Because not everybody can make it in the business. Someone has to fail for others to make it.
Talent isn’t everything. It’s mostly about the inner drive, the ability to turn your ideas into movies, and a bit of luck. If you can stop talking about making movies and actually make them, then you have a far greater chance of being discovered. I can’t tell how many talented people I’ve met in my life who could’ve become fantastic directors, but unfortunately they didn’t have the inner drive and that something that separates the great from the potentially great.
Even Quentin himself when asked what advice he would give to aspiring filmmakers said "“If you want to make a movie, make it. Don’t wait for a grant, don’t wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it.” Some people never stop waiting and they never make it.
This post is so true I had to quote it to make sure no one misses it.
It applies to everything though, not only film making. Wether you want to be able to get the girl of your dream, make a carrier or get thin.
The time you spend complaining about how difficult it is and how unfair it can be (that F%ING asshole got the girl, this one got the job you were applying to, this model is thinner and eats pizza every week) is time you’ll never get back; While you could get some experience doing the stuff you like probably in the worst way possible, with no money and stuff, but atleast you’d get the skills, that would come handy if you have your great breakthrough.
I also totally agree about how there are a great bunch of disastreous successful directors out there though. And I’m not only talking about US cinema, we get our mainstream sentimental or funny comedies in France that wouldn’t deserved to be seen by 10 people, and I don’t really know how’s the cine-scene in other countries but I guess it’s pretty much the same.
Then again I can’t help but thinking that it’s the same when it comes to the music industry and probably every kind of art. As far as I’m concerned, I think P. Starck is a shitty designer and doesn’t deserve his success either but I’m quite drifting from the topic here.
I hope you get my point though, which is the same as everyone who’s posted so far : keep working and make things happen. Just take a look at Richard Kelly for example, Donnie Darko was a masterpiece and still he can’t get his movies to make a theatrical release, BUT he keeps making them, and the budget keeps growing!