Is it about you as a person and voice?
Or is it about the comparison of you and everyone else as a person/voice?
Is it about the buzz from your recent competition winnings, grants, and other awards that gets you more jobs?
Or is it that we all sing pretty much the same, but if YOU have those competition winnings, grants, and other awards, the panel thinks- well, all of these other people have validated you, you MUST be good/better/best?
Is it about being the best you can be in what you're doing and at your auditions?
Or is it about the direct (or indirect) competition--meaning, getting "wins" in other categories (competitions, grants)- that propels a main stage career?