Having ODNT's Nathan Adler own a talent agency seemed like the most reasonable bet -- provided that one thing be made quite clear: "Arvin, in the early days, thought Nathan should be a bit meaner, be more of an agent like [Ari Gold on Entourage], and I was like, 'No, we see that all the time. Let's make him a nice agent -- even if they don't really exist.'"
It is exhausting but so worth it. In my three years of writing/acting/producing/show-running Old Dogs & New Tricks, I feel as though I've earned a master's degree in show business. You will never work so hard, but you will never learn as much. You'll also have newfound respect for writers, producers, editors and actors.
I'm excited about seeing more and more black people on TV. Today I'm creating my own Web series, and I'm encouraged by what creators like Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris have done in network television. Of course, it wasn't always that way. And even now, in this age of new voices and faces of color in the industry, in this age of Obama and Oprah, the struggle continues.
I never heard of a life hack until recently. I thought it was what my Grandpa Henry was doing almost constantly by the age of 80 after he smoked two packs of cigarettes his whole life. Or maybe what our first cat, Brownie, was doing under the bed when she would leave us little fur encrusted gifts. Mmmmmm. Life Hacks.