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Los Angeles


Just Go For It

By Matthew Russo

February 2019

I’ve learned that whenever you’re faced with a difficult decision involving the fear of trying something new, it is always best to just go for it. Even though I had my concerns about moving to Los Angeles, I knew I had to do it so that I could say that I did. And I am so thankful that I did because I have had such a great experience so far. Any doubts about the strength of Syracuse’s alumni network are instantly shattered during the orientation week. I attended many events where I was given the opportunity to meet many different Syracuse alumni who work for companies all over the Los Angeles area. Everyone you meet has a story to tell and loves to talk to college students. I have received so much valuable information from all sorts of people, including professors, co-workers, other students, and even random people that I would meet around the city. Talking to all of these different types of people has allowed for me to think about different career paths that I had not considered before moving to Los Angeles.

Having an Internship on top of taking classes while living in Los Angeles may seem daunting at first but is definitely worthwhile. Even if you don’t have major responsibilities at your job as an Intern, you still have the ability to connect with people, learn from them, and understand more about what you enjoy doing. There is so much opportunity in this city, more than I could have ever imagined from my tiny basement apartment in Syracuse. I’ve gone to live tapings of shows such as Mom, The Price is Right, and Family Feud, I went on a tour of the Warner Brothers studios, I shared stories with Adam Conover at a comedy club, and I worked as a Production Assistant for a graduate film project. I did all of this in just the first month, and I can’t wait to see what else I have yet to experience.

If you are enrolled in Newhouse or want to pursue a job in the entertainment industry, the SULA program is the best thing that you can do for yourself. If you are nervous about moving across the country to an unfamiliar place, I urge you to toss aside any doubts or concerns and just do it. And that goes for anything in life. Strive to try new things as often as possible and never settle for what’s familiar or easy to you.

Perhaps SULA may not be your cup of tea, but then again, it may just be the best decision of your life. There’s only one way to truly find out. Just go for it.