Thinking back to the start of your career, what is the most useful advice you ever received?
Talking on a payphone in an empty hallway outside a huge studio, I was empty, scared and out of ideas. On the other end of the line, I got some useful advice. “Make work that delights you.” This redundantly obvious suggestion remains a radical challenge. To follow this advice is to look for the traces of delight, pleasure, or joy even as we stand amidst unspeakable violence, silence, sorrow, and extinction. “Make work that delights you.” In that invitation, I have found a palatable beckoning, a rigorously gentle, heartbreaking and goofy, and at times even brutal journey into the core of this delighted life. It’s from here that I work to “make work that delights you.”