I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
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.
Life's weird, right?
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.
Good luck! Don’t give up! And if you don’t make it this time, it might just be that your amazing writing style isn’t right for Hello Giggles. It’s a very specific market. There are other sites to pitch for!
I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and blog posts online that either advise or admonish new college students. Even though there are experiences I wish I could have avoided during my formative college years, I know that I needed to suffer through them in order to get to wherever I am today. However, if I could give my younger self these gentle, yet slightly meddling, pokes in the right direction, I think I would.
Oh, fine, be that way…
Doug Benson, Punchline Magazine interview
This is good advice and I will seriously take it to heart.