Total Dis’

Do you notice anything strange in this bit from the Arts section of today’s New York Times?

A few (striking) writers have returned to gigs they had hoped to forget: waiting tables, bartending, copywriting, tutoring. Some who began as performers have returned to the grind of auditioning for commercials.

That’s right, copywriting is just one of the shitty jobs held by real writers who later go on to work in TV.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. wait a minute. can we make as much money waiting tables and bartending? if so, i’m there.
    unless i can get someone to buy my screenplay.