Moving to Los Angeles can be a tough decision for us all. Before you decide one way or the other, ask yourself these questions.
Am I able to deal with rejection?
Nothing really ever works the first time you attempt it. You probably won’t book your first audition or land a great job after the first interview. The ability to keep going when things are not looking so great, will definitely increase the chances of you overcoming the roadblocks of which you will encounter here.
Quick Story: In 2007, I moved to LA and was able to land a gig with 20th Century Fox. It was a temp job and the pay wasn’t great, but it paid the bills and kept me in LA. My girlfriend at the time had also moved to LA two months later. She arrived in LA with around $300 and no job, but we figured it wouldn’t take that long to find one. Needless to say, it was not as easy as we had expected. It wasn’t until after three months and over ten interviews that she was finally able to land a job. Trying times like her’s can make even the most confident and strong-willed person become discouraged. What I admired about her was that through it all, she never gave up. She went to every interview with the same open mind and enthusiasm and was eventually able to find the right fit. Now, I’m happy to say that four years later, she is now working at her dream job in Beverly Hills. Hopefully, I will be able to persuade her to share her story with us soon.
Why do I truly want to live here?
It’s always best to come to LA with a clear and concise purpose. Literally, almost as soon as you arrive in Los Angeles, one of the first questions you will be asked is “What do you do?” Now ask yourself, can I confidently explain in two to three short sentences why I truly want to be here? You want to enter LA with a clear mission. If not, you will end up being just another nameless face in a sea of millions.
Do I have enough money to survive in LA?
In a perfect world, you should come to LA with at least $10,000. That will give you enough time to find a job, have a social life, and have enough for a deposit on an apartment without having to panic. I’m not dumb though, I know most of you won’t have $10,000 saved up.
Looking back, I wish I would have saved more, but I had to learn the hard way. I came with $3,000 and a dream of being a successful entrepreneur. Obviously, things did not take off as quickly as I had envisioned. I struggled to pay rent and have a social life my first six months in LA. Which in turn, really stifled progress and development towards making important connections and acclimating myself to the LA environment.
My best advice for you is to save up as much as possible before you get here. Do whatever it takes. Hell, get two jobs if you have too. The more money you have saved before you arrive, the less stress you will have to deal with in the first few months of you living in LA. It’s that simple.