What advice would you give a young writer who dreams of having a job on a show like Copper?
Write. Then keep writing. And after that, write some more. I’m a firm believer that writing isn’t just some innate talent, but a skill that is strengthened and honed over years of work. I still don’t think I’m that great a writer — but I know I’m better than I was two years ago, and far better than I was two years before that.
As for the dream of being on a show… that’s more difficult. Luck and timing are such huge components that there isn’t One Thing You Must Do to obtain it. My own route to this career was long, circuitous and completely unexpected (believe it or not, I turned down the opportunity to write a television script the first time it was offered to me — because I didn’t believe I could do it). No writer’s path is the same.
But there are sooooo many avenues out there to create and share your own content — YouTube, Vimeo, etc. — that no one should feel they have to wait to make something original. All the time, I find myself watching more and more small, independent series and short films online. It’s a great time for creative folks. And whether fifty people (or fifty-thousand people) tune in, it’ll be a valuable chance to learn something new about the craft.