50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes About Careers & Success

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Which are your favorite Kathleen Kennedy quotes?

Kathleen Kennedy is an American film producer and current president of Lucasfilm. She is the co-founder of the production company Amblin Entertainment alongside ‘Steven Spielberg’ and ‘Frank Marshall’. She has received the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Kennedy started her debut career as a producer in her first movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Throughout her career, she successfully works as an executive producer on several projects, including ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Jurassic Park’, and ‘Schindler’s List’. 

Here’s a collection of the most motivational Kathleen Kennedy quotes:


50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes About Careers & Success

1. “Lucasfilm looks out for ‘Star Wars.’ What are the values inherent in ‘Star Wars’ that we want to protect? It’s fragile to a certain extent in that it’s a single IP.” – Kathleen Kennedy

2. “The problem with some truth-tellers is that they don’t do it in a way that makes people want to listen.” – Kathleen Kennedy

3. “I think most fans of movies that have withstood the test of time don’t like for them to be tinkered with. I think that’s a pretty general consensus. You like to remember what you started with.” – Kathleen Kennedy

4. “I’m not great at talking about myself.” – Kathleen Kennedy

5. “In the creative community, there’s no excuse for not making a more equitable environment.” – Kathleen Kennedy

6. “I think it’s always wise to be concerned about any of the characters in ‘Star Wars,’ right?” – Kathleen Kennedy

7. “Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary; I think he may be one of the best actors ever that we’ve worked with.” – Kathleen Kennedy

8. “Sometimes women don’t take the initiative that they should.” – Kathleen Kennedy

9. “A lot of these big movies are just a collection or a montage of big set pieces.” – Kathleen Kennedy


10th of 50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes

10. “Creating authentic emotional experiences, whether it’s ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Spotlight,’ are driven by characters and stories that are engaging.” – Kathleen Kennedy


11. “I think ‘E.T.’ came along at a time when it was probably meant to be.” – Kathleen Kennedy

12. “It’s not fun to lose.” – Kathleen Kennedy

13. “If we do want to bring a woman in to direct a ‘Star Wars’… we don’t want to talk somebody into it.” – Kathleen Kennedy

14. “I don’t know how to make movies without getting my hands dirty.” – Kathleen Kennedy

15. “I know myself pretty well, and I know what I’m good at, but I also recognize when others may be better and so support and empower that.” – Kathleen Kennedy

16. “I don’t usually do remakes.” – Kathleen Kennedy

17. “It’s a real privilege to make movies.” – Kathleen Kennedy

18. “I had a teacher who loved movies. He had a little theatre called The Flick, and he would let a bunch of us volunteer to work there, and he also let us make little movies in class.” – Kathleen Kennedy

19. “Probably the biggest contribution that Disney has made to the Lucasfilm franchise management was their international component. That was something Lucasfilm hadn’t made significant inroads with.” – Kathleen Kennedy


20th of 50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes

20. “Audiences still crave storytelling.” – Kathleen Kennedy


21. “My story sort of sounds ridiculous because the first movie I produced was E.T.” – Kathleen Kennedy

22. “Many great stories are father issues, mother issues or death.” – Kathleen Kennedy

23. “It’s not just about casting female protagonists. It’s gotta be across the board throughout the industry.” – Kathleen Kennedy

24. “From a producing standpoint, I think prep is everything.” – Kathleen Kennedy

25. “A successful film begins by choosing a director whose creative vision will define the choices made by everyone involved in the film.” – Kathleen Kennedy

26. “I don’t analyze things all the time, I just do them.” – Kathleen Kennedy

27. “It’s an interesting thing when you’re casting a film – especially when you’re trying to discover someone – you’re waiting for someone to step into the room in an audition process and claim the role.” – Kathleen Kennedy

28. “You can recognize when a film-maker really, really cares about what they’re doing.” – Kathleen Kennedy

29. “A lot of directors will do a certain amount of storyboarding and pre-vis, and yet when they get on the set, everything starts to change, and they have new ideas.” – Kathleen Kennedy


30th of 50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes

30. “I started out as a camera operator. I was doing news, and I was doing sports – baseball games and football games. And I was acutely aware of women not really being in those roles then.” – Kathleen Kennedy


31. “Success is always a matter of some luck and timing.” – Kathleen Kennedy

32. “I suppose I was always attracted to the producing function – trying to put things together and make things happen.” – Kathleen Kennedy

33. “My life is organized chaos.” – Kathleen Kennedy

34. “I would hate to be in a situation where my entire focus was obsessing around the issue of whether we’re going to win best picture.” – Kathleen Kennedy

35. “If all you’re doing is playing it safe – trying to make the same movie over and over again – that’s when the audiences say, ‘Oh, this is just a moneymaking machine.’ But if it’s genuinely in service to the art form, then the franchise concept is being used in a way that’s exciting.” – Kathleen Kennedy

36. “I have a very fun husband. He’s managed to hang on to every person he’s known since grammar school.” – Kathleen Kennedy

37. “Having a female point of view in the room – when you get into a discussion about behavior – who would say what and how they would interact with one another. In certain situations, women are going to have a different opinion on that than men. It made for a really balanced conversation in the room.” – Kathleen Kennedy

38. “If it’s a huge tentpole movie, for instance with a movie like ‘Tintin,’ a year and a half, almost two years in advance, we were developing a videogame campaign and massive consumer products campaign.” – Kathleen Kennedy

39. “The producer, in effect, has to work as a translator. You form a very tight relationship with the director and writer from the beginning, and then you are constantly communicating to the various people that begin to come into the process, as you are trying to manage to hold on to a vision that needs to be communicated over a long period of time.” – Kathleen Kennedy


40th of 50 Kathleen Kennedy Quotes

40. “We are going to hire a woman who’s going to direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie. I have no doubt.” – Kathleen Kennedy


41. “Not every script that rolls in is ready to shoot. Few are, actually. So you go back and work on the thing.” – Kathleen Kennedy

42. “We don’t have any intention of beginning a trend of re-creating actors who are gone.” – Kathleen Kennedy

43. “The most important thing is to have a point of view and have something to say. That is important if you are filmmaker or artist. That means you have to experience the world.” – Kathleen Kennedy

44. “Everybody always asks us how we choose the movies we have going right now, and it’s hard to explain sometimes. There’s a randomness to the way things kind of happen and get done. And sometimes you have this perfect storm, and you have to accept that and do the best you can.” – Kathleen Kennedy

45. “We look at Marvel, but we’re not trying to emulate that in any way. In fact, we talked often about how distinctive what we’re trying to do with ‘Star Wars’ is from Marvel. They’ve been extremely successful in exploiting the characters in that universe, and we have a place. We have the galaxy.” – Kathleen Kennedy

46. “I’m just a member of the audience with each project I work on, and I hope to never lose that. It’s my touchstone. It’s the thing I never want to overanalyze.” – Kathleen Kennedy

47. “When you’re relegated to go from movie to movie, so much of what you’re doing is out of your control beyond creating the product.” – Kathleen Kennedy

48. “I’ve had filmmakers, I even had Bono come and talk to me about having a sequel to ‘E.T.’ help with an environmental message – I listened. I can certainly understand. I mean, the great thing about Bono is that everything he does is in service to a greater cause.” – Kathleen Kennedy

49. “I always feel that the best kind of producing – and frankly, it has to do with what I like to do – is you’re the big-picture person.” – Kathleen Kennedy

50. “The ‘Star Wars’ universe is full of technological and cutting-edge effects, which Base FX will be a wonderful partner to create with.” – Kathleen Kennedy



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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