It comes down to skill, talent, luck and, most important, someone else's choices. You can control the skill, you can exercise the talent, you can make your own luck, but the largest chunk of the equation is someone else's choices and you can't do a damn thing about that.
Or can you?
Risa Bramon Garcia, a coach and casting director, thinks so.
Here's a link to her aritcle, "How To Get Casting Directors To Find You," in Backstage Experts. Read it and find ways to live it, because basically, she's talking about the core of being an independent theater (or film/television) artist.
My favorite part of the article is ...
"... you must be doing your best work in a production, in class, and in a workshop because you love to act and you’re compelled to be in the work all the time—not because your goal is to book a guest star on a show. You have to wake up and fall asleep craving the artistry of it. You have to love it for its own reward."