People always ask me how to get a job writing for television.
People only ask me this question when I am not currently writing for television.
People are weird.
Almost everyone's path is different. I went from finding a dog on the streets of Santa Barbara (where I was staying with relatives) to volunteering at the animal shelter where I brought the dog to living with rescue's founders at their house and getting a job with their daughter's agent and then being their daughter's assistant and then getting my first writing job when their daughter had a show on the air.
So my advice? Rescue dogs.
When you get that first gig, it feels like you're finally being called out of the crowd to walk beyond the velvet rope. What they don't tell you is that your career is a series of velvet ropes. Because it's not about your first job. It's about the job after that, and the one after that. Your scramble up the mountain and you slide back down. Again and again and again. I choose to look on the bright side: periods of unemployment mean I no longer have to wear pants on a daily basis.
That doesn't mean that I don't look for freelance work between gigs. They usually involve copywriting or editing or proofreading, although one job site had 328 Television Writer Jobs, with the below being the number one match:
Maybe I should keep looking.