By: Connor Judson Garrett – June 7, 2016
You need to know some things about the city first.
You’re going to love it, and hate it. You’re going to feel crowded and alone at once. You’ll feel like everything you’ve dreamed of is within reach, and yet, at times, you’ll also feel like it’s all as distant as the stars. You’ll find opportunities you couldn’t anywhere else and you might not be ready for them.
Los Angeles is said to be a place of selfish people. We’ve got those. Lots of them actually. But more than that, it’s just because it’s a place where only the ambitious survive. If you don’t care of yourself here, nobody else will. Come here if you’ve got a little bit of savage in you, if you aren’t afraid to go out on a limb that has a good chance of breaking. Embrace the greater risk, greater reward mentality. At the very least, Los Angeles will change you. But first you’ve got to forget about home. If you don’t commit yourself to making it work, you’ll fail. Stay or leave because you want to, not because you have to. If you come, whatever brought you here has to be priority number one. Everything else is secondary.
Los Angeles is a strange place that rewards the obsessed. It’s a land of delusion, and the beauty of it is that sometimes the delusional turn out to be right – everyone supports each others delusions here enough to call them dreamers and visionaries. That’s the magic of this city – that energy, that positive thought and like-mindedness does help along the way. Angelinos have that Han Solo “Never tell me the odds” spirit about them, and it’s infectious enough to drag you out of doubt and into action. But you cannot lose sight of your mission entirely or this beautiful city will turn brutal to chew you up and spit you out back to wherever you came from.
I’m not really just talking about LA. I’m certain this applies anywhere you go when you pack more dreams than clothes. I can’t claim I’ve been living by my own advice consistently since I’ve been out here, but when my experience has been that when you put your foot on the pedal and don’t let up, good things happen.