Cameron Diaz has words of wisdom for you.
(If you know who Cameron Diaz is, jump ahead to 00:29.)
Here’s the part I want to highlight for you:
“When people say, ‘I want to be like you, I want to be an actor, I want to look like you,’ the question I always ask is ‘why?’”
I ask all my readers: “What are your biggest struggles to move to Los Angeles?”
They’ll tell me it’s money, or they don’t know where to live, or if they’ll find a job. All solvable problems.
Then I’ll ask, “Why are you moving to LA?”
I get an answer 30% of the time. The rest, I never hear from again.
“Why?” is a difficult question.
- It can be hard to articulate (“I feel I could do great things if I move”)
- It can be embarrassing to admit (“I always wanted to be an actor and no one else knows”)
- It can extremely personal (“I’m stuck in a corporate job and I finally left my asshole boyfriend”)
But there’s always an answer. Figure out your “why” before doing anything else.
Making money, finding the right place to live, getting started on your career… we can get there together. That’s what we’re doing here.
That’s up to you to figure out.
Bonus: I also love this part:
“Being famous is my job. When I’m with my friends and family, I am not famous. I am me. I am Cameron. Fame doesn’t define me. If you’re looking for fame to define you, then you will never be happy.”