Julia that is a thing you can do if you're from New York and cannot do if you are a random indie.
"...the only example I can think of is Martin Blackwood from the Magnus Archives, which, fair warning, is a cosmic horror tragedy podcast. But.
So he takes a job he's wildly unqualified for, because his mother's sick and he needs to pay for a nursing home. He lied on his resume to get it, he's a high school dropout and he claimed to have a master's degree, and the first thing we hear about him on the show is that his boss thinks he's--" here Leander switches from his natural Scottish accent to an imitation of Oxford-educated RP-- "'unlikely to contribute anything but delays.' And the job is horrible, he's an archival assistant at an institute that researches the supernatural, his boss hates him, his coworkers make fun of him behind his back, at one point he gets trapped in his apartment for two weeks by a horde of parasitic worms and nobody notices, and he can't leave because he's not going to get a better-paying job anywhere else so he's just-- stuck there.
And-- a lot of things happen in the meantime but the important thing for Martin is that it turns out they can't quit, like magically they cannot quit, everyone who works in the Archives is stuck there with each other until they die, and they all start to kind of hate each other because they're trapped there together-- and for other reasons, the constant horrible things happening to all of them definitely don't help-- and Martin is just stuck there, making people tea and trying to do his job even though he's incredibly unqualified for it and everyone knows, and trying to be helpful, because you have to do something and making people tea might not be the most useful job in the world but it's better than just raging at everyone about how unfair things are, even if you're right.
And eventually Martin starts isolating himself from all of the others, because he thinks he can do more good that way, and it turns out they miss him. The boss who used to hate him is constantly asking about him and where he is and if he's okay, and the coworkers who made fun of him worry about him, because-- even if you're stuck and just doing the best you can in a horrible situation you can't leave, sometimes that's still enough to be the kind of contribution where people rely on you? Martin had been going 'well even if all I can do is make tea and write research notes in margins that's better than nothing, right' and now he's going 'all I ever did was make tea and write research notes in margins, they don't actually need me' and it turns out that, no, he was right the first time.
And-- he's offered the choice to vanish into a dimension of ultimate aloneness, which I swear sounds less stupid if you have a hundred and fifty episodes of exposition building up to it, to try to save the world, and he takes it. And Jon, his boss, the boss who used to hate him and yell at him constantly and think he was incompetent and useless and deadweight, goes in after him, because in fact they need each other, they work better as a team, and they both know it, or they would if Martin hadn't been isolating himself for months and convincing himself nobody needed him anyway.
.....and then the next episode the apocalypse happens anyway, and going into the aloneness dimension not only didn't help anything it made things worse, because this is a cosmic horror tragedy where the world is set up against you and making decisions that are smart and sensible with the information you had at the time is not enough to save you, and he and Jon have spent the last fifteen episodes wandering around a post-apocalyptic world trying to figure out how to fix it or at least do something to help and most likely when it has an ending, which currently it doesn't, the ending will be that they both die. I-- care about this story for a lot of reasons but it's really not escapism at all."