It's hard to believe I've been in LA as long as I was back in Australia just last month.
Australia feels like a blur of long awaited catch ups with family and friends, days by the pool and endless hours of reminiscing of times past. It was refreshing to be home and sadly it was over almost as soon as it began. Unfortunately it's a part of this life I have chosen to pursue, sad goodbyes in order to chase a dream bigger than I could ever truly imagine.
The last three weeks have been tough but I got through it. So I will keep going. As I always do.
The first week I focussed on finding accommodation. Staying in the hostel was a good starter. It gave me easy access to the public transit and staying at such a central location made it easy for me to find my way around the city.
And Los Angeles is a BIG city.
Nothing can quite prepare you for that. As I write this I can hear the non-stop blaring of several sirens at 1am in the morning. There are parts of the city which scare me, but mostly I feel safe where I am living.
The second week, after I got settled into my new apartment with my roomie and her adorably cute dog, I focussed on finding a job. It took me longer than expected to find work. In saying that, by my fifth day searching, I had secured a serving job in a popular part of town. In other cities I have moved to I have always found a job within the first or second day of handing out resumes. LA was different. I could feel the energy was different. EVERYONE is hungry for work. The word I kept hearing was "hustle". After 4 days of walking around the city on foot, handing out resumes, and with no luck I asked one of the servers at a restaurant "What's the go, is March a bad time to look for work??" His reply, "Honey, any time is a bad time to look for work in LA. Everyone wants work! It's LA, it's competitive.
You've got to hustle!"
You've got to hustle!"
Thankfully the next day I secured my new job. Because, I hustled.
It was a relief to finally have a job. But no time to slack off now! The third week was filled with intense training and menu knowledge testing for my new job.
I'm glad that I decided to take everything in steps and one at a time. People have been asking me, "Have you found an agent yet?" but my answer is that this time, I want to take things slow and one step at a time. I've made the mistake in the past to want to have everything happening straight away (in Sydney and Vancouver). And things didn't necessarily turn out the way I wanted or they took longer than expected. I've learnt now to take things one step at a time. And to be patient.
So firstly I want to become comfortable in my job and then I'll start looking for an LA agent. In the mean time I'm meeting lots of other actors at my work who I'm sure will have lots of information for me.
It's strange to finally be here.
The last few weeks have been a bit lonely, but that's to be expected when moving to a new city. It will take time for me to make new connections and friendships and to truly feel comfortable in this gigantic city I now call home. It's going to be a bit of a lonely 25th birthday this Friday, but onwards and upwards I say.
I've been dreaming about this for so long, now that I'm here I have this strange sense of "Okay...what's next?". But I just have to trust that I have come this far, and take that as a sign that I'm supposed to be here. Why else would the green card have basically fallen into my lap!
There are so many things I want to achieve and I know that it will take time. I'm looking at LA as the big picture...
I'm in this for the long run.