Hollywood, California, usually sees a lot of people move in and out on a consistent basis. The people moving in are often those who have come there to seek to make their fame and fortune in one area of show business or the other. Those moving out are often those who have been disappointed by the situation of things, and have been unable to make headway in their intended careers.
There are a lot of factors that could influence the success or otherwise of someone intending to make a career out of show business. It could be that the person simply did not have the talent required to be outstanding enough to catch the eye of the producers. It could also be that the person was not able to make the necessary connections to be given the opportunity to showcase their talent, or it could be one of a thousand other reasons that often lead to people leaving the industry to seek their fortunes elsewhere.
Despite the many other reasons, the primary one; and the one that sends most people back home, is that they simply do not have enough talent. This might seem surprising and lead to the question of why a person would come to Hollywood if they were not talented. However, consider the fact that there are many, many people in the industry looking for their own big break, and it usually takes outstanding talent to be able to break through the noise and become recognized as someone with enough potential to warrant spending valuable time on.
In order to increase the chances of getting noticed for one’s talent, whether in Hollywood or elsewhere, it is usually a good thing to first focus on improving one’s talent to such a level that it would be outstanding anywhere and among whatever set of people you happen to find yourself trying out for a role.
Before embarking on this, one principle to keep in mind is that you should not rely too much on the opinions of your friends and family. People close to you will often work hard not to hurt your feelings, even if it means lying to you about just how talented you are. To avoid that, try to place yourself in positions where your talent will be judged by people who feel no obligation to make you feel good. While you shouldn’t necessarily enter into a televised talent show just to find this out, you can go to a new choir or rehearsal where you are not known and try out, listening carefully to any compliments or criticism that you are given.
Having said that, the next thing that you need to keep in mind is that you need to practice… a lot. In order to be able to impress people with your talent, it will have to have been refined by long-term use and refining. You can do this by participating in events, whether solo or as a group with other people, and ensuring that you incorporate any comments you get into your practice.