But on American Idol, anyone can open their mouth, sing a song, and make it to Hollywood. Sometimes those people even make it to the top 20. But on the dance show, everyone has already done the time. This is just another audition. You don’t see many of the loud-mouthed, bleeped-out swearing, “I’ll show them! I’ll be famous one day!” people on So You Think You Can Dance. Hardly anyone on SYTYCD is expecting instant fame.
There is no such thing as “instant” fame.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing people who don’t make it to Hollywood Week. There are scads of talented people who don’t make it to the top 20, who go back to work, hone their craft, and come back again.
Has anyone but me seen Center Stage? (Yes, I have horrible taste in movies.) There’s a scene where an arrogant, mouthy dancer (played by Zoe Saldana, well before Avatar) is frustrated that the choreographer won’t pay any attention to her, because, despite her talent, he doesn’t want to put up with her attitude. One of the teachers pulls her aside and tells her that there will always be choreographers like him. She says that the bad dancers blame the choreographers. But the real dancers, when met with rejection, always go back to the barre.
I guess real writers go back to the page.