I've done this in the past, not neccessarly a Clojure / ClojureScript job (although, right before I stopped working for the company, I did write Clojure during the daytime for that job). The way it happened was that I found their open source code interesting and started contributing in my free time. After a while, they were hiring remote position (in fact, entire company was remote) and I applied, and got the position1👍
let me know if you have any specific questions. This is one of those things (just as you acknowledge) is very depending on the context/job/company
Are you working on B2B agreement?
In last month after deeper research the topic I have this impression to find a remote job in US contractor can’t look a job as contractor, but as 1 person Agency. But this is something not common in US so just thinking how to go deeper into the topic. Because this is also not a freelancer. People in US don’t hire contractors outside US and have different definition of this word, than people in EU. All in all my conclusion was to promote myself as 1 person Agency / consultant or something like that instead of contractor. But I would like to hear other stories to get right conclusion.