I'm glad you got it, yes a kick in the pants is the intent.
Too often we, the more veterans here, see lamenting of newbies about lack of jobs when they in fact don't do the work to get them and not just a one-off job but a continuous stream of jobs.
The motion pictures business, as a freelance industry means spending probably 10-20 hours a week, actively searching and that's WORK that most people rationalize away from doing. "Oh I'm bad at that."; "I've done everything I can." "I'll do it tomorrow." etc. and as a result they put it off. It means constantly thinking of new ways to get your name out there and making your phone ring and that is very hard. I do have to say, as a pet peeve, don't start and end at facebook, and a few other social medias and you brush off your hands and say I'm done for the day. Its the old postcards and beer events and Christmas gifts to key folks and "non-traditional" anything you can think of. I've had relatives over the years say "why don't you . . . ?" and I'd say "oh you can't do that" but darned if every one of those ideas was a gem if I'd have just tried.
(As an aside, I heard of one guy, who not in the film business, who had this uncanny skill to chase down and remember birthdays. He would talk to someone, no matter how inconsequential and would get an phone or address or email and he would send them a note on their birthday. Corny right? It turned out he showed on-going interest, the person was happy someone remembered his birthday which made remembering this guy as a pleasant experience; he had a reason to send them his card, it kept up the relationship for maybe no other reason and it worked wonderfully for this guy. Personally I never got good at it but it was stupid genius.)
The truly hardest part is to flip the switch in your brain that makes it interesting to you not just a bore. If you flip that switch, which was why I put my first post in the tone I did was to take to marketing a different level and make it as rewarding to you to talk to a producer or send out postcards as to practice with the rig. The no-quit, no turn down matters, forging forward when you get rejected is a huge skill if you can get it going in your head.
I have to say over the decades I would have gotten tremendously farther if I had learned that trick. So in summary if we, the veterans, roll our eyes when we hear operators say some statement about getting work its because we now see it from the other side. In many ways with the internet its a piece of cake to stay connected now its just differentiating yourself from the crowd with consistency and consistency takes work!