My time in Los Angeles has been completely different than anything I could have expected. I read every blog post and article I could find to prepare myself for LA life, but looking back I feel the authors were unhelpful. LA is unlike any other place I’ve ever been to because it is like everyplace you can imagine. I have seen beautiful mountains, endless beaches, a dense city jungle, and classic American suburbs. No matter where you come from you can find a piece of home here in California. One topic I found in almost every article was the infamous driving conditions, something that I found to be very manageable. Driving in LA takes longer than anything I’ve ever experienced, but by preoccupying myself with a playlist or radio, I was able to use that time to relax in between classes and my internship.
Beyond the city, being a part of this program was vital to entering the film industry. While physically being in LA is tremendously important for a filmmaker, SULA went above and beyond to put us in the same room with influential and knowledgeable industry veterans. We were given countless opportunities to expand our professional network and learn how to overcome obstacles we are likely to face in our professional and personal lives. Both the administrators and the professors are always actively involved in demystifying Hollywood and giving every student the resources they need to establish themselves in the field of their choice. Going back to Syracuse for my last semester is bittersweet. I do not want to go back to subzero conditions and class work, but being out here has taught me what I should focus on with that remaining time to further my career. Thinking back to this semester and anticipating my return to LA after graduation will definitely keep me warm and motivated for those next few months.