Showbusiness can be a business of perception. It's kinda like saying to the world that you have an 8-incher when in fact, you only got 6.
It's magic... plenty of smoke and mirrors. It's airbrushed photos, stylists, make-up artists and hairdressers... it's lighting and the right angles... it's a lot of things that have nothing to do with talent, drive, determination, ambition, basic good looks, and perseverance.
Sounds discouraging, doesn't it?
It doesn't have to be... I'm one of the old fogies that feel that at the foundation of it all, under all the smoke and great lighting, one's talent, drive and ambition wins out over everything. That this is what will keep artists from becoming one-hit wonders. It's what determines an artist's longevity. It's what will separate the men and women from the boys and girls.
It's frustrating when I find that the more talented folks don't get as many breaks as those who have a fraction of their gifts. It's cruel and unfair. However, I have faith in audiences that ultimately, they pick those who are deserving of the attention and accolades.