How Fate Got Me Off Of My Ass and Onto HelloGiggles Angie Grace

I was never a strong believer in fate, but it has a way of getting you off of your ass! After taking a studio tour that led me to writing for HelloGiggles, I might have to start listening to the universe more.

For my birthday, my husband got me a ticket to go on the Warner Brothers studio back lot tour. I’d wanted to do it since I moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. I was supposed to go on the tour on my actual birthday, February 8th, but it was supposed to rain and I didn’t want to take a chance of the tour being cancelled. So instead, we got the ticket for February 6th.

I was extra-excited to do this tour because most of my favorite shows were filmed at Warner Brothers, including the sitcom 2 Broke Girls. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s this super funny show about 2 young women who live in New York and are basically, well, broke! But in the last few months, I had gotten behind on it. I’d been so busy with life and family and trying to make a name for myself as a comedy writer (you know, blogging). But I was lucky enough to have about eight episodes on my DVR and even luckier to need all four of my wisdom teeth pulled at the same time! During the recovery, in between sleeping and popping ibuprofen, I did nothing but watch back-to-back episodes of 2 Broke Girls, and got obsessed with it!

So imagine my surprise, when on February 6th, I’m sitting on this tram as just another person on this studio tour, when we happen to pull up to a little house with a poster that says “2 Broke Girls”, and a picture of the show’s stars, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. The tour guide pointed out the house and I yelled, emphatically, “I’m obsessed with that show!”. I got out of the tram to take a picture on the front porch of this cute little 2-story house. One of the young Argentinean teens on the tram offered to take my picture, when I heard a woman’s voice through the window upstairs. “Hey, there’s a tour outside!” she said, or something to that effect and then began talking to our tour guide.

Now, let me stop for a minute and explain what happened before this particular life-changing moment, not to sound too dramatic or anything. There was a kind couple, a husband and wife, sitting in front of me on the tram that were pleasantly talkative. She asked me questions about myself and what I did for a living. I told her I was mostly a stay-at-home mom who occasionally acts and writes comedy. I told her about my web series and studying improvisation, but mostly, I told her I wanted to be a television writer, something I hadn’t actually done since I moved to Los Angeles.

So when the lady from the window announced that perhaps she could bring one of us up, the lady and her husband suggested me! Just then, a female writer for the show came down to the tram looking at all of us, saying “Hmmm…which one of you should I bring up?”. I don’t usually volunteer for things, so I didn’t speak up, though I was screaming internally “Pick me PLEASE?!”. Just then, the lady in front of me pointed at me and yelled “She loves your show and she’s a comedy writer! She should go up!” and just like that, Morgan Murphy, one of the writers, lead me upstairs to the writer’s room!

It was exciting, it was amazing, and all I could think was “I can’t wait to tell Bry (my husband)!” The entire writing staff was in there, including Emmy-award winning producer/writer of “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown”, Jhoni Marchinko! At the end of the table, one of my heroes, Michael Patrick King, sat there with a smile on his face! All of us ladies know, he’s the producer/writer of Sex and the City, and now 2 Broke Girls! Everyone seemed happy and excited to have a visitor!

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  1. What an awesome article. Just what I needed to get off my butt and finish my essays! (The second step in the hiring process for a job at CNN.) I love HelloGiggles and I’m so happy it played a part in your personal and professional growth!

  2. Thank you!

  3. I love that “full of try harder” phrase. That’s outstanding. I am not the biggest believer in fate but I do think things can fall together when you need them to, and that’s fantastic! Congratulations on the gig :D