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Arts feature

Most artistic careers end in failure. Why does no one talk about this?

Rosie Millard dispels the myth that persistence is always rewarded

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

It is a standard narrative in all showbiz reporting, and one that arts hacks seem to be duty-bound to abide by. It is the fairy tale of ‘Making It’; the story of a star whose career took time to get off the ground but, thanks to perseverance and self-belief, went stratospheric.

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