REAL QUOTES: The good. The bad. The ugly. The insults.
Citing real-life feedback about Sam David's work ethics, integrity, analytical abilities, discipline, passion, patience, principles, perseverance, tenacity, activism & strategic management-producer skills.
The "quotes" below are all genuine, focusing on the woman who certainly took the road less traveled. She could have partnered with Hollywood's top agencies, but their direction in life—and Sam's—collided. Nothing about Sam is ordinary... especially the people and projects she passionately represents.
Toughened by a challenging upbringing, she developed a cast-iron will and rigid self-discipline from a fractured, painful past that had pushed her to a wall. In spite of opposition, hardships, and setbacks, she fought for her own survival with a burning determination.
In many ways, little in her life has changed: Sam continues to fervidly fight the good fight. She is always the calm in the storm — the woman who leads a culture of diversity with intestinal fortitude and an intense focus. Clothed with strength and purpose, she brings to the table that rarest of ingredients in Tinseltown: unflinching client loyalty.
REAL QUOTES & COMMENTS...
"The rare human being in this crazy, cut-throat business who puts principles and people ahead of profits. Fiercely loyal, passionate, devoted; she's an absolutely brilliant, analytical strategist, both creatively and financially."
"Leaves no doubt that she marches to the beat of her own drum, and she doesn't give a damn what anyone else thinks about it. An INCREDIBLY creative thinker and successful businesswoman — honorable, ethical, trustworthy. Give her space, and she'll hit the ball out of the park."
"She's married to her work. Literally married to her work. All Sam cares about is her work. And that damn dog of hers."
"We never know when someone will enter our lives and change them. My light had just about burned out, and Sam's spark rekindled it. She lit the flame that got me writing again. I didn't want to write a book; it's Sam's fault. She's a dynamo who manages more than her clients' careers; she manages to help them become who they're meant to be."
"She's unbelievable at problem solving, analysis, and refining a project or an idea."
"The thing about you, Sam, is that there's no bullshit. And the truth about it is that nobody works as hard as you do just for money. The money is incidental. And to work like you do with artists and talent is so phenomenal because it's not about money. And because it's not about money, the artist feels protected. Most times artists and talent feel like they are out in the cold alone. And it is impossible to work alone without someone encouraging you; it's too easy to give up. It's very easy to give up when you have no feedback, no one to bounce off of. And the real truth is, it's easy to lose faith when no one is there to catch you when you fall."
"You are very strong headed and tenacious. You see a place you want your client to be and you'll plow over anyone who is in your way."
"Sam's a breeze of fresh air in this industry filled with bullshit and false hopes."
"Sam: I'm not saying that you are not effective; you ARE. In fact, you are EXTREMELY brilliant, creative, and VERY effective. But it's so obvious to me that you are an activist with a heavy (and VERY, VERY LOYAL) African American and ??? Muslim and ??? gay clientele. Frankly, I'd rather not be represented by someone who is so damn controversial. Your (sic) BIG on BLACK clients. That's your thing. Why that is, I don't know. But that's your niche, NOT mine, and for that reason, you WON'T be representing me any more."
"You're definitely NOT molded from a cookie cutter. Love, love, love you, Sam."
"Delivers true transparent business leadership and solid strategic vision."
"You really are a gift from the Universe."
"Thank G-d you were born with a triple set of brass balls and unbelievable patience. xo"
"Get a f'ing life, Sam. You're wearing out your office chair."
"Sam... You are the only human being I have ever met in my 50+ years who ever gave a damn about me. You saw through my past and pain as a writer and truly enriched my life beyond my own understanding. Your professional love, insight, unwavering support and strategic guidance has been a dream come true. (And I learned more from you about compassion, loyalty and tolerance than all my combined life experiences.) Honestly, I never would have believed that -- as an African American male -- a woman (no less of White ethnicity) would become my Savior. There are no words to thank you, Sam."
"Sam has a soul of solid gold. The most passionate and persevering person I have EVER known."
"A self-styled introvert with a finely tuned bullshit barometer."
"Your passion and belief in me gave me the strength and courage to believe in myself. But more than that, you never STOPPED believing in me. Your loyalty and patience is such a rare commodity."
"Thank you for being in my life."
"YOUR (sic) an A-1 ASSHOLE, Sam. DON'T tell me to be humble. I MADE IT TO THE TOP, Sam. AND I STAYED ON TOP. YOU seem to forget who I AM, so go fuck yourself and that tag-a-long fucking dog of yours."
"Love you Sam, You're SO creative and genius."
"She only works on projects that she feels passionate about. It is not all about money. She is a tireless worker... unlike anyone I have ever known."
"How can ANYONE work with you??? You're just too damn AGGRESSIVE for my taste. You should have been born a man. Or maybe you ACTUALLY are. Go change your gender from female to male, because that's what you ARE and how you operate -- LIKE A MAN!!!"
"Loyal to a fault. (In fact, sometimes too loyal.)"
"To Sam, her intense focus and goal-driven projects along with her vigorous campaigning to bring about racial awareness and social change are far more important than ego or fame."
"I trust you with my whole heart."
"Sam brings a skill to the table which is so genuine and rare, in that she understands another person's thoughts and feelings - it's a cognitive skill. It's difficult to understand just how strong her benevolent motivation is. In addition to her empathy, she's just so damn analytical."
"One tough cookie with a heart of gold."
"I am so grateful to you for inspiring me!!"
"Thank you for all your good work on my behalf. That's the best gift I could ever get."
"A die-hard workaholic; and yet, her work is her passion."
"Sam... just want you to know how much I appreciate the care and editing you partnered with me on the children's books..."
"I really appreciate working with you more than anything in the world."
"She avoids small talk."
"I can honestly say I didn't understand what it takes to be a "Manager" until I met Sam David. I have marveled through my professional relationship with her and discovered that I really believe she is like no other. And creatively, she's a constant spark of new ideas and projects."
"Passionately and tenaciously represents a lot of controversial and provocative people and projects."
"Very easy to chat and brainstorm with. She's super superb on due diligence, particularly understanding the deal."
"She's a manager with heart. And she's compassionate."
"Just to say thank you for all of your ideas and the tremendous amount of thought that you put into getting here."
"What the f*** is she doing living in the desert? Who the f*** lives in the desert?"
"She’s an innovator who inspires her clients to fearlessly change the game and make this a more wonderful world. Sam’s a living, breathing (sleep-deprived) muse."
"She offers a rare blend of entertainment expertise, ethics, and expressive energy."
"You are smart and right on... xoxo"
"She delivers extraordinary energy, with an extraordinary work ethic. Totally dedicated."
"I am happy to speak on behalf of my Champion, Sam David."
"She's for real - the real deal. Totally committed. Totally passionate."
"I am always most grateful for every call, every word of support and everything you do."
"Love you dearly, Sam. You are an extraordinary motivator, an extraordinary visionary, an extraordinary manager." XOXO
"Sam defines the word "Manager"."
"Sam... you are a fabulous editor! xoxo"
"She's wrapped up in her work. She stays up nights editing manuscripts and drafting contracts when she should be sleeping."
"Honestly, you're way too aggressive for my needs. But thank you for your professionalism."
"How can I not adore Sam? She puts her guts, brain, creativity, and tenacity into EVERY person and project she represents."
"We are very grateful that we have you! You are the best and I do not know how we could be without you watching and protecting our backs."
"Sam has an internal sense of the essence of a person or a project."
"Born with brass balls."
"Thank you very much for handling all this mess!!! Truly appreciate all you do. Xoxo"
"You are an Angel sent from Heaven, Sam. I have waited for you all my life."
"For all that you are to me. Love & Hugs."
"WISH you had entered my life 30 years earlier."
"Thanks for your guidance and faith."
"Stay away from her. She's too much of a health nut. I wouldn't trust anyone who's into nutrition."
"She's my safety net."
"Super sharp... worth her weight in gold as a creative strategist."
"Thank you for recognizing my talent, and giving me the confidence to move forward."
"Turn off that damn computer and grab some fucking sleep, girl."
"I'm in love with her."
"Work... work... work... she's literally married to her work."
"So grateful for you, you have no idea."
"I know (Sam) has my best interests in mind. She's on the phone all day every day pitching her clients to producers and casting directors. She barely sleeps. She lives for her clients. Sam is big on building relationships with everyone she works with. For her, it's easier to do over the phone, but she, without a doubt, respects everyone she works with."
"Sam helped me gain a new perspective on life."
"Her patience is a virtue. Sam believes in doing the job right, rather than being the first one to do the job."
"You're too damn absorbed in your work. There's life after 5 p.m."
"Sam is a guide - a messenger - and the motor behind the messages of my books. Her endless energy, brilliant creative concepts, and dedication are priceless and unique."
"She's diplomatic. Ego-free. Trustworthy. And she LISTENS!!!"
"Park your ego at the front door. Sam doesn't cater to Divas."
"She's long been known for having what can only be described as a sixth sense (it's Sam's special gift), along with possessing an unbelievably strong gut reaction - and an unbelievably strong commitment - to people and projects."
"Thank you always for being you." ox
"One of a kind and yet, earthy... truly humble."
"Thank you very much for everything you do! As always, I truly do not know what I would do without you!!! LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!! XOXOXOXOXO"
"She's way too intense, too introverted, too intimidating. Never learned how to chit chat. Organic Green Matcha - not small talk - is her cup of tea.