Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Tupac. His attitude, energy, and passion is inspiring: He accomplished more in 25 years than most other people do in a lifetime.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
The lobster mac and cheese at Catch. I probably discovered it about six or seven months ago and just got hooked.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Look for inspiration.
What was your first job in New York?
A basketball-coaching job in Queens, coaching kids from ages 9 to 13 in Kew Gardens. They struck me as the type of kids whose parents had money. They were terrible, but I enjoyed it. Even though they sucked, the kids were still fun and cool.
What’s your drink?
Hennessy and Coke. Nothing fancy. Sometimes I try a Mai Tai. It’s so fruity. It’s a little embarrassing, but I like it. Cheesecake Factory has good Mai Tais, actually, which they don’t have in New York City. We need to get one. I tried to look into investing, to franchise, but they don’t do that.
Normally 4 or 5 a.m. If it’s a late studio night, sometimes it goes to seven. If I was to go to sleep before midnight, I would feel weird about myself, like I wasted a day. My most productive hours are between midnight and five.
What do you think of Donald Trump?
I honestly think he’s a clown, to tell you the truth. Clearly a smart guy who made a lot of money, but his public image is clownish. I can’t take him seriously.
What do you hate most about living in New York?
I hate that I love it so much, but it’s so expensive. I hate the fact that I know that for what I spend for my place, I could live like a king anywhere else in the world. But I love it so much that I settle.