"I'm sick of seeing people whose reels aren't as good as mine getting work when I'm not!"
So, to answer the question, yes, talent does count for something. To comment on the comment that followed:
This is an industry of relationships. People want to work with people they know, trust, and like. They also want to work with people who lend credibility, money, and any assets such as equipment or locations, to their project.
There are numerous reasons why someone with less talent may be hired for a job. My question to you is, why are you focusing on on something negative that you have no control over? Instead of letting frustration and bitterness take over and therefore seep into everything you say and do (and before you try and tell me you "hide it" when it counts, I promise you, you're not hiding anything... explanation points speak volumes), focus on what you do well, and getting it out there.
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