How to Make It: Rules for Success from TV Writers

Adam Devine

Experience: Stand-up comedian; creator and writer on Workaholics (Comedy Central)

Advice: "My path was a little different. A lot of writers start off as writers and come up through the writers' room. You begin as a writer's assistant and then someone picks you as their low-level staff writer, and then you become a story editor, and then executive story editor. You work your way up through the inside. But what I did, since I'm a writer/performer, I created my own concept and me and Blake Anderson and Anders Holm (Workaholics) were able to come up with enough ideas for it. Even in our bad videos, you still saw that our ideas were funny. You saw our potential. We were able to be given a shot through the work we put in.

"I think with the Internet now, it's so much easier to get yourself out there. I'm from Omaha, Nebraska. You can be in Omaha, Nebraska, but if you put in the work and you are serious about your stuff and you're serious about making the production good and the editing good and the direction good and you work hard on your writing and acting, it can happen for you."

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