Why You Will Fail in LA…

Picture courtesy of Demarcq Flickr

Picture courtesy of Demarcq Flickr

I know the title is sort of dramatic. However, there are several reasons why some people just can’t cut it in LA.

But, who says you have to be like them?

Learning from others mistakes and using those lessons learned to your advantage, will increase the chances of you becoming the person you aspire to be in LA.

Below are 7 reasons why some are not able to make it here and why others are packing their bags to head back home as I write this article. Do the opposite, and I promise this will improve your time living in Los Angeles and increase the odds that you will actually be able to thrive in the city of angels.

1. You’re not real – We’re in the land of fake boobs, botox, and facelifts. It’s not hard to spot a fake person, trust me. Be yourself!

2. Can’t handle rejection – To live in a city of 3 million people, you must have thick skin (this is some of the best advice I’ve ever received). Most likely, you will go on numerous interviews, auditions, or whatever it takes to land something worthwhile. If things do not work out as you initially planned them, it’s ok!  Don’t take it personally. Keep going! Persistence is key in Los Angeles.

3. Unrealistic expectations – LA is not what you see on TV. I repeat, LA IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE ON TV. You cannot move here and within a year or two become extremely successful. Not going to happen. Focus on small goals first including, meeting people in your industry, taking a class or two, or merely finding a steady income. Focus on tackling the simple things first and after that, you can approach the bigger goals after you experience this city for what it truly is.

4. Not having enough money –  Ah yes, this can be a tricky one. I moved to LA with about $3,500 in 2007. I did survive, but if I could do it all over again, I would have saved at least $10,000 before moving. Dealing with the everyday stress of living and surviving in Los Angeles is tough enough, but having serious money issues can make your situation unbearable. Save up as much money as you possibly can, as that will be one less thing you have to worry about when you get here.

5. No plan – I’m moving to LA! For what? What do you desire to accomplish in Los Angeles?  Think long and hard about it. Create a plan of action including small steps of what you will need to get done within your first year in LA. This will help you to solidify your goals so they can truly become a reality.

6. Keeping up with the “Hollywood” lifestyle – Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Beamers, Mercedes, Rodeo Dr., etc, etc, etc. This is what I saw when I had my first taste of LA. Anyone new to this city would think everyone is rich and living an incredibly glamorous lifestyle. In reality, most expensive things in LA are either rented or leased. Don’t be fooled! Stay in your lane, and if you play your cards right, you will eventually have the opportunity to join the “luxury club”.

7. Lack of work ethic – If you’re not spending at least 10 hours a week studying  your craft and learning about your industry, you will never succeed in LA. There will be plenty of time to party, but earlier on in your career is when you should be spending as much time as you can honing your skills and refining your talent. This will make you a force to be reckoned with, within whatever industry or craft you wish to pursue. Knowledge is truly power and you will need to arm yourself with as much as possible in order to be noticed out of millions of others who could be chasing the exact same dream as you are.

Stay up and Stay Hustlin’!!!

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Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 6 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.


  • Reply March 12, 2013

    Gabby Covay

    Very insightful. It’s definitely important to come to LA with a clear goal in mind and more importantly, to accept and anticipate failures.

  • Reply May 20, 2014


    Your website has helped me so much and yet again i find something extremely helpful, this is one of the most important things I’ve read about surviving in L.A. Thank you so much man.

  • Reply August 29, 2016


    I will be moving to Los Angeles at the end of October with about $4000.00 to my name. I literally have no plan, I don’t want to be an actor, model, famous, none of that. I just want to have my normal little life in Los Angeles for now and a fresh start. Eventually I want to own a business of some sort, I don’t really know what kind yet. I don’t know anyone in Los Angeles and will be moving there without a job or Apartment so things are already not in my favor haha. I live about 5 hours from Los Angeles right now and I have visited over 50 times so I know Los Angeles is the right spot for me, I just don’t have some master plan. Hopefully I don’t fail.

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