The basis for a career in the arts can be incredibly varied, but comedian/author Sayle provides us with one of the strangest. Yet it seems to have worked. This is from his latest book, Thatcher Stole My Trousers:
My inclination was to make important life decisions based not on what was sensible or right or appropriate but rather on what I thought might sound impressive to some imaginary people inside my head. These people encouraged me to make a lot of mistakes.