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February 23, 2012 9:02 PM Subscribe
I'm moving sometime soon to pursue a screenwriting career. By default, I'd be relocating to Los Angeles, but would it be a bad decision to relocate elsewhere?
posted by signondiego to travel & transportation (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Not to sound dramatic, but I'm faced with one of those moments/decisions in life where you can go one way or the other. And I want to make sure I don't make the wrong decision.
I'm moving, that's an absolute certainty. I'm very hesitant to relocate to Los Angeles, despite that being where I need to be in order to give myself the best shot at this screenwriting thing. I do have my writing well taken care of, so for those who had it on their mind, I'm not one of those people who would come out there with a script hoping to make it big right away!
Allow me to provide you with some background.
I was strongly advised here not to do it as I wouldn't be bringing a car, much less know how to drive. There is a chance I might learn down the road, but I would be extremely against getting my license here and then adding the expense of a car there.
The other big reason is I'd be taking a big gamble moving to an area that doesn't particularly suit me at first look.
I'm a single, 22-year old male who hasn't lived on his own before. But allow me to be clear, yes I would be moving without a job, but I am not scared at all about taking this big step into the unknown. So it's not that.
My main concern about this is that I want to enjoy this new life I'm going to embark on. I don't want to be miserable in Los Angeles. I would like to meet people, and by people I do mean non-industry people. Make friends. Have fun, enjoy the city, start a life for myself, etc.
Is this going to be possible in L.A. without a car? Or am I going to be miserable while waiting for traction on my scripts and wish I had moved somewhere I would be enjoying?
I realize it might be harder to network and sell a script not actually being in Hollywood, but would it worth it? I would still be pursuing that if I did live elsewhere.
I suppose I don't really have a plan job-wise if that fails. Which should be a concern of mine regardless of where I move to. I am starting work in a bakery for the first time next month, which is a strong desire of mine.
As it stands now, I have almost 9 grand saved up. I wouldn't move with less than 10, but I might save up to 15 or more.
I do have all the aspects of such a move planned out, so now it comes down to do I move to L.A. (or not) and then how much money am I comfortable leaving with. I'd be living pretty minimally, obviously.
FYI: I live in a suburb of a big Florida city now, where there is almost everything I need within a 4-mile radius. Feel free to suggest city suggestions if you'd like, I prefer colder climates. At the top of my list now are places like Philadelphia and Minneapolis, but there are a few other ones I am thinking about. I don't mind places like Seattle, either. So my options are open.
So should I just suck it up and get out to Los Angeles, or are my concerns valid? Thanks!