So you’re thinking of moving to LA to follow your dreams, you just moved here or you’re looking for a change of scenery?
Well, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE because LA is all about the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST! That’s exactly what I learned when I moved to LA one year ago from Houston, TX. And let me tell you it’s been an adventure so far for sure! I am just now getting used to how things work out here and I STILL don’t have it all figured out. Coming from the south, this west coast way of life has been an extreme culture shock. I’ve come to the realization that there’s so much opportunity… yet so much struggle in this beautiful city. It’s the entertainment capital of the world… literally EVERYTHING is HERE! Whether you want to be an actor, dancer, writer, singer, producer, the list goes on and on. Whatever your passion is that you want to pursue, you can make your dreams come true in LA! It’s a place that is full of possibilities and is perfect for the creative soul. But I am telling you right now… that dream comes with a cost. And you’ll learn quickly that LA doesn’t play one game!… Not-a-one!
MY TWO BIGGEST KEYS TO SURVIVING LA: Keep a COIN in your pocket and a ROOF over your head! (I’ll talk about those in later posts, stay tuned).
I guess you can call these next series of posts a LA SURVIVAL KIT: GUIDE TO OVERCOMING THE STRUGGLE! I have learned quite a few things since moving to LA and I thought I’d share those gems with someone who needs to hear. So many people have asked me… What is it like to live there? Is the cost of living really that high? How do I find a job? Is LA traffic really that bad? (HECK YEA!!, lol). There are definitely some things you need to know about the LA GRIND! There are some facts and truths you just need to understand that I will fill you in on. And that’s why I am here. To give you that real… that FREE GAME about LA that may help you in the long run!
Remember, LA is not a destination… it’s a JOURNEY! So this means: Keep hustlin’… Keep movin’… and KEEP HOPE ALIVE! LA is all about being the best version of yourself, so you can strategize accordingly …to survive!
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, BUT PLEASE… BE STRATEGIC!
Anyone can “follow their dreams,” but can you put those dreams in motion? The main objective in LA is to get MOVING! The best way to do that here is to formulate a plan of attack! EVERYTHING YOU DO IN LA MUST… I REPEAT… MUST BE STRATEGIC! I think Auntie Oprah said it best…
You are responsible for your life and if you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you… you are wasting your time. Because only you have the power to take responsibility to move your life forward. And the sooner you get that… the sooner your life gets into gear.
And let me tell you, no one is saving you in LA! OH-K!! I have to stress this one more time… NO ONE IS SAVING YOU IN LA! They are too busy trying to save themselves. This is sink or swim. You’re either at the table or you’re on the menu. This is a city where everyone is in it for themselves. And they do whatever it takes to get there! SO YOU BEST BE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS! There’s never a moment when I am not thinking in LA. My mind is always plotting, scheming, maneuvering and researching ways to get to where I am trying to go. To achieve goals in LA you must STRATEGIZE every decision you make. Every person you meet, every event you attend, every job you take… everything you do in this city must be calculated. For example, finding an apartment and landing a job. It’s pretty important to develop a strategy to achieve all of these tasks in LA and I will be giving you ways to accomplish them in upcoming posts!
Strategy and Persistence WINS!
You must invest lots of time to progressing towards your goal. Spend every waking moment you have figuring it out and applying action. You are in LA for a reason, whatever reason brought you here… NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THAT! Eyes on the prize at all times. There are lots of distractions in LA that can steer you away from the ultimate goal. If you are not hustlin’ through the streets of LA strategically, you are wasting your time. And like DJ Khaled says… “NEVER PLAY YOURSELF!!!“