RE­BECCA ADDELMAN THE ROMCOM WRITER ON HOW SHE GOT HER START.

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When Re­becca Addelman moved to L.A. nine years ago, she wanted to write com­edy for tele­vi­sion. “I had Tina Fey am­bi­tions,” says Addelman, who grew up in Ot­tawa. The 35-year-old is now liv­ing the show-busi­ness dream that first en­cour­aged her to get in her car and drive west. She wrote for FOX’s New Girl for three sea­sons and cur­rently writes for Love, Judd Apa­tow’s Net­flix se­ries. Addelman be­lieves she had to leave Toronto in or­der to do that. “In Canada, there were fewer TV shows and less money,” she says. “I’m hes­i­tant to pros­e­ly­tize, but there’s that old say­ing: If you’re a lum­ber­jack, go where there are trees.” Addelman says that her early years of hus­tling—ini­tially writ­ing scripts on spec to get her name out there— paid off. “If you stick it out, you’ll get to know peo­ple, get a feel for the town and find your way,” she says. “Ev­ery­one I know here has.” Since her ar­rival in L.A., Addelman’s am­bi­tions have ex­panded; she is now fo­cused on “telling [her] whole story from be­gin­ning to end” and work­ing on her first fea­ture-length project as both writer and di­rec­tor. n

Addelman’s carerin­sights Worst ca­reer mis­take “Think­ing that if I worked hard enough, I could con­trol the fu­ture.” Go-to com­edy sub­ject “I al­ways en­joy some good old-fash­ioned prop work. In an episode of Love this sea­son, one of the char­ac­ters pur­chased a fil­ing cab­i­net that they had to roll be­side them for the du­ra­tion of the episode. That fil­ing cab­i­net got a lot of laughs.” THE BEST THING ABOUT WORK­ING IN L.A. “You can surf be­fore work.”

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