bornandraisednewyorker said: Best advice for someone who wants to move to LA after graduating college?
The “scary” stuff works itself out (money, apartments, jobs, etc). Don’t let loneliness evict you. Find people right away. Don’t be afraid to tell people “I’m new in town” and give your phone number to people and call them and ask them to hang out. Seek out groups of like-minded people. Force yourself to go out with them. Have them over.
As I’ve seen people come and go, the thing that makes people miserable and makes people leave is loneliness. You can be dirt poor in Los Angeles living in a hell hole and jobless but if you have friends, you can make it through.
If you’re moving after graduating college, you’ve never had to find a group without the help of shared electives or a dorm room. It takes some work and it feels awkward, it’ll feel like everyone already has their “group” and you feel weird weaseling your way in. Weasel away. I literally remember there being, like, a day when nobody knew who Drew Spears* was (shout out Drew Spears) and then the next day it was like “Oh, all of us are playing on improv teams with Drew and Drew is coming to all our parties and Drew is my new writing partner and Drew and I are shooting a web series.” And it was because Drew just made himself comfortable and didn’t make apologies for his existence and was himself right off the bat.
If you’re coming here to do comedy, you will obviously meet people in class, at indie shows, in practice groups, at jams, etc. If you’re a filmaker, I know a lot of people who love the Channel 101 community and there are lots of people at Cinespia and Cinefamily events. If you’re an artist, go to art shows and talk to people. Go to events, say hi to the people in line with you at movies, introduce yourself to the girl in the dress you like and ask where she got it and keep talking and probably you guys will have something in common.
Best of luck!
*I chose Drew Spears because this is a true anecdote but also because I know he reads my Tumblr SHOUT-OUT DREW SPEARS!