"You're better than all these judges combined! Why are you groveling at their feet!? " I would think to myself. They could start studios, companies, training facilities, theatre shows, ANYTHING! But instead they were earnestly thanking judges who said, they were good. Why? They were good before the judges said they were! At best, the judges are fellow artists who are on a journey to improve their craft as well. At worse, stagnate artist who are drunk off the power we give them. Neither is worth becoming their worshippers.