What's the Best Career Advice You've Ever Been Given?

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

"Turn up. Be there. And I mean physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Don't shy away, don't shrink."

"I'm still waiting for it!"

"Never miss an opportunity to just shut up. That was from my granddad. Also, be nice to everybody, particularly the people answering the phones. They're going to be your boss in four years."

"When you're in a great panic or in a moment of indecision, just give it a few seconds and stand still on it. Don't panic yourself because it makes more panic."

"Sidney Poitier said, 'I want to give you something. I give you responsibility. Be responsible for the films you put out there.' Which makes it tough when you want to sign to do Booty Call II."

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