Specific Ideas for Meeting Like-Minded People in Los Angeles?
March 11, 2011 6:10 PM Subscribe
I am feeling a little lonely, and want to get involved in some local activities, but I don't know where to start. I'm looking for specific suggestions and recommendations.
posted by anonymous to human relations (16 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I am a young-ish professional woman living in the L.A. area. My best qualities are probably my intelligence and my creativity. I do tend to be reserved, and it takes time for people to know me (and for me to warm to people), but I am a good friend to the people I know well.
While I'm not new to the city, and do have some good friends here, I have been finding myself feeling isolated.
I have been taking steps to feel better about myself, nurture my own talents, reach out to my friends, and become more personable and attractive. Still, I do face a stumbling block in the 'meeting people' department. I have taken part in a few classes and activities, and they have been rewarding, but I would like to try some new things and find myself at a loss.
I'd like to get involved in clubs, classes, activities, or other pursuits that would introduce me to potential friends who are my age (late 20's-early 30's) and have similar temperaments. I'd be especially interested in ones which had a creative aspect to them and allowed me to show off my talents.
In particular, I want to focus on activities that are more involved, in which you see people over a period of time, since it does take me a while to get to know people. While I enjoy special events and screenings, and will continue to go to them, I don't tend to meet new people there. Of course, if you do know of special events which do encourage socialization (or which are especially fun), you're welcome to mention them.
I have performed Internet searches and have tried asking around, but haven't gotten many specific ideas. I would like to hear about more particular ways of getting involved and having fun; in particular, I would like to get word-of-mouth suggestions from people who can vouch for a given activity/club/etc. The things I'm gravitating towards would require something of a time commitment, and I'd hate to commit to an activity that I don't find fun, or that doesn't have the right vibe.
Thanks for your help!