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.