MuscleComeBack saidAre you being 'recruited' to move, or did you apply?
If the former, will they pay for your relocation? If the latter, why did you apply?
Do you like, love, or are indifferent to the job/work being offered?
Will the money and the advancement add or remove stress from your life?
If the job were in Toronto, would you take it?
I'm being recruited, and yes they will. I think the job is an excellent opportunity. It would be just as stressful, but I'd be getting more for it.
If it were in Toronto, I would snap it up in a heartbeat.
So, go. I truly think you will have an adventure that will change you for the better. L.A. is like any city on earth - it's what YOU make of it. It has thousands upon thousands of things to recommend it, and thousands upon thousands of things that are draw backs. Balance is up to you, not to the city. Go, snap it up and take the risk while you can afford it, or at least 'better' afford it than further down the line. Negotiate that they pay for your flights home at the holidays each year. That's a no-brainer for a company that's recruiting you and paying for the move. I've negotiate that for folks I had to re-locate. Terms and conditions are simple - coach, lowest available fare, cap of no more than $x00 dollars r/t. Chances are you won't use it more than once anyway, more people visited me when I lived in L.A. for ten years than visited me in NYC and Orlando combined over 25 years. Also negotiate your move as a flat fee - get a cost-average for the relocation, and tell them you want it as a flat fee that you must reimburse to them if you leave the job within 12 months or they dismiss you for cause. That way you don't have to provide receipts etc and you can move for less and keep the difference as a bonus, if you're smart about it. Also, as condition of hire, if they eliminate your job or lay you off within 24 months of hire, they must pay for your relocation back to the city of your choice. This kind of negotiation is done all the time. Have your recruiter work it out for you, not you and HR, that way they play middle man and you and your future employer can be on a level field emotionally when you start. Let the recruiter take the hits.
Go for it.