My Six-Year-Old-Self’s Dream Semester

My Six-Year-Old-Self’s Dream Semester

By Jalina Brown

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to live in Los Angeles. The theatrical impulse came to me very early and as soon as I learned about the glamorous world of Hollywood, I begged my mom to move there. Unfortunately, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to move from Maine to California at six years old. I told my mom that there were plenty of kid actors who did it, and she told me I was not one of those kids.

So I stayed in Maine and kept telling stories. I wrote, acted in, and directed my unenthusiastic friends to be in my plays. And finally, finally, after twenty-one long years, I was able to move here and spend the most amazing semester of my life living and working in the place I’ve always wanted to be. As soon as the plane landed, I knew I’d want to live here after graduating. Coming from a small town in Maine, I was blown away by all the things to do here. I was especially impressed by the food. My roommates and I quickly discovered our favorite Thai food place (Summer Buffalo, best pad thai I’ve ever had) and tried several different dessert places (still looking for our favorite). I truly believe that no matter where you are, if you show up with an open mind and are willing to try new things, you’ll have a good time. I showed up expecting to like maybe love it here, but Los Angeles has exceeded all my expectations. Being able to work in the industry with successful actors and get advice from working screenwriters has been thrilling and I absolutely cannot wait to return after graduation.