Time Spent In Los Angeles

I’ve been living in southern California on and off for over 10 years now. About half of that time has been spent in Los Angeles. Back in 2009, I feel on some hard financial times and begrudgingly moved home to Pennsylvania. The move was suppose to be temporary, just until I could get back on my feet, but I ended up staying there for almost 3 years. In life we sometimes fall into ruts or patterns that we just can’t seem to get out of. During my time back in Pennsylvania, the only thing I could think about was getting back to Los Angeles. Finally, one day I woke up and said, “That’s it.” A week later I packed up my car once again and made the move to California.

People often ask me what it’s like living in Los Angeles. I tend to tell them that it’s everything you think it is, and it’s nothing like you think it is. I’ve lived here for years and still have a hard time trying to describe this city. Yes, the weather is amazing. It’s one of the main draws. The geography is unique in that you can go surfing and snowboarding all the same day. There are so many things to do all the time and so many different parts of town, each eclectic and diverse as the next. And since I’ve moved back to Los Angeles, I’ve developed a really close circle of friends and industry allies, something that was missing when I was here earlier in life. Los Angeles has become my home. Things are good for me here, but over the past few months I’ve wanted to get way from LA more and more. The connection that I had with the city when I was younger doesn’t quite resonate the same with me.

Los Angeles is a town that is driven by entertainment, that’s no secret, but most people don’t have a clue what it’s like to be fully immersed in it. This is the place where people from all over the world come to “make it.” This city can eat you up and beat you down. Every day is a constant juggling act for me between castings, work, meetings, and trying to keep my head afloat. Just getting around becomes tiresome and dreadful after awhile. I feel frustrated creatively because connecting with people can be such a chore. People think Los Angels is so laid back, but you don’t realize how exhausting this city can be until you take a step back and reflect.

So this is me reflecting and rambling as I sit at LAX, not having slept in a day, awaiting a flight. Los Angeles will always be a part of my life, there’s no escaping that. And it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. But it’s time to explore other horizons. So I’m off to New Orleans, Miami, and a few other stops along the way. I’m excited to see where the future takes me, and I’ll keep you posted along the way.

Mike