They didn't dub him "Honest Abe" for nothing: once again, homeboy has a point. You can wait all you want for things to come your way, but the people who hustle are getting all the goods. And as they damn well rightfully should. It's the people who are trying, doing their best, failing, and getting back up again to keep going who deserve high-fives. It's the people who have it together, but still make moves that are respectable.
Freelancing is definitely a slow and painful process, but it's your progress that counts. Do something each day to take steps in the right direction, whether it's an application a day or an email a day. Eventually, something's going to stick. For me, a few little somethings did.
Even now that I've been hired by two, long-term clients, I'm still taking steps forward. I'm not throwing my hands up saying, "Oh good, I have some people to work for. I'm going to stop here." No, no, no. Having these clients is a great learning experience and it's only week #2 with them. However, I'm not going to lie, I've already seen an extremely unattractive side to freelancing in terms of partnership. Something happened where I was extremely offended and felt disrespected, so even your dream job is going to have its downfalls. Still, I didn't let it stop me. I'm still grinding for them while grinding for myself, too. (It also was a push for me to work on this thing where I toughen up and grow a thicker skin so I can tell people to sit down when they need a reality check. A must-have in this industry apparently, as I'm learning.)
There isn't any glory in being lazy. There's no prize for being passive. There isn't anything commendable about playing a victim, whining "why not me?". I know how hard it can be when you're giving it your best and still being discouraged, but the fact you're trying at all matters. Try and don't give up when it gets tough. Don't stop hustling even when you think you can. Hustle with some muscle and take what is rightfully yours from the lazy folk who are waiting for it to fall into their laps. Knowing you worked hard for something, that's something you can always be proud of.