Our guest this episode talks about starting in the production scene in her hometown of Atlanta before taking the plunge and moving to LA. Whether you make the move right after college, spend some time saving money, or pivot from another career, it can be a challenging transition.
Here are some guidelines:
- Try to get a temporary sublet or stay with a friend/family before you commit to a lease. Los Angeles is huge, and if you commit to a side of town before you know your commute, you might end up spending hours in the car each day. If you have to commit to a lease, try to find something central. Research companies you’re interested in and see what part of town they are in. A lot of assistants live in West Hollywood, Hollywood, Palms, and Koreatown.
- Practice calming yourself in the face of merciless traffic and even more merciless instagrammers.
- When you do look for an apartment, some great housing resources are: Westside Rentals, Craigslist (It has a lot of options!), and Radpad.
- It’s probably going to be a lot more expensive than you thought. Try to save up before you make the move.
- *Unsanctioned Advice* If you want to apply to jobs before you move, use a local address. There are so many candidates who live nearby, they won’t want to wait for someone to move. That being said, you’ll need to be prepared to fly out for an interview and make the move on a moments notice.
- If you have to get an internship before a job, don’t let it hurt your ego. Most people do. Luckily, a lot of them pay now.
- If there’s any way to swing it, get a car. Read parking signs.
- Reach out to alumni groups, friends of friends, anyone you know in the area and/or in the business. It’s a networking town and nobody is going to bat an eye. Plus, if you aren’t working yet it can be hard to tap into a social scene. This will help.
- It’s really unnecessary to take a picture in front of “the pink wall”, but you do you.
- Enjoy that phase where you go to the beach a lot.
- Learn how to drive defensively.
- Life is too short to wait in lines at clubs.
- LA can be a weird place. Find your group. Take comedy classes at UCB, join a cultish workout group, volunteer, introduce yourself to the person who is always at the same coffee shop. Sure, it’s a bit trite, but it will help.
- Most importantly, make the move as soon as you can. Best case scenario, you love it and will be glad you started your career out here as soon as possible. Worst case scenario, you realize it’s not for you and can move on to the next thing sooner.
If you have any questions about making the move, shoot me an email on the contact page! I’ll address them in an episode, or at the very least we can be pen pals.