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Old 04-06-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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hello,
I am a 21 year old woman living in California looking for a fresh start. I currently work in the film industry and have heard that its very booming in Atlanta right now. I'm trying to move by July 1st. ill have roughly 4,000 saved up and plan to pack my car up with as much as i can fit and take the drive. I've never been anywhere but California so this is a huge leap for me I'm nervous but ready to take the plunge..... Any advice? so i don't go out there and ruin my life.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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hello,
I am a 21 year old woman living in California looking for a fresh start. I currently work in the film industry and have heard that its very booming in Atlanta right now. I'm trying to move by July 1st. ill have roughly 4,000 saved up and plan to pack my car up with as much as i can fit and take the drive. I've never been anywhere but California so this is a huge leap for me I'm nervous but ready to take the plunge..... Any advice? so i don't go out there and ruin my life.
$4,000 won't last very long if you don't have a job lined up before you begin your adventure. Make sure you have good employment lined up before you leave California.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:54 AM
 
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Get your resume updated with all your experience, and apply like crazy to everything you can find in your industry. If you can get a decent-paying job lined up by then (3 months from now), then you'll be good, and that's a great amount of savings to get you started.

If you don't have a job lined up when you arrive, that's going to be an extremely stressful few weeks of scrambling for something, and you might end up broke and homeless. Too risky. I would advise against that.
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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Get your resume updated with all your experience, and apply like crazy to everything you can find in your industry. If you can get a decent-paying job lined up by then (3 months from now), then you'll be good, and that's a great amount of savings to get you started.

If you don't have a job lined up when you arrive, that's going to be an extremely stressful few weeks of scrambling for something, and you might end up broke and homeless. Too risky. I would advise against that.


since I've never ventured out on my own or even traveled anywhere my entire life i wouldn't know where to start or how to... do you have any advice on how to find and contact companies while I'm still living in California? My resume is up to date listing jobs within : customer service, retail, jobs with kids, and film
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:53 AM
 
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since I've never ventured out on my own or even traveled anywhere my entire life i wouldn't know where to start or how to... do you have any advice on how to find and contact companies while I'm still living in California? My resume is up to date listing jobs within : customer service, retail, jobs with kids, and film
Indeed.com. Apply to everything that you can find.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL- For NOW
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$4,000 won't last very long if you don't have a job lined up before you begin your adventure. Make sure you have good employment lined up before you leave California.

Although I am always a big fan of risk and adventure, I have to agree....
heck, $40k barely gets you anywhere no days.


Atlanta is a great town to work, but there is also a lot of people trying to work.... Id get applying and be ready to go. Line up a place to stay too. I noticed a lot of people in the burbs have cottage homes above their garages. Maybe there are some neat places to rent
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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hello,
I am a 21 year old woman living in California looking for a fresh start. I currently work in the film industry and have heard that its very booming in Atlanta right now. I'm trying to move by July 1st. ill have roughly 4,000 saved up and plan to pack my car up with as much as i can fit and take the drive. I've never been anywhere but California so this is a huge leap for me I'm nervous but ready to take the plunge..... Any advice? so i don't go out there and ruin my life.
Take the advice of the other posters.

Do NOT leave California without at least one decent-paying job lined up in Atlanta or any other place that you might be thinking of moving to for that matter.

While Atlanta traditionally has enjoyed a cost-of-living that is significantly lower than places like California, the Northeast and even many parts of South Florida, living costs (particularly housing costs) have been rising significantly in the Atlanta area over the past few years of a tightening housing market.

If you move here without at least one decent-paying job lined up, you likely could struggle to find work and housing and could end up broke, homeless and living in your car like the other posters have warned.

The economy in the Atlanta is in a relatively very good place right now, but because of the significantly increased population compared to the legendary boom years of the 1990's and 1980's, the job market is still intensely more competitive than it may look, particularly for people without high-demand skills.

Before leaving California for Atlanta on a whim, take some time to make some important contacts to work towards setting yourself up with at least a decent-paying job in Atlanta before leaving California.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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Here is a link to one page that hopefully might be able to help you with your search for contacts and employment in the Television and Film Production Industry in Georgia:

(Georgia Film and TV Production Help Wanted Hotline)
Help Wanted Hotline - Georgia Department of Economic Development
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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I would leave if I was you. Plenty of jobs here in your field. People fly here from your state to work here and fly back to Cali on the weekends. You can get a decent one bedroom for $900 a month in the suburbs while you find a gig. Heck if you don't find one immediately you can always work somewhere part time but you should be good. There is a huge movie industry networking event that goes on here one a month. Do a search for it. I forgot the name of it


Here are a list of film industry meetup groups you can join
https://www.meetup.com/topics/filmind/us/ga/atlanta/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-an...aff=erelexpmlt


Most of the people on here are scared to take risk. Your risk isn't that bad because its plenty of jobs in your field here. Now if you were a midget wanting to move here to play for the Atlanta Hawks that would be a huge risk but your risk isn't bad. Most people on here are scared to jump out on faith so this is the wrong group of people to ask
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:01 PM
 
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Ummmmm.......California is still the leader in the film industry. Just because Georgia is number two....you already live in number one.

That's like moving AWAY from Wall Street to San Francisco to find a job in finance. Sure, there are jobs in San Francisco, but you already live on freaking Wall Street.

You'd be a fool to leave California for Atlanta if searching for film work is your goal. You don't say where you live in California. If it's not Los Angeles, move there.
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