There are two key things that you need to do, if you wish to get your big break in the performing arts.
Firstly, if you wish to get your big break in the performing arts, you need to network extensively. The reality about the performing arts industry is that it is almost entirely controlled by certain ‘fixers’ or ‘brokers’. These come in the form of producers, promoters and so on. They are the folks who determine whose career goes to the next level of success and, conversely, whose career stagnates. Your networking efforts should therefore be aimed at trying to get connected with these ‘fixers’ or ‘brokers’ — and then getting them to promote your artistic career to the next level.
Secondly, if you wish to get your big break in the performing arts, you need to look for opportunities to show off what you can do. In other words, you need to look for opportunities to perform your art. Initially, you may not earn a lot of money. But you will be building a name for yourself. And once your name is big enough, the rest will follow. Actually, if you use the second strategy well, you may not even need to do much in terms of networking. On the contrary, if you use the opportunities available to you to show off what you can do, and if your performance happens to be genuinely good, you will start observing certain interesting things. For one, you will start seeing the ‘fixers’ and ‘brokers’ in the artistic field (like the promoters and the producers) following you, and ‘headhunting’ you on their own initiative. And then you will be on your way to real success.