As many of you know, our motto at Capes Coaching is “Talent Is Only Half The Equation.” What you probably don’t know is that it was originally “Talent Is Only Half The Equation; The Other Half Is A Crapshoot.”
Okay, not really. But, there’s something in that idea that’s worth exploring — the comparison between success in the arts and winning a game of craps. After all, as much fun as it may be, playing craps is ultimately a gamble. And so is the pursuit of a career in the arts. This is probably why so many parents tend to discourage their kids from that pursuit; they know that there’s nothing stable about this type of career. An artist is, in essence, a freelancer, and a freelancer is defined as a self-employed person hired to do specific assignments rather than being permanently employed by one company. Basically, there’s no guarantee of work or a paycheck, and that will always be the case for as long as you’re in this business.