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Daily Inspiration: John Cassavetes on Failure

John Cassavetes wore many hats in his career: actor, director, writer. But most of all, he was a consummate risk-taker, leaping nimbly between raw character studies created with a stable of incredibly talented performers and genre fare like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Machine Gun McCain.”

And here’s what he thought about taking risks (and failing):

"As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad - to be willing to risk everything to really express it all."

Dying at the age of 59, Cassavetes nonetheless left behind a varied body of work, including a dozen movies under his direction between 1959 and 1986. He’s also the inspiration for this little ditty from feminist trio Le Tigre:

"Fly With Me" by Tiffany Atkin

[Source: Criterion]

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