The entertainment industry is one of the hardest to break into, and one of the most notoriously fickle-minded and forgetful for those already in it. But it is easy to see why. Audiences are relatively unforgiving, quick to criticise and sparing in praise. Perhaps the reason for this is that audiences want many different things from their productions, be they film, television, theatre, music or what have you. This isn’t to say that some people like one and not the others—although this is undoubtedly true in a few cases. More, that the audiences to each type of entertainment show want and expect different things from the show; and essentially find different things entertaining.
While some want charm and good-looks in their leading man or lady, others may criticise good-looks as a smokescreen for a lack of talent—whether or not this is true! And while some might find, say, a psychological examination of a small section of society on one London Street intensely moving and gripping, others may want to see something that doesn’t even pretend to be real life.
Perhaps it is this desire to please everybody that results in an interesting dichotomy between productions trying to please everybody, and largerorganisationsincorporating different kinds of entertainment to provide something for everybody and allowing some element of choice. Either way, the difficulty of entry more or less provides substance and quality in most, if not all, entertainment forms.