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Unread 11-05-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Los Feliz, CA
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Smile LA is not bad! Advice for new people.

This comes from a 22 year old female who just moved here 4 months ago from the quiet and cold of Michigan straight out of college-knowing barely ANYONE and I don't work in the film industry- I work for the man.

This also comes from someone who lives in West Hollywood and commutes down the 5 to the city of Orange (yes in Orange County) five days a week.

This comes from someone who makes $40K a year before taxes. And boy are there taxes in LA county.

It's never even been my dream to live here. I have a couple family members who live here but basically I was just bored, and thought I'd drive my ford focus across the country, and move to the city of angels with a craigslist random. Mind you I did have a job out here months before, and they paid for me to move here so that was nice and off my mind. But honestly, I tried living in Orange County I really did. And it was beautiful. But I grew tired and bored. You can't meet people easily in LA but it is even worse in OC. So I decided to move my work hours and make the trek.

I work 6am-3:30pm and work out after so that traffic doesn't kill me, but on the way to work traffic is a non-issue. So that's my commute. But even with traffic you have to just not let it bother you. Get some books on tape and chill. You can't change anything so just let it roll. Anything else other than calm reactions will honestly ruin your time in socal. If you have road rage you pretty much shouldn't live here, or ride your bike to work.

Now, I had NO FRIENDS. This is the hardest part at first, especially if you don't work in the industry where meeting people isn't too hard. My craigslist roommate was cool but we're kind of different. So I joined my Michigan State alumni club and turns out we have a HUGE following there. Started showing up at the local bar we watch the football games at, and started meeting friends there, and then met their friends, their friends' friends, etc. That is the only way. You cannot live in LA and not be proactive about meeting people. If you are passive about this you will end up lonely!! As for living in Hollywood, you can either laugh at the 'fake' people, or become them. But even though this stereotype is partially true, there ARE regular people in Hollywood.

I joined LA triathlon club and started riding breathtaking bike rides on PCH in Malibu. I started going to the beach once a week just because I never want to take it for granted. I'm outside as much as possible knowing that my friends in Michigan are already scraping off their cars. I find it hilarious that at the first sign of rain, cars slow down like there's already been an accident. I've done the touristy things, and I've been in Runyon Canyon (where I can breathe clean air) as much as possible. You have to do this if you live in Hollywood. It's AMAZING and will remind you why you put up with the traffic.

Go to Disneyland. Go skydiving. Do everything you can to enjoy LA. Go to the Farmer's Market. Go into shops you can't afford. See a movie LA style at the HUGE theatres. Just don't get sucked into the "I have to buy everytihng designer" lifestyle or you will go broke. Spend $$ on experiences, not things. In LA, no one raelly cares what you do which is the best and worst thing about it.

But if you move here, don't be scared. Be realistic. Read up. Save up. Stay out of the shady areas and be smart. Eat the amazing food. Don't get sucked into a lifestyle you can't afford. Meet all the people you can. Impress your friends with celebrity sightings (though no one cares about that here). See a live TV show. Go to premieres. Find out which part suits you and your budget most: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Feliz...they're all so different. ENJOY THE CITY, even go downtown just to see it.

And that's my advice...now go. Give this place a few years and see if you like it. After all, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. If not now, when?

--Kristen
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Unread 11-05-2008, 09:51 PM
 
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I loved your post. I've been here about four months, too, and I love it... but I think I do need to do more and meet people. I do go out, but I think there's plenty more to do. Kudos on the thread!
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Unread 11-05-2008, 09:58 PM
 
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Take up surfing as well...i live in maryland and surf here but have spent a lot of time out west surfing.
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Unread 11-05-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles-213.323.310.818/San Diego-619.858.760
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I agree, theres so much to experience here!
Im not the type of person that spends money on materials just because I have the money to do so! I'd rather go out and take advantage of each day by going out in the city, meeting new people, and doing as much as possible within those 24 hours. So how do you like L.A. and your life here?
I'm almost certain I've seen your focus with the Michigan lisence plate around...lol
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Unread 11-05-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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The traffic doesn't bother you because you have been here 4 months...give it some time. It will tick you off! I've lived here my whole life and am getting out of this hell hole asap.
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Unread 11-05-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: West LA
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I agree with the OP 110%. Excellent post!
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Unread 11-06-2008, 12:07 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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thanks for the post, i'm moving to LA in 2 weeks.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 12:45 AM
 
Location: ?????????????
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Cool Nice!

Wow, you did all those activities in four months.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thank you so much for posting! I actually came back from living in LA.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I've close to finishing my first year in LA. The first four months the traffic didn't bother, then all of sudden it just irritated me to no end for about a 1-2 month period. Eventually, I just accepted that it's a part of life here and I'm once again happy with my life in LA and my move here.
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