Optimus' Paul Galati Answers Five Questions

Optimus' Paul Galati Answers Five Questions

What do Dave Grohl, Larry David, and Wayne Gretzky have in common? Find out as Optimus Colorist Paul Galati answers Five Questions with Screen!

SCREEN: Most famous person you've ever met?

PAUL: Larry David. My wife & I saw him at a restaurant. He was at the front desk for a while and on our way out the door, I spoke with him for a bit about the upcoming season (at the time) of CURB. It was really funny though because he was methodically tearing up a piece of paper into even parts and writing names down on them. Our best guess was that he was going to fish from a bowl, with the rest of his group, for who had to pay for dinner.

SCREEN: If you could appoint ANYONE to be President of the United States, who would it be?

PAUL: Dave Grohl. Seems like a level-headed guy who is calm under pressure.

SCREEN: Worst job you’ve ever had?

PAUL: Tie between working at an ice cream parlor and working as a butcher. Not particularly fun jobs and you came home every night smelling like dairy or raw meat.

SCREEN: Your greatest athletic achievement?

PAUL: Sophomore year of high school, I made Captain of the JV soccer team and later was called up to Varsity. There weren't a ton of other sophomores on the team and soccer is a huge deal in St. Louis. Kind of like how football is in Texas.

SCREEN: Favorite guilty pleasure TV show?

PAUL: I'm obsessed with space documentaries and anything Astronomy related... to the point that if a show has the word "Universe" or "Cosmos" in it, I have probably seen every single episode... 3 times each. Not sure if that counts or not though because I don't feel particularly guilty about it.


SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

PAUL: This was not given to me directly, but Wayne Gretzky was quoted as saying, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".

I love this quote. If you want to achieve anything great, you have to realize that some sort of failure is inevitable and the fear of failure should never keep you from taking chances.

Baseball is the perfect analogy. Ty Cobb has the highest batting average of all time at .3664 (or 37%). The most successful hitter in all MLB history spent 63% of his career striking out. Think about how that applies to people like Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett also & the 'failures' they encountered in their lives.