Perhaps the most valuable realization I have reached thus far in my SULA experience is how imperative it is that I move out to LA upon graduation. Hailing from Chicago, I have interned and worked at a Chicago-based nonfiction television production company over previous summers, and I certainly reaped invaluable experiences. But there’s no doubt that the entertainment landscape in LA is simply parallel to none. Everyone—or at least most everyone—here wants to work in the same industry. In many ways that seems like a daunting reality; it’s difficult to stand out here when there are thousands of people who want the same job you want and who can most likely do it as well as you could. But on the other hand, that reality is precisely what makes the LA culture so enticing; here I am immersed in an environment in which everyone shares my passion and interests. I am constantly meeting people who work for amazing companies and have had incredible experiences. I am constantly learning from people who can contribute different perspectives, knowledge, and opinions in a conversation on films and television series that I want to talk about. So although the competition out here can be intimidating, it is also really exciting. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, I think simply being here in LA is the best way you can position yourself initially. Just by being in LA, you are setting yourself up to meet people, make connections, and gain exposure in ways you would not easily experience anywhere else.
In sum, I like it here; the weather is fabulous and the people are always in a great mood—unless you’re trying to switch lanes on the 101 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm…then they’re ruthless. Just don’t use turn signals, and you’ll be fine.