Giving up on the Dream – combating the myths of ‘making it’ in the arts

This is my 3 part series for the One to One slot on Radio 4. It tries to look beyond the myth peddled by most arts journalists, Disney films and well meaning people which is that making it in the creative industries depends on determination and courage. That talent will out. Try try try again, and you will prevail. Not so, i think.

This first interview is with Debbie Bayne, who has been writing for a long time and who has yet to publish a novel. As she says, it’s not the quality of her writing but just the fact that being published depends a lot on luck.

Episode two features opera singer Patrick Egersborg discussing success and failure.

In episode three amateur actor Ben Hopwood talks about ‘living the dream’ on his own terms.

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