My Journey to LA Part 1
Now I'm Living out in LA...but I sadly don't drive a sports car just to prove. Thanks Mike Posner.
Yay, I finally did it!
My next blog post was going to be something about my plans and goals to move to California in January 2017...but things happened a little differently. I am so excited to share! (I am currently typing this from LAX, because I am going back to Chicago for the holidays and finally have time to write.)
ANYWAYS...I accomplished the impossible and found a job before I was officially living in LA.
How did I do it?!?
My friends thought I was crazy...they still probably do...because I was gone so fast. But, they knew this is what I always wanted so they somewhat expected me to go out in a BANG!
Are you ready to make the move to the best coast? Are you nervous about getting a job and actually going through with your plan to move to a new city?
Here is exactly how all my plans to move to LA finally came into place. Follow my journy then go move to your dream city, I'll show you how to do it.
Long story (kinda) short:
Every single one of my professors and mentors have always told me it was nearly impossible to get a job in LA without being there already. It makes sense. It's extremely competitive in LA. Not many employers will take the time to fly someone out of state or waste time on a phone interview, when they can find someone with similar qualifications that is already here to start immediately.
With that said, I had planned to stay living in Chicago for a year to get experience at my current job and save money for the big move!
However, I was getting anxious and decided it was time to use one of my friends address to apply to some jobs. Sure enough, it was the first time I finally got call backs for jobs in LA. I had three employers ask me to interview in person, so I went. You have to be willing to go...don't waste your time pretending to be a California resident if you aren't actually going to get on a plane and go to the interviews. If you really want something you have to be willing to risk it all.
After several interviews, I was offered two out of the three jobs and I chose to accept one! I am the Social Media Coordinator and Marketing Assistant for a Luxury Real Estate Company in Beverly Hills.
Honestly, I barley understand how I was able to pull this off.
Obviously, I did the right thing and put in my two weeks right away for my Chicago job.That company was sad to see me go but knew I was a "cali girl" at heart. I actually had such an amazing boss that he agreed to keep me employed remotely doing freelance social media work for the company. I am so thankful for them and miss getting to see everyone at Loud daily, but glad we keep in touch weekly for both business and friendly terms.
So everyone kept asking me...
Where would I live?
How did you get a job?
Who would I live with?
How are you finding a roommate?
Are you flying or driving?
My response was I DON'T KNOW!
I am the type of person who likes to plan out every little thing. Getting on a plane with a few bags not knowing what I would do was VERY new to me. This time, somehow, I wasn't the least bit scared. I know if things are meant to be it will work out. I don't want to bore you with the details but all those questions were eventually answered. All logistics came into place one by one.
I found an AMAZING roommate on a roommate site, who couldn't be more similar but also completely opposite to me in a way and it works. We stayed in an Airbnb together after just meeting, until our apartment was ready. We also both started our new jobs on the same day :)
I won't bore you with the other boring moving details (if you do want to know more details about the logistics feel free to ask)....but things couldn't have came together more perfectly. Everything always works out for a reason and I couldn't be happier!
Many people thought I wouldn't actually move or that I wouldn't get hired once I left. I didn’t let that stop me.
I did the impossible.
I was willing to make the drastic change in my life, despite what anyone else thought. Not worrying about the many obstacles I could face, I didn’t care what anyone else thought. I knew I could do it and that’s what I was going to do. I'm not afraid to go for what I want...I always find a way to do it.
I wrote this post so anyone else with the same goals as me can take my advice and write their own story. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
My next post will be everything you need to know BEFORE moving across the country to L.A.