1. Working a crappy job in LA or NYC
If you look back on your life and say, “Man, I’ve had it so easy the entire time!” you’re doing it wrong. Slaving away at an unpaid internship for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or getting barked at by an overstressed celebrity assistant while PAing on the set of some webisode builds character, experience, and helps you really understand what kind of life you want to lead. These are some of the toughest cities to break into, but once you figure out your place in them, you’re able to make it anywhere.