Pilot Quotes

Pilot Quotes by Cary Fukunaga, Harry Shearer, MJ Hegar, Gary Numan, Eric Liu, Yves Rossy and many others.

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Increasingly, there’s much better material on television, but there’s not always the time and money to make it, so you’ve got to make sure you make it in the right place. It also depends on time commitment; a lot of directors will make a pilot, but a series is just a whole other level of involvement.
Cary Fukunaga
I’m at a little loss in terms of my Leave It To Beaver expertise, since I never watched an episode of the show – so the cast in the pilot could have been Martians or they could have been the regular cast for all I know.
Harry Shearer
I never dreamed to be a fighter pilot, because those guys are jerks.
MJ Hegar
Being a display pilot is probably the thing I’ve been most proud of in my life. Don’t really fly anymore now though. I have three small children and as most of my friends were killed in different accidents, I realised that it was probably just a matter of time before I went that way.
Gary Numan
My grandfather was a general in the Nationalist Chinese Air Force during World War II, and I grew up hearing the pilot stories and seeing pictures of him in uniform.
Eric Liu
I was a pilot and flying hang gliders, paragliders, aerobatics airplanes, and then I discovered skydiving. Free fall. Free. With nothing around you, just a parachute on your back. And you go down. But you don’t feel like you’re going down. Total freedom.
Yves Rossy
When I was a young girl, I used to dream about what I would be when I grew up. I thought that I wanted to be a nurse, then a teacher, even a pilot at one point.
Anna Todd
I was in the pilot of ER: I played a 15-year-old pregnant girl they were treating. And then, in the final season, they were casting for interns.
Shiri Appleby
As a pilot, I can tell you drones may be a lot of things; airplanes they are not.
Robin Hayes
Coming in and out of Hollywood for pilot season, I may have to thicken my accent or hear that, physically, I’m not Latino. I not only am, but there’s another 50,000 people who look exactly like me.
Carlos Ponce
You always have that danger when you do a pilot of getting this gigantic chunk of change, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘It’s going to run forever, and I’m buying a house in the Hollywood Hills.’
David Denman
As a physician and as a pilot, I think it lets me be a pretty good translator having one foot in the medical world and one foot in the flying world. Sometimes when the medical guys come in and speak medical stuff to the pilots, the pilots really don’t know what they’re saying.
David M. Brown
Like the Spitfire it was immensely strong: a pilot had no need to fear the danger of pulling the wings off, no matter how desperate the situation became.
Douglas Bader
I’ll admit I wanted to be a pilot, originally.
Kent McCord
Being a consultant is like flying first-class. The food is terrific, the drinks are cold. But all you can do is walk up to the pilot and say, ‘bank left.’ If you’re in management, you have the controls.
Greg Brenneman
I’m trying to conquer swimming. I’m getting there. I’ve gotta conquer it. I had a fear of drowning and tunnels and flying. I started flying and got my pilot’s license, so I conquered that. Now, I’m onto swimming and tunnels.
Tyler Perry
As a child, my sister and I had very fruitful imaginations, and I would think that I wanted to be one profession or I’d want to have this experience in life. I realized it’s not because I actually wanted to be a Coast Guard helicopter rescue pilot or something like that – I just enjoyed the idea of playing it.
Ian Harding
I’m doing this pilot called ‘Demon.’ Kevin Smith is directing it. It’s a comedy drama. I play a guy who rises up from Hell.
Kyle Gass
I really loved Twin Peaks. When I saw the two-hour pilot, they screened it in the big theatre. I said, I don’t know what is going to happen. I’m in this and I don’t understand it. This is never going to sell. Who’s going to watch this thing?
Sherilyn Fenn
‘The X-Files’ from the beginning was a very visual show, and with Bob Mandel directing the pilot and Dan Sackheim being involved in the production of the pilot and directing the first episode, they brought a visual style to it that was elaborated on by so many good directors.
Chris Carter
I learned to be a hot-air balloon pilot to take tourists over the Masai Mara Reserve in order to earn some money and finance the work I was doing with my wife, Anne. We were studying the life of a family of lions for more than two years. Taking pictures was a way to capture information we could not put in words.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
If I’m not on stage, I’m a pilot. I like flying planes; I have a little plane back in Nashville.
Dierks Bentley
Very few pilots even know how to read Morse code anymore. But if a pilot could read Morse code, he could tell which beacon he was approaching by the code that was flashing from it.
Mike Ferguson
I read it in college as an assignment. I didn’t think about it at the time. But when I heard there was a ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ pilot, I freaked out.
Reed Morano
If crimes are committed, they are committed by people; they are not committed by some free-floating entity. These companies and other entities don’t operate on automatic pilot. There are individuals that make decisions – and some make the right decisions, and some make the wrong decisions.
Jed S. Rakoff
My pilot’s license. I’m proud of that.
Craig Ferguson
Astronauts working for the government will always need to be either pilots or mission specialists. Those who want to be pilots should have military experience – ideally, a test pilot background.
Buzz Aldrin
And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning.
Story Musgrave
My first job out of school was the ‘Adventure Time’ pilot. I was lucky enough to have my first lead on a job at a company called Frederator. They were accepting pitches for a shorts program.
Pendleton Ward
My whole life, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; it’s what I wanted to do. I set up all of my classes for it, but I got lazy my senior year in high school and didn’t get my paperwork in.
Mike Vogel
When I went to Test Pilot School, that’s when we came to Johnson Space Center. And I ended up seeing John Young and listening to him talk and getting a positive influence from him.
Sunita Williams
I don’t know much about writing a show or being a show-runner on a show, but I can only imagine that when you first cast a show and you first do a pilot, there are so many components that you’re throwing into the mix and you’re not sure how they’re going to develop.
Alison Brie
I did a sitcom with Desi Arnaz Jr. in a pilot called ‘Whacked Out.’ We were bombing, and Lucille Ball grabbed the mic and started berating the audience.
Dana Carvey
I’ve not been a prolific poet, and it always seemed to me to be a bad idea to feel that you had to produce in order to get… credits. Production of a collection of poems every three years or every five years, or whatever, looks good, on paper. But it might not be good; it might be writing on a kind of automatic pilot.
James Fenton
For ‘Orphan Black,’ all I got was the pilot script, and that was enough for me. I was daydreaming about this part. I kept thinking about how certain scenes were going to play out and how these interactions were going to take place.
Jordan Gavaris
I couldn’t tell you a good, bad or ugly pilot just from reading it, but I can tell you a character I want to play.
Jim Parsons
When you make a pilot, you’ve never seen the show before; you don’t know what it is.
Jonathan Krisel
I am most grateful for having bad eyesight, which prevented me from becoming a commercial pilot and instead, led me to having the best job in the world – representing the people of California’s 47th Congressional District.
Loretta Sanchez
When you have an older group of players, they play on automatic pilot a lot of the time, but with youngsters, you have more intuition.
Louis van Gaal
In terms of the pilot, you have to introduce a lot of characters in a very short period of time, and you have to paint with slightly broad brush strokes because you just need to give an audience an idea of who these people might be.
Jack Davenport
I could have just invited a bunch of my pilot buddies to go, and we would have had a great time and come back and had a bunch of cocktails. Instead, we wanted to bring in everyday people and energize everyone else around the idea of opening up spaceflight to more and more of us.
Jared Isaacman
There’s no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
Chuck Yeager
I remember when I did the pilot, and I though no network is going to want to do this. How could that happen? A half Chinese guy walking the old west that doesn’t fire one gun and never gets on a horse?
David Carradine
My father was a pilot in WWII and I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone who answers the call to serve our country.
Jim Justice
I got my private pilot’s license in autumn 1986.
Mathias Rust
I’d love to play a commercial pilot on screen.
Mukul Dev
I decided I’d never do a series again, but I was offered a pilot for a series through Eddy Murphy Productions, and that was the gig that got me Parker Lewis.
Corin Nemec
I’ve learned through experience that you can’t ever predict what’s going to happen with any show. When I signed on to ‘Ugly Betty,’ I just prayed that I wouldn’t get fired after the pilot, and four years later, I was still doing it.
Becki Newton
I had to think ahead. How much would I really enjoy committing five or seven years to working on this? When you’re an unemployed actor offered a TV pilot, no matter who you are you’re tempted by the good hunk of change to be made. It keeps you out of the unemployment line.
Gerald McRaney
When you’re doing a pilot, you don’t know where it will end up, and then you’re being put up with the best of the best.
Lauren Ash
My take on ‘Lucifer’ was pretty much laid down by Tom Kapinos when he wrote the original pilot script for it. I remember reading it for the first time, and I was about four or five pages in, thinking this is so funny, and I know how I would want to do this if I was going to do it.
Tom Ellis
As a child, I always wanted to be a race car pilot.
Ajith Kumar
When I read the ‘Ugly Betty’ pilot, I thought, ‘Oh, this part’s funny.’ I said to my husband, ‘I’m going to get it!’ But based on what? All my exquisite comedic work in a Nike commercial?
Becki Newton
I still remember when I was 18 and my life was completely different. I was in my apartment, and I got the call that I got Stiles for this pilot. I was just jumping around with my roommates, freaking out. It’s crazy to think about.
Dylan O’Brien
We’ve seen other Internet people go to TV, and it’s bad because they take two months off to make a pilot, and their viewers have forgotten about them when they come back.
Anthony Padilla
Anybody can pilot a ship when the sea is calm.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
I left the Navy as a lieutenant after spending almost 10 years as a helicopter pilot.
Mikie Sherrill
She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.
Frank Deford
Even if I could talk face to face with the pilot who dropped the bombs I would tell him, ‘We cannot change history, but we should try to do good things for the present and for the future to promote peace.’
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed and orientation and so on and responded as he would from the same cues in an airplane, but there was no way it flew the same. The simulators had showed us that.
Alan Shepard
My dad is a pilot so I think I was born with the travel bug.
Isabel Lucas
Two months after I got out of test pilot school, I saw an advert that said NASA was recruiting more astronauts. The best job you could have as a test pilot was being an astronaut, so I volunteered.
Charles Duke
The first season of a show is kind of like an extended pilot. You’re only really on the map if it goes a second season.
David Walton
One thing every Army pilot knows is that there is no such thing as a routine mission.
Harris Faulkner
I started playing the guitar when we started filming the pilot to ‘Lost in Space,’ which was way back in December of 1964, and there’s a little bit in the pilot that was used in the first season where Will Robinson is sitting around some bad foam rubber rock playing and singing ‘Greensleeves.’
Bill Mumy
We went down for pilot season, I got Full House, and we wound up never leaving.
Marla Sokoloff
Well, it’s difficult to fall in love with a character when you just read the pilot. You don’t really know who the character is.
Christina Ricci
‘Boldface’ is a pilot term, a magic word to describe the procedures that could, in a crisis, save your life. We say that ‘boldface is written in blood’ because often it’s created in response to an accident investigation. It highlights the series of steps that should have been taken to avoid a fatal crash, but weren’t.
Chris Hadfield
What I do know is how difficult it is in this industry to get a show on the air. There’s so many different stages: getting a script bought by the network, then getting a pilot made and having that pilot go to series, and then, when that series gets on the air, having people watch it.
Daniel Dae Kim
Now that I know what goes into making a pilot, keeping it on the air, and keeping your fans, I’m at a point now where I do a pilot and just hope for the best. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.
Laura Prepon
You learn to know a pilot in a storm.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There were moments where Supergirl gets a thrashing in the pilot, where if a man in the ‘Flash’ or ‘Arrow’ pilot got beat up, people didn’t visibly wince. And I watched in testing, people in the audience really became uncomfortable by the fisticuffs and the action. But then, they were elated and cheering at the end.
Greg Berlanti
For the last four or five years, I had been in the position where I didn’t have to take a pilot. I took this one because the script and the people were terrific. It never frightened me. As we were doing the pilot, I could tell that it was working.
Gerald McRaney
As actors, if you get a pilot on HBO or on USA, your odds are good that it’s going to get picked up.
Tim DeKay
I did a pilot for Nickelodeon that didn’t end up going to series.
Janet Varney
I would like to pilot a government-led scheme, alongside Help to Buy, to offer a loan to young people on a reasonable income to be able to pay the deposit on a new home and then swap their high rents for a mortgage and actually have a place of their own.
Andrea Leadsom
When you accept a role in a pilot, you automatically sign up for five years. You think it’s scary to walk down the aisle? Try signing a five-year contract for a show you may not want to be part of down the road.
Jennifer Aniston
Mohammed al-Qahtani was not alleged to be a leader of the Sept. 11 plot. He was not trained as a pilot. If he was involved, he was one of the ‘muscle’ hijackers.
Bill Dedman
My first inclination was toward flying and being a pilot.
Kevin A. Ford
The only thing that I’m not willing to do is really stupid, horribly written sitcoms. It can be tempting during pilot season time, but I realized this a while ago when I almost signed my life away to a stupid pilot.
Ari Graynor
This is what I wanted all along, and after I finished my studies and begun the job of testing jet aircraft, well, there wasn’t a happier pilot in the air force.
Gus Grissom
It is cool to make a pilot because you get to do all the fun stuff, and then you get to leave when all the tough stuff starts.
Niels Arden Oplev
As probably is known, I did not want my husband to join politics. He was not keen to join politics. He was very happy as a pilot.
Sonia Gandhi
I directed a half hour comedy pilot, ‘Upgrade,’ and had one of the best times ever! I had such a great time directing; I would love to get to direct another project.
Daniella Alonso
I have a rule: I want the pilot flying me up in the air at 30,000 feet to make more than a guy working at Taco Bell.
Michael Moore
If I had the uniform on, you didn’t doubt for a moment I was a pilot. No one ever blinked an eye if I tried to cash a cheque wearing that uniform.
Frank Abagnale
Nine g’s is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn’t stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.
Adolf Galland
I believe really deeply in the pilot process because you learn things about tone and casting. Even some of our best shows have had substantial re-shoots and reworking before they’ve gone on the air.
John Landgraf
I can’t tell you how good it is to go from ‘Homeland’ to be lucky enough to find ‘The Blacklist’ at the right time. It literally came at the very end of pilot season when I thought there was nothing left.
Diego Klattenhoff
The pilot system in television is utterly broken. It’s a huge waste of money.
Marshall Herskovitz
Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life’s pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation.
Wilhelm Reich
I got to do Disney Sunday movies. I got to do a TV pilot there. And it really helped me to realise that I needed to not just be a writer, but a producer, to see my work up on the screen the way I wanted it to look and play.
Chris Carter
Pilot season’s such a strange time. You get such a concentrated amount of scripts. A lot of them become white noise after a while. When something really pops, it becomes apparent very quickly. I’m quite instinctive about that. I know, normally by about 10 pages in, whether I want to do something or not.
Tom Ellis
My mother was a stay-at-home mum and my father was an RAF pilot.
Esme Young
Lucifer likes to have fun, but we need to make sure that he’s also rooted in a proper journey. For the first few episodes after a pilot, you’re just trying to establish your world and the starting points for your characters. But I feel like, as the stakes went up, the ‘Lucifer’ veneer got less and less.
Tom Ellis
You know, it’s scary when you sign onto a pilot of a series because, as much as you want the series to go, you also want it to be a character that you’d be interested in playing for a long time.
Lisa Edelstein
I feel like if we can use the combination of basically data-driven hunches and bet on really first-class talent to deliver the shows, that I think we could do as well as the networks do, who basically have a 75 to 80 percent failure rate for new shows anyway – even after all that development and pilot work.
Ted Sarandos
‘Proof’ is a really cool pilot that I was lucky enough to read by Rob Braggin for TNT that’s about a surgeon who’s an agnostic, tough, grounded, scientific mind and she’s hired by a Steve Jobs-type who’s just been diagnosed with cancer to focus on near death experiences and what happens when you die.
Alex Graves
‘Bhuj’ has a strong ensemble and I play a Sikh fighter pilot in it.
Ammy Virk
A pilot is like the most extensive dress rehearsal you can ever imagine, because the writers are learning about the actors, the actors are learning about the characters.
Kim Cattrall
Being in a male-dominated career field as a combat pilot, I got used to kind of blocking out the lies in the attacks that people would levy against me and trying to tell me who I am and define who I am when I know what I’m fighting for.
MJ Hegar
Here’s to the pilot that weathered the storm.
George Canning
I’m rubbish at maths but I would like to have been a pilot.
Francesca Hayward
I think the core of Jaime Lannister is actually that final line in the pilot when he says, ‘The things I do for love.’ He might do horrible things – and they are truly, some of them, horrific. There’s no excuses. But he does it out of what he sees as a necessity, out of love.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
From an actor’s point of view, you never really like to hope that anything will go beyond the pilot. I’d always say to my agent every time I filmed a pilot, ‘Great! Well, I’ll see you at pilot season.’
Owain Yeoman
You hope for that with anything, but with a TV show, the writer and the actor being the right mix are more important than the actual writing of the pilot because you hope it’s something that can have a long life.
Jake Kasdan
I still love a great pilot as much as I did the day I started at NBC.
Kevin Reilly
Even failures can turn into something positive if you just keep going. I wrote a television pilot called ‘Head of the Family.’ CBS didn’t want it. It was considered a failure. But we reworked it. A year later, it became ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’
Carl Reiner
When I read the pilot ‘for Married with Children’, it just reminded me of my Uncle Joe… just a self-deprecating kind of guy. He’d come home from work, and the wife would maybe say ‘I ran over the dog this morning in the driveway’. And he would say ‘Fine, what’s for dinner?
Ed O’Neill
Some infrastructure projects clearly require massive, coordinated investment – interstate highways or a new trans-Hudson tunnel, for instance. Others don’t have to. We should be unafraid of pilot projects and learning.
Cathy Engelbert
I dress like a 7-year-old space pilot. I have clothes that I still wear regularly from high school.
Kirsten Vangsness
I grew up and I kind of took the road of becoming a pilot, which was another dream I had of flying, and once I did attend the air force academy, that dream of flying became more like a project, and I wanted to be a fighter pilot, which I did. I became a fighter pilot.
Luca Parmitano
I realized how important it was to know something about aviation, and it was something I was interested in, so I followed my brother’s footsteps and obtained my pilot’s license.
Ellen Ochoa
What they did was to make a pilot and it may well go to series at the next festival but I don’t have any news on that. It’s already been on Paramount actually, but as it’s on Paramount it’ll probably be on several more times… hopefully.
Jo Brand
To be a bodyguard is to be a kamikaze pilot. Dedicated.
Mr. T
The most important decision you can make as a showrunner when you’re doing a pilot is who’s in it and who’s directing it.
Greg Berlanti
I loved playing Jackie on ‘Happy Endings.’ It was really exciting to be in the pilot and then be able to come back. Her character was so much fun!
Mikaela Hoover
It was understood that when I left to do the pilot that I wasn’t coming back.
Joan Van Ark
When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.
Jamie Bamber
The obviously inexperienced pilot is the game the scientific air-fighter goes after, and the majority of victories are won that way. But, on the other hand, it is the novice usually who gets the famous ace by doing at some moment the unexpected thing.
Eddie Rickenbacker
I forgive everyone who caused my suffering, even the pilot, commander, people controlling me.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
I’ve written a couple of scripts. Actually, a pilot. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say, but it’s a comedy about three young men in New York City, one of whom may or may not be a romantic like me.
Andre Holland
The experienced fighting pilot does not take unnecessary risks. His business is to shoot down enemy planes, not to get shot down.
Eddie Rickenbacker
I had never worked in television before ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and ‘New Girl’ is the first time since that I’ve worked on a series that is actually a series and not just a pilot.
Jake Kasdan
When I was first told about ‘Game of Thrones,’ I didn’t know the books, anything. So I read the pilot, and when I got the first script, it was clear the story was about these people and families and a constant battle for power.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
I was fortunate enough to book a pilot, and we just got picked up for a midseason replacement for ABC. It’s called ‘Romantically Challenged,’ and I’m going to be playing Alyssa Milano’s little sister. The other actor in it is Kyle Bornheimer from ‘Worst Week’ – he’s hilarious.
Kelly Stables
I never intended to become a professional pilot. But, as I became more curious about aircraft, and, well, not being John Travolta, I realized that the only way I was ever going to fly a jet is if I got a job.
Bruce Dickinson
Pilot season in L.A. is just this blood bath. They make so many pilots, and such a small percentage are picked up. And then if you are picked up, there are so many variables. You have to get a good time slot, and you have to get promoted. And then you have to thrive in that time slot.
Michaela Conlin
You know, being a test pilot isn’t always the healthiest business in the world.
Alan Shepard
It’s great if a pilot starts off great and if it doesn’t start off so great it’s not that big a deal: everybody’s baby is born ugly. But you want to know, if given the opportunity: Where are we going? What’s the story we’re trying to tell?
Timothy Olyphant
I’d never properly done pilot season in America. I did it for just a couple of weeks, a couple of years ago. Usually, you get pilot scripts and the initial script quality isn’t there.
Eoin Macken
Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.
Beau Bridges
Somehow, I knew you had to have perfect eyesight to be a test pilot, and so that was it for my astronaut career.
Paul Allen
I wanted to be a doctor at one point and I also wanted to be a pilot. I think if you grow up in a dodgy area, reality often beats down those ambitions as you get older. But with me that never really happened.
James McAvoy
I’m going to write a whole pilot and see if anyone’s interested, and if not then I’ll just live out the tortured life instead of showing it on TV.
Andy Milonakis
One of my best friends was the first U.K. female fighter pilot.
Esther McVey
I think aerobatic pilots make the best pilots because you know, you’re just so confident in an aeroplane. If you’re gonna get into trouble, I’d rather be with someone that’s a skilled aerobatic pilot.
Janine Shepherd
I use Pilot’s document ink, but their drawing ink is OK, too. It’s just that I don’t like the impression that clings to the pen tip.
Akira Toriyama
I came to New York and started doing stand-up and improv, and started auditioning for commercials and voiceovers and stuff. My first job was on a pilot of that prank show called ‘Boiling Points’ on MTV.
Nick Kroll
I’m doing another pilot about a black Democratic pundit who’s married to a white Republican pundit. And the purpose of me wanting to do that show – and ABC sort of supported me in the way they did – is because I feel like, you know, the political system is like an old married couple.
Kenya Barris
If you go back and look at the pilot of ‘Seinfeld,’ no one would have thought that show would be what it became, and television isn’t given that kind of chance anymore.
Malik Yoba
I don’t know about living on an automatic pilot, but I’ve had times where I’ve decided to just test myself and my mettle, and for no good reason other than it’s what life is. Even before I was acting, I had, like, one day in high school I decided to just show them my pajamas, just for no good reason.
Will Ferrell
Like, to do a pilot, you don’t know what’s going to happen with it.
Jenna Elfman
I’ve been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War. And then, in the No-Fly Zone.
Philippe Perrin
Before I became a fighter pilot, everyone said that women didn’t have the physical strength. Well, I had just completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.
Martha McSally
I would have loved to have been in the room with the ABC executives when they watched David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’ TV pilot. You know that had to be a long silence after that thing stopped.
Noah Hawley
There were a lot of things I thought of doing as I was growing up, from becoming a singer to a priest to a pilot.
David Lammy
I took my first flying lesson in 1967, when I was 16. By October 1968, I had 70 hours in the air and got my pilot’s license.
Chesley Sullenberger
I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot.
Felix Baumgartner
The script that I fell in love with and adored was ‘Jane the Virgin’… but every line in the pilot was essentially, ‘Why did you keep my daughter a secret all of these years?’ I didn’t know any direction my character was going – was it going to be a dramatic character, a comedic character? – I didn’t know.
Jaime Camil
Brimstone was great. That was another occasion when they called me in to do the pilot and it turned into a regular job, which made me quite happy. It was another really good experience and we were all so surprised when they pulled the plug on it.
John Glover
I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events – that was my side job while I was auditioning. I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.
Meghan Markle
JJ Abrams is definitely a guy that when he calls, you want to answer. He’s incredibly focused. When he was shooting the pilot on ‘Lost,’ we’d do a take and he’d go back to his tent and be working on the first episodes of ‘Lost’ as well as the cliffhanger for the eighth season of ‘Alias.’ He’s an incredible multitasker.
Jorge Garcia
The glory of being a carrier pilot has certainly worn off.
George H. W. Bush
At the end of the day, it’s really, really difficult to make a brand-new show, to write a pilot where you have to introduce characters and everyone has to kind of be dynamic and have something different for themselves.
Missy Peregrym
I live in the sky as a pilot, so it has great meaning to me.
James Turrell
More people saw the pilot of ‘Glee’ than saw me in my entire 10-year career on Broadway.
Matthew Morrison
We did exactly what everybody in the country did, watching it. You entered this state of sort of denials. You think, well, it must have been a tragic accident by an amateur pilot. And then you see the next plane coming.
Diane Sawyer
I don’t have my pilot’s licence anymore, but I’m still very political.
Mathias Rust
‘Dexter,’ while the pilot shares moments with the novel that created the character of Dexter, they completely abandoned the book from that moment on.
Jim Rash
One thing I quickly discovered as a female pilot – ditch the heels!
Zoey Tur
One of the best decisions we made on the ‘Arrow’ pilot was to have the Deathstroke mask. Within 30 seconds, you knew you were watching a DC comics show.
Andrew Kreisberg
When I moved to L.A. in 1989, the very first thing I did was this horrific pilot called To Protect And Surf.
Thomas Haden Church
It’s much easier to fail when you’re in the pilot, early stage, when it’s less expensive and you’re exploring than when you’re way out the door and you’ve spent all this money. Industry is smart: structured to have skunkworks and pilot phases.
Megan Smith
I used to train with my husband, Anthony Maina, but he is now too busy as a helicopter pilot, so we only run together when I do light jogging. I don’t want to kill him before his next flight!
Catherine Ndereba
I’m a commercial pilot before I was an actor.
Mukul Dev
I read, studied, and learned everything I could find about aviation. It was my greatest desire to become a pilot. I could already picture myself in the cockpit of an airliner or in a military fighter plane. I felt deep in my heart this was my thing!
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
When I read the pilot of ‘The Sopranos,’ I wasn’t terribly blown away by it.
Michael Imperioli
When a network passes, you really mourn the show. The official state of grief in Hollywood is saying you’re taking around a dead pilot.
Rachel Bloom
And so we were asleep there in San Diego. And our pilot called us. And his brother was on one of the other planes. And when he was leaving the airport, he saw in his rear view mirror that there was an explosion.
Reba McEntire
For me, I look at a pilot and go, ‘I see the landscape. I see the characters. I see the direction and the potential of the story.’ And I also go, ‘That didn’t work. I could change that. Maybe that works. I don’t know. We’ll see.’ For me, I look at it, as an actor, as what can I improve upon?
Matt Bomer
I don’t think any of us could have possibly anticipated how successful Mad Men has been. When we were working on the pilot, we loved it. We thought it was special. We hoped and prayed it’d be a success. But, we didn’t count on it.
Elisabeth Moss
We did one pilot for FOX which was about this couple that moves to a town, and we play everyone in the entire town. So it was like a Peter Sellers film.
Thomas Lennon
On ‘Masters of Sex,’ especially in the pilot, everybody was showing up word-perfect, and you’re expected to show up word-perfect.
Lizzy Caplan
My father-in-law was a pilot. During World War II, he was shot down in a B-17 over Belgium. With the help of the French Resistance, he made his way through Occupied France and back to his base in England.
Bobbie Ann Mason
I’d like to have been a pilot.
Jonathan Bailey
I experienced a lot of discrimination in the military. One commander told me that if my time of the month got in the way of my job, he would fire me. An instructor in pilot training continually failed me for subjective things, like judgment and situational awareness–I couldn’t get him to tell me what I was doing wrong.
MJ Hegar
You read a million scripts during pilot season, and most of them are not very good, so the good ones really shine.
Caitlin Fitzgerald
The pilot is the wedding, and the series is the relationship.
Thomas Gibson
I believe that 99 percent of successful TV shows change an immense amount from the pilot to the tenth or twelfth episode.
Bill Lawrence
I spent one semester in Air Force ROTC, as I wanted to be a pilot.
Katie Jacobs Stanton
A lot of people think Formula One isn’t a sport because everyone drives a car when they go to work in the morning. But we’re pulling up to six G on a corner or during breaking, which is almost like being a fighter pilot. So we have to do a lot of work on our neck muscles.
Jenson Button
I’m doing a pilot for Comedy Central with the band Steel Panther. They’re faux heavy metal. They started as kind of a tribute band out here, or a cover band, and they’re funny guys, and they just sort of morphed into their own thing.
Brian Posehn
What the hell is pilot season? It’s an artificial boundary that makes no sense, and it makes you do things under duress.
Kevin Reilly
Jimmy Van Heusen was a top security test pilot in World War II as well as being a great songwriter. He was absolutely incredible. Van Heusen inspired me to write music.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Whether you are an astronomer or a life scientist, geophysicist, or a pilot, you’ve got to be there because you believe you are good in your field, and you can contribute, not because you are going to get a lot of fame or whatever when you get back.
Alan Shepard
My grandmother was a flight attendant; my mother had a pilot’s license, and my grandfather was a pilot. That’s how my grandmother and grandfather met.
Erika Christensen
I get so tickled when that pilot happens to be an African American because I rarely see that. The same is true when I go to find restaurants. I mean, most places I go, I kind of have some idea who the chef is, which is why I want to go.
Marcus Samuelsson
Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It’s very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while.
Wally Schirra
It’s better to write a pilot rather than write a spec show. In some cases, you have to do both, but more often, writing a pilot and having an original voice is more important.
Cheo Hodari Coker
Not long after I got my test pilot qualification, I realised there was no manned space flight programme in the U.K., and there was unlikely to be one.
David Mackay
Networks can typically invest tens of millions of dollars in the development of a pilot. And if they put the show on the air and it fails, that’s all lost money. There’s no monetization of a broken series.
Ted Sarandos
Having kids has proven to be this amazing – for me, this amazing source of ideas of anecdotes, of examples, I can test my own kids without human subject permission, so they pilot – I pilot my ideas on them. And so it is a tremendous advantage to have kids if you’re going to be a developmental psychologist.
Paul Bloom
There was so long from when we did the pilot and then when the show was eventually picked up by Comedy Central – and, in fact, we had to shoot the pilot twice.
Thomas Lennon
I’m a medevac pilot. I have spent time suppressing wildfires and things like that. And as a combat pilot, I tend to find the biggest bucket of water I can find and put it on the biggest fire I can find, right?
MJ Hegar
I did a terrible television pilot that was so badly written and dumb that it became a turning point for me and I decided that I would never accept a job just because I needed the money.
Fran Drescher
In 1994, to motivate me to complete my pilot’s license, my good friend, Gregg Maryniak, gave me Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography of his solo flight across the Atlantic.
Peter Diamandis
I did a CNN pilot but they decided I wasn’t Anthony Bourdain.
Eric Goode
I remember on the pilot of ‘Will and Grace’ some executives from NBC saying to me, ‘There are too many gay jokes.’ I said, ‘If not on this show, then what show?’
James Burrows
But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty, to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school, I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.
Alan Shepard
I’ve already begun to put pilot programs in place that give CUNY grads opportunities to get good tech jobs. We should expand on that so that New Yorkers are getting those jobs, because those jobs are probably one of the biggest 21st Century pathways into the middle class.
Christine Quinn
As a military pilot and a test pilot, handling unusual situations and aircraft malfunctions was part of the business.
Fred Haise
When I first began doing TV pilots, my expectations were high. I didn’t understand that world. So when ‘Weeds’ took off, I was so happy. Especially as I was just a guest star in the pilot. But once it got picked up, they made me a regular cast member.
Kevin Nealon
I enjoy the writing process and producing; I enjoy seeing an idea come to fruition. I’m driven by very complex characters. You look at the pilot of ‘Breaking Bad,’ where there’s so much depth to the character, you can’t help but be invested when you watch.
Sasha Roiz
I get inspired when I look at Tom Lennon, who did ‘Reno 911!’ for six seasons while writing huge movies and directing and also doing other pilots; he did that FX pilot, the ‘Star Trek’ thing.
Scott Aukerman
‘The Originals’ is going to be an epic showdown of supernatural forces, and that was very evident in the pilot. I just wanted to be a part of that.
Leah Pipes
I thought it would be good for the engineers and workmen who were building my spacecraft to see the pilot who would have to fly it hanging around. It might make them just a little more careful than they already were and a little more eager to get the work done on time if they saw how much I cared.
Gus Grissom
Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.
John Calvin
You get to actually see the music video on the TV in the pilot and we have the soundtrack playing at this big party. I thought that was sort of a cool moment, to actually have the A-Ha video is pretty cool.
Will Estes
In aviation they have auto pilot and color radar and a lot of other instrumentation that is a backup for pilots. It’s really brought the incidents of plane crashes way down. Same thing ought to happen in the medical industry, I think.
Dennis Quaid
I created ‘Dinner: Impossible’ with a guy named Bryan O’Reilly and I shot the pilot as a 30 minute show and we sold it.
Robert Irvine
Usually when you do a pilot, there’s a moment where all of the executives get together and say thumbs up or down.
Rosemarie DeWitt
Oftentimes, you read these pilot scripts that come through for American work, and they don’t sing to you. I’ve got to be honest, not many of them ignite the flame or give you that burning feeling of, ‘Oh, God, I really want to be a part of this.’
Antony Starr
I wrote a script – a script about a guy working on the automobile assembly line; I never could get money for that. I did a pilot about minimum wage workers for HBO that didn’t get picked up; they thought it was depressing, even though it was a comedy.
Richard Linklater
It is easy to fall into despair thinking about all that is wrong with the world. The joys seems so small in comparison. Internet videos of cats riding Roombas just can’t compete with a father talking about how his dead 13-year-old son had wanted to be a pilot.
Donna Brazile
I was only 11 when we filmed the pilot. The idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn’t heard of.
Tatyana Ali
My father was a fighter pilot, so I moved around the world when I was young. Then I ended up in Kansas.
Patty Jenkins
I worked with people I admire; Josh Lucas, who I’d worked with many many years ago on a pilot called The Class of 61 and Kurt Russell, and so there were a variety of different people that I enjoyed working with.
Andre Braugher
When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don’t keep something to yourself.
Wally Schirra
Yes… well, I used to have a pilot’s license.
Will Wright
I didn’t get a pilot slot my first time trying. We Texans don’t give up easy, and everything we’ve accomplished is just the beginning.
MJ Hegar
Richard Kerry not only was a pilot in World War II, but was a civil servant. He did not come from money.
Douglas Brinkley
I always wanted to be a pilot, though somewhere down the line switched to computers.
Shefali Zariwala
I did a pilot for a show about community support officers, and all the community support officers were pleased that we didn’t portray them as idiots.
Rhys Thomas
Every pilot I’ve ever written, I’ve fallen deeply and madly in love with. It’s the only way I work.
Amy Sherman-Palladino
I work really, really hard and it’s challenging going through all of those time zones and having to be awake when you’re supposed to be asleep. I literally fly more than a pilot.
Miranda Kerr
I can still remember them wheeling the black and white TV sets into our classroom at school so we could watch the men landing on the Moon, and that obviously had a huge impact. I later found out those people flying Apollo were ex-military test pilots, so I decided to join the Air Force and become a test pilot.
David Mackay
People always say I write a lot of pop culture references. Can somebody please count the pop culture references in ‘Firefly?’ Because I don’t know how to put this to you, but there was one. I referenced The Beatles in the pilot.
Joss Whedon
I don’t know how much credit I can take for ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ because I only worked on it for three weeks. I re-wrote the pilot, and then my name was on it forever.
Paul Haggis
I would like to fly in space. Absolutely. That would be cool. I used to just do personally risky things, but now I’ve got kids and responsibilities, so I can’t be my own test pilot. That wouldn’t be a good idea. But I definitely want to fly as soon as it’s a sensible thing to do.
Elon Musk
I was always accepted at par value. I wore the uniform of a Pan Am pilot; therefore, I must be a Pan Am pilot.
Frank Abagnale
I’m shooting a pilot based on my show. It’s a one-camera show. I play myself.
Dane Cook
I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
Paul Nurse
If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.
Chuck Yeager
Between the ages of 12 and 15, I wanted to be a pilot because I thought it would be glamorous and dangerous.
Jed Mercurio
I got canceled in the middle of making the pilot.
Harvey Korman
I have some eye problems from when I was a pilot.
Kirk Kerkorian
I have one brother, John, an airline pilot, who is seven years younger. He’s adopted, though we’re still blood related – he’s my cousin. My parents couldn’t have any more children after me, so when Dad’s brother died, they adopted John, then just a baby.
Gary Numan
I think a lot of actors, we underprepare emotionally for how intense pilot season can be. And we underprepare the people around us, our support system. So when it starts taking up more time than you expect it to, we feel guilty.
Autumn Reeser
When you’re making a pilot, what you’re mostly thinking is, ‘Please let this be a real job, please.’
Hamish Linklater
My main incentive now is to be so successful that I can get a private jet and sit with the pilot. I got upgraded to first class the other week, but even there I was still scared. I could be massaged for the whole flight and still think I’m going to die.
Sam Smith
The reason I’ve never gone for pilot season even as a younger actor, and wouldn’t entertain that sort of thing now, is the idea of signing a piece of paper that binds me for six or seven years.
Martin Freeman
When I fly in a helicopter, I insist there be two sets of controls, one for me in case something happens to the pilot. I’m no expert, but I know enough to at least get the thing on the ground. Nothing scares me like the thought of not being in control.
Jack Nicklaus
During World War II, the pilot losses were staggering. In some bombing raids, as many as 80% of the planes that left did not return.
Simon Sinek
So, whenever Scooter was the Pilot, he never had a chance to fly the orbiter. So, the joke is: I’m going to have a chance to fly it first and hand it over to him.
Duane G. Carey
I got this letter asking me if I wanted to or if I would consider going to experimental test pilot school and becoming the first Negro astronaut and I thought it was crazy.
Ed Dwight
When you’re doing a pilot, you’re doing it in this bubble that almost works against the creative impulse. You don’t have time to get to know the actors first, and you have three writers, as opposed to a room full of writers.
Josh Gad
The audition process for ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ was overwhelming and exciting. It was my first pilot season and one of the first pilots I auditioned for.
Lauren Lapkus
All I know is I’ve had an overall deal with Warner Brothers Television since the ‘Smallville’ pilot; that was my first pilot for Warner Brothers Television. I have to do pilots for them, but I get a chance to spend time and find the people that work best with me.
David Nutter
Pilot season can be maddening. You’re basically putting yourself and your talent out there to be scrutinized several times a day for months by network executives who have probably never acted in anything since their junior high school production of ‘The Wiz.’
Reid Scott
I had done another show called ‘United States of Cars,’ which was a pilot that didn’t get picked up. And they said, ‘You know, we’re doing ‘Top Gear,’ and would you like to meet the guys?’ It was the wild – most wild audition I ever had because I never went to a studio or a producer’s office.
Adam Ferrara
By interviewing at least one veteran, you can preserve memories that otherwise might be lost. My uncle was a downed fighter pilot and P.O.W. in World War II, and I am looking forward to recording his story for inclusion in the project.
Spencer Bachus
I was a part of the planning and attack package intelligence team for the strike against Syria in 1983 – in which we lost a pilot and had another one captured until Jesse Jackson got him out – and numerous other operations against Syria both before the Iraq war and during the insurgency.
Malcolm Nance
When ‘Hung’ got canceled, I was available for pilot season, and ‘Arrow’ was the first thing I auditioned for. It wasn’t the first script that came to me, but it was my first audition.
Stephen Amell
Dad endorsed my learning to fly so he would have a live-in pilot, one he could get in touch with at any time.
Ross Perot, Jr.
I flew fighters for the Navy in San Diego for three years, went and did my post-graduate education, and then I was a test pilot in Patuxent River, Maryland, for a few years. I was back in the fleet in the Navy when I was selected to come back here to NASA to become an astronaut.
Alan G. Poindexter
I did a pilot for Fox years ago called ‘Faceless,’ with Sean Bean. I always thought it was such a cool show because it was really raw. I thought we were pushing it. This was back at a time before there was the ‘cable standard.’
Joe Carnahan
You may hate the pilot but you don’t want the plane to crash.
Ernie Johnson Jr.
I’ve always been someone who can just move. Some people in L.A. are addicted. They have to be here; they come for pilot season and stay here.
Debi Mazar
Making a pilot is never a seamless process. If it is, it usually tanks.
Max Greenfield
It’s ‘Star Trek!’ It’s as close to an American mythology as we get. To be a part of that storytelling after being a fan since I was a teenage boy who saw the pilot episode of ‘Next Generation’ air, it’s all very surreal.
Wilson Cruz
It was especially hard for me, as a professional pilot. In all of my years of flying – including combat in Korea – this was the first time that my aircraft and I had not come back together. In my entire career as a pilot, ‘Liberty Bell’ was the first thing I had ever lost.
Gus Grissom
From day one, I have been told I am no different from the male astronauts. As a pilot, I flew in the sky. Now that I am an astronaut, I will fly in space.
Liu Yang
Once my pilot and I push and jump into the sled, I hold on for dear life in the back while she skillfully and hopefully quickly navigates the two of us down a mile of icy, often bumpy, sharp right and left turns. I then pull the brakes at the end.
Lauren Gibbs
I’ve not been distracted by a long-running TV show or visits to America for pilot season.
Elliot Cowan
The pilot came back and said he had just heard that Kennedy was shot.
George Smathers
When I got the offer to do ‘Weird Ernie’ in the pilot, I was living in New York, and somebody had made a mistake, and they made an offer that was supposed to be $2,500 for the job, but they offered $25,000. I couldn’t turn that down. I’d never heard of anything like that!
Bruce McGill
The interesting thing for ‘Playing House’ to me is we both are at crossroads in the pilot. We both have our lives kind of upside-down, and then because we’re taking care of each other, we’re able to move forward and live our best lives.
Lennon Parham
Well, I’m about to do another western, a pilot for HBO this fall.
Walter Hill
Acting was never part of the plan – at one point I wanted to be an RAF pilot, but I wasnt made of the right stuff.
Robson Green
Every public school in the country should have a nutrition-education curriculum. We’re creating a pilot program at my son’s school. We are looking to create a replicable model that can help bring good nutrition to all children.
Cat Cora
When I directed the pilot for ‘Smallville,’ I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero. ‘Arrow’ is a different show – darker and harder-edged – but it’s the same core idea.
David Nutter
The famous pilot season literally sends shivers down my spine.
Lily James
Normally, you cast a pilot, and you have to make compromises about being political about who you cast.
Jill Soloway
I had done one failed pilot. I remember, when it failed, I was like, ‘Oh my God, how does someone survive this? That’s it – that’s the end of my career; it’s over.’
John Krasinski
I would have become a pilot if it wasn’t for my poor eyesight and the fact that I am hopeless in science.
Richard Quest
My brother is my inspiration. From being a star student in school, to the perfect boy next door – he was adored by everyone and I always looked up to him. We all shared a dream that he would become a pilot someday.
Bhuvan Bam
I’ve known numerous actors who got a pilot that they thought was going to run forever, and they went out and blew all of the money. Now they’ve got a mortgage they can’t pay for.
David Denman
My father was a fighter pilot, so I moved around the world when I was young. Then I ended up in Kansas. I’d just sort of gravitated toward the arts, and I had always loved music and really loved theater even though I didn’t want to act.
Patty Jenkins
I’m one of the only actresses in Los Angeles who has never waited tables – yet – and I’m so terrible at holding trays. When we shot the ‘Vampire Diaries’ pilot, I totally spilled water all down Nina Dobrev, and she had to get her hair and make-up redone.
Kayla Ewell
I am not only overwhelmed with excitement to be back in the seat but also to show my support to help raise awareness to end domestic violence and sexual assault by displaying the ‘No More’ symbol as I pilot the No. 24 car.
Amber Cope
As an actor, and as you get to a certain level… and it’s pilot season and you read the trades, you could have a nervous breakdown. ‘So-and-so’s signed for a pilot. Why aren’t I?’
Fred Willard
From Clara Barton’s tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women.
Brian Kilmeade
The ‘Lost’ pilot was wide enough and included enough things so that when Season Five came, and we spent half of the year in 1973, nobody cried foul. It felt like it was already a part of the DNA.
Edward Kitsis
My father, a Vietnam War pilot, used to tell me that the only really bad decisions are the ones you stick to even when you get facts that support a change in the mission.
Harris Faulkner
I think my being a combat pilot, being a woman who has had to break down barriers and succeed in a male-dominated environment, and, I think, just being in the military for 26 years have all helped me.
Martha McSally
If I just said, ‘I’m a helicopter pilot and a federal prosecutor’ they might think I’ve served my country, I’m experienced. If I say, ‘And I’m a mom,’ they think I get it. ‘She’s a working mom. That’s tough.’
Mikie Sherrill
The task of the mediator is to help the parties to open difficult issues and nudge them forward in the peace process. The mediator’s role combines those of a ship’s pilot, consulting medical doctor, midwife and teacher.
Martti Ahtisaari
What I saw when I was a child was my father who was a pilot, and because of circumstances was thrown into the political system, and all I saw when was small after my grandmother died was my father in constant – constant combat with the system in India, and then I saw him die, actually.
Rahul Gandhi
My first pilot gig, in fact my first job in television, was ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and the experience of directing that pilot was probably the single most formative of my directing life.
Jake Kasdan
I get really sad when people say, ‘I’m no good. I haven’t been cast in a pilot.’ It doesn’t mean you’re not good; it just means someone hasn’t seen you yet. It doesn’t mean that in real life you’re not the greatest actor.
Matthew Gray Gubler
I have this TV pilot I was writing for and a couple of films. It’s just a different way to express myself.
Curt Smith
Look, there might not be a whole lot of people that really can relate to being a fighter pilot. Let’s just be honest. But there’s a ton of people that can relate to being a mom, because I am doing it right along with them.
Amy McGrath
I’m going to go do a Netflix series. It’s straight-to-series, 10 episodes, probably go for three seasons. I’m going to direct the pilot and hopefully the last episode of the first season. The show is ‘Seven Seconds.’
Gavin O’Connor
I did the pilot, and when they came through and said they were going to put it on the air, I had already some dates in the book with my band and so on. So Barry did the first one, he may have done a few more than the first one in the series, and I took it up from then.
Humphrey Lyttelton
Sometimes I hear the crowd cheering, and most of the time your body’s on auto pilot, so sometimes even after I do a floor routine, I’m like, ‘Did I really just do that?’
Simone Biles
I grew up thinking that I would become a fighter pilot and was fascinated by aircrafts as I had grown up around that. But my father encouraged me to not become an Air Force person, given the varied interests I had, be it books, movies, sports or fighter flying.
Kapil Sharma
I hadn’t worked for a year when I had my Prison Break audition and it was the easiest audition I’ve ever had. I got the script on Friday, went to the audition on Monday and got the part on Tuesday. I was shooting the pilot a week later. I didn’t have time to be nervous – it happened so quickly.
Wentworth Miller
I have been a fan of Dexter since the pilot. Once I got the audition I just squealed, and you would have thought I just won 45 million dollars.
Aimee Garcia