They were replaying a segment of a Charlie Rose interview with Steve Martin this morning on the CBS Morning Show. Whether you like him or not (I do), Steve Martin is an immensely talented comic, writer, actor, teacher, musician and a serious collector of art to boot. He was asked what kind of advice he would give to his students. He said, basically, “People ask me all the time about how do you make it in showbiz, how do you get an agent and so on. I tell them to be so good that they can’t ignore you.”
Sounds like some of the best advice I've ever heard. Simple, but certainly not easy.