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The Experience Questionnaire: Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman is an actress and the author of “Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.”

Where do you come up with your best ideas? 

In the shower

What is the best non-material gift you’ve received?

A surprise party

What is the best non-material gift you’ve given?

A surprise party

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?


If you had to choose a different profession, what would you do?


What is the most useful mistake youve made?
Getting into bad contract negotiations.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had?

Getting into bad contract negotiations.

What opportunity do you regret passing up?
A three-picture deal from a major film studio when I was 18.

How do you relax?

I prefer not to.

If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?

Southeast Asia

What is your most indelible childhood memory?

I can’t tell you.

Describe a perfect day.

Closing a big deal OR the first day on set of a new film shoot.

When you’re stuck how do you get unstuck?

Just stop doing what I’m doing and wait.

What is your proudest moment?

Graduating UCLA at 50 with a Computer Science and Digital Media Management BA.

What would you like to experience before you die? 

A visit to the Ice Hotel in Sweden.

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