We all ask for opportunities to do this or that and possibly get denied when in reality we are missing the point that we can create the exact same or possibly even better opportunities ourselves.
Take, for example, my artist self. Why search for an art gallery, collective, or group, for them to "give me the chance" and review my portfolio and after time, effort and emotional energy invested, have them deny my work, for just the possibility of them (maybe) accepting my work for it to be seen, ....when I can simply show my work, whenever, out in the street.
I know the work is good and it will get attention. I know I might make a sale. Why wait. Why deny myself from the immediate opportunities that I CAN generate myself? If someone is looking for art, they will make their way to me and find it.
I'm not saying ditch all other possibilities, but so often i feel (me) and people I know, forget that we DO have the possibility to generate our own opportunities.
Many artists, entrepreneurs and people I know have dropped their dream because of some idiot (or idiotic organization) who chose not to give them a chance.
How about this: YOU give yourself a chance. Stop knocking on someone's door. When they see what you can do, they'll open up and invite you in ;)