Alan Ball

Born: May 13, 1957

Occupation: Writer

Quotes of Alan Ball

Alan Ball

I'm a Buddhist, so one of my biggest beliefs is, 'Everything changes, don't take it personally.'

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Alan Ball

I'm at the point in my life where I don't want to work as hard. Actually, I've had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it's effect on one's mental health.

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Alan Ball

I'm a huge freak, and always have been. I spent the first part of my life trying really desperately not to be one, and it was just a waste of time.

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Alan Ball

I'm used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them.

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Alan Ball

Obviously death is a theme I'm fascinated by.

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Alan Ball

Vampires are total sexual metaphors; there's just no way around that.

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Alan Ball

And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my...

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Alan Ball

In my own life, I think legends of supernatural, mythic things are really just a manifestation of the collective unconscious. So I don't really get freaked out. I mean certainly, you read about things...

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Alan Ball

Ultimately, physical resemblance isn't as important as whether this person can bring this character to life in a way that's compelling and makes me care about what happens to them.

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Alan Ball

Death is a companion for all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we're aware of it or not, and it's not necessarily a terrible thing.

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Alan Ball

Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable.

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Alan Ball

Happy relationships are boring. We all want them in our own life. But I don't want to watch them on TV.

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Alan Ball

I am a little suspicious of industry paradigms. I feel like so many movies and TV shows feel so familiar because of over-reliance on these paradigms.

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Alan Ball

I believe forgiveness is possible for everybody, for everything, but I'm a Buddhist.

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Alan Ball

I think sexuality is a window into someone's soul.

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Alan Ball

I think the world is a place for oddballs and freaks. I'm only interested in oddballs and freaks as characters.

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Alan Ball

I think vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people's psyches.

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Alan Ball

I will say that the environment I grew up in was not the most progressive.

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Alan Ball

I would say try to tell stories that you care about as opposed to stories that you think will sell.

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Alan Ball

I'd seen 'Interview with A Vampire' and saw Dracula movies growing up, but I never thought, 'I love vampires; I have to do a show about vampires.'

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Alan Ball

I'm from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region.

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Alan Ball

If a scene is longer than three pages, it better be for a good reason.

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Alan Ball

The difference between film and TV is the pace. You don't have the leisure of time in television.

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Alan Ball

When I go home, the last thing I want to do is read about the popular lore of vampires.

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Alan Ball

You know, I'm gay and I grew up being aware of that at a very early age, in a fairly repressed family.

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Alan Ball

I am so spoiled. I cannot watch a show where it gets interrupted for ads. I have to TiVo it and skip through the ads, because the culture of advertising is so false and phony that I just... ugh, you know?

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Alan Ball

I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It's an incredibly nourishing process; it's probably the closest I come to having a religion.

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Alan Ball

Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually...

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Alan Ball

As a writer, it's fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it's a really great job, but that's what...

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Alan Ball

I definitely see the good in people. Certainly in my own life I strive to be somebody who is functional and well adjusted and can face conflict in a non-emotional and non-destructive way, and those are...

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Alan Ball

I know a lot of shows are like, 'Here's the pages,' right before they start filming. I'd have a heart attack. The anxiety would be way too much for me. I don't have as strong a backbone as those other...

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Alan Ball

Most of us live in artificial environments and then we go to work in artificial environments and the world becomes something that you see through a window.

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Alan Ball

There are times when I am directing, and there are a couple of moments I didn't get the way I wanted, but I know I still have other angles to shoot and I have to be done by noon; I move on.

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