The most dangerous attitude a creator can possess is that of someone who is waiting to be given a chance.
Opportunity is not a prerequisite for creating. It is a product of creating.
The methods and means by which an artists is able to do his work is no less a part of the work than any of the other elements he takes to be essential to his art.
The writer must not only write stories. He must also write the story of how he gets to be the person who writes stories. The musician must not only compose songs. He must also orchestrate the conditions of his life in a way that makes it possible for him to be a person who gets to write songs. The inventor, in addition to inventing things, must invent a lifestyle that permits him to be an inventor.
Creativity is a non-permission based enterprise. Creativity is not the sort of thing that somebody else can let you do. The only people who “get to create” are the ones who take responsibility for creating a context that allows them to create.
You don’t have the things you need in order to create because you have to create the things you need in order to create. That, too, is an aspect of the craft.
As Seth Godin said in a lecture called “Thinking Backwards”, “You’re not gonna get picked. Dick Clark has passed away. He’s not going to call and put you on American Bandstand. It’s over! And it’s being replaced by the awesome scary responsibility of picking yourself.”
Don’t wait for “your turn.” It’ll never come. “Your turn” doesn’t exist until you decide to do something that transforms the world.