Gender, race, sexuality, and class all have some form of connection in one way or another; all of these labels largely impact who and what a person is within society. Judgmental decisions, such as biasness and instant conclusions about others are apart of America's culture. Gender and race affects who has an opportunity to be an artist because those specific characteristics can not be hidden. However, class and sexuality are not as apparently obvious and may not obstruct one's ability to become an artist as easily.
Each individual has their own definition / interpretation of what an artist is, and what an artist is suppose to successfully complete. In my opinion, an artist is any person who contributes information to society for the purpose of strengthening other's knowledge and/or entertainment purposes. The cultural stereotypes that exist has the ability to hinder an artist recognition, although it may very well be earned (people tend not to give credit were credit is due because of biases and prejudice-ness). Since hierarchy scales have been implemented in our society, women have to live up to or do better than men (for which they still may not be recognized for their accomplishments). Minorities have to live up to white people. Homo/bisexuals have to live up to heterosexuals; and high class is the best. Americans say one thing and behave in another manner; such as, they acknowledge that everyone should be treated equally, but Americans behavior does not display the same quote they speak.
Class is important within well known actors/actresses children, because their children become child actors/actresses themselves; that is an extra opportunity given to them because of their status regardless if they are a good entertainer or not. White privilege is a privilege that is accepted by almost everyone in America, because it is not addressed when it occurs and majority of the time it is not acknowledged. If two people with the same education, work experience, and ability go for the same acting position but one person is the majority and the other person is the minority, the same race interviewer may help in this particular position. The opposite race interviewer, may hinder the African American person chance of obtaining the position, and still help the Caucasian person gain the acting position. Although, both of the interviewees maybe considered artists race, sex, and sexuality are not things people tend to look past. Artists have to become well known in society in order to escape some of the barriers that are obstacles in their path of becoming or remaining successful. After successfully establishing their self, an artist can remain an artist even after doing this that should excluded them from the public category.