This is a bit of a follow up, or maybe a revisit, to this question
from a few months ago.
I've spent the last five years working in film and television in New York. For a long time I was on a path towards eventually becoming a production designer. Earlier this year I realized I wasn't happy on that path, and that future career advances wouldn't make me any happier.
I've been assuming it's time for me to leave The Industry and pursue my writing - which up to this point has been blogging, creative nonfiction, and features journalism. I was looking into relocating to a cheaper city which would enable me to have a typical day job and dedicate more time to that.
And then my world got rocked. Someone recommended me as an assistant to a VIP type on a new TV series. I needed the money, and it's a part of the industry I've never really seen before. So I accepted.
I really like my new job. A lot. Enough for me to consider maybe not leaving the industry just yet. And now people, especially writers, are telling me I ought to be in Los Angeles.
This is something I hadn't seriously considered before. Hollywood seems really intense to me. Until now I also hadn't had any connections there, and didn't have a clear picture of how I would go about getting a job or even what sort of work I should be looking for.
In addition to my concerns about the Hollywood culture and career stuff, I'm also ambivalent about living in Los Angeles. I don't own a car. I prefer a more urban landscape. I like the somewhat intellectual cultural scenes of New York. I'm looking to relocate, and I'm aware that New York is New York and other places are not. But L.A. seems like a complete 180.
So...? Is this something that should be on my radar? Is this something I am destined to fail at, or that will make me miserable?
1. I'm 29 years old, single, no kids, no debt. No strings, but I probably don't have another decade to go be some asshole's assistant and have it go nowhere.
2. I don't know a ton about screenwriting, though I have read hundreds of TV scripts as part of my job over the past several years. It's more like "I'm good at other kinds of writing, I have connections, why not?"
3. I've been to L.A. before and didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. In fact, I sort of liked it.
4. If I lived in Los Angeles, I'd want it to be somewhere relatively central.
5. I am prepared to have roommates. In fact I'd prefer it.