I study acting and live in Los Angeles because it is the west coast center of the entertainment world. It is the place to encounter opportunities and I also love being around others seeking acting parts. We form an unspoken group—and a rather large one—that embraces movies and the theater of any kind. This doesn’t mean that this is the only place on earth for would-be actors. You can life in London or New York. There is a colony of us in all these metropolitan places. You hope to be exposed to talent scouts or the right people who will spread the word. You have your hopes and dreams that keep you moving on. I am young and have time to develop my skills. I will get as much out of Los Angeles (aka Hollywood) before moving on to see what other locations bring. I have the biggest fantasy about appearing on Broadway, even the smallest acting part. Newbies have been known to succeed so you can’t give up.
The energy and excitement of New York is incomparable. It is like no other city on earth. The climate and life style are different and if you are from Los Angeles, it takes some adaptation, which is not my strong suit. I often find that change brings problems and assorted issues, so I have to learn to cope. If I think about New York this far in advance, perhaps it will be easier when the time comes. I will have thought it through and imagined the best and the worst. I am a little reticent about public transportation, for example, and finding myself in a crowded subway or bus. I almost feel I can’t breathe when this happens. I would have to avoid both during peak rush hours. I can do that most of the time. I would miss my car and the independence it brings me in Los Angeles.
Because the city is so expensive, you don’t get much for your rental money. You usually can only afford a studio apartment or if you want to have more space, you can share with another fellow traveler in the acting field. I have heard that three or four people sometimes live in a one bedroom space. I am told that Brooklyn is cheaper even though it is farther than I want to be from Broadway. I want to live and breathe the theatrical air. I want to walk the streets and absorb the local culture. But I am also told that Brooklyn can offer you homes with a nice wood stove and a little yard for the same money for a Manhattan studio apartment.
That would add charm to the abode and encourage me to reside across the bridge. If I do get to move to New York, this will be a big consideration. I love the idea of a roaring fire in winter. It adds warmth and atmosphere to your home.