Folks, it’s not talent.
- It’s years and years of training in multiple fields.
- It’s the dance classes that made us sweat.
- It’s the voice lessons that made us cry.
- It’s the tech rehearsals that exhausted us.
- It’s rejection after rejection after rejection.
- It’s hours and hours on that stage, always striving for the best.
- It’s endless passion.
- It’s taking harsh criticism, struggling to not take it personally, and using it to fuel your progress.
- It’s not letting somebody’s judgment of you slow your stride.
- It’s questioning whether you’re good enough constantly.
- It’s never ever giving up on yourself.
- It’s constantly wondering if this is the right career.
- It’s feeling like we’re not making progress, but still striving every day to be better.
- It’s facing every obstacle head on, no matter how daunting, and fighting to clear every hurdle.
- It’s being told by almost everybody you know that your career path is not a viable option.
- It’s dealing with endless stereotypes that you can never seem to fight off.
- It’s committing to following your dream, no matter what that path may bring.
- It’s staying curious, and always seeking to learn more, no matter where we are in our training.
So no, talent doesn’t get us where we are. Don’t discount your hard work. Don’t discount how much you’ve devoted to your craft.