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Old 08-25-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't know how you can even consider moving here, having never even seen it with your own two eyes. I've loved certain places based on tv, photos, books, etc...and then I visited and couldn't wait to get home.

Visit for at least a week or two and then decide what you want.
I've done it with Chicago and expept for the weather (which we knew it would have been harsh anyway) we don't regret our choice, I just need to move to the next phase in my life.
I just do a lot reaserch and "homeworks" on the place I'm interested in.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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well, if you can convince your wife, why not just go for it. just make sure that you have plenty of money in the bank and a plan B in case things don't go as planned. good luck!
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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Actually i think it could be a good move for you. Im from the midwest. Ive been in Ca. for 15 yrs. I think the sunshine does the body good. And no snow ! Which is a big positive. My daughter has never seen snow. Now the cost of living in LA. is a little more than Chicago. But once you factor in those IL. property taxes(yuck) and winter util. bills. The delta isnt as much as one may think. Just try to line up a job before you get here. And if you dont like it. Load up the truck and move back in 2-3 yrs. You get one life, live it. Right ?
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:15 AM
 
Location: United States
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The Un-Employment rate in the midwest is worse than California's, hands down. Me and several of my friends have been out of work since last year and living on UE benefits and savings. Not even Taco Bell is hiring here. It's bad everywhere, only difference is we gotta put up with the gloom and doom weather on top of not having jobs.
I say go for it of one of you can score a job out there BEFORE you move. I do have to agree that to go without a job (especially with a child) is dangerous. She will have no more of a problem finding work in CA than she will in Chicago/midwest. Good luck to you I used to dream of making movies too.
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: United States
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Actually i think it could be a good move for you. Im from the midwest. Ive been in Ca. for 15 yrs. I think the sunshine does the body good. And no snow ! Which is a big positive. My daughter has never seen snow. Now the cost of living in LA. is a little more than Chicago. But once you factor in those IL. property taxes(yuck) and winter util. bills. The delta isnt as much as one may think. Just try to line up a job before you get here. And if you dont like it. Load up the truck and move back in 2-3 yrs. You get one life, live it. Right ?
Don't forget the ultra-high parking cost in Chicago too. The past few years they have really hiked up the cost. I paid $12.00 to park at Hard Rock Cafe to eat a burger...they do not validate, your just out the 12 bucks on top of what you overpaid for their crappy food. Chicago is becoming a joke, I hate it there. LA is much easier to navigate and there isn't road construction on every single road every day all year long.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I like the sense of adventure. I also happen to love California. It sounds like you are a bright guy and will consider all the pluses and minuses. I hope whatever path you choose works best!!
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thanks everyone for pouring in! I guess I'll have a talk with my wife then! Hopefully this 63 degree doomy and gloomy August weather today will just make my case! Wish me luck!

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Okay, here's the deal: my wife and I currently live in Chicago and have a cute 7 month old boy. My wife has just been laid off last week, as many other Americans these days, but instead of being miserable and ask "why us?", I see it as a possible window of opportunity, and here is why. I'm sick of my job in accounting and in the past year I've been finally cultivating more seriously an old passion of mine which is filmmaking at an indie level with some quite good feedback from unexpected people (i.e. not family nor close friends). On top of that we're sick of the Chicago weather: although we love Chicago and all it has to offer, the weather here is just depressing and although we like seeing the snow and the foliage and the change of seasons, winters are just too long, springs virtually not extisting and summers are brief and too cool most of the time. Also, except for the lakeshore, the landscape here is just flat, gray and depressing. I'd like to move to a warmer "happy" weather where we can do some fun outdoor activities year round. So adding it up: filmmaking + warm weather + diverse landscaping + outdoor activies = CALIFORNIA!

Now, here are the sources of my doubts: I've never been to California, not even once as a tourist; there are probably tens of thousands of other people like me who would like to make it in the movie business who move to California every year; cost of living is very expensive there, especially housing; I made my wife move from Miami to Chicago about 2 years ago and although we don't regret it one bit (Miami just sucks) and my wife is very happy with the move we made, and although she gave me a few hints that she might be open to move again in the future, I'm just not sure this is the right moment to ask her to move again, considering we have a small kid and bought a condo just a little over 1 year ago and almost lost the equity already.

So what to do:

a) Ask my wife to move to California for a fresh start and trying to pursue my passion for filmmaking

b) Just shut up as moving to California would be the worst idea and keep going with our life here in Chicago.

Let me know your thoughts!
Cheers,
and the final answer is: B.

Seriously, if you have money saved and have looked over your options, go for it, but be prepared for a horrible job market, a desire to get into a profession that has 1000 interested for every one that makes it and a very high cost of living. Of course you are accustom to that in Chicago.

Good luck and let us know how your wife re-acts to your idea.

Now, I will add, there are other places you could move with decent weather, lower cost of living and still persue your dream.

If you really are bound and determine to make this move (it sounds like you are as you are more anxious to listen to those who say do it than those who say, move slowly) I would suggest you visit first. Calif and especially Los Angeles is a wonderful place for many, but not for everyone.

Nita

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Don't forget the ultra-high parking cost in Chicago too. The past few years they have really hiked up the cost. I paid $12.00 to park at Hard Rock Cafe to eat a burger...they do not validate, your just out the 12 bucks on top of what you overpaid for their crappy food. Chicago is becoming a joke, I hate it there. LA is much easier to navigate and there isn't road construction on every single road every day all year long.
$15 a day parking at Embassy suites near LAX, $40 at the new football stadium in Dallas, etc. Is this outrageous? You bet, but it is fact and I do not think LA will be much better than Chicago. If I am not mistaken it has been a few years since you have been to Los Angeles, am I right? As for overpaid for crappy food, that is always a matter of opinion and really doesn't have too much to do with this thread as I see it anyway.
Nita
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Here's a link for Employment Development in CA:
Job Seekers - Find a Job

You can call the temp agencies there & see what's up in that realm: temping is great. You go in, get treated like royalty, you leave & don't worry about what you did cuz you leave it all behind. You make alot of friends: good networking. I loved temping in LA county.

Maybe your wife could temp while you're getting ready to decide your next step.

Good luck!
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