Top 580 Producer Quotes

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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.

My producer for the first ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movie, Melissa Cobb, is an amazing woman. She’s supersmart and helps push everyonemale, female, anyone – to do their best.

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.

The first principle of the market economy is that it is comprised of many small buyers and sellers, which implies a substantial degree of equity. Another fundamental market principle is that costs are internalized in the producer’s price.

Part of the job of being a producer is the Vulcan mind meld, where you listen not to what they’re saying but what they mean.

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.

From the engineer to the producer, all of these roles are critical to creating a song.

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.

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.

If your knowledge is in your hands and in your mind, then nobody can take it away from you. Be kind and be on time! You never know who you’re talking to – the waitress today could be the producer tomorrow, so it pays to be kind to everyone.

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.

I am no expert on tax; I’m a film producer. I read books and think about which ones would make good movies, and then I work with directors in order to make them.

I remember lying to my producer that I’d heard Sean Penn was coming out of a different exit, just to avoid him – he was punching journalists left, right and centre at that point.

Paul Kaye
The challenge for a director – and I think a lot of directors feel the same way – is that today we have to put on a producer’s hat, too. Meaning, you have to sometimes think of it being ‘business show,’ not just ‘show business.’

The producer should decide what kind of music is being made, what it’s going to sound like – all of it: the why, when, and how.

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.

What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent. The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the government of this country they have accepted and admitted.

Olusegun Obasanjo
No support of one star or one director or one producer can make any individual actor a star. You have to connect with the audience; the audience have to like you. That is something that cannot be manipulated or fought for or tried for. Either they like you, or they don’t.

I was a TV producer at a noncommercial station, and we were producing some good documentaries – on Head Start, on poverty. But I was struck by the children, and the damage that poverty was doing to them. I didn’t think filming them was helping much, so I wondered how we could use TV for them, to teach them.

Joan Ganz Cooney
For John Woo, it is quite difficult to make a movie in Hollywood in his own style. Because Hollywood is based on a producer system, it is difficult for a director to express himself using his own style of filmmaking.

Alan Mak
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.

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.

William Singe
Earlier in my career, I needed to be the writer, casting director, set designer, leading man, and producer. I’ve been eliminating a lot of those jobs. I’m an executive producer right now. I still get to pick the best screenplays.

I think that one of the greatest perspectives that I have, from being a buyer for my whole career until I became a producer, is that I have a pretty good understanding of the buyer’s mentality.

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.

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.

Eventually, I want to be a creative producer that isn’t in things. The acting is more of a secondary thing for me now.

Jason Gann
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’ve known the glory of the stage and the glory of the spotlight. I still crave it. I want to be on ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘Soul Train‘ as a solo artist. As a producer, songwriter and arranger, I help other artists say what they want to say. But on my records, I say what I want to say.

Narada Michael Walden
I think, in our life I think that when you are an actor, when you are a producer, you have to be very discreet about your personal life, and you have to be closed in, in harmony and in affection and in everything.

When I’m hired just to be an actress, I don’t have to worry about anything else but showing up on set, making sure I know my lines and making sure I know what I’m bringing to the character. When I’m a creator and executive producer, I have to worry about the whole thing.

Paula Garces
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.

Roshon Fegan
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 always do stories that I believe in, characters that I find interesting, and directors who I want to work with. All these factors have contributed while making choices and continue to as an actor and as a producer.

Television is much more of a producer’s writer’s medium, so a lot of the time, when you’re directing a television show, they have a color palette on set or a visual style and dynamic that’s already been predetermined, and you just kind of have to follow the rules.

I hope to be a producer, a musician, a painter, a photographer – I’m going to push myself to do as many things as I can and see where it goes.

Lucas Grabeel
Immediately after the Floyd experience, I became a pop record producer.

Alan Parsons
I had a meeting with the producer of ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ which is my favorite movie. He introduced me to Francis, and I spent six months going to Napa and Buenos Aires, auditioning for Francis and doing these incredible improvisational games. It was a very bohemian audition process.

I believe how you measure a good movie is how many times you can see it. With comedies, I like to be a producer, because comedies can get corny and go off track real fast. I’m always the ‘less is moreguy when it comes to a scene. So I’ma be the one who will keep it grounded.

God has been my number one inspiration. I also look up to Will Smith and Jamie Fox who are also personal friends of mine. They give me great career advice. I would also include Chris Stokes, as a filmmaker and music producer. I’ve been working with him since I was eight.

Marques Houston
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.

Nate Dogg
The best paycheck you can get as a producer and creator is when people are happy to be on the show.

To be a good producer, one needs to be able to eat lunch, and make ill-informed decisions.

Cindy Morgan
But we were doing plays and movies which I had nothing to do with other than being a producer, and I don’t have that kind of interest or time any more.

He makes me laugh, Mick! He tended to turn up when we were having lunch and entertain us all. He bought an Enigma machine! I’ve never worked with a producer who was more famous than everyone put together.

Like a lot of people, I sold my first script in graduate school at UCLA, a ‘Joan of Arc’ for producer Joel Silver.

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.

I know how irritating it is when a producer puts his hand in everything.

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 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 love Deadmau5 as a producer, as a person. He’s super interesting. He’s very funny to follow on social media. But as a producer, he gets every single credit I can give him. He’s nuts.

My son is a hip-hop producer.

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.’

I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there’s about 50 people with producer credits, so what’s the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance.

Tim Roth
Let me tell you about being executive producer. It is not a job, it’s a title. Don’t go around asking executive producers what they do because they don’t do anything, alright?

I’m a producer for fun. I’m not a professional schooled musician or anything.

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.

I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.

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 don’t have one role that I want to play. I guess… I want to be a producer. I want to be an activist. I want to be proactive in bringing about work for men, women, boys, girls, everybody who is good at what they do and deserve a shot at it.

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.

I’m a producer, I’m a mom, a friend.

Lindsay Shookus
I’ve always thought of the project as a sort of sexually driven digestive system, that it was a consumer and a producer of matter. And it is desire driven, rather than driven by hunger or anything like that.

Matthew Barney
Jerry Bruckheimer is the most hands-on producer that I’ve worked with. Jerry’s very involved in the music, and he’s such a fan of film. When you watch him playing back the cues to the picture, he’s like a kid in a candy store.

I enjoy just being a producer and a home maker. I love being in charge. I love being the tortured and tormented soul. I am a Piscean. I enjoy the real-life drama fully.

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.

Euzhan Palcy
My brother‘s friend worked at a TV station, so we went in; the producer of a show asked if I wouldn’t mind taking some photos for his wife, who was a talent agent. Next thing I know, I’m enroute to the agency.

Godfrey Gao
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.

Liberals complain that coal activity isn’t a major producer of jobs because the industry is producing a lot more coal with a lot fewer workers. That is absolutely true. Ladies and gentlemen, that is called productivity.

I’d really like to do a movie, either as a producer or director. My ultimate fantasy would be to direct a movie and produce the entire soundtrack. I don’t really see myself acting.

Any new producer starting up is to get investorsconfidence. Investors are still very very wary of anything to do with the arts world.

I spend a lot of time working in the studio as a producer, not just a singer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When you mix a record that someone else is on, you’ve got to send it to them. They’ve got to like the mix, you got to like the mix, the producer’s got to like the mix. Too many people are involved!

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 still can’t quite believe it. Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer, a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.

Motion pictures are a director’s medium. Broadway is a writer’s medium. Television is a producer’s medium. I picked a medium I could control.

I’d been a housewife and mother to our son Thomas Jefferson, and I was looking for a new career. So when my agent called and said a producer named Paul Elliott from E&B productions, the biggest panto company in the country at the time, wanted to meet me I agreed.

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.

Navigating the studio system has its own challenges, and, as a producer, you want to be astute and clever.

As the world’s leading military and arms supplier, the U.S. is also the biggest producer of less than lethal weaponry.

I’ve seen too many comics who got their own shows and were undone because they worked for an executive producer who didn’t understand their comedy or their sensibility.

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.

Cierra Ramirez
There’s a difference between a beatmaker and a producer.

No one wants to hear from the producer. He’s the guy by the pool with a cigar in his mouth and a couple of lovelies on his arm. But when you’re a director, they want to hear what you have to say about everything – the war, the world.

It is important to be financially savvy when you turn producer. As a director, you just need to have a good script in hand.

Having been an actress before becoming a producer has helped, because I realize the needs.

As a producer, I am dying to explore psychology and urban dilemmas – say, fatigue – in a marriage.

I don’t think of myself as a television producer. Obviously, that’s crazy. Because I should. That’s what I do. But I don’t actually see that as my job. It’s why my business cards say ‘storyteller.’

I want to get into producing. I really learned a lot from ‘Girls Next Door.’ Kevin Burns is a great producer. He’s really talented, and he taught me a lot. I’m just looking forward to spreading the wings a little bit. Five seasons on ‘Girls Next Door’ was great, but it gets a little repetitive.

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.

I want to be a producer and not a songwriter.

My first job ever real job in the field was as an airborne traffic reporter and producer in Los Angeles, but I was laid off pretty quickly – which was totally fair, because I’m terrible with directions, and that’s kind of the whole job.

The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns our refrigerators.

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.

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 became producer so that I could work with persons like him and to rock the world of Hong Kong Cinema a bit.

Andy Lau
I was a rapper. The reason I stopped rapping was because I realized that people wanted guys like Puff Daddy. That’s not what I do. I quit. That was it. I had to sacrifice for my choice. I said, ‘Forget it. I’ll be a producer.’ Nobody was going to make me do anything.

We were the victims of the new producer but what annoyed me was they told the press we were leaving before us.

Louise Jameson
I’m a producer at heart.

Whenever I work with different artists, I expand as a song writer, as a producer, and I always want to try and find the bridge between my world and their world.

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.

As a producer, I’m quite nurturing, I like working with inexperienced, unseasoned directors.

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.

It’s an honour for the entire ‘Baahubali’ team to be associated with Karan Johar, since he is the biggest name in the country as a producer and director with his brand Dharma Productions.

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.

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.’

Christian Camargo
When a producer like Prasad, who knows people’s pulse, is ready to try something new, why not me?

He’s a good tough producer, yes. But I don’t think that he’s unreasonable unless he feels threatened. And when somebody‘s in your home, I think everybody in the home gets threatened.

Some people ask me what instruments I play, but usually I’ll just say I’m more of a producer or a composer or songwriter – those are my strongest suits: arranging and composing.

The most despised sector of Hollywood are the writers. A good writer is quickly promoted to a ‘concept man’ – and then a producer – because he’s too valuable to simply be a writer.

The big producer is going to figure out how to deal with whatever the rules are, but the little guy who is running a few hundred units or maybe feeding 1,500 cattle a year, how will they ever comply with these requirements?

My wife – an ex journalist and current TV producer – has a rule that she taught me at the start of B3ta. Does the item make you laugh, or does it make you go, ‘Oh my God?’ If you score on either count, then you have something that is worth sharing.

A producer is bound to market his product with innovative gimmicks and quirky selling techniques, but distributors and exhibitors should not fall prey to it. Don’t buy a film for exorbitant price and crib about losses post the film’s release.

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.

I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer, director and so on.

Dino De Laurentiis
At culinary school, none of the things we use to define ourselves outside that world – actor, producer, student – none of that matters. It’s a magical art form.

Eric Christian Olsen
I never thought that a time would come that someone will write a story keeping me in mind, or a producer will invest crores of rupees on a film that I will carry on my shoulders.

I famously had a huge television producer say to me one time, ‘Can you please stop doing that to your face? It’s very distracting and unattractive.’ And I was like, ‘You mean move it? Okay, sorry, I guess we’re not going to work together.’

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.

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.

Warren G
Most of the albums that have taken long have been related to illness and fatigue or producer problems.

I became a producer because nobody was ready to finance my films.

Madlib isn’t a beatmaker, he’s 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.

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.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura
I take a lot of pride in helping people become great. I think that’s an element of being a producer that people don’t always take in: They want to be great for themselves, whereas I’d like to be recognized as having helped the most people get over the hump.

I do not like people writing songs and then other people singing them. A lot of people don’t even sing their own songs anymore. It’s like producers these days have ghost producers; ‘I don’t produce, but I am a producer.’

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’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.

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.

Honestly, I had a kid, so you watch the movies your kids want to watch. I’m also a producer, so when I watch movies, I look at them from the genre they are, the budget they had, and the time they had to produce it. That’s how I evaluate their success.

Courtney Gains
You know what, I didn’t see myself being an executive producer.

In America, I don’t think you have the creative freedom that I’m used to. Traditionally, it’s a producer’s cinema here.

Truth be told, I didn’t want to be on T.V. I was going to be a writer or producer or a director, and at the end of my sophomore year, my department chairman put me up for a job doing weekend weather in Syracuse, New York.

Like, I wanna be the producer with the Selena Gomez top-charting pop song, and like, a top-charting Migos or Gucci song in urban. I wanna just take over everything, you know?

Producer’s Surplus is a convenient name for the genus of which the rent of land is the leading species.

Alfred Marshall
The thing I love about Marshmello is that he caters to individual songs as a producer. He has his vibe, but he also really puts something on the song that the song needs instead of having his thing and everything sounding like him.

I’m extremely unhappy with the projection of ‘Tum’ as a hot film. It’s demeaning not just to me but to the producer and director.

I’m without a doubt a producer first. The lyrics happen towards the tail-end of the process, mainly because they’re more stream-of-consciousness. It’s very rare that I’m going to tell a really concrete story.

I consider myself more of a producer and a musician than a DJ.

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.

And ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ was a very transitional film for me in that I was one of the producers and you know, came up with the idea with the writer and the producer, as well. But, it was a very collaborative event. You know, I really love working in that way.

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.

There are instances where, in my mid to late 20s, I very often found myself going for roles that they didn’t want to cast me in, because I’d done good work, but in a producer’s eyes, I wasn’t high enough status. So I lost out.

You can’t be an artist while you’re producing, because you’ll be over-critiquing the producer part.

The best thing about being a film producer is I get to spend 99 per cent of my time behind the scenes.

As a producer, it’s your job to bang on the table and convince studio heads why great movies should be made.

I love writing plays because they are living, fluid things that are energised by the producer, designers, musicians, actors and audience.

Berlie Doherty
I’ve already felt that I want to direct. Being an executive producer is like the best job in the world because you make all these executive decisions and then you leave the money to other people. You don’t have to be on set and counting beans.

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.

Luckily, for me, my first producer Sajid Nadiadwala treats both Tiger Shroff and me like his kids. He’s very protective.

When you’re working with a producer, there has to be chemistry.

I’m just a musician and a record producer.

My producer, HH, makes sounds, so I’m writing to his beats.

Mom was a very creative and artistic person and papa is a producer. I’ve grown up in an extremely colourful environment at home and I haven’t been exposed to anything else.

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.

When I’m not singing, I’m a lot of persons: I’m a producer. I’m a badminton player. I’m a writer. I’m a movie freak. I’m a documentary maker.

Yes, I was invited to make the sound environment at a booth of a huge electronic company, during the Hanover Industrial Fair in 1973. It was a job. Slightly good paid. But not as much as my producer then told the press.

Klaus Schulze
As a producer putting up music, I wasn’t dropping a project to do this much numbers or make this amount of money, I really just dropped a project for the streets and the culture of music.

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.

As an actor, I was often shielded from the big-picture decisions. But as a producer, I experience all the conversations where there’s pushback or a difference of opinion.

My producer, Michael Knox, he’s kind of my eyes and ears on Music Row. While I’m out on the road, he’s looking for songs, and then he and I will get together and go over songs.

I have a producer friend who despairs that I come across as rather frosty and never show the real me, and she might have a point.

I never went to work on a movie set until I was a producer and director.

David Frankel
There’s always been some moron-who usually went by the name of ‘producer’ – who would have to justify his existence, and interfere.

Frank Tashlin
I said ‘no’ to the ‘Born Survivor‘ producer three times because I’ve never aspired to be a TV man.

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.

Nick Castle
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.

The only reason for doing a play is to make a statement about it, and by that I don’t mean a conceit of the producer.

I love producing. 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.

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.

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.

As a producer and DJ, I just like makin’ great music and hot records for the club.

I think it is a wonderful process of transformation from an actress to a producer.

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 studied business and also studied film, then I graduated, and I worked at a network. I was able to use my business skills there – I was an associate producer for a little bit.

Manish Dayal
I never doubted that if I applied myself and tried to learn that I would good at it. I’ve had a lot of lucky turns, no doubt. But it’s actually been a fairly direct line from control-freak, cartoon-obsessed kindergartner to control-freak, cartoon-obsessed executive producer.

I was at a party in London when I met Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. She introduced herself, and I didn’t believe her name. So I just replied: ‘Yeah, and I’m Cathy Carrot.’ I think maybe I got off on the wrong foot!

Catherine Bach
As soon as a big amount is involved, the producer looks for a bankable face. No producer will make a Rs 20 crore film starring Rajpal Yadav and Johny Lever, as we cannot pull an entire film on our shoulders. Yet, we do get roles.

I love to improvise when it’s appropriate and encouraged by a producer.

Rob Paulsen
Rick Rubin was able to do things that Dave Fortman could never do. I’m not trying to take anything away from Dave Fortman as a producer. He’s extremely talented. He wasn’t able to get nine people together on the same page and, to me, that’s the most important thing in making a Slipknot record.

I find, as a woman and as a producer, I spend a lot of time convincing people I actually did the work.

I’m a producer and not a rapper. So I can make any style of music I want. I can make an EDM beat. I can put an EDM track out one day and I can put a grungy hip-hop track out the next day, like, it doesn’t matter.

You see, I believe a producer’s job today is as important as that of a director.

It doesn’t matter how many records you’ve made; there’s always a new experience you can get with a new producer.

The problem is I’m a perfectionist, so the producer might say he’s happy with my vocal take but I’ll say, ‘No, it can be better.’ I’ll do it again and again until I feel I’ve got the truth out of a song.

A song is composed of music and lyrics: 50 percent is the producer, 50 percent is the artist. So, I’m responsible for 50 percent. All I know is that I have to do my job, and I have to do it well. And he has to do the same.

‘TTM’ started off being a feature. A producer wanted me to just hop on the beat, like a Diplo type of thing. When I recorded the song, I liked it a lot, and I figured, instead of them paying me to do this, I’d rather just use this for my project, and we can just get money together.

PnB Rock
I don’t want to be labeled as a certain style producer; I just want to be producer and musician in general.

I’m worried a lot of our work day as artists is a producer’s creation – not an artist’s creation.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Being a producer is tough. They have to go through so much – dates, money, and release. It’s quite crazy.

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.

I’ve found that if you wear a beret, people think you’re either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.

In film producing, there is an inherent tension between the director, the money and the producer, and that’s what keeps it flowing and honest and accountable.

Christine Vachon
I like making sounds and putting it together, I’m not just a singer or a producer.

All the skills of housewifery are the ones I’m using as a producer.

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.

Acting still rings my bell as much as it did in high school. Plus, I can now indulge my interests as a producer as well. My work is more fun than fun but, best of all, it’s still very scary. You are always walking some kind of high wire.

To me, as a producer, I always want something to set stuff apart.

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.

My father was a director and producer, so when I was a little kid, he would take me to movies and show me what’s good and what’s not good and why, and often that would take me to a conversation about directing.

I never became a producer to go to parties or wear nice clothes or put sales figures on my Wiki page.

I can’t wait to work for Rick Kaplan. He’s a great producer. I would host an infomercial if he would produce it.

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.

Stanley Donen
My dad is a successful television producer, director and writer and my mom’s a director and writer.

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’m a record producer and songwriter; I’m a problem-solver.

It is incorrect and unwise to imagine that some day all producer countries will be able to export their surplus oil, and Iran will not be able to export its oil.

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.

It takes a lot of drive to succeed as an independent producer.

As an artist, you can’t expect a producer to just bring you a record. If you walk in and say, ‘I want Kanye West‘s ‘Power,’ it just doesn’t work that way.

One famous movie executive, who shall remain nameless, exposed himself to me in his office. ‘Mr X,’ I said, ‘I thought you were a producer, not an exhibitor.’

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.

Randal Kleiser
It is not entirely true that a TV producer or reporter has complete control over the contents of programs. The interests and inclinations of the audience have as much to do with the what is on television as do the ideas of the producer and reporter.

Neil Postman
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.

Working as a producer, an arranger, and, in some cases, as a writer for some other people gave me a super different perspective.

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.

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.

Rich Cohen
When I’m interviewing on the sofa for ‘This Morning’ it just feels like an intimate chat. Yes, there can be a producer talking through your earpiece but it all becomes second nature after a while.

I only get involved with projects as a producer if I feel creatively inspired.

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’m thinking about a few weeks in Montreal to work with a producer I met there.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not knowing how to play an instrument, but the rise of the non-musical producer has done away with musicianship and focused attention purely on the song’s hook.

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 get on really well with Jake Gosling, who is a great producer, and I have written a song with Fraser T Smith.

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.

Griffin Dunne
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.

My media career came about by accident. In 2006 I was introduced to Roger Ailes, the President of Fox News Channel, by a friend of mine who was an executive producer. Ailes put me on the air one day, and one week later, I was offered a contract.

I had a couple of producer sessions where I would walk in the room, and the producer would just look at his phone. That’s heartbreaking because it’s so disrespectful.

Shalita Grant
Once I finish something, if I don’t feel that it’s absolutely fabulous, there’s no way I would ever let it be recorded, I wouldn’t even present it to a producer.

The beauty of having a producer is that you have someone who says, You’re finished.

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 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.

Whenever any actor comes into a producer session, they have so many questions, and we still can’t really tell them that much until they get the job.

Maurissa Tancharoen
Everything I make as a producer, I visualize it as a DJ first. And all those beats, I test them as a DJ.

I have become a full-fledged producer. I spend a lot of time on pre-production work.

An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.

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.

Everyone wants to work with the big new producer or the hot new singer. The key is to find them before they’re hot.

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 dance music is now pop music. So now, as a dance producer, what do I have to do? So I’m starting to do alien music, because pop is not pop anymore; we need to go alien to be independent.

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 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.

Usually in TV… A TV director could be anything from a main grip to just a glorified cameraman, and sometimes a director can be the person who is hired last. It’s very much a producer’s medium.

Nobody understands what a producer does.

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’m a producer… I am a Hollywood producer. That is so weird. And it’s not lame. But it’s just like, how did that happen?

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 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.

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.

Some people work very closely with a director or a producer on something, and from the get go, they’re collaborating. But typically, it’s just go in for an audition, do the best you can, and if the phone rings a couple of days after the audition and you get the part, that’s great.

Roger Craig Smith
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.

Jeff Lynne
With newcomers in your cast, any producer would allocate a budget of not more than Rs 5-6 crores. But the scale I wanted was big and Sardar Peshaura Singh Thind left no stone unturned in the making of ‘I Am Singh.’

Making assumptions taught me a lot as a producer, because it’s something I never do now.

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.

As a general rule, durable-goods production tends to be the most volatile sector of the economy. Since people usually have a stock of durables in use, when times get tight, they put off new purchases. What seem like small cutbacks to the end buyer translate into big swings for the producer.

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!

I didn’t ever plan to be a producer, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.

Wendi Deng Murdoch
When I successfully bring the Mamas & the Papas movie to fruition, I hope that people will say, ‘She’s also a producer.’

Michelle Phillips
I want to be known simply as a producer who makes music.

Musically, I’m always gonna take it a little farther, and Lord willing, people are gonna get that and understand that: that there’s not really one genre I’m trying to be in, but just as a producer, as a writer, as an artist, that I’m planning on going farther.

The only thing they really get to pick is the single. But I get to pick the producer, the songs on the record, the final masters, the artwork. Basically, I hand them a record.

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.

Julie Benz
I was a dog groomer. I delivered radiators; I was a photography producer. I typed classified ads for many years. It was my longest term job – years of typing classified ads while I was in bands.

Janet Weiss
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.

The difference with doing a play is that you are in control. In film you are in the hands of the director and the editor and the producer.

I have been a producer and director for many years, and I can say it’s really difficult for women, although the women in Mexico suffer as much as other women in the world. The first thing is to get respect for the work you do. Then it is about getting the money. And this respect comes little by little over the years.

Adriana Barraza
Some nightlife places, people aren’t there for the music, and it’s depressing. I’m not just a club DJ; I am a producer, and I’ll only DJ when the crowd is there to enjoy the music.

The only reason I’m an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer’s office.

Every artist and every song has an idea, and the producer’s job is to capture it.

Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.

I wanted to be a film and television writer and producer.

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.

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.

The only place where any artist feels liberated is doing independent music. I have had great experience making music for The Dewarists and Coke Studio. No actor, producer or label is telling me what to do with my music. I’m the boss. It is my life, my expression.

Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.

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.

I had this one producer who sent me tracks because he saw my YouTube videos that were popular and got a couple million views.

As a television producer, you do a lot of writing – drafting proposals for pilot shows and other things, so yes, a good deal of writing was involved.

For a director and a producer to be named on the writing credits is practically unheard of.

Terry Southern
If you have a perfect script, the right actors and technicians, and a good producer, direction is the most enjoyable profession in the world.

Anoop Menon
Timbaland is my favorite producer.

I always think that you should never, ever force a producer to do something with a song that they don’t think they can do something fantastic with, I think it’s a stupid idea to force it, even if you think it’s your best song.

I rap, and I work with this dude named Chemist, who lives in Virginia. He’s my go-to producer and does a lot of my own music – he’s on my ‘Rich Black American’ mixtape.

Stephen Glover
The difference between a reporter, a newspaper columnist, a paid speaker, a television personality, a radio talk show host, a blogger, a movie producer, a publicist, and a political strategist, is growing less – and not more – distinct.

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.

Ethan Embry
I’m not a superstar, per se… but I’m a musical creator – a producer in the same vein as what Quincy Jones was, or Pharrell and Timbaland were.

If you really want to be a music producer, stop watching ‘Friends’ when you get home from school. Start trying to make music. If you’re not going to try, then it’s impossible. When you try, it’s always possible.

It’s funny, because ‘1600 Penn’ was the first time I really started to read the reviews, because I am an executive producer and I wanted to see what people were enjoying and not enjoying as a means to an end, right?

After I turned producer, people asked me, ‘Why are you taking up production? You are still so young and doing well.’ Just because an actress decides to make movies, do people assume that her career is not going well?

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.

Honestly, I want to do films. I want to make that move from actor to producer, like Will Smith.

I live a normal life. But I’m always thinking about what I’m going to do next, musically. ‘Do I need a fresh producer? What was Peter Gabriel doing when he was 32?’

A producer has to know all about everything from set-building to costumes to acting.

When I was younger I was influenced by Kanye, his story of coming up and how he kept producing and producing and saying, ‘I’m more than just a producer. I’m more than just a writer. I’m more than just a guy in the studio here to give you ideas. I have a story.’

I am happy writing and being a producer not a director.

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.

When I started, I felt that there was this incredible amount of doubt of my ability as a producer.

I don’t know for a fact, but I feel fairly certain that the first person who described a movie as ‘character driven’ had to have been a producer or studio executive.

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.

Ultimately, I am very filmmaker oriented, as a producer.

It was a dream come true, as in my first film, I have Rajkumar Hirani as the producer and Madhavan as my co-star. Who can get a better role than this?

You always want to be innovating and creating what’s next. Versatility is also really important for a producer.

Our producer Jon Davison thought it would be a good idea to put in additional TV scenes. So, they sent me a tape of these additional TV scenes, and I watched them, and I didn’t think they were that great. I didn’t think it was worth putting them in.

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.

Once I started ‘Nagaram Nidrapotunna Vela’ I had to finish it. I made a wrong decision. I knew the film would be a flop and told the producer so. Everyone failed – director, producer and all.

It’s really interesting to just look at the career of a musician and a producer that went into many different genres and many different styles and many different places but always breaking the barriers between genres and at some point reinventing himself all along the way but also inventing things at the same time.

I’m the only female producer on Impact, and they’re very supportive, the men.

I had completely changed from being a mixtape DJ to being a producer and working with Nas and stuff like that.

Statik Selektah
Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?

A producer is supposed to generate an idea for a movie. And then they’re supposed to create the team, the group of people that are gonna make this movie. And within that team, the producer has to have a creative vision and a fiscal vision, and they have to adhere to both things.

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 wear a lot of different hats – from writer to producer and artist. We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.

William Bell
I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing.

I have all the tools and gadgets. I tell my son, who’s a producer, ‘You never work for the machine; the machine works for you.’

Food was always a big part of my life. My grandfather was one of 14 kids, and his parents had a pasta factory, so as a kid, he and his siblings would sell pasta door to door. After he became a movie producer, he opened up De Laurentiis Food Stores – one in Los Angeles and one in New York.

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.

Guy Picciotto
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.

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.

Delhi Ganesh
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.

By the time I was ten, everyone knew I wanted to be a producer. I was a very precocious little boy.

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.

Robert Lighthizer
Most films I work on, the people making the film are constantly second-guessing the executives of the studio, the producer, and the audience. It is very hard to accomplish anything in that 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.

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 have actually lost a couple of roles – film roles – because a director or producer thought I looked too much like George Costanza, and I could not get out of that box.

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.

With ‘Light,’ I collaborated with a lot of different producers and musicians I respected, and we all wrote and worked on material which I then took to an old-school producer, David Kahne, and we put it all together. The lyrics came first – they were written before the music.

When I was in college, I studied business because I thought I wanted to be a director and producer.

Manish Dayal
I’m developing some screenplays at the moment with my Australian producer.

Rachel Griffiths
I want to be a director, producer, and a writer. And an actor. So, like, all the things in acting, basically.

Jacob Tremblay
You can call me a beat-maker, but I’m a record producer.

There is no casting director; there is no producer monitoring your upload button. Anyone that looks like anyone can upload a video. I think YouTube and the digital space does set a really good example for the rest of the industry in that sense.

You know, what a producer does is one of the great mysteries in life, so anyone can be one.

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.

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.

Everyone wants to be a writer, director, producer. I don’t have the imagination for that, but, hopefully, I can continue to act.

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.

The majority of people know me as a dancer, but they don’t also know that I’m a director, a songwriter and a producer.

Cris Judd
When our executive producer, Julie Plec, told me I was going to become a hybrid I got really excited. Because there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that, especially in our world of ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ where Tyler is the first successful hybrid that’s made.

Michael Trevino
I like to entertain people according to what they’re saying entertains them. As an artist, musician, songwriter and producer, I sit back and hear it, and… if that’s what y’all like, I can do that.

Before I became an actor, I was a producer and a visual effects supervisor. Our industry wasn’t making the kind of films I was interested in.

As a producer and director, I’ve tried for years to get properties off the ground for girls, and I’ve been hitting a brick wall.

Melanie Mayron
Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali – someone who actually creates a sound for them.

Jerry Harrison
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 wouldn’t do the music thing if it weren’t for my brother, who’s a producer. He understands me and helps my vision come to life.

I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.

I’d never thought of directing as an option for me. I don’t know why, because I’m incredibly bossy. I was surprised how collaborative it is. As the producer, you have to get the money and schedule on time, and that’s not what I do best.

I’m just a simple television and film producer who started off from her garage and whose only idea was to tell a story.

Jerry Bruckheimer really is an executive producer, who obviously is the most successful producer in the history of film and television.

I always make sure my film benefits my producer and earns him a profit.

Anil Ravipudi
As a producer, you’re pretty much creating a body of work that an artist has to stand behind.

DJ Jazzy Jeff
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.

Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world. The woody plants occur naturally in the sandy gravel understory of Maine’s coastal forests, where little else bothers even trying to grow.

First time I met Kehlani was through Jahaan Sweet – a really dope producer; then we linked up in Toronto, and the vibe was just lit. She’s a really warm human being.

The thing people forget about Kevin Shirley a lot of the time is that he’s not only a great producer, he’s also a world-class engineer. He really knows how to get a sound.

I think, so often, people go quick to that nepotism: ‘I should be OK; my cousin‘s a producer. I can get into the movie.’ How about audition, earn the part, and feel confident in knowing that the director felt you were the right person for the job versus hiring you because you know somebody?

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!

Zhang Yimou
When I do an album I try to find a producer that’s excited about something that they want me to sing, and I check with the record company to find out what they think they can sell – which is their No. 1 priority.

Grooves are important to John Talabot – they’re pivotal. That’s the case with most dance-music producers, but there’s something especially sleek about the Spanish producer’s debut album, ‘fIN.’

I want to be an executive producer.

I would say the most important aspect of direction is that you, as a director, and your producer need to be on the same page, the same line of thinking. If that doesn’t happen in the beginning of the film, then that will show in the final product 100 percent.

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 making any record, a producer has a list of things you hope an artist brings to the studio. Songs that are strong even without the bells and whistles.

With our producer, Greg Fidelman, it was really a joy to work with him and to try different things and experiment.

If you got a vibe with a producer I think you should go full-fledged instead of being satisfied with two songs.

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.

It’s a hindrance in trying to get a serious acting role. The minute a producer has a script and my name comes up, they immediately think of ‘Playboy,’ ‘Hee Haw,’ ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Love Boat.’

Though Mohyeldin’s journalistic reputation continues to grow – born in Egypt, raised in Michigan, started as a gofer for NBC News, reared as a producer at CNN, first appeared on-camera for Al Jazeera in 2006 – his is hardly a household name, not in America at least.

You can’t be in a bubble being a producer. You have to keep up on what’s happening at all times.

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.

I do a lot of co-writing with my producer RedOne, and then a lot on my own. I just like to be creative.

When I worked with M.I.A., who was, like, the coolest person back then, she was just a girl I met on the Internet. Or even when I met Azealia Banks on Myspace, I never thought, ‘Oh, she’s cool.’ I just loved what she was doing. So I’ve always been like that. And I think, as a producer, that’s what you’ve gotta do.

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.

As a producer, I always want to know what makes the kids tick.

I think my music has always been a mixture, depending on whom I’m working with – what band, what musicians, what producer.

I had 25 or 30 songs. Sequencing the record, I left that to the producer. I’m not into doing that stuff.

Jules Shear
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.

Peter Weir
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.

The term ‘Consulting Producer’ is extraordinarily nebulous in TV, and it really means something different depending on the show and the specific circumstances negotiated.

The business today is completely different and it’s very producer driven, so that a songwriter needs to have producing chops, be a singer/songwriter, or find a singer to develop.

Cynthia Weil
I don’t make my living writing; I make my living as a producer and as a director.

Grant Heslov
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.

Ronnie Spector
Got two kids; one’s a record producer who lives just up the road from me – great guitarist and piano player, too.

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.

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.

I traveled the world as a DJ, as a singer, as a songwriter, as a producer.

Al Walser
So I became a producer because I knew one of the reasons was they didn’t do them the way I thought was right.

Lee Hazlewood
Every producer I have met has asked me to change my hair. I have always said ‘No.’ I finally change it for me… and now everyone in the business is like, ‘You have to go back to having brown hair.’

My husband himself is a producer, so we know the practical difficulties of producers.

If making movies was easier, there’d be a lot more good movies. So you kind of learn that if it’s just a good script, or if it’s just a good producer, that’s not always enough. You need an entire team of creative people coming together.

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.

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.

I’ve been working a lot with Benny Blanco; he’s a producer. And I’ve been working with Diplo and a bunch of other people. Detail, Charlie Handsome. A variety of people.

Unlike so many producers who sit in their offices and operate from there, I take pride in calling myself a creative producer.

Israel is a producer of growth.

Assuming that Iran could become the only oil producer unable to export its oil is a wrong assumption… The United States will never be able to cut Iran’s oil revenues.

Most people want to become movie stars and I just want to be in the business. I already was a star. If I get the part of a lifetime and it blows up, then that’s wonderful. But if the acting doesn’t work, fine. I’ll just be a producer. And if the producing doesn’t work, fine. I’ve got a lot of other stuff.

Benzino has a long, credible history as a rapper and as a producer.

Being a consumer of conservative news sites as well as a producer of one, I felt like Drudge’s site abandoned that.

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.

I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best, and my work speaks for itself.

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.

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.

Claude Chabrol
I didn’t understand that I couldn’t just leave and become sort of a semi-regular. I had to be sat down by the line producer, Carol Himes, in my dressing room and told, ‘I hear you’re thinking about going to college.’

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.’

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.

David Simon
Thanks to the abundance of shellfish in Puget Sound, Washington State is the largest oyster producer in the country.

If there is a public perception at all, they see the producer as a big old guy who smokes a cigar and has lots of money and lots of power. That’s not what a producer is and, if it ever was what a producer was, it certainly hasn’t been for a long time.

There’s not a single doubt in my mind that the whole of Chrysler organization views itself as an American car producer.

I feel like if you sit down and have an assistant engineer and a producer in a top-notch studio and everyone sets up all the mikes perfect, all of a sudden it’s really hard to live that melancholy song. It’s hard to really live it in the moment.

The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.

My mum’s father was a producer and her mother was an actress, so my mum was fully behind me going into acting.

Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors.

Thayer David
As a producer or even as a basic seller, you need to be confident about your product.

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.

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.

I’m a horrible producer when it comes to me, but for other artists, I don’t know what it is, but something happens, and I’m just really good at it.

It was the worst moment of my life. The producer came up and talked me back into going on stage.

A producer wouldn’t think of making a film about ballet dancers without using real dancers, but they will cast actors who have never held a bat in baseball films.

As a producer, you want your product to reach the maximum people. That has become a system, and to work on it has become a necessity.

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.

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.

The problem is that to be a producer, one must be a gambler, and the greatest French producers were gamblers.

Marcel Carne
I guess I’m a good manager now. Moreover, I’m loving the concept of donning the producer’s hat. It’s all very exciting as well as a great learning experience. You’re a part of a film right from its conception to its execution, and that’s an amazing feeling.

I personally see myself as a musician in the first place. You know, I don’t want to say I will be a producer and DJ for the rest of my life. I can totally see myself being in another band in five years, if that’s what my heart and soul wants to do, if that’s what will make me happy. I’m totally happy to just not DJ anymore.

I’ve been in various roles in TV – writer, producer, associate director.

Marty Richards is an angel on Earth. A producer that does what he says he’ll do. He helped me greatly.

Rip Taylor
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.

I still listen to a lot of the classics from Bob Dylan and John Martin, but I love electronic music as well. I’m a big fan of an Australian DJ and producer called Flume, who I think is incredible. He should be more successful in the U.K.!

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.

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.

I’m trying to learn things behind the camera and what a producer does and shadowing the directors.

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.

As a producer or financier, you are going to go where you get the best bang for your buck.

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.

Luc Dardenne
Texas has long been known as the nation‘s largest energy producer, but we are equally proud of our distinction as the nation’s leading energy innovator.

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 never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director.

Charles Durning
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.

Whether you’re a DJ, whether you a rapper, whether you a producer, take it seriously. This is an occupation – you can get paid – don’t expect to blow up overnight, and appreciate when you do get paid any type of money, appreciate it.

It was not easy to convince someone to put their hard-earned money into my work. But if we have the talent and confidence and if the producers are confident of your work, it is not difficult to get a producer.

I think writing and singing go together, but I treat them as two separate careers because I write for others. If I’m writing for myself, I prefer to be with the producer. And then we can vibe out and throw ideas back and forth, and I’ll basically let the producer play me a bunch of beats until I vibe with one.

I’m not a writer, director or producer.

The majority of the cocoa that we eat, it is actually produced by young kids which are being enslaved in the plantations of the Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa.

Loretta Napoleoni
I’ve always wanted to play a role as a producer and a curator and to help make drag really have an epic scale and a large audience and a lot of interest.

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!’

Lev Yilmaz
My father Kamran Khan was a successful producer, director and actor in B-grade films.

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.

I do not need a producer. I need only a good production manager. I need only a man who will give me money.

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.

The experience of being a young, blonde, naive but well-intentioned young producer was both intimidating and eye-opening.

Clarissa Ward
As an executive producer, I feel really lucky.

I used to chop up C-Span soundbites or interviews with politicians like John Kerry or Bill Clinton into a radio-esque show hosted by Awkwafina and her producer, Mookie. I would pitch down my vocals to have male guests and would send them to a small circle of friends after they were done.

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.

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.

Timothy West
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.

When I came back to California in the early ’60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.

Johnny Rivers
My work ethic is crazy. I’m a producer, an artist, and a video director.

From my experience as an actor, choreographer, action director, and producer, I understand the elements and the dynamics of being a film maker.

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.

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 want to put a face to my music, I don’t want to be a faceless producer or faceless artist.

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.

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.

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.

A box-office number is good for a producer and the industry to keep the turnover game on, but as an actor, I give importance to script. I will turn down a script, even if it guarantees Rs. 100 crore, when I’m not convinced with it.

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.

It is every producer’s dream to be part of a dedicated, hard-working team that produces an outstanding broadcast like the ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.’

After 11 seasons, I retired from football. Four months later I was in Ghana shooting ‘Beasts of No Nation’ as an executive producer.

I don’t want to be any kind of producer at all – hands-on or otherwise! I feel producing is a very difficult job and creates ulcers! Maybe some people would like to have a certain amount of control; not me. It’s too much stress and includes managing everybody’s egoshandling my own is enough!

In the case of Roadcase Royale, everyone in the band has a lot to offer as a writer and producer.

I can’t think of any musician or producer who has influenced me more than Brian Eno. From when he was in Roxy Music, producing Devo, the Talking Heads and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

I’m actually just a terrible husband and a terrific exec producer. We just actually stay together for our careers. We look to the Clintons.

I work with any producer that brings me a hot beat, but you don’t always know if it’s a sample.

When I started ‘Hudson Hawk,’ I realized I was dealing with a strong-willed producer, a strong-willed actor, and, at times, a strong-willed studio, and I was the junior partner in all of this – the guy who hadn’t proven anything in terms of box-office success.

Michael Lehmann
My passion is becoming involved in good work, whether that means as an actor or writer or director or producer or all – that is not as important to me.

I’m the one who’s dating the craft-service guy instead of the producer. Plus, if a producer is going to date a hot young thing, I’m probably not the first person on their list – the weird, quirky, funny girl.

I am glad I have experienced being a producer.

Acting has been my first passion, and turning a producer was a natural progression.

Riteish Deshmukh
Oh, yes, that never happened to me in my life before. It was a risky film, and I warned the producer.

Alain Resnais
India needs better producers than screenwriters. No producer wants to invest in out-of-the way scripts.

And I may often question choices I make as a producer. But I’ve never questioned the choices I make as a director.

I do think I’m lucky I met Michael. Not just Michael Douglas the actor and producer with two Oscars on the shelf, but Michael Douglas, the love of my life. I really do think it was meant to happen.

I’ve always been an independent producer. I’d kind of like to be hired help for a change. I don’t mind that.

Whether you’re an actor, producer, writer, or director, it’s all about the story you’re going to tell.

The people on ‘Quintuplets’ were great, but I wasn’t a producer on that show, and it wasn’t exactly my taste.

I have never pressurized a producer to do me any favor.

C Kalyan has been amazing and totally committed as a producer.

Some people see Jermaine Dupri as a producer, and they don’t really know what the songwriting skills are.

The producer is at the center of entertainment. The producer is being forgotten, and producers must seize the center of activity.

I really only worked for about a month on ‘Meatballs.’ What happened was that Ivan Reitman figured out that studios wanted to meet everybody involved with ‘Animal House’ except the producer. So he thought he’d better start directing.

When I’m making a film, I don’t want my producer to be on the sets. So when I’m producing a film, I don’t want to be on the sets!

Chemistry is not anything an executive producer or writer can orchestrate or plan; you just hope for it.

My ambition was to be a record producer, and I had started doing that in the late ’60s with my work with the MC5 and my friend Livingston Taylor.

Jimmy Iovine, he pretty much started off as an engineer and a producer, and then he started up a label. Then he built his label to have big artists like Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Then he started up a headphone company and made it a billion dollar business. He’s a genius to me.

I was India’s youngest producer. I was 21 when I produced my first film. I’ve continued to produce films because of the people who have worked with me and supported me.

A lot of nepotism that exists, actually, exists outside this industry because in this industry, behind the camera a director’s son becomes a director and a producer’s son becomes a producer and that is still understandable that they are carrying their legacy but for actors, it is very very different.

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.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s harder to be a producer as a woman. I think it helps me because I don’t get bogged down in shows of male dominance that can sometimes get in the way of the best idea prevailing.

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.

Sherwood Schwartz
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.

Now that I have better producer chops, a country album is something I want to do one day. I don’t know who’s going to put it out. But when I do, I don’t think people will call it ‘country music.’ They’ll probably call it ‘neo-soul.’

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.

If a movie doesn’t even have financing yet, they’ll do a table read for it at a casting director’s office with actors, for the producer and the writer, just to hear if the movie is working.

I’d had colleagues tell me, ‘You should be calling games.’ But to actually have a producer call me and say, ‘We want you in the booth,’ I was like, What?

I love being in front of the camera but I love the fact that I have more control as a producer.

J Dilla is the top producer of all time, in my book, alongside Timbaland and Pharrell. Then DJ Mustard.

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.

It’s understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.

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 see myself maybe being, like, a movie producer or screenwriter or a novelist or a scientist or mathematician.

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.

Raney Aronson-Rath
At O’Reilly, the way we think about our business is that we’re not a publisher; we’re not a conference producer; we’re a company that helps change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.

One thing I’ve learned is that the best thing a producer can do is help you be you.

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 have always wanted to make a movie, in fact I always wanted to direct someday. But I never thought I would be a producer.

I don’t think you can mix classical music and reggae. It’s not possible. But some producer in, like, Norway is going to put it together.

Part of my growth as a producer was not just about making beats but also helping in the process of inspiring the song and making the song the center.

The owner of a company with supertight margins – say, a restaurant, retailer, or producer of commodity goods – would be a fool not to keep a close eye on the numbers. But when I make big decisions, numbers are seldom, if ever, the tiebreaker.

In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer.

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.

Rick Rubin is super intriguing to me because he has become this god producer in completely drastically different genres, which very few people have done.

I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.

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.

Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer.

As a director, I’ve been able to combine with what I’ve learned as an actor and as a producer: it melds quite nicely into what I feel like I should have been doing all along.

Griffin Dunne
As much as any other producer in the modern movie age, Harvey Weinstein has been a subject of media fascination. The grossness, the bullying, the unbridled exercising of personal power, the craven appetites, the awards and his good taste in films fed that fascination.

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.

I like so many kinds of music, and I work with so many kinds of music as a producer. When you work in 14 different genres, I find myself writing in those genres.

Labrinth is a super talented singer, producer, songwriter from London.

My siblings are so talented. My sister’s a producer, and my brothers and I all write.

I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.

T Bone Burnett
As a producer, I probably am a little stronger than most, since I was a director originally.

Roger Corman
As a producer, the most important call you can get is on Saturday morning, when the Friday-night grosses come in. As a director, you want your film to be successful. But your outlook is a bit different. You become very conscious of the reviews.

The main thing about being a producer and not a beatmaker, the difference is the ear.

A producer is someone who actually calls the shots. An executive producer is just a guy that eats more food at craft service.

I think people really don’t understand what a producer does versus what a director does. I mean, the producer is often the person that is on the movie the longest – it’s their material that they are then bringing the director onto to bring it to the screen. Are we overlooked? Absolutely.

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.

Nick Mason
I used to have sort of mixed feelings about a producer whose only skills seemed to be going into the studio, schmoozing the artists and making them feel good. I can see now that in some cases, that’s what you have to do because that’s the only way you’re going to get them to produce.

One day, I went to meet a film producer and entered the wrong flat. It was a casting agency, and they suggested that I audition for a four-hero Telugu film. I was confirmed a month later. Interestingly, it’s not easy down South for a newcomer to bag positive roles, but I was adamant.

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.

I think the best thing about performing as producer is to hear the fans sing along with your tunes.

At that time, I was signed to Columbia Records as an Independent Producer. I spent many weeks forming, auditioning, rehearsing and recording demos for Kenny, who was finally signed to Columbia Records.

Jim Messina
I would like to work with Ed Sheeran at some point. I really admire his songwriting, and I just think he has a great voice and great artistry. Who else? On the producer side of things, definitely Diplo: that’d be awesome.

I would like to produce films, but I feel I am an unsuccessful producer. That’s the fact.

Mithun Chakraborty
I feel that when I listen to music – not that it’s bad – it’s not emotional. It has a gimmick to it. It’s selling something: the artist, the producer, something. The emotional capacity is very small, for the listener as well.

I am a perfectionist and the only reason why I started producing is because I didn’t want to argue with a producer.

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.

Jon Scoffield was an incredible director and producer at ATV. I met him when I was 30 and he made great things happen in my career. He’s still alive, but we’re no longer in touch.

I’m obviously really opinionated, but as a producer, you don’t necessarily want the person you’re working with to try to impress you – you want them to just be themselves. Then you can edit or mess around with what they’ve come up with. But you have to allow the artist that space.

Danger Mouse
I was an artist, I was executive producer on my first album, so I’ve always had to manage both. I couldn’t get a record deal. It wasn’t by choice – I couldn’t get a record deal, so I had to figure it out.

I became a producer and learned I was pregnant within a five-day span. I wanted both things badly, just not at the same time. I cried and hid my pregnancy for an absurdly long time as I proved myself in the job.

Lindsay Shookus
During the late ’50s, I had worked on the script of Ben-Hur in an office next to that of the producer Sam Zimbalist.

In 2009, I served as AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving. With a producer and cameraman, I traveled the country for months, interviewing hundreds of caregivers.

We’re a unique band, so why have a generic producer lumping you in a box with other bands that sound the same?

The good thing about not speaking the language is you just listen. You listen to everyone, every producer, every writer.

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 was the youngest producer of a national television show when I was twenty-five. I took it to 182 markets. Tremendous success.

I’m a real genre jumper, but all good music belongs to the same family. I love Dave Sitek, a producer I’ve been working with a lot since I moved to L.A. He will change the game.

Erik Hassle
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.

Michael De Luca
With pretty much everything that I’ve done, in terms of going from being a songwriter and producer for other artists to doing my stuff, all the songs that I’ve kept to myself have always been me writing about my life.

I always believed in curating content, and the only way to do in our country is by turning producer. So then, I thought, lets turn producer and see how it goes.

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.

As a producer, what you want to do is make the next hit. But you also want to lead the audience into wanting to watch different movies. You have to vary your content.

I was truly honored to work with legendary DJ and producer DJ Premier. I still can’t believe I have a track with Premier; it really is one of the best songs I’ve written in a long time.

As somebody who has been an executive producer on a television series, I can tell you that increasing director diversity is as simple as hiring more women and more people of color.

Lesli Linka Glatter
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.

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.