The City of Dreams
By Corey Schoellkopf
I have been dreaming about Los Angeles since I was a little girl. The city became this beacon of hope, where all of my dreams were going to come true. I fell asleep looking at posters of old Hollywood stars, The OC theme song was always on repeat on my Ipod, and instead of doodling ‘Corey loves (insert crush’s name here)’all over my notebooks, I was drawing palm trees and the Hollywood sign. So as I sat on the flight that was taking me to the magical place of my dreams, I was terrified. I felt like Rapunzel did in Tangled, right before she saw the floating lanterns. “What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be? And what if it is? What do I do then?”She wonders.
Los Angeles is everything I dreamed it to be, and more. The sun is always shining, the people are all glamorous and fashionable, and the city feels alive with creativity and hope. And what I find to be the most unique thing about LA and the entertainment industry, is that there is no set formula for success. Every single person you talk to will have a completely different career path than the next. Out of the managers at the talent management company I intern for, one manager started as an actor, one started in production, and one started as an agent. The opportunities are endless, as long as you’re willing to embrace them.
So now that I’ve made it to the place of my dreams, what’s next? As Flynn Rider says to Rapunzel, “Well, that’s the good part I guess. You get to find a new dream.”And whether that’s production, management, or something different, whatever I dream up I know LA will have a place for it. There are no limitations to what this city has in store, I just have to be willing to really work for it.