I was talking with my older brother yesterday over the phone. He asked me, “Really, what is it like to live in LA?” I love this question, because it is by far the best place I’ve ever lived. Where I’m from in the Midwest, artists are struggling. There are not a vast amount of platforms to show their work, unlike Los Angeles. In LA, there are struggling artists, but they have more opportunities to find jobs doing graffiti, fashion, film, and music. The only thing that stands in the way of people being successful in this city, is themselves. From my experience, I came to LA with 2 suitcases and a dream. No car. No job. No home. I quickly learned that all I have to do is go outside, and I will find opportunity. If I just put myself out there, and show up on time, I have half the population beat! If I show up in anything besides a tank top and flip flops, I’ve outsmarted another 10%. After one month in LA, I found a job in my field that traveled me all over California, housed me in hotel rooms and paid for my food, plus a salary. By my third month here, I raised enough money to buy myself an old Infiniti G20, and the rest is history. I’ve never looked back. I found a career, a husband, and ultimate freedom.
Any city that allows you to go hiking and then bike to the beach in the same afternoon, is spectacular. Los Angeles has the best home grown, organic food and restaurants in the world. I never get bored here. Between cool events, the weather and nature, there is a reason outsiders dream of starting a life in LA. I sit in continual gratefulness, as my migration to the west coast has been one of the greatest decisions of my life.
Venus Leone, founder of Goddess Image styled by Teena Lane
Goddess Image Entertainment Business and Consulting