I did the model /acting thing, and there are many opportunities to get discovered here. You just have to have talent, be in the right place, and really work on and devote yourself to your craft (acting). If you don't have mommy and daddy supporting you, you gotta set it up so you can earn money with a job that is flexible enough to allow you to go to auditions (often last minute calls), at studios located usually around Hollywood (please remember that LA traffic is atrocious, so try to live [or work] close to the cluster of studios). Or easier yet, have mom and dad hand you a wad of cash (for food, housing, acting classes, headshots) before trying your luck at acting around here. In the right circles its fun, you gotta be involved in organizations and groups that are into what you are, fun. But as far as overall vibe, and established fun areas, LA fun culture used to be much better and more conducive for young folks (80s and 90s) I agree. Of course, got kids and am older (decent job that requires at least 20+ years experience), so really not my main priority right now. Occassionally, I would eat out at some real nice hot spots /restaurants and those are always fun because of the vibe. There are excellent shows (better than before) that can almost compare to broadway shows in New York (but New York has and always will be the top notch in arts and trend setter). Also, they're trying to revive the night life through outdoor events and concerts (good strategy as the weather in Los Angeles is to die for...year round). There are some great acts (marc antony, rolling stones, of course, of course, all year-round..) at Rose Bowl, Staples, etc... (require beacoup bucks $$$ of course for any remotely decent seats) Cheaper outdoor stuff aimed at younger folks with more limited budgets is a hit or miss and can be good, however as of now. There are only some stuff like: "Outdoor, watch movies, and be surrounded by food trucks" events all over (lame), watch movies at a park or on a hotel roof top, dive bars (even lamer these days..not what they used to be). Sorry, but this town is not conducive to free-spirited young folks (with no money and a sense of adventure). Of course, with everything in life, if there's a will, you'll find a way... The LA Metro (bus system) is constantly improving and the city is devoting Billions (with a "B") of dollars on improving it, to deal with all the traffic. You also got all the pay-as-you-go e-scooters around for your use with a smart phone. There are actors and artists neighborhoods and areas where the rent is much cheaper, but its usually in a shadier part of town. Crime is a lot better in LA due to the enormous Police presence everywhere, but there's an accompanying HUGE homelessness problem that roam the streets at night. At least most of your apartment neighbors will be in the same boat as you. Also, some older apartments in areas where there's rent control that people have clung onto for years, and set to be demolished recently by developers trying to cash in on the housing boom here. So watch out! There's a ongoing battle to try to keep housing affordable here in Los Angeles, but I don't know how that's going to pan out.
LA is not conducive to those with limited incomes (unless you can put up with ghetto-like conditions or much smaller living space [half million dollar two to three bedroom homes versus four to five bedrooms at other parts of the country] and living expense is high, you really need cash (from landing a good acting role OR mom/dad OR you got a friend or relative with a couch to spare OR a good paying job [typically requiring more than a decade of experience] or a job that is a commission-based and you're a real hussler) to survive decently--unless you are creative (find a billion ways to save or make extra money) and can think outside the box...but good luck!! This town is moving towards gentrification, so its getting nice, more sterile, and the high class events are getting much better (orchestra, plays, art exhibits), though really good in its own right and probably the best on the Left Coast, still does not compare to #1 New York. But the weather cannot be beat, so if you want to try your luck at survival, go for it!! I have a co-worker, just out of college, who moved from some fancy area 2,000 miles away that moved here, and is complaining about having to live in smaller size dwelling, the traffic, driving a shittier car, having to really watch the budget, etc. but loves the year-round weather and all the opportunities this town has to afford in terms of connecting to people all over the world, the events, and opportunities for nice outdoor living year-round. A lot of families who move here find a lot of opportunities for their kids to experience a rich environment. Kris
| Long Beach, CA