By: Justin Resarieo
Have you ever felt…well…a little…scared of LA?
No, you’re not running around panicking, fearing, or crying about moving to LA, but you haven’t exactly come to terms with actually moving here.
You haven’t saved up enough money as you would like. You’re waiting for that perfect opportunity.
In fact, months or even years have gone by and you still haven’t made any progress at all. You’re starting to wonder, will this move ever happen?
There’s a million reasons you could think of as to why you haven’t made it here yet. Even though most of your reasons are probably legitimate, deep down, you know there’s only one reason that’s holding you back.
You’re afraid to leave the comfort of your hometown.
You’re afraid you won’t survive in such a big city.
You’re afraid of what your friends and family will think of you if you fail.
You know you have to take risks in life, but you also know you’ll never make it to LA if you don’t take the time to focus on what needs to get done now.
Yet, you still can’t bring yourself to do it. You’ve been thinking about this move for so long that you’re wondering if you’re even cut out for this LA thing.
It’s not true.
You can get here and make it.
Let me tell you how…
1. Don’t worry so much about the opinions of others.
This is one of the biggest obstacles that hold most people back from moving to LA. You’re worried of how others will look at you if you fail.
Remember this: Everyone is as insecure as you are.
So, why stress the opinions of others who are afraid to chase their own dreams?
It’s like a bird taking advice from a penguin on how to fly.
Your opinion is the only one that matters in the end because nobody will have to live with your decisions but you.
Focus your mind on what must be done. Understand your time is limited and decide to go for it now; only then will you be able to get to Los Angeles. Otherwise, you will be persuaded by others opinions into living a life you aren’t interested in.
2. Be Awesome
You damn right I am!!!
And so are you.
To live in this city, you must have a high level of confidence and energy. Know exactly what you want out of LA and prepare by doing it now.
If you’re a writer, write more.
If you’re an actor, act more.
If you’re a musician, make more music.
Whatever it is you want to do in LA, you need to be doing it now. There’s nothing stopping you now from taking classes (even online), practicing, or working with people in your local area to gain advice on how to perfect your craft.
I hear some of you now as I write this, “I’ll get started once I move to LA”.
Seriously, what makes you think you’ll have the energy when you move to LA?
I think not.
It only gets harder when you move here, trust me.
So, do it now and be awesome!
3. Make a Plan
Make a plan to save money. Work two jobs if you have to.
Without struggle and a little hard work in life; there is no progress.
Also, do some research on LA to understand the industry you want to work in. Know the power players and even the lower level ones (you’ll actually have a better chance to meet them initially).
4. Get Prepared for Take Off
Set a date.
Buy a plane ticket.
Pack your car.
Let people know.
Put some type of pressure on yourself to get to LA and hold yourself accountable.
If you really want to move to LA, you will find a way to get here. No excuses.
The Unfortunate Truth About LA
The fear never goes away.
You just learn to adapt and get better at dealing with it.
I was just as afraid as you are when I moved to LA. I didn’t know anyone.
Hell, I didn’t even know where I was going to live the day I got here. I was 23 years old, fresh out of college with no job and all of my worldly possessions packed in the back of my car.
But, I didn’t let that stop me.
I really think that defines the people who actually make it in LA. They’re afraid just like everyone else, but they keep going anyway.
They’re willing to make a drastic change in their life, despite the potential obstacles.
They’re willing to move to LA and let everyone think they’re crazy for doing it.
They’re willing to invest years of their life into succeeding in LA
These people are no better than you and me. They just know the price of success and they’re willing to pay for it.