It is one of those unfair aspects of life that weeds itself into every facet of life there is, and its actually very prevalent in the world of art and entertainment which is full of elitism, bias and delusions of grandeur. I'm sure we all have stories of Person X getting some great artistic opportunity, whether it be a job position or simply a decent serving of exposure from a source people actually care about - even though they are less-skilled than person Y, all because person X "knows somebody" But can you blame them? how many of us wouldn't use that vessel of easy success if we had it as an option? I sure would Sadly for me I'm doing it the hard way too as I know absolutely no-one of any value to the creative world. Looks like I'm going to have to work for my creative success It is a always and understandably a kick in the balls everytime I see someone less-skilled getting some massive payout for an art commission or job that I feel like I can top with my eyes closed and still get less than half that amount for, all because of connections
I don't believe in a grand conspiracy, but it is fair to say that folks will look out for their mates over strangers, likewise with family. There is also a strong correlation between folks that can afford art school and those that can't.
Plenty of exceptions to the rule and effort and persistence will get you far. But a good artist creates for their own reasons right? wrong?