Over the last week, I've had about three experiences where musicians were bitching about submitting for something, whether it be for a film/TV placement, a showcase, or a gig, and not getting feedback on their submission. One guy was complaining that the "opportunities" he was getting via Sonicbids were not guaranteed. Another was talking about how he submitted a ton of stuff to Taxi and never had anything come of it.
Because of this, I think it's a good time to clarify...
An opportunity is just an opportunity. Nothing is guaranteed.
Like the lottery, you may not "win." That doesn't mean that you won't have a good experience or learn something though.
And, like the lottery, you can't "win" if you don't play.
This is a business. Things cost money. Deal with it.
If you're one of these guys who sits on your computer, never plays a gig, and treats your music like a hobby, stop bitching that you're not getting anywhere. If your music is a hobby, fine, but don't call it a business, if you're not going to treat it as such.
Running a business costs money. And if you're not going to believe in your business enough to invest your own money, don't expect people to come along and invest their money in you.