Talent will only get you so far, and if there's a case to be made for initiative taking you that extra step, John 5 could certainly be an example of that. Though the guitarist's career has included a number of high profile stints, one of the earliest came with David Lee Roth and he detailed how a little initiative put him on the path to landing that gig during an interview with The Sessions' Artist Series (as seen below).
John 5 revealed (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), "I was reading [Roth's 1998 autobiography 'Crazy From the Heat']. I was at my friend's house. And there was a number in the back of the book where you could get ahold of the management company. And I thought to myself, 'Hmm, I think I'm going to reach out and call this number and see what's going on.' 'Cause I knew Dave wasn't doing much at the time, and I loved Van Halen, and I loved Dave Lee Roth."