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Daily Inspiration: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan on Sealing Yourself Off

"God bless the fans — the show wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for the fans. But I suspect deep down inside that the best and most consistent way I have available to me of pleasing the fans is to tune out what the louder fans have to say on the Internet. Not to say they’re wrong, but the Internet as we all know brings out a great deal of passion, and the most passionate voices are the loudest and the most prominent on the message boards. Therefore, I find that in general it’s healthier to not look them up in the first place, and not knowing what folks are saying, you can have a quiet, hermetically sealed clean room to work in and to come up with your stories, and that held us in good stead."

Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan sat down with EW to discuss wrapping up his groundbreaking series and fielded a question about the how audience reactions and expectations can impact his creative process.

As you can see above, while Gilligan appreciates passionate fan response, he had to isolate himself in a “hermetically sealed clean room” to make sure it didn’t affect his work.

While most of us are not operating at the level Gilligan was at the height of Heisenberg-fury, we can still get something from Gilligan’s words. Don’t worry about the audience while you’re creating your art, focus on making the best work you can and let the responses occur organically.

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