"Work hard, be nice, get lucky." [Dan Carlin]
I recently had the privilege of lunching with Dan Carlin, the chair of USC's Scoring for Motion Picture and Television Program, my alma mater. Dan is an all-around great guy, great listener, and has been around the block in this town enough to know who's who, what's what, and what to say (or not) to said who's. I was reminded when I spent some time with him of how many different collaborations I've had in this town, many of which seem to be because of the above principles (I'd substitute "get lucky" with "trust God.").
Hard work is hard to come by these days. Nice people are hard to come by. Nice people who work hard are even harder to find. So, by simply being nice and working hard (that's an understatement), it's amazing to see how relationships are grown (and kept). And, by being in the right place at the right time, you never know... you might get lucky.
Also, if you've never been to Tam O'Shanter in Glendale, it's worth the trip. Their Corned Beef is spectacular. And their horseradish is hotter than Hades.