I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. I also am an entertainment writer for VH1.com
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
I’ve had a handful of acquaintances ask me how I got my new gig at VH1.com (that I start tomorrow!!!! ACK!!!!). It’s asked in a tone that suggests there is some secret handshake or 8 week course at NYU that will get you to a place where you write for a living.
I just keep having to tell people the truth. It’s actually the same answer I got about 2 and a half years ago from Chiara Atik when I asked her the same question. It’s a similar answer that you hear from successful stand ups and comedy writers.
The secret is this: WORK REALLY HARD FOR FREE FOR YEARS AND YEARS, AND BE REALLY NICE, AND THEN WHEN YOU’RE REALLY GOOD, SOMEONE WILL GIVE YOU A BREAK—AND THEN YOU HAVE TO RUN WITH IT.
If you want to be a writer, you have to write.
If you want to be a blogger for big websites, you’ve got to submit pieces that you’ve written to those big websites.
If you want to do it for a living, you have to live your life doing it.