Who wants to be a referee?

You will encounter in your travels folks of your own age who chose the
institutional path, who became the arts administrators rather than the
actors, the casting agents rather than the writers. These folks chose
to serve an institutional authority in exchange for a paycheck, and
these folks are going to be with you for the rest of your life, and
you actors and writers and people who come up off the street, who live
without certainty day to day and year to year are going to have to
bear with being called children by these institutional types; you
will, as Shakespeare tells us, endure "the spurns that patient merit
the unworthy takes."
It is not childish to live with uncertainty, to devote oneself to a
craft rather than a career, to an idea rather than an institution.
It's courageous and requires a courage of the order that the
institutionally co-opted are ill equipped to perceive. They are so
unequipped to perceive it that they can only call it childish, and so
excuse their exploitation of you.
David Mamet

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