I've survived my first week in LA.
(Well truthfully I'm one day short but I'll get there.)
I've been working towards this move for that past five years and it's strange to think I am finally here.
As most of you know I spent the last two and half years living, working and chasing the dream in Vancouver, Canada. I am grateful for the time I spent there because I truly believe it was a great stepping stone for me in order to get to LA and in order to really feel comfortable here.
Vancouver was scary when I first arrived. It was the first time I had moved to another country before, let alone across the world. My first week in LA, I haven't been as overwhelmed or scared as what I thought I would be. Yes there were moments of thinking "What the HELL am I doing here?!" But for the most part I feel like I am meant to be here.
Living in Canada for the last few years has made me used to North American culture, whether that be driving on the right hand side of the road, tipping your waitress, the way people communicate and socialise etc. So coming to LA has not been as much of a shock as what I thought it would be if I had come directly from Australia.
One thing that I have noticed about LA, is the way they network and introduce themselves and others in the industry. Everyone is very confident, knows their place and is striving for something. I know it is early days, but it does feel good to be surrounded by that. I went to a networking/artist collaboration event the other night and everyone introducing me was like "This is Meisha. She's an actress and been in.....(list of resume credits)" And everyone introducing each other was doing the same thing! It was nice to see people supporting each other and being proud of each other's achievements.
In my first week here, I stayed in a hostel (so I wouldn't be so lonely) until I found more permanent accommodation, I explored parts of the city around me (I have A LOT more too see!), made friends with people at the hostel and met up with some familiar faces from Australia, and I found a home! WeHo baby! And now begins the search for a serving job and then an LA agent!
It's strange to be starting all over again.
I made a great network of friends who became like family in Canada and it is sad to leave that behind. But this is part of the life I am chasing. Even the last month I spent in Australia was full of emotional hello's (after two and half years apart) and just as sad goodbyes.
I am grateful for all that I have received, the experiences and the journey to come.
I'm sitting here in my new apartment, a glass of wine in my hand, my roommate's dog as company all on a Saturday night whilst updating my blog. Onwards and upwards from here! ;)
With time I will make new connections, new friendships and relationships that will mould the rest of my life.
But for now, I'll just take it one step at a time.
Thank you for all your support.
Love Meish xx