That first decision to move to Los Angeles is thrilling.
You dream. Gorgeous weather. Warm sand stretching on the shore from Malibu to Redondo, curling between your toes. Finally the right environment to grow and find people like you.
Then you look at the practical details to actualize this dream…
- How much to save
- Your skill level at your chosen craft
- A network to build your career
It can be hard to believe you can actually do it.
Every day can feel like you’re pushing a boulder uphill. The dollars never add up. Your skills don’t stack up to the professionals and despite sending dozens of emails, you still haven’t connected with anyone who can help you.
To the untrained eye, it looks like you haven’t done much at all.
But here’s what I see:
- Steady progress towards reaching a savings goal that you’re inching towards everyday
- Someone improving their craft each minute they work
- Every email sent building a relationship — whether you get a response or not
It takes time.
People don’t make it not because they weren’t good enough.
They just didn’t work for long enough. [click to continue…]
Here’s a note my friend received recently, via LinkedIn:
Glad to link with you on this thing. Pun intended.
I’m really trying to push my television pilot. I know you’re not looking but could you possibly lead me to some places (or folks) that are? I promise I won’t make you look bad. 🙂
Or you can hit me on the personal tip: [HIS EMAIL]
Any advice at all would be appreciated.
Let’s analyze all the things wrong here, then commit them to memory. Because if you’re going to make it in Los Angeles, you will have to ask for help.
But you have to do it the right way.
Here we go: [click to continue…]
If your weakness isn’t exposed, is it still a weakness?
I recently started jiu jitsu. Until I did, I didn’t realize I had shit for elbows.
After sparring, I complained how sore my elbows were to my professors. They gave me a weird look, like “this guy only comes to class 3x per week why is he bitching about being sore?”
I’ve been icing them every night since, and I still feel a twinge.
Other weaknesses I’ve discovered: [click to continue…]
I got an AMAZING job in December in my current city. It’s in the entertainment business and we do a lot of corporate parties and weddings. I am sure there is a good market for this out in LA, so I was concerned about moving before I had 2-3 years of experience. Do you think this wise?
I obviously want to move ASAP (I’m 23, this is my first non-cocktail waitressing job out of college) but I’m eager to move young because my connections out there encourage me to take classes at UCB (also possible with a day job like I have now). I currently love the job I have and it’s good for helping me save.
While I’m just ITCHING to get out there, my savings are minimal as I had to get a LOT of work on my car. Won’t have to buy a new one at all to drive out there. But, along with wanting at least two years experience in the entertainment/ special event field, I’m not sure how much I’ll need to save .
Maybe 25 isn’t such a bad age to move.
Do you have a recommendation on how much to save, or a goal for roughly two years? I make a decent living but need to cut back and save more. I’m also slightly worried two years experience won’t be enough to help me get a job.
You’re in an awesome position. Great work.
On one hand, you have the allure of security: [click to continue…]