In my never ending search for Pop Culture related noisettes, I constantly read The AV Club website. Oh, and the Pop Eye - hi BeckEye, if you're reading. And recently, whilst reading said AV Club, I came across an interview with Tim Minchin.
For anyone who doesn't know (and I'm guessing that's a fair few of you), Tim Minchin is an Australian comedian/musician, who is currently on tour in the US. His humour tends to concentrate on clever wordplay and, really, not much else. He's pretty popular, even though he doesn't really advertise and doesn't seem to play all that much. I'm not really into him, as I find he takes himself far too seriously.
On the AV Club, much like this site, you can comment on any of the articles they post. And the interview with Tim garnered pretty much universal condemnation. Most comments were of the 'most undeserved career' variety. In other words, Tim Minchin's success is down to luck and nothing else.
This got me to wondering whether that can really be true. There are plenty of people out there I can name, whose success is baffling to me. Kim Kardashian being a prime example. But I'm not sure that any sort of continued success can be due entirely to luck. Just thinking about Tim Minchin; it seems as though he's garnered his success from hard work. I said that he doesn't play all that much but when he does, he plays A LOT. I think he's doing 50 odd shows in the States at the moment and he's done this for the past ten years, at least. That doesn't appear to me to be pure luck. That's hard graft. If you think of all the people that have managed careers in the Arts (and I'm not talking the fleeting fame of a Big Brother or Australian/American Idol) and examine exactly what they've done to achieve that level of career, it would surprise me if any of them actually put it down to pure luck. Or even just the appearance of luck. Personally, I don't believe in luck.
It's very easy to look at someone's life and, through envy mostly, mark them down as untalented hacks who've somehow lucked into a career. I know I do it. Constantly. But I think if I actually sat down and went through all that person has done to get where they are now, I might need to bite my tongue a little harder each day.