The Lesson: Before Wes Anderson’s movies were being nominated for Academy Award, they were bombing in local movie theaters. However, the director’s disastrous first screening is a prime example of why you should never give up in the face of failure.

Notable Excerpt: “[Regarding Bottle Rocket], I feel like I was never more confident in my life than when we made that film, and never less confident than when we screened it … I was sitting in the back row with all the movie executives and I began to see people leaving … in groups. At a certain point, I left.”

The Guest: Wes Anderson is a highly-regarded director and auteur whose unique and visually-compelling style has earned him critical acclaim from around the world. and a distinctive directorial style. His first-feature length film, Bottle Rocket, was well-liked by critics, but received very mixed reviews among general audiences. That being said, he then went on to direct such cinematic hits as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Life Aquatic.

The Host: Noah Baumbach is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director. His debut feature film, Kicking and Screaming, helped to established his career rooted in both film and television.

(LISTEN to the inspiring interview below) — Photo by Diana Ringo, CC

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