The son of a pal of mine in the UK has a son in his late teens who has just started his career as musician. Yesterday we talked about how tough it is to get started in the music industry in 2014.
This applies for all areas of creative endeavor. There are so many talented people out there, how can a young director, poet, singer, painter or novelist ever hope to get noticed?
My friend was of the opinion that you need the backing of major record company, publisher etc who can provide solid financial backing and a marketing strategy and who will make sure that you get on Spotify playlists, get selected as Book of the Week, appear on the right breakfast TV show etc.
Now, I’m not so naïve as to think those things aren’t important. The wonderfully talented First Aid Kit, for example, might not have been so successful, so rapidly without a good manager. Good for them! And good for us!
However, as an unrecalcitant Polyanna, I also firmly believe in the power of moments of magic. Something that happens that you can’t even begin to explain.
I've many examples.