City of…

City of…

By Jon Carnegie

Being from Upstate New York, California (and specifically, Los Angeles) has always been

a place of intrigue for me. From Dodger Stadium to Venice Beach there’s plenty to see and do

out here in LA. It’s a sprawling, confusing, yet majestic place with everything and anything to

offer. With all that being said, here’s my first piece of information to offer you future SULA

students: you will NOT be able to see/experience it all while you’re out here…and that’s okay!


You will be busy with your internship, coursework, adjusting to California culture, and

being in traffic (it’s not as bad as you think!). All of this sounds like a lot, because it is, but I

promise you that it will all make you stronger, smarter, and more versatile for having

experienced it. I had never been west of Ohio before August 15, 2014 when I landed in LAX.

Luckily I had a relative out here who gave me two pieces of transportation advice: 1. You don’t

need to take the highway everywhere, and 2. Don’t underestimate the public transportation

system out here. Follow this advice! This city is incredible, you will have experiences that will

stick with you forever, and your time here will be even better if you spend a great deal of it with

your peers. I didn’t know anyone in the program before I came out here, and now I’ve become

friends with so many of them. This is where you will meet, and get to know, your future

colleagues in the entertainment industry. This is where relationships that last for your entire

careers will start.
Los Angeles is a city of wonder, intrigue, pretty much anything else you can think of. So

don’t worry about not being able to see, or do, everything you want to while you’re out here for

your SULA semester…you will have plenty of time to make up for that in the future.