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Old 12-14-2007, 01:43 PM
 
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Hi, i'm 18years old and i currently live in england! I've had my mind made up about what i want to do for my careers for a few years now, I'd love to be a Set Designer for TV/Film. I've done my research(well most of it) and i would like to attend Wimbledon university in London for theatre design! once i have done my courses there, and by that time i'll be about 22, i wish to prolong my dream of working in america in Hollywood or even working for the likes of Walt Disney. Always aim higher i say!

Anyhoo...i supose my question(s) is where would be a suitable place for me to start off that isnt too expensive?, like living situations?, Jobs that would help me? who, if anyone, would i contact? would i need things such as a VISA? etc etc.:confu sed:
I'm very muddled about it and my family doesnt seem to know what to do first so i'm hoping someone on here could be of great help.
Please reply anyone, any little bit of help will be appreciated.

Thanks, Julia W
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: West LA
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You'll learn so much in the 4 years you are at school from people there that have "been there, and done that."

Not sure what specifically you want to know. 4 years is far off. So here's my advice:

Enjoy your free time while you have it.

I had 6 months between high school and college (uni) and I partied like it was 1989... Enjoy things now. Later, you won't get that kind of time. I'm glad I did.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Denton, TX
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My family and I only got out from England to America because my dad was offered a job transfer out to Dallas, TX. It's quite difficult and stressful to get out here without working for a company and them specifically transfer you to the States. You'll need a work visa and all that fun stuff, too. Hope it all works out for you and you can get out to the US!!
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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Dear Sir / mam,
I am Indonesian, 40 years, single, looking for sponsorsip t work and living here in USA. I need persons or institution can provide assistance by payroll deduction after commence.
I have previous working experience at five statr hotel as gardener, pest controller and PA glass cleaner. I also have basic drive manual minibus car or plumbing helper. I also have the experience as shop assistant for oil and japans car parts.
I wish I'll find a good man here.Thank you.

Regards,

JOEL SIDABUTAR
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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Can Anyone Help?

I am a university student in England, I am due to finish my degree course within the next six months and I want to become a publicist or an agent, I am currently 21 years of age but will be 22 when I plan to go to LA but I dont know where to start and is it goin to be worth me trying?

Can anyone give me some words of wisdom as to where I should stay for two months (nicer areas please) and the sorts of costs of living for that duration.

Also can anyone provide any advise on finding work? will the fact that I am an english male with a degree help me or not?

Will look forward to receiving some responses! Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:28 PM
 
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You'll learn so much in the 4 years you are at school from people there that have "been there, and done that."

Not sure what specifically you want to know. 4 years is far off. So here's my advice:

Enjoy your free time while you have it.

I had 6 months between high school and college (uni) and I partied like it was 1989... Enjoy things now. Later, you won't get that kind of time. I'm glad I did.
I second this wholeheartedly. Once you get sucked into the real world, with a job, bills to pay, etc., the next time you'll have any significant time off to really enjoy yourself will be either when you get laid-off, fired, or when you retire.

Trust me, 6 months may sound like a long time to you now, but it is nothing in the scheme of things. Enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it! There's plenty of time for the real world later.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:34 PM
 
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Can Anyone Help?

I am a university student in England, I am due to finish my degree course within the next six months and I want to become a publicist or an agent, I am currently 21 years of age but will be 22 when I plan to go to LA but I dont know where to start and is it goin to be worth me trying?

Can anyone give me some words of wisdom as to where I should stay for two months (nicer areas please) and the sorts of costs of living for that duration.

Also can anyone provide any advise on finding work? will the fact that I am an english male with a degree help me or not?

Will look forward to receiving some responses! Thanks!
I am from the UK and am living in LA. Its my year out from uni, I go back for my final year this september.

It is very difficult coming here, Its worth a try sure but you need to start securing a job now! I was accepted in my employment here in march but there was a load of forms and long arse process with the visa forms, they were ment to be ready for me to come out the start of august but I didn't end up out here till October.

If you are going through uni you can get a J1 visa check out BUNAC or CIEE just google them. Your degree may help but education is different here and at 22 you are still very young in LA. I'm 24 and alot of people from my experience arn't finishing school and settling into jobs untill there lates 20's early 30's so you will be competing with most likly at the very least 27 year olds who will have better life experience. Your best option if you want to come here is to do it through an internship as to be honest you will not get the same opportunties as a graduate in the UK here.
The other visa you can get is a H1 (I think) you can stay for longer on this one but this is very strict and hard to get mostly only doctors and very well qualified persons could get this visa, I had a friend who went through the process and you have to prove that you can bring something to the country and company that a US citizen couldn't so your not stealing there jobs I guess.

Believe me it is a great experience, but also very stressfull! From the get go with the forms to getting here and trying to settle in. Luckily I knew 2 girls here - one from my course back home and another through and friend of a friend from home.
You will need to be a very outgoing person to come here without knowing anybody otherwise I think it could be pretty lonely. It is even when you have made freinds. I know I'm pointing out negatives here but as much as I love being here I wish I had thought it through properly, I was prescented with the oppurtunity and jumped at it without thinking.
Then when I landed it hit me.
Its a great experience, its a great place! and I highly recommend giving it ago but think about it and don't over commit - 6 months is proberly a good time and if it doesn't go to plan you've tried and if it does you can always come back and extend your visa.
Just be aware from my experience the americans work attitude is very different to the good old brits.

In terms of living Santa Monica is a nice place but can be expensive, allthough most brits seem to congregate there. I live in hollywood and pay $750 a month - which is a bargin sadly! My friends lives in Venice and pays $1100 a month another lives in west LA and pays $950.

Hope some of this has helped you! Good Luck chasing your dream!
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Can Anyone Help?

I am a university student in England, I am due to finish my degree course within the next six months and I want to become a publicist or an agent, I am currently 21 years of age but will be 22 when I plan to go to LA but I dont know where to start and is it goin to be worth me trying?

Can anyone give me some words of wisdom as to where I should stay for two months (nicer areas please) and the sorts of costs of living for that duration.

Also can anyone provide any advise on finding work? will the fact that I am an english male with a degree help me or not?

Will look forward to receiving some responses! Thanks!


Its so easy, you just need to find a visa that is suited to what you need and have already secured an apartment, which are easy to do, I have been looking at apartments in West Hollywood, which are not too steep ranging from around £300-£800 and are a suitable size for home living. If you have a degree it will be easy to get a job in what you want to do in LA, you just need to persiveere.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Its so easy, you just need to find a visa that is suited to what you need and have already secured an apartment, which are easy to do, I have been looking at apartments in West Hollywood, which are not too steep ranging from around £300-£800 and are a suitable size for home living. If you have a degree it will be easy to get a job in what you want to do in LA, you just need to persiveere.
I'm not a know-all or anything, but it is my understanding that unemployment in LA (in the entire US, actually) is extremely high. Just having a degree is not enough. On top of that, securing a job as an immigrant is a completely different story than securing a job as a citizen. Employers right now basically have their pick of people to choose from and they won't want to go through hoops to hire a Brit. On top of that, the degree that the OP is seeking isn't exactly uncommon in LA. Lots of people move there specifically for that type of job and have more experience.

Anyways, I'd check out: Moving To the U.S. AND Top 10 Things to know before you move to the US - Canuck Abroad

Another thing, I know a lot of people who have moved to the US seeking one form of employment, but ended up settling for something else just so that they could get here. If you can get a job in LA (or in the US anywhere for that matter), then take it. It will help you establish yourself here and get a job in something you actually want to do later on.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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Me and my boyfriend have been thinking of moving to la for sum time now we have no qualifications and are just goin to be looking for any jobs would this be a possibility to live there with a normal job???? And we have money could sum1 giv me sum feed back all seems so hard ???
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