i go to a community college, and a community college in california... so with all the budget cuts and lay offs (and since i also work full time) it's really difficult to find the help i really need in plotting out my future. so i'm wondering if i can just spill my goals here and maybe get some helpful advice from all of you. 1. ultimate goal is to become an in demand academy award winning screen writer (if you're gonna dream, dream BIG right?) and since i haven't completed any scripts i know now that i should not rush this part of my writing, just work on it steadily and finesse it and when it's ready i'll know. (same goes for novels which i have lots of ideas for) 2. in the interim, i need to get myself into a career that's focused on writing so i don't want to AUF myself in the near future. and for the longest time i was leaning towards journalism... but that's really, super dead! i mean magazines and newspapers are dying as far as budgets and circulation but also if you actually read some of today's journalism... it really blows! and i'm not just saying that out of jealousy... it seems like journalists write about total crap and go to youtube comments for the bulk of their stories. not knocking all journalists but from the stuff i read it's really super dead BUT... they get paid! and for this ... the road is clear. i have to intern at a magazine or newspaper and just work my way up (even though i'm already 32 years old) 3. copywriting! i was so retarded, i had a marathon of "mad men" a few months ago and than about a month later i was curious about what copywriters do. i googled it and found out "OH, you idiot, copywriters are like peggy!" they basically write content for different companies in varying different ways. and than i thought that would be a smart move because it seems like every industry would be in need of copywriters. including record labels. I'm just not sure the road here is the same!? i'm getting my AA in English/Writing this coming December ... and i'm not sure if taking the route of interning at magazines and newspapers would be the smartest. or if i should intern at the sort of industry i'd want to do copywriting for (record labels, film studios, porn companies even). 4. i know both journalism and copywriting require years of experience in that field. and technically no i don't have any of that experience. BUT ... i have been blogging for about 4 years, and for about 2 years i've been writing for an online magazine (which actually went print recently) and submitted a few things to another online blog. however it seems that's not substantial. so -- i guess that leaves it up to all who are willing to respond. am i thinking correct in these different avenues!? for copywriting what would be the best route!? sorry for the length and the rambling... i'm just really confused and don't know what really to ask ... just kind of wanted to put everything out there and see what would be some good options for me.