PS: The reason I give a lot of credit to kids is because that's where I started. I was only 16 when I did my first show.
AHHH, That's the difference! I started learning magic when I was 54 yrs old. My group of adults were taught to learn, perfect our abilities and then when the "old guys" retired or died we were going to take their place. Well we did just what we were taught, then when the old guys went, instead of US taking their place, some kid, younger than my own kids, just out of college became our boss. We had to teach him the right way to do things if they would listen, which they rarely did. Our different backgrounds are showing thru on this one. I'll concede. But on those posts loaded with grammar errors and misspellings, I'll scream at!
See, paddy, I knew we could find common ground. Even if it is grammatical common ground. My wife the school teacher rolls her eyes at most of what I produce in the promo department. Good thing for her or 100% of my product would contain spelling errors.
I think how the arts are perceived, and executed, has changed very much since your day growing up. You're right in that it used to be a master/apprentice type relationship. Not to the extent that Zen masters used to teach, but that at the very least, one would become well educated by someone who had been there and done that before they'd ever so much as print a business card.
I think our current society is in a crash course with destruction of live theater. It's been on its way out for a long time.
I also give society some credit. I think we're cyclical. It won't be long now before we've come full circle to where live theater is sought after and respected, while our performers do that right thing, learning from the masters and understanding the full depth of how and why a performance is, before
starting their own act.
Glad you and I can come to some consensus here. Now I understand a bit more of why you say, "you're not ready" stuff with great regularity. It's not to be snooty, but possibly, to encourage the kids to keep working at it.