So after reading a thread recently about acting, and reading non-SDMB content about the music industry and professional sports, it strikes me that an absolutely tiny percentage of people achieve the pinnacle of these professions- rock star, movie/TV star or major league professional athlete, with the corresponding salaries and privileges.
And it seems fairly clear that there’s not a lot of room in the middle either- it’s not like some guy can make a 20 year career as a serviceable AAA baseball player making 65k a year. And most musicians and actors struggle to consistently pull in a similar amount of money year in and year out.
Yet you see people constantly devoting their lives to the absurd chance that they might be in that 1-2% who actually achieve that success, mostly through luck.
How do they get so confused? I mean, I was a good football player in high school, but I realized even back then that if maybe 2-3 guys off of the best teams in the state go to play college football at a Division I level, and then a handful guys off each of the best teams in Division 1 go on to play pro football, then my chances were very low for college football, and non-existent for the NFL. I didn’t quit or anything, but I had no illusions about the likelihood of actually playing in college or the NFL.
Yet there are millions of people each year who are convinced that they can be a movie star or rock star, or in the NBA or whatever, and bend their lives toward that goal, when in the long haul they’d be better off going and getting some sort of degree or professional certification that while not sexy or glamorous, would allow them to actually consistently earn money.