LA Life is My Life
By Mark DiBona
One of the Professors here is prone to bringing up the Steve Jobs quote “you can’t connect the dots, looking forward; you can only connect them looking back.” Though that may someday apply to my whole life, it already applies to my time in the LA semester. Having only been to the west coast once before, I didn’t know what to expect from LA I only knew it would be different. It was but over time it became standard. What amazes me the most about my time is LA is all the things that seemed odd to me now have become routine. Whether it’s something as having to interact with celebrities at work or just navigating around the unique layout of the city, what would have amazed me in August, is now completely normal today. For those, like myself, who plan to live out here someday, I cannot think of something more encouraging! When I first started my job, tasks like having to answer phone calls from important people in the film business terrified me. Not to mention, how would I deal with those people in person without freaking out? Now, when I hear the ringtone in the office, it’s almost autonomous for me to pick it up and when a writer or actor I admire comes in, helping him or her get situated in the office is second nature. But what I’ve really enjoyed is getting adjusted to the lifestyle. I now have restaurants I go to, roads I like to drive on, places to go out at night, and even a local gym. In the span of only a few months, I took a strange area and carved a little life for myself. The LA semester has taught me so much about the film industry but perhaps the greatest thing I learned was how to live in LA. It’s a lesson and an experience I truly could not have gotten anywhere else.