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 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

(I hope no one minds, but I wanted to post this on the Gen Discussion side of the board as I think more people would catch it this way)

Who of you out there live in Los Angeles? I do not live there yet, but was just in L.A. for a job interview. If all goes as planned, I will be asked to return for a callback interview (the second and final one) and then find out if I get the job. If I am hired I will be moving to L.A. sometime this month or early October.

I know a few people out there and am rapidly becoming familiar with the area but since I recall a few people on this site mentioning they live there I thought I'd start up a thread.

I don't want to jinx myself out of getting hired but since I would need to start work and move very soon I am making just-in-case preparations. Just wanted to reach out and make some acquaintances and/or friends that might be willing to discuss their experience living in L.A. with a (fingers crossed) newbie! I am bound to have a few questions about the area or getting started in this new city so I would love to have the assistance of anyone kind and generous enough to humor me. I would be open to hearing about and discussing anything: good neighborhoods to check out for inexpensive and safe apartments or rooms to rent, traffic patterns, tips and advice, general lifestyle recommendations, things to watch out for (good or bad), ideas for frugal living, or just generally getting acclimated to the city and adjusting to the area.

(also -- best place to look for great airline ticket deals online?)

Much, much, much thanks and deep appreciation in advance! Anything you can tell me will be sure to make this transition that much easier. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 9:16 PM   
 By:   Mikal   (Member)

This is in no way related to your post, but I tried to get in contact with you a couple of weeks ago. Do you still have the hotmail e-mail address?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

I'll volunteer but you might try posting on the other board as well (you'll get more responses).

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with posting here but I think most of us would feel more comfortable responding to your post on the other board.

First and foremost you will NEED a car. L.A. is spread out all over the place and even the best public transportation is not reliable enough when you have a job or any other place you have to be on time to get to.

Please can you tell me what area of L.A. you might be working in?

I'll post much more but that info will be very helpful.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Good luck on getting the job!

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

I live in Hawthorne/Torrance. 10 min from LAX airport.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Good luck!

I did this LA-thread awhile back when I was going over for the Williams concert -- and as a tourist -- but there might be some valuable tips there too:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=87758&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

This is in no way related to your post, but I tried to get in contact with you a couple of weeks ago. Do you still have the hotmail e-mail address?

Hmmm, I don't remember getting any email from you. Could you resend it?

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I'll volunteer but you might try posting on the other board as well (you'll get more responses).

First and foremost you will NEED a car.

Please can you tell me what area of L.A. you might be working in?


Thanks!

Will post on the other side too per your suggestion.

I will have a car, yes. And just as necessary I think, I will have a GPS!

Would be working sort of North/West Hollywood.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Thanks Francis and Thor, will check out your link too, I appreciate it.

Superman1701 thanks, we're friends on FB too...I will message you there soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I live in Hawthorne/Torrance. 10 min from LAX airport.

Damn, we're neighbors!

I live in Carson. 20 minutes from LAX.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Raises my hand. "I do!"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   dashrr   (Member)

Would be working sort of North/West Hollywood.


Redondo Beach here...North and West Hollywood are worlds apart (North Hollywood is basically part of the San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood is adjacent to Santa Monica, Westwood and those are all in the LA basin area.

My suggestion is to live close to your employer...I have lived in LA for 30 years...there is high probability you will have numerous employers if you stay here long enough...its just the nature of it here.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

Would be working sort of North/West Hollywood.


Redondo Beach here...North and West Hollywood are worlds apart (North Hollywood is basically part of the San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood is adjacent to Santa Monica, Westwood and those are all in the LA basin area.

My suggestion is to live close to your employer...I have lived in LA for 30 years...there is high probability you will have numerous employers if you stay here long enough...its just the nature of it here.


I live in Playa del Rey, minutes from LAX. I can watch planes taking off from my backyard which I find interesting especially when the President comes to town.
As someone else stated, you will need a car and a GPS. Checking the traffic reports on the morning TV news helps. I watch CBS channel 2. Radio station KNX 1070 AM gives traffic reports every 20 minutes or so.
The freeway system can be intimidating but once you get the hang of it, it's great (unless there's construction).
Near North Hollywood is Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Toluca Lake which are nice areas. Apartments and condos galore.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Mikal   (Member)

Hmmm, I don't remember getting any email from you. Could you resend it?

That's because I hadn't sent one yet. wink I tried to contact you on FSM initially, to see if your e-mail address had changed in the past few years. I didn't want to post your e-mail address on the forum for confirmation, though, in case you consider that private information.

In any case, I sent you an e-mail a little while ago. Hopefully, you got it!

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

I'm in Marina del Rey.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

[double post]

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

[triple post]

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I am in Studio City.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Awesome, thanks everybody for posting! Keep 'em comin! So nice to know so many of you live in L.A. Even though I've met none of you in person, it still makes it a little easier knowing there are people that I can at least come to in this thread for questions or whatever!

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

A few people have mentioned I was vague in describing where I work as North/West Hollywood. You're right, and I apologize for that! I was actually purposefully vague; my job interview and where I work could actually include people who might visit the FSM board and I wouldn't want to accidentally (however unlikely) give the impression that I was assuming I would get the job or something. Quite overly cautious I know, probably very silly, but I wouldn't want someone who works at my potential employer (or the employer himself) to happen upon this thread and mistake my just-in-case preparation for an assumption that I will get the job. Of course, if I get the job, I'm happy to say in what area I would work in and go into more detail. I really appreciate everyone trying to help me out in determining all aspects revolving around work, commute to work, etc. I really do. Definitely necessary stuff. It's just that things are still up in the air and I'm trying to be extra careful; this job is extremely important to me and I don't want to take even the slightest of chances.

 
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