The flight from New York City to L.A. is perfectly representative of the journey to a successful career in the entertainment industry; it’s longer than expected, restless, full of sitting around and waiting, exhausting, and only supplied with small cheap meals on the way. But ultimately, it ends with warm weather, sunshine, and beautiful people that make you realize it’s all worth it. After my first week of interning for two companies, I understood that glamorous L.A. living was a fantasy created by the same people who slaved everyday to entertain the masses. I quickly realized the place I used to spend my childhood and teenage years vacationing and relaxing with friends and family, was also a hub of long hours, failed dreams, and frequent disappointments. The industry has proved to be a steep ladder to climb at an extremely slow pace, but I didn’t truly know what I was expecting. Nowhere else has hard work, sacrifice, and determination been put to the test. As an intern for a television production company and an entertainment news organization, I have witnessed first-hand the disappointments of failed projects, in addition the celebration of hard work that has resulted in successes. But the beauty of it all is that I have learned is that it is possible to have a life all while being dedicated to your professional dreams and aspirations. I have realized quickly that L.A. is a space for hard workers without any room for slackers, but it’s also a place where putting your nose to the grindstone can result in dreams coming true.