Los Angeles is the unofficial capital of entertainment, not only in America but in the world. However, the city also has tons of opportunities for young professionals. It can feel like a whole other planet for people from other parts of the country and can take some time to get accustomed to.
LA is also a notoriously competitive city and a place where it can be difficult to stand out. On the other hand, when you take away the high cost of living, it is still a place full of great people, culture, and things to discover. Here are a few tips for professionals thinking of relocating to LA.
The Housing Market is Ferocious
It’s no secret that the prices for apartments in this city are through the roof. So, it might take a lot of hustle before you can find something that you actually like within a driving range you can handle. However, it is still not impossible and will require patience.
However, if you’ve been offered an immediate position, one thing you could do is look for furnished apartments for rent in Los Angeles. Companies like Blueground, for instance, will allow you to rent fully furnished apartments in L.A. for one month or more until you can find something permanent.
They have one-bedroom apartments right in the middle of Hollywood (for as little as $2,190) as well as apartments in hot neighborhoods like Glendale, Brentwood, and Koreatown. This would be a great option if you want to be comfortable and feel like a local upon arrival in Los Angeles.
Get Started Where You Are
If your goal is to get a position in the entertainment industry, there’s nothing that’s stopping you from making a name for yourself where you are. Depending on where you live, there might be a lot less red tape to cross, and it might be much easier to stand out.
You could start a film festival, find work on local TV or radio, start an improv night – anything that will allow you to build something and have something to show. You’ll be able to build solid connections as you go, and will be taken more seriously.
It’s About Connections
This is not a cliché; LA runs on connections. This is really about who you know as much as what you know. So, you will need to find ways to get yourself in a position to meet the right people and work from there.
Try to attend as many events as you can in the field that you’re interested in. If you manage to make a connection with someone who could help you, nurture these relationships. Also, try to offer as much as you can before you ask for anything, or until they offer.
Look Up Job Sites
Look up sites like Indeed, Monster, Simply Hired, and Career Builder before you leave. Even if you don’t come across the position you were looking for, or don’t get responses, at least you’ll have a better idea of what the job market is like out there, and what to expect when you decide to make the move. You will also be able to see which kind of skills people are looking for and if you have any gaps to fill.
Go Straight to the Source
You also should not be afraid to go directly to the sites of the companies you want to work for. Most will have a section with the positions available, and they’re not posting just for show. If you have the qualifications needed, try to get the email of the recruiter or HR department. This might seem like a long shot, but you never know what could happen when the right resume gets in the right hands – especially if you have the work and results to back it up.
Use Social Media
Social media has all but eliminated the middleman, and is a place where you can showcase your talent, expertise, and maintain social connections at all the same time. So, use it wisely.
The best way you can get the most out of social media platforms is to get involved in the right communities and try to find a way to stand out. Publish meaningful content, focus on the right platforms, and if you’re looking for executive work, LinkedIn would be a better place to spend your efforts than Instagram. Always find ways to give value and showcase your expertise without actually selling.
LA can be a tough place but is also a place where dreams actually come true. If you want to flourish in the city and make a mark, make sure that you follow these tips. Also, make sure that you have a solid support system before you get there if you want to increase your chances of success.
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