Now, what do you think the head of NBC is going to do? Hire him? Probably not. But this doesn’t stop our prodigy. He tries this at all of the networks. He even makes friends with the receptionist and interns. “Can’t you tell your boss I deserve a shot just like they did when they got their first big break?” He bemoaned to anyone he could. Strangely, this didn’t work either.
Now our aspiring anchor-man is left with no choice but to return home and find a real job. He opens up the paper, and by chance, the first job listing is for a low-paying assistant position at his hometown TV news station. He needs the money, and thinks, at least he’ll be around the TV station. He starts making a lot of new friends at the station. They think it’s a great story that he went all the way to NYC with no experience. One night, the local news anchor comes down with food poison a few minutes before the 6pm news. The normal fill-in anchor is on vacation, so who do you think they throw in the anchor chair? You got it — our aspiring wannabe! He’s a natural. The rating that night is incredible. A year later, he’s working two towns over in the next biggest market. Then a year after that, he’s in Chicago doing the morning show.
I hope you make the connection here. As a writer, you won’t likely go from point A-Z in one step. But, you can start writing great songs with other writers in your area, start meeting bands that play your hometown and co-writer. Once word gets out that you are a kick-ass writer, then someone will know someone who knows someone who will pass your songs along and you’ll make it up the next step up the ladder. This is exactly how it happened for me and keeps happening for me. This is how it happened for everyone I know who has succeeded in making songwriting a career. Start where you are today and grow upward. You never know what doors will open today for tomorrow.