Friday, May 6, 2011
I Love LA
So what did I learn during my time in LA from those who work in the industry and the people who live here. But more importantly, what should you know about LA before you consider coming here seeking a career in media and entertainment?
Parking is also a terrible. My best advice is do what a friend of mine who works here has learned. Buy yourself a good navigational system for your car. It will be a lifesaver.
Third, how LONELY LA can be. Although the city has the second largest population base in the United States, it’s amazing how lonely this city can be, especially if you work in the entertainment industry. I’ve heard this first-hand from many people who work in the business. Why is that? Is it the competitive spirit that drives the entertainment industry? Or is it a matter of trust? Whatever the reason, it’s hard to make friends when people are less than genuine. The industry out here can often transform someone who is normally a good, honest person into a conniving backstabber. I know that may seem a bit harsh, but it is a word of warning that I’ve heard from friends here.
Another reason why this can be a lonely town is that if you do find a friend, he or she may live across town. And, as I said earlier about the traffic, people think twice about going out of their comfort zone.
Fourth, LA is a hard town to break into. I have a friend who is highly successful as an actor, director and model in her hometown. Her resume is impressive. She made a very good living and excelled at her craft. She recently moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Finding an agent was almost impossible. Why? Because since she had not worked in the industry in LA, they didn’t consider her work to be valid.
And, finally, LA is “the place” you must come to if you are serious about your career. At least at some point in your career, in spite of all the obstacles and roadblocks, almost everyone I have talked to has said that you MUST come to LA if you want to work in the film and TV industry.
Even people who say “sure you can produce and make films in your hometown” will often say in the next statement that you have to come to LA. The Industry is still in LA. The infrastructure is still in LA. The casting is still in LA. The studios are still in LA. The production companies are still in LA. The post houses are still in LA. I’m sure by now you’re getting the picture.
And, by all means, remember to love LA because your going to have to.