When I started, I was told that, for all intents and purposes, I was playing a human, which made it easier. Until they told me, ‘Grace, you’re a Cylon, she wouldn’t do that.’ And later, I learned that Cylons are actually more human than humans. This has been an ongoing exploration.
I’ve been a model for 15 years, and I’ve been on ‘Top Chef’ for eight seasons, and before that I had other cooking shows, so I’ve learned a thing or two about how to camouflage certain areas and how to draw the eye to a preferable area of the body.
I’ve learned that one thing about my life that is certain is trouble.
We didn’t do anything wrong, but among the lessons learned, given the magnitude of the problems we now face in Afghanistan, a major U.S. force on the ground would convince the world we were in for the long-haul recovery of a country devastated by 21 years of warfare.
Everything I learned about the Great Depression was from a college textbook.
I was also very lucky to be a teammate of two of the greatest players to have ever played the game. I learned very early on by playing for Frank Robinson and with Henry Aaron that even the greatest players in the game were just one of the guys.
So you’ll teach me?” Val asked.Ravus nodded agin. “I will make you as terrible as you desire.””I don’t want to be – ,” she started, but he held up his hand.”I know you’re very brave,” he said.”Or stupid.””And stupid. Brave and Stupid.” Ravus smiled, but then his smile sagged. “But nothing can stop you from...
I learned you have to fight for yourself in the picture business.
Short fiction is the medium I love the most, because it requires that I bring everything I’ve learned about poetry – the concision, the ability to say something as vividly as possible – but also the ability to create a narrative that, though lacking a novel’s length, satisfies the reader.
Something I’ve learned being in this industry for so long is that if you want to work with somebody, call them up. Very few musicians have any illusions about genre boundaries. They are useful descriptive terms, but they don’t really bind musicians.
I think the most important thing is you have to learn to love auditioning, which I have definitely learned to love. It’s going to be a huge part of your career, even if you’re right at the top. You’re still going to have to audition sometimes, and if you don’t learn to love that, that’s...
In a previous life I wrote the software that controlled my physics experiments. That software had to deal with all kinds of possible failures in equipment. That is probably where I learned to rely on multiple safety nets inside and around my systems.
I think the most important leadership lessons I’ve learned have to do with understanding the context in which you are leading. Universities are places with enormously distributed authority and many different sorts of constituencies, all of whom have a stake in that institution.