Ditto on feeling this is a topic geared gold-centric, as that is the one last holdout for some players, the final frontier.
If you want gold? Go find an area that you like. Make a character that is interesting, that can have meaningful interactions with a variety of players. Play. Develop. Grow. OOCly, don't be a dick. Don't be a suckup. Contribute to the area, and -- mostly -- just be ready for the long haul. Eventually a gold will come up. It may not be tomorrow. Depending on the area it may not even be this year. But if you show a connection with the area, and people don't hate your character or feel that she's milktoast or 2D, you will probably get gold. And if you don't? You'll probably have had a great time anyhow, because if you are doing it right, you aren't entering every RP interaction thinking 'how am I going to use this to politic on how good I am for gold'. You're going to have a rich and storied IC background for your character and you are going to enjoy yourself.
On the flip side, for 'Co's out there, a tidbit of advice: I've seen this habit of leaving gold1/chromatic1 characters standing, though they were incorporated with the group, active, happy. You can't treat a gold1/chr1 candidate like a gold-only candidate, or sit there and go, "Oh, we're not going to impress Foobie, she really wants gold. It doesn't matter that she also listed green as 1, she's never going to play it and it will be a waste of our time." Protip: over the past few years I have written more dragons that have gone ultimately unplayed in one fashion or the other than dragons that have been played. I don't consider any of them a waste of time, because it was fun as hell to write them. To sit back at the end and go, "I made that, and it is lovely." If you aren't Co'ing for the fun of writing dragons without expecting anything in return, I think you are just setting yourself up for heartbreak.