Q: I just moved to LA from the east coast about two months ago and, like everyone, I'm trying to get my foot in the door as a writer. I'm currently in the interview process for a tour guide position with one of the studios here in town. I was just wondering if this is a good move career-wise, or should I be looking for something different? Will being a tour guide lead to anything as far my writing career goes?
If you just need to pay your rent, go for it. Unfortunately, I don't see any way that being a tour guide is going to help your writing or lead to any kind of job that would.
If it's at Universal and you could possibly leverage the job into getting into the NBC Page Program, that might be different. The Page Program could lead to a lot of helpful jobs (but it is extremely competitive and tough to get into). But being a tour guide in itself? No. You're going to be meeting tourists. I don't think you're going to have any contact with agents, managers, studio execs, network execs, producers, writers or their assistants. You need to find a job that will give you contact with these people.
That being said, I know sometimes you just need money - so being a tour guide wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. (I worked as a reality PA for a while...it didn't get me anywhere, but it was a paycheck.) But don't fool yourself that working on a studio lot means you're advancing your career.
(If anyone has worked as a tour guide, feel free to comment and shed more light on the opportunities involved.)