Thinking of moving to LA.. Help.

  • Brando

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    May 11, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Where to begin?

    I live in VA, and was recently outed by my dads work. (Long story, and I dont reallly feel like putting in a forum) well... Im currently living at home with my Dad who is VERY conservative. When this happened about a month ago he told me that since High school, Ive been influenced by the people Ive chosen to hang out with, and if I want to continue living this lifestyle I need to not do it under his roof.

    Im currently working at a starbucks and am a nude dancer at a club in DC.
    I need a "big boy job" and have had no luck finding one within the past month.
    (If it matters, or you know someone, I have 9 years experience at a 5 star hotel/restaurant/spa icon_wink.gif )

    I was told yesterday that I need to be out by the end of June, otherwise I have to start paying rent at his house, including utilities.

    Things are not going well here, and he is only going to make me go in the hole faster so he can keep me under his thumb and keep me around to help him at the house since he is now retired.

    As I am your typical "I want to act and model" type, LA is def the change I need in my life.

    So.... anyone who has moved out there.. (or anywhere really)..

    How'd you do it?
    What did you have as far as money?
    Whatd did you do with your stuff?
    Wheres the cheap places to live (that are fairly safe to stay)?
    Or do you have a spare room?
    Are their any tips you can give me?
    Are places willing to hire someone who currently lives across country?
    Will they help me with an advanced pay? or a place to live?



    My family who "is always there to support me" isnt always so supportive, and wont help me along with what I need to accomplish within the next month.

    Any/all advice will greatly be appreciated.


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    May 11, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    LA always has a need for service oriented jobs. We do have a pretty decent tourist industry out here. So I think your previous hotel experience will at least get your foot in the door for interviews. LA also has a good number of boutique hotels. I would recommend trying those out first instead of the big chains.

    I'm on my phone right now and I don't feel like tapping out a long reply on a touchscreen. I'll add more info about housing when I get back home. icon_smile.gif

    Continued..

    Ok, so the thing about living in LA.. It's affordable. Thanks (or no thanks) to the sprawl, there are many pocket neighborhoods that are quite affordable and relatively safe. So it's a matter of how much rent you're willing to pay versus how much money/time you want to spend on gas/driving.

    If you're not going to have a car, that will limit things a bit. We do have a pretty decent rail and bus system here. As long as you live close the train stations and bus stops, you should be ok.

    Westwood is nice. But really pricey. There are lots of duplexes and small apartments in the area. And those usually for at least $1100 for studio or small 1 bedroom apartment. You'll probably find something more affordable on the border of Venice and Santa Monica. Or if you want to go a little further, you can look at places in Palms or Culver City.

    To make things more affordable, you can get a roommate. But of course, you have to deal with the potential crazy factor.

    As for interviewing, well I'm sure they'll want an in-person interview. So you'll either have to fly here for the interview and move when they make an offer, or jump head first by moving out here and then hope you find a job fast.
  • Brando

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    May 11, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    Appreciate it. I was thinking of the Palomar hotel in westwood. Quite classy but I dont know how an interview would work across country.
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    May 11, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    There are definitely alot of hotel jobs around here. Start applying for those. I'm not sure what you want to do as far as moving out now or waiting till you can get a job. It will all depend on how much money you have. If you have at least a few thousand, you may be okay. If not, there's no way you can make the move now.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful. icon_cry.gif
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    May 11, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    I did it 14 years ago. Moved from NYC
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    May 11, 2013 8:15 PM GMT
    Brando said>So.... anyone who has moved out there.. (or anywhere really)..

    How'd you do it?
    What did you have as far as money?
    Whatd did you do with your stuff?
    Wheres the cheap places to live (that are fairly safe to stay)?
    Or do you have a spare room?
    Are their any tips you can give me?
    Are places willing to hire someone who currently lives across country?
    Will they help me with an advanced pay? or a place to live?



    I lived in L.A. a couple years, moved around a bit, I'm in OC now, about 30 minutes from L.A. I can offer some insights.

    You just have to absolutely be sure that you want to come here. LA has a high unemployment rate, you will be competing with people who are already in the area. Sell most of your stuff, pack your car or have it ship here. Try to find a place furnished. Cheap okay places to live around either Koreatown, Hollywood, or in the San Fernando Valley. You need a car to get around or be ready to hop on a bus and wait for a long while. I don't think employers are willing to hire you across the country in the hotel industry. They can just pick someone here. I've seen Relocation Offered jobs but most of those are like Engineers, Doctors or highly specialized industry. As far as advance pay or a place to live, I don't think any employers do that. Your best bets are either find a place to crash with a friend, have some money in your account, come here and job-search or contact recruiters (work for some but not for me personally). You can always apply to be a gogo boy or dancer at one of the bars in West Hollywood along Santa Monica Blvd. As far as the hotel industry, they usually have multiple round of interviews before they decide on a candidate. Los Angeles is an expensive place, can hit your budget hard, do some preparation. I don't want to see you end up homeless over here.

    Examples: Look at Brad Pitt and Hilary Swank's struggle/bio when they first moved here. It's kind of inspiring.

    Feel free to email me if you like more information.

    Good luck.

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    May 11, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    If you plan on getting jobs, like go-go-boy, that are based on your looks, just consider this.

    You are good-looking, but in LA employers can get 100 exceptionally beautiful wannabe actors looking for a day job (or a night job) at a flip of a hat. Not to mention your competition for the few actual acting jobs.

    So while it is fine to chase your dreams, if I were you I would just make sure I had a Plan B.
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    May 12, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    I say just do it and go all in. You'll only be in your 20's once. I'm planning to move to LA myself later this summer. SF is on the cold end for me.