I've officially been in Los Angeles 17 days now, and I'm finally settling in. It has been quite a transition coming from the small, sleepy town of Sonoma to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The good news is, I've only had one moment where I have questioned my sanity for making this move, and things are starting to fall into place. I'm not the most patient person, and I tend to want everything to happen all at once- but we all know that's not really how life works most of the time. Thankfully, I've got a great support system to keep me on track and remind me that I'm in the right place when I start to doubt myself.
As a way to recap my first few weeks, here are a few things I've learned since I moved to LA.
- People drive differently here, y'all. Differently then anywhere else I've ever been. A yellow (or recently red) light means green- at least two cars are guaranteed to pass through that light without anyone blinking... or honking. Also, the line on the road at a stop sign is seen as more of a suggestion- most people coast through at 5mph or if they absolutely have to, stop halfway through the intersection. There's a reason they call it the "California Roll".
- Los Angeles might have the highest concentration of excessively fit and beautiful people of any city in the United States- no joke. They are literally everywhere that you look. The coffee shop, the gym, walking down the street...
- On a similar note- any and every outing in LA can be as dressy or casual as you'd like to make it. I can't tell half the time if someone is going to the grocery store or a club opening party. You can thank Kanye and his clothing line for that one.
- People in Los Angeles have absolutely no shame in self-promotion. They will have a full on selfie photo shoot mid-aisle at Whole Foods if they think it will engage their Instagram followers or get them the gig they are competing for. Quite honestly, it's refreshing. In my opinion, there is something to be said for the fact that they are completely transparent in their motives and self-promotion, rather than pretending they somehow magically lucked into their 100,000 followers.
- You will get nowhere fast if you try to be someone other than yourself. Seriously- there are way too many people here who are beautiful and talented that can do a lot of the same things that you or I can do, so there is no point in being anyone but you. Focus on the things that make you unique and set you apart from the masses, because how boring would it be if we were all the same??
- You need approximately 5+ years of experience to qualify an entry level position. I'm kidding, sortof. Seriously though the job search has been humbling and exhausting and frustrating and hopeful all at once. It is such a crazy process trying to present the very best version of yourself over, and over, and over again. What a concept, right? It's especially difficult when you're still trying to figure out what that version looks like, let alone how to tailor it to the needs of each potential employer you encounter.
- There are definitely plenty of the stereotypical "LA" people here (there's a reason it's a stereotype), but there are also a lot of very genuine, caring, real ass people as well. ~It's called balance~ or something like that.
- Contrary to popular belief, most of LA is actually pretty far from the beach. Unless you're one of the lucky ones living in a part of the city that damn near borders the ocean (hollllaa), chances are you probably won't see the Pacific until the height of summer. The palm trees are everywhere though. Everywhere.
- I saw a man walking down a street in Beverly Hills smoking a cigar at 1 o'clock in the afternoon last Saturday. Not sure what I learned from that but it was probably one of my favorite sights thus far as a Los Angelan.
All in all, I'd say I've had a pretty successful first couple of weeks. It's still a little surreal that I'm living here, but I'm finally starting to feel settled in. I'm sure that feeling will only grow as I create a routine and find my groove. I'm feeling hopeful for the weeks ahead, and looking forward to a few days back home in Sonoma for the holidays. Stay tuned for more from me!