The truth about achieving excellence in any kind of creative field is that is requires coupling your passion with dedication. Experience is cheap, you need only to invest time. Skills costs effort and dedication. To create something truly amazing, you have to put in the long hours to improve your craft and actually create. A greater level of focus can help you to move forward, but time is still a necessity.
Attitude is irreplaceable, the hardest thing to learn, and the hardest thing to miss. As it can’t be bought, it is priceless. When looking for creative team mates I tend to value attitude highest.