I often wonder what kind of person wakes up and works on a craft for hours on end, hoping that by focusing on it and only it they can achieve professional status, all the while with the risk that in one audition or one botched up interview they could lose everything. I guess you’d have to talk to the people that get there. But to do that, you probably have to dangle a carrot in front of them.
Because it is always about how to reach the next level, like this professional life they are chasing is a video game. In a video game you can lose your life several times before you are gone from a level. Maybe you have to start all over again from level one, but what happens in real life? You just get older. Maybe real life is like what Sasha Cohen said about training for the Olympics—at first it’s every day, every day you are training, getting better and good enough to go to the Olympics, then you wake up one morning, win a gold medal and the next day you have no idea what to do with yourself.