Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That's not a criticism they're passionate about cutting hair or cooking food and that's why they got in the business not because they have an MBA.
The most important decision I've made in business? The choices of people I have around me. When I first started I brought everybody with me my homies from the neighborhood criminals. I just said 'Come on everybody we made it.' Then I had to realize we didn't make it. I made it.
I used to be focused on being the dopest rapper in the game and then once that became what I was I wanted something different and I wanted to become the best businessman in the game. I wanted to learn how to master the business like I mastered the rap.
I know from my own experience and from other people in the business that when you come from a place where nobody knew who you were and then there is this sudden shift to where everybody now knows who you are there's an adjustment that you have to make.
Independent film is almost nonexistent right now because all the distributers that used to love to put out these little art films are all out of business right now because it costs so much to open a movie.
I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery. Those things interest them more than humanity and I wish them the best of luck.
Some people work hard in this business and become really popular really big stars but they never receive an award from within the business. Somehow when your colleagues and friends believe in you to the point of handing you an award it means so much more.
How many deaf people do you know in real life? Unless they live in a cave or are 14 which seems to be true for most people in this business what could I possibly tell them that they don't already know?
Just because you've made a couple movies you've done some good movies you've been nominated for some Academy Awards whatever nobody's entitled. It's a business. If they don't see it I can think they're wrong but I'm not entitled to a $15 million budget to make a film.