On CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," co-creator Rachel Bloom plays a successful attorney who moves across the country to pursue a long-dead relationship with her high school ex-boyfriend.
In real life, Bloom is a professional inspiration for millions. Her show has garnered awards and critical acclaim and was picked up for a third season by CW at the beginning of the year.
But Bloom hasn't followed a linear path to success. After graduating from New York University with a theater degree, she moved back to her home state of California, where she worked with an agent in Los Angeles, auditioning for TV spots. The auditions proved fruitless, so she decided to pivot and put her energy toward another project.
"While I was there, I was like, I might as well do something with my time," she tells Wealthsimple. "That's when I finished making the video for this song I wrote, 'F--- Me Ray Bradbury.' I spent $3,000 — the bulk of my savings — to make the video."