LA: The Land for the Hard Working
By Adam Wasinger
I first arrived in Los Angeles this last June to intern at Kraft-Engel Management, an agency that represents a large amount of A-List film composers (Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck, more). I knew it would be a great place for me to be as I myself want to be a film composer one day. I was able to leverage this internship among other relationships I’ve made to land an internship at Hans Zimmer’s studio, Remote Control Productions. I am both excited to the point of spontaneous dancing, and scared to the point of screaming. For those of you who are creatives, being a creative in Los Angeles is daunting to say the least, as is wanting to do anything in entertainment. What I’ve realized is that no matter what you decide to do, whether it be writing, directing, A&R, management, WHATEVER, there will always be a line of a million kids behind you, waiting to take your dream job. That is because everyone wishes they could entertain and to make people happy. Everyone wishes they could allow people to escape from their everyday, often mundane life. That is what makes this business so crazy, and so worth it. The happiness you can bring a family in the living room watching their Thursday evening TV show, or a group of friends at their favorite music festival, is truly where the fulfillment comes from and it makes every sleepless night and bout of nervous anxiety worth it a million times over. To make it here, you have to want it badly enough to outwork every one of those million kids behind you. You have to take the daunting reality of Hollywood by the horns and ride it down whatever path you decide to take. Most importantly, however, you have to love it enough to make the work worth it, because everyone I’ve met that has made it insists that it is. It is a beautiful thing to do what you love and this is the place to do it, just go get it.