, between producer and between mastering engineer. Because the louder you make your record in a digital process, the more dynamics are squished out of it. Nobody knows exactly what happens, but the dynamics in the performance disappear, and everything is at the same volume.
You can have a favorite band, but when they sign with a major label… maybe a new producer says, ‘You can’t do that, take this down a notch.’ And you’ll keep listening, but you’ll always think their first album was their best album.
I’m a producer, not just a beatmaker but a producer.
When we’re shooting, I’m in producer mode.
Contract farming can be promoted if it is structured on the basis of a win-win situation both for the producer and the purchaser.
When it comes to song creation, I throw in my ideas and have it discussed with the producer. The song gets its own characteristic as new ideas are incorporated.
When you tell your kids they can be anything, you’ve got to be careful. I told my kids that, and I ended up with a music producer and an interior designer. But they’re doing it.
I want to direct more often. The job of a producer brings its own benefit as you start to see the simplicity of film making. But yes there is a constant battle between the director and producer in me.
My father Kamran Khan was a successful producer, director and actor in B-grade films.
When I started Samhain, I remember a producer telling me that I had a real band now.
I auditioned for a movie recently, and when I went in, the producer said he’d told one of its stars, Naomi Watts, that he was auditioning me, and she’d said, ‘She’s so funny; she’s a great actress – you should hire her.’ What a lovely, kind, and supportive thing to do for another woman.
I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer, director and so on.
I produce the records. I don’t hand over control to some really expensive producer who then talks to the record company and then tries to bend me to their will – for commercial purposes.
I realized you can be the dopest producer technically, but if the songs don’t give you emotion, it doesn’t matter.
I came home in the afternoon to sleep, and there was this e-mail from Comedy Central saying they were interested in having me be part of this new show called ‘Jump Cuts’! So I called them right away, and the producer started laughing and said, ‘We sent that e-mail one minute ago – you’re so fast!’
Benzino has a long, credible history as a rapper and as a producer.
It’s very hard to not give in, to sell your soul: to flatter a more experienced male person of power, a producer or director, in order to get what you want. You feel a pressure to flutter your eyelashes and flirt because you know that will work, and I think it’s admirable to not do that.
I’m a very good listener. I think that’s one of the things that makes me a good producer. But it’s a challenge for me because my custom is to listen and absorb what someone is saying and take it in, and not necessarily comment.
I get on really well with Jake Gosling, who is a great producer, and I have written a song with Fraser T Smith.
When ‘The Pacific’ came around, I had to audition the old-fashioned way. It was the casting director and then the producer and then another producer and another producer and then Spielberg and Hanks.
But I remember feeling as a producer I felt like the guy who called the caterer and got the band; I had to work the party while everybody else was having a good time.
The hardest part, for me, is being in the band and knowing the way I want certain things to sound, but also having to listen to opinions, and very valid opinions, of my bandmates. So, sometimes, I’ll have to have conversations with them as a producer and then conversations with them as a bandmate.
You know, in the days when I started, if you had Chet Atkins’ name on your record as a producer and it was on RCA, you could work the road. It didn’t have to be a big hit record, it just had to have that on it.
For the good producer, raising capital is about the last thing to worry about. If you’re good, the money comes very easily.
I’m thinking about a few weeks in Montreal to work with a producer I met there.
The whole idea behind virtual integration is that it lets you meet customers’ needs faster and more efficiently than any other model. With vertical integration, you can be an efficient producer – as long as the world isn’t changing very much.
I bought a year’s production of flax from a single field owned by a Dutch producer. That’s 10,000 kilograms of flax, enough to enable industrial level production. Now, I’m weaving it into tablecloths, tea towels, and other items at the Textile Museum in Tilburg. I’m producing hundreds of grown-up products!
I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was 4 years old.
As a producer, I want to back projects, talents, and scripts that speak to me not just as someone from the industry, but as an audience.
Nobody taught Picasso how to paint – he learned for himself. And nobody can teach you to be a producer. You can learn the mechanics, but you can’t learn what’s right about a script or a director or an actor. That comes from instinct and intuition. It comes from inside you.
I am unashamed to say that I have a super-crush on Kate Oates, the series producer of ‘Coronation Street.’
It doesn’t matter how many records you’ve made; there’s always a new experience you can get with a new producer.
There’s no lack of talent out there. I suspect there is a lack of creative guidance, and that would not be solely the responsibility of a director but also a producer.
A distinguished producer called Kenith Trodd actually lived in his office for over a year – the cleaners refused to go in because it was such a tip.
Eventually, I want to be a creative producer that isn’t in things. The acting is more of a secondary thing for me now.
But I’m a historian. I wasn’t interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public.
In Austin, you work in anything that will pay and a lot of things that don’t. The documentary filmmaker may also be a gaffer on a feature and producer for a commercial series and web host. Everyone just does a little bit of everything, and you have to because it’s a secondary market.
My work ethic is crazy. I’m a producer, an artist, and a video director.
There are times when it’s absolutely appropriate to march up to someone, stick out your hand and introduce yourself, and times when it’s best to let your male cameraman or producer do the talking and hang back until you’ve felt out the situation.
I realized that I wanted to get better in every way. As a person, as a friend, as a songwriter, as a musician, as an artist, record producer, you name it.
Most of the albums that have taken long have been related to illness and fatigue or producer problems.
I am an actress, a producer, a philanthropist, a wife, and above all a mommy to my beautiful babies, Leonardo and Valentino.
I think a lot of what I loved being a studio executive was the variety and freedom. But now, as a producer, you’re much more able to enjoy those two things. What I loved about it doesn’t necessarily exist anymore.
A producer friend of mine from film school had read some of my early screenplays – some experiments I had done to see how fast I could write something.
I’m a writer-director originally from Rhode Island, now living in Los Angeles. I’ve spent the past eleven years working with a writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, and am now making the transition into feature directing thanks to this script we wrote together and our incredible producer Jordana Mollick.
Back 20 years ago, I was recording with Bruce Springsteen, and his producer called me and said I had to be in the studio the next day to finish the sessions, and I couldn’t. I had to be in court, in California. All this took like 10 years out of my life.
As a producer, I learned not to declare anything about a movie I’m not directing.
What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
India needs better producers than screenwriters. No producer wants to invest in out-of-the way scripts.
Being an executive producer allows me the opportunity to create original content, and I can’t wait to show my fans what we have in store on ‘Kocktails with Khloe.’
Today I divide my day between being actor, producer and distributor, and the monotony is broken.
It was immediately apparent that it was full of tricky ingredients to balance. In fact, I found it very intriguing. What held me back from saying yes to the producer was that I wasn’t sure who could play Truman.
I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.
If an executive producer has written a certain line, and an actress says it, and it’s not very funny, you don’t dare go to them and say, ‘I don’t like this,’ because it will make your life miserable.
You want to give the person as much freedom as you can within the boundaries of being a responsible producer with a contract to a studio. It’s about giving as much freedom as you can, and the more the filmmaker proves he or she is on the track that you feel good about, then you just kind of watch dailies.
I am happy being an actor. Donning the hat of a producer was a tough job and a different experience, as it involved watching the crew’s requirements, keeping track of the finances, and also perfecting my role as an actor. But it was a tremendous learning experience.
I landed a job at HBO, working for two years on the ‘The Alzheimer’s Project,’ which aired in May 2009. I was fortunate to work with a great mentor, producer John Hoffman, and the amazing doc filmmaker Susan Froemke.
So I became a producer because I knew one of the reasons was they didn’t do them the way I thought was right.
It is a great honor to become Executive Producer of ‘Frontline.’ David Fanning’s mentorship and partnership over the past fifteen years has been extraordinary. I am inspired by his legacy and honored to guide ‘Frontline’s future.
My uncle is an actor, my dad is a producer, so they asked me if I was interested, and I was like, ‘How can someone act in front of so many people with lights and emote.’
A producer has to want you. And if the producer trusts you and asks for your vision, it frees you up so much, not having to explain or fight for every decision. You’re allowed to create.
I don’t make my living writing; I make my living as a producer and as a director.
It was a very difficult time, 1984. ‘Happy Days’ ended. I said, ‘There’s no way I can be a producer.’ My attorney said, ‘You’ll learn.’ The first thing we sold was the ‘MacGyver’ television series. We shot 139 episodes between 1985 and 1992.
I’m not interested in being the producer of somebody else’s song.
You can call me a beat-maker, but I’m a record producer.
My own father was a refugee from the Spanish civil war in the 1930s, later going on to become a BBC radio producer after World War II.
To take a whole load for a whole album on yourself is very challenging and kind of hard to execute when you don’t have a reputation as a producer. If you do it for fun, you get a good outcome.
Every actor has their own process. For me, I really need to stay in the pocket. So, if I’m on set and I’m in character, I’m not thinking like a producer. If I’m on set and I’m not in character, wardrobe and make-up, and I’m just coming on set for the moments that I’m not shooting, then I’m able to be the producer.
You are treated like a cog in a machine. The director might be obsessing so much with the stunts that he doesn’t notice your performance, and the producer may just be an insane money man, but I have no snobbery about the movies.
My mother stayed at home and raised me and my closest sister, and that meant that the American Dream and what he was doing on television as a character and behind the scenes as a producer was producing for us at home, so it is your life.
You see, it took me so long, it was such a struggle, to move myself out of musicals – because I had had a success, nobody wanted to allow me to direct a non-musical picture. It was so hard. And the only way I could get it going was to become a producer myself.
Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali – someone who actually creates a sound for them.
In the case of Roadcase Royale, everyone in the band has a lot to offer as a writer and producer.
A dream of mine is to become an executive producer and writer. I would love if that ended up happening to me in the future.
Since I met Starsmith, my producer, I really feel like I’m making music because we write it together and produce it together. I’ve got a proper involvement in the end product as opposed to just writing a song and finding someone else to produce it.
I do a lot of co-writing with my producer RedOne, and then a lot on my own. I just like to be creative.
And people say it all the time: ‘You’re a celebrity.’ No, I’m an actor. I’m a producer. I’m a director. I’m a toad. I’m roadkill. I’m anything but a celebrity.
I really didn’t even pick producers. I just picked beats, except for Dre – he’s the only producer I knew I wanted to work with.
If I have enough ego to say I’m a writer, a director, a producer, and an actor, I should have the energy and the knowledge to write a scene for this great actor named Henry Fonda and direct him in it and have it work.
A good producer brings out the best in the artist he’s working with. You shouldn’t be able to listen to something and say, ‘So-and-so produced this album.’
Got two kids; one’s a record producer who lives just up the road from me – great guitarist and piano player, too.
It has been shown that, in contrast to everything which classical national economy has hitherto taught, not the producer but the consumer is the ruling factor in economic life.
I don’t consider myself just a rapper or just a singer. I’m a music producer, lyricist. I’m a poet as well, and acting is also a part of big entertainment.
A disk unbeknownst to the director can go to the producer in another city or in another office and that producer can edit behind the director’s back much easier than in the old days. Since these dailies are now put on videotape, more kinds of people have access to dailies.
I’ve been accused of being unambitious, but what I do takes up every minute. I’m executive producer, I’m a writer and the host.
On my ‘Mickey’ video, I was the director, producer, choreographer, editor, singer – everything.
My job as a DJ and a producer is just to have a big encyclopedia in my head.
Part of our job is to dig deep and rediscover the joy that we had when we were first starting out. Also, when you gain responsibility, if you are the host of a TV show and you have responsibilities as a producer and a writer and so forth, you then have to deal with the mechanics of it, which is not always fun.
I thought I wanted to work in music production for a while. I worked for a film producer. Then I was given the opportunity to open a bar in New York. So, I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to give it a shot.’
I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.
I started out as a producer. and I used to work at Disney. and I worked with a lot of the animators and went on to become great friends with a lot of these guys and worked on a lot of projects together.
Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
My responsibility is to the artist first. There’s something that artists intrinsically know about their music and their fanbase that neither the record company nor the producer really knows.
People in the record business would say, Well, Pras, you know, you haven’t been out in a while, maybe you should get today’s hottest producer or rapper to do something.
I now possess the tools as a producer and a songwriter to really just go out and make smashes all day long. I could make an album full of smash records that got pop appeal. But my heart is in hip-hop. My heart is in telling stories. And it’s like therapy for me.
I’m trying to learn things behind the camera and what a producer does and shadowing the directors.
A commodity producer should be comfortable being exposed to prices.
It’s understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
I do have electric guitars, because I’ve always believed, especially when I’m working in the studio with other bands as producer, that there should be a really nice Strat around.
I like to make records sound good. I’m more like a reducer than a producer. If an artist cannot produce themselves, what’s the point?
I think my music has always been a mixture, depending on whom I’m working with – what band, what musicians, what producer.
Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.
If a thing is going to represent you, your vision, you should be involved in every aspect of that thing. I like my role as executive producer on anything probably as much as performer.
I look at old interviews and things and they say, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ I say, ‘I want to be a producer.’ And I’m really fortunate that I was able to do it.
In my previous profession, when I was a producer, scriptwriter and actor, I wanted to get an Oscar, I wanted to be popular in the U.S.A.
The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman alone.
In the not-for-profit world, I never felt that being female was an impediment. I was, however, given my break into commercial theatre by a female producer, Judy Craymer, and women – in particular, Donna Langley, president of production at Universal – were crucial in giving ‘Mamma Mia’ a home in Hollywood.