One day David Hayter was answering the phones in the production office for X-Men (2000).

The next he was writing the script and was credited as the screenwriter.

Without the success of X-Men, what is now the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” may be totally different.

David has since gone on to write the sequel, X-Men 2: X-Men United, Watchmen, and has been a part of many more projects as a writer, producer, and director.

If you are an actor, writer or creative type, you will love his advice on how he has thrived in Hollywood.

If you are none of the above, you will love his behind-the-scenes look into Tinseltown and how his advice can be useful anywhere.

Here are some of the topics we got into:

What is it like to stick with something even when there is a challenge

Approaching something with a beginner’s mind

Taking your work seriously, but not yourself seriously

What does success mean?

What themes appear in his writing that mirror his approach to life

How to have a really difficult conversation

How to put the weight of the argument on the other person

How he connected to Wolverine (Logan) in X-Men

If you are an actor, what you need to do at a casting call

Always thinking to yourself “that you have a delicious secret”

And much more…