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Old 12-23-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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If you are going to move here without a job, you'll need to have about 6 months of living expenses saved. You are going to have to prepay many months of rent for a landlord to take a risk on you.

Make a goal to save $15,000 before moving. That way you won't end up in a homeless shelter or under a bridge somewhere.

Why do you want to move here? How much time have you spent in NYC? What kind of job do you want to do?
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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I would say....$10,000 each. Some people might disagree on that. But if you manage to get lucky and get a $1500 apartment like I said before thats $4600 you need between the two of you. So thats $2300 for you. Plus the cost of food, internet, cell phone, electric, metro card, and other stuff (cleaning supplies ect)

It will also take you MUCH longer than 2 months to find a job without some sort of degree. And the job you will get will prob be min wage. Which you wont be able to survive on. So you are more or less looking at working 2 jobs.

I am sorry to rain on your poorly planned parade.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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I have spent no time in NYC..I just know that I love everything about it. The diversity, the people, the fact that it is always so busy, and the weather. And the whole vibe. I love it all. And I want to be a graphical designer.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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I see what your saying...But why dont I wait a couple of years and pursue my education in NYC??? And have a part time job while I do so.
Why don't you go to college NOW? The sooner you graduate (with good grades and an internship), the sooner you can live a good lifestyle in NYC.

You cannot afford to go to school in NYC. How will you pay for it? Even the cheapest schools (CCNY) are $13,000 per year in out-of-state tuition, plus another $18,000 or so to live (bare bones room & board) each year. Are you really wanting to take out student loans totalling $124,000 to go to school in NYC? That's foolish!!
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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I have spent no time in NYC..I just know that I love everything about it. The diversity, the people, the fact that it is always so busy, and the weather. And the whole vibe. I love it all. And I want to be a graphical designer.
So it's safe to say everything you know about NYC is based on what you see on TV. And I'm assuming same with LA?

Perhaps you can arrange to have a vacation here before you uproot your entire life and bankrupt yourself...

Its real life NOT tv.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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Well than I have a question for all of you. Where does the working man live...Like the guys that work at the grocery store and work for the goverment... You guys make it sound like you have to have a degree.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
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I know all that Ohio girl im not stupid.... I have had family live there and they have told me these things. I have also done research.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I have spent no time in NYC..I just know that I love everything about it. The diversity, the people, the fact that it is always so busy, and the weather. And the whole vibe. I love it all. And I want to be a graphical designer.
Ok, I give you permission to spend $1,200 of your savings on a trip to visit NYC. Seriously, living there is a lot different than watching Friends and Seinfeld reruns. To get the full NYC experience, plan your trip for February when it's still cold & winter.

$300 plane ticket
$150 transportation for the week (only take cabs to and from airport, then buy a wekly unlimited metro card)
$600 6 nights in a hostel or equivelant hotel
$150 $20/ day for food & entertainment.
$10 ticket to top of Empire State Building

Before your trip, you should contact as many graphic design shops in NYC as you can. Tell them you want to be one someday and see if anyone will grant you an informational interview. Talk to as many people as you can and ask them questions about what kinds of educational experience (grades, specific schools), internships, portfolio work, etc you need to break into the field. Dress nicely, act professionally, and write thank you notes for taking their time to meet with you. Keep in touch with these folks as you go through your education and when you graduate, there may just be a job in NYC waiting for you.

Or after spending 7 days in NYC in the winter, waiting for busses and eating cheap food with no money for concerts/ museums/ Knicks games/ clubs (the real entry-level lifestyle), you may decide to try someplace else.

Good luck kid! And always plan ahead.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I dont think you guys understand. I have been dreaming of living in NYC for a while. So another city is not an option. So do you guys think I should save up for another year or so until I get a couple of more grand?
I hate to shatter your dream but the advise you've been given here is dead on! A couple of more grand still won't cut it. Listen to viralmd and get an education before you even seriously consider moving to NYC.

I truly understand your passion to pursue your dream. But, to come here now with only a HS education and a couple of thousand dollars will turn that dream into a nightmare!
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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You haven't done enough research, then. Educating yourself more will serve you well. Not only formal education, but educating yourself about what goes into living on your own (paying taxes, getting utilities hooked up and paying the bills, taking care of your laundry and cleaning, finding and paying(!) a dentist, etc.)

The very fact that you think that $40,000 per year is a HUGE salary speaks to your naiveté.

The vast majority of people who earn in the lower bracket do NOT live in Manhattan. Getting employment even WITH a college diploma is a challenge. Few, if any, landlords will rent to a 16 year old.

Stay home. Go to school. LEARN.
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