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Old 12-10-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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Thanks for the additional replies. :] Anyone else? Would love to hear as many perspectives as possible.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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You might try to look for places in LA that come closer to your desired community. You said that you hated the car culture and wanted to be around artsy people. There are definitely some neighborhoods with lots of artsy folks, neighborhoods where at least some of your travel can be transit, bike, and/or walking. I think of Echo Park, Silver Lake, West Hollywood, possibly Santa Monica.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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I wouldn't discount Austin plenty of movies and independant films shoot in and around Austin plus there's South By Southwest Film and Music Festival held here every March. Public transportation is ok but you will want a car here.

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:02 AM
 
Location: New York
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I also want to add Louisiana. Shreveport seems to be one of the most popular non-LA filming locations.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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And you probably know already, but NYC and SF are both more expensive than LA, but those costs might come down some if you live frugally, don't drive, etc. Atlanta is the cheapest but like LA, you'd probably eventually want a car or be limited to certain areas.
You're probably going to want a car - what I have heard is that the entertainment industry (at least in LA) is particularly car-centric, especially with the sprawled nature of studios and where they are generally located (not the most transit-friendly areas). On the LA board even those that are typically transit-first recommend those trying to break into the entertainment industry at least get a beater. I would imagine it is like that in Atlanta - though it is probably different in NYC since it is hard to expect everyone to own a car.

I think Atlanta, NYC, maybe New Orleans, Vancouver or Boston are your best choices. LA is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of the other cities except for NYC.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I was thinking just the other day, that there are some actors who always play mafia guys, Mexican drug lords, middle east terrorists or British royalty in American films so much so that if you don't see them you wonder where they are. There must be film makers in other countries who always need "an American guy" to act in their films.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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You're probably going to want a car - what I have heard is that the entertainment industry (at least in LA) is particularly car-centric, especially with the sprawled nature of studios and where they are generally located (not the most transit-friendly areas). On the LA board even those that are typically transit-first recommend those trying to break into the entertainment industry at least get a beater. I would imagine it is like that in Atlanta - though it is probably different in NYC since it is hard to expect everyone to own a car.

I think Atlanta, NYC, maybe New Orleans, Vancouver or Boston are your best choices. LA is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of the other cities except for NYC.
The "industry" is definitely spread around. An alternative to buying a car would be locating where you could have access to car sharing when you needed it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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What about Toronto? Or Vancouver, for that matter.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice, everyone! I appreciate it.

I guess I've narrowed it down now to LA and NYC mainly. I do like the sound of Toronto and Vancouver too though and would like to learn more about them, but they don't seem as realistic to me at this point.

Now I know pretty well what kind of opportunities await me in LA, but my heart still remains with NYC. Anyone here have experiences with the film/TV industry there? Specifically screenwriting, but really, anything would be helpful.

Thanks again!

EDIT: I would also rather live in SF, if anyone has any experiences with film/TV there. Thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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LA is a tough nut to crack. And being loathed and stereotyped by the rest of the country doesn't help. It's not that bad, it's a lot more like those dense walkable cities you desire than most think. And like everybody else has said, you can't work in the Entertainment Industry and NOT be associated with Los Angeles. I don't care what anybody says. If you are serious about this business then go to Los Angeles, not Atlanta, not New Orleans, Austin or even New York. It's the same as me saying "I wan't to make it in the financial industry but don't want to live in New York." Just do it, you won't be sorry in the end.
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