By Kayla Schultz
I’ve been a TV enthusiast for as long as I can remember. In fact, such enthusiasm used to drive my parents crazy. They never understood why I would choose to spend a day inside with a box of One Tree Hill DVDs rather than go out and enjoy the North Carolina sunshine. It was always a passion of mine, and by coming out to Los Angeles and experiencing the industry-driven culture firsthand, my passion intensified in ways that I never expected.
Coming from a small town outside of Charlotte, I could rarely find anyone who cared about the art of television and film as much as I did. No one shared my enthusiasm. In Los Angeles, however, you can ask just about anyone about the latest season of House of Cards and you’ll receive an impassioned response. You can even make better connections at work by being able to discuss the latest trends within the medium. In fact, just today, I spent over 20 minutes discussing the brilliance that is Orphan Black with a fellow intern. It’s more than just refreshing; it’s comfortable. Everything about Los Angeles feels right for a true TV fan.
To further drive home the point, there’s PaleyFest, an annual television festival hosted by the Paley Center for Media. Being the rabid fan that I truly am, I’ve known about PaleyFest for years. I’d watched countless panels on YouTube and had always dreamt of the day when I could attend one in person. When the opportunity presented itself, I decided to attend not one but three. Over the course of two weeks, I saw the casts and creators of Orange is the New Black, How I Met Your Mother, and Mad Men inside the hallowed halls of the Dolby Theater (just two weeks after the Oscars). While the tickets range anywhere from $25-50 for non-Paley members, it’s worth every cent. I highly recommend attending to anyone who’s passionate about television, especially considering how the audience is allowed to ask questions during the panel and approach the stage for photos and autographs after the event.
Basically, what I mean to say is: if you love TV, LA’s the place to be!