Hollywood stars hence feel that there is something arbitrary about their success — that their personal merit does not warrant their revered status. While they may be pleased at this outcome, they can’t help but feel that the system is unjust because their status is undeserved.
First, read the whole thing. I may offer further thoughts later, but do agree that the success of some in Hollywood does sometimes seem quite arbitrary. Given the amount of competition in this business, a lot of people, many quite talented, work really hard without getting any recognition — while others find success just through their contacts, being in the right place at the right time or having exactly what “they” (i.e,. the powers that be) want when they want it — and knowing how to sell it.
But, for so many in this town, it often seems that earnest effort does yield any real reward. Hard work isn’t recognized here as readily as it is in the rest of the country. This is not to say that some very successful people here don’t work very hard. Many of them do. Indeed, I would dare say, most do. It’s just that they see others working just as hard and not getting the same recognition — or earning the same salaries.
A number of my actor and actress friends spend thousands of dollars and devote hundreds of hours to getting head shots, perfecting their resumes, sending them out — and following up on their efforts and find that, in return, they only get a handful of auditions — with no paying parts.
Had they applied the same effort in in any other industry (well, perhaps not in this economy), they would likely have job offers out the wazoo.
NB: Wrote the original draft of this in a Jiffy Lube while waiting to get an oil change. Thanks to the due diligence of my readers, I caught at least one glaring typo, then proofread even more and caught even more. My apologies.