InuKai here with a question. Can you go far in life with the talent or skill alone, or do you need to be hard-working and diligent with what you're doing?
This thought came across my mind when my brother thought he could repair computers because, well, he does it pretty damn well. Then, I check all the computer repair jobs available, and they say not only do you need the A+ certification, but a degree. He has the certification, but not the degree, so chances of him getting that job aren't very high.
On the other side, when I went to Avalanche Software(the people behind such great games as Toy Story 3 and the Tak series... and other pretty bad titles like DBZ: Sagas and 25 to Life) for a job shadow last Spring, I was told that people can get into the business without the paperwork; they just needed the skills needed to get the job done. Avalanche wasn't one of those companies, otherwise I'd have had a summer internship there. However, there are companies like that who will hire you if you can prove to them that you don't need the hard work that requires a degree.
So, I ask again, fellow VAA members: Hard work or talent? Or both? Or neither(heaven forbid)?