5 Pieces of Creative Wisdom From White Lotus Creator Mike White

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CANNES, France—A tearful Mike White recounted the new ups and many downs of his career, including a nervous breakdown in his 30s, which led to him being institutionalized and finally finding serenity in Hawaii.

In a conversation with Ogilvy global chief creative officer Liz Taylor at the Cannes Palais Wednesday, White, 52, said the show he was producing for Fox at the time, ironically titled Cracking Up, led to the breakdown.

It’s a lot of people sitting around talking a lot, but the music makes you feel like someone’s going to die.



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