My first paycheck as a professional writer!! I got a freelance assignment on what the staff called, “The Johnny Depp Show.” I framed that check. This meant everything to me at the time. After years of struggle to “break in,” I got a check, small one, $4000 to write the story, but I was paid to write which was my dream. It was a story that wasn’t shot, but it didn’t matter. I was on my way, or so I thought.