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July 3, 2012

Michael asks…

Good place for a film student in Los Angeles?

I live north of Salem, Oregon. I go to film school in Portland and I hate it. The teachers are lame, I don’t know anyone, no one is like me, everyone there is EXTREMELY nerdy. Now I’m a nerd, by every definition, but these nerds are the socially retarded nerds. No social skills, lots of shifty eyes, weird obsessions, it’s bad.

I want nothing more right now that to move to Los Angeles and work/go to school there. There’s a school called the “Los Angeles Film School” (opinions?) and it’s located right next to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Now I really don’t like that area of Los Angeles, it’s very very touristy and I wouldn’t want to live there, but I have no problem going there for school.

Here’s the question: What’s a good area to live in that’s somewhat close to that school, that is safe, cheap(er), and maybe near a celebrity area? There HAS to be a nice apartment complex somewhere near some celebrity homes thats fairly cheap.

Help!!!

Administrator answers:

Oh my, you ARE nerdy. OK, first thing: Celebs WORK in Hollywood, they don’t LIVE there. If you’re coming out here, you aren’t going to live near a “celebrity” area. Besides, there isn’t just one celebrity area. There are dozens. Hundreds. Beverly Hills. Bel Air. Newport Beach. And you can’t afford to live there.

We see this over and over in this forum: Everyone hears about the great weather in SoCal or believes they are the next great actor/model/singer, then starts looking for the “cheap, clean, and safe”. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s clean and safe, then it’s more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth.

If you want to live near that area, get a place in Burbank or NoHo (North Hollywood), just over the hill in the San Fernando Valley. You can start off by living in the Oakwood Apartments while you look for a place to live. (It’s at Barham and Forest Lawn Drive, right on the LA/Burbank border. It’s a stone’s throw from Warner Bros. And other studios.

Good luck.

PS- I can’t guarantee people here are going to be any better. But good luck to you anyway.

Richard asks…

Can moving to Los Angeles help my acting career?

Hi thank you to those who are viewing this I really appreciate it! Please no rude and disturbing comments I just have some question for my acting career. First of all I’m 16 a sophomore in High School and got a agent last year in Salt lake city, Utah because I live in Preston, Idaho and that was the closest agency there is around it take us about 2 hours to get there. Anyway I have had experience with entertainment business I have been in plays, dancing competitions. Choirs and talent shows. I have been taking acting classes to pursue this dream I have I just need to know if moving to L.A. for a few months would benefit me in this career? My parents wont and can’t financially right now due to the economy they were thinking about sending me down to where my aunt live in Hemet, California, and maybe renting an apartment. How much are apartments I want something cheap but safe any ideas? How competitive is it? Am I to old to audition for Disney stuff? Would I have to move down their permenetllay for more than a couple of months? How can directors tell if you’re the one when their having 500 million girls come and audition? Sometimes I lose hope and motivation because I am like well theirs millions of thousands out their trying to become actors how can I make it if the chances are little? Please please please help I really want to do this any advice or anything you have please be willing to share will mean a lot! Do actors need a little back up job to help pay for this? How much rejection do you receive? How do you handle it? How long can a audition last? Would you guys prefer me taking acting lessons from coaches down there or going to a 2 week acting camp? I hear the acting classes are better because camps are more about fun is that true? I have been extra in film. Please be honest! Thanks so much!

Administrator answers:

I have a friend who did exactly what you are proposing to do, except she was in her early 20s when she did it. She got her theater degree, did some local theater work, then moved to L.A. To try to make it as an actress. She worked for years as a bartender to pay the bills, got a few small jobs here and there, never caught a big break. She also had been an extra in a film before she moved, thought that would help her, it didn’t. For every actor who gets famous, there are thousands who spend years waiting tables or tending bar hoping for it to happen. I’m not trying to be negative, just realistic for you. Have a backup plan.

Chris asks…

Moving From Cali, Los Angeles to New York,New York !Advise!?

Me and 2 friends want to move there.And we aren’t looking to live like in Manhattan.But like a decent place that’s not all run down. Apartments of 2-3 bedrooms would be perfect.We want to move after high school graduation this year. Its mainly for the experience.

Would any of you know what the price ranges on cheap (decent looking/neighborhood) apartments that fit 3 people?
Would it be hard to get a decent paying job on a high school diploma?
Transportation?
And just how much do you think it would cost us monthly on an apartment,utility bills and food?(Estimate)

Thanks.If you have a personal experience about moving from a place to another at a young age and you lived far away from family(How did you manage?). I would like hear it :D
We are guys haha

Administrator answers:

You’ll never be able to get an apartment in manhattan for three people unless you’re all willing to fork up about 1,500$ a month EACH. Not to mention utilities. Try one of the outer bouroughs. Staten island seems to be the cheepest but you’ll need a car to get around. Wherever you live in staten island you’re no more than 45 minutes from manhattan. Only problem, staten island is the most boring bourough. Though you can get a decent three bedroom for about 2,000$ a month. Split between three people that’s about 675$ each. But you will also have to split utilites and take care of car insurance. Make sure you have jobs set up, GOOD JOBS. New York is a baaaad place to be broke. Wheather it’s s pipe dream or you really plan to move out here, be careful. NY will eat you alive unless you’re prepared.

Sharon asks…

For people that line in Los Angeles?

How much does an average apartment in L.A cost. I would prefer one cheap maybe in Santa Monica.
messed up in the title people that LIVE in L.A

Administrator answers:

It’s not really clear if you are looking for sales price or price for rent.

In both cases you can check out:

http://www.realtor.com

You would be able to find both rent and sales prices.

Http://losangeles.craigslist.org

In case if you are looking to buy you can also do a research on websites of various real estate companies:

http://www.era.com/ad/lookingatyourhome.html?pop=no

http://ca.realtor.com/

These are just some of them. But I hope it helps.

Mark asks…

Apartment prices in California?

Me and two of my girlfriends are moving to California this June, maybe July and we need a very cheap apartment in the outter Los Angeles area. I’m from Ohio and I know prices are very different. Can anyone who lives in an Apartment give me a rough etimate of about how much rent cost a month for an Apartment in Cali? We want to live near LA but not in it, maybe a smaller town like Valincia or San Burnardino. We need at least two bed rooms but three would be better. Also I have a small dog that is coming with us so the apartment has to allow pets.

Administrator answers:

Valencia and San Bernardino are both pretty far away from Los Angeles. I was actually born in San Bernardino, you can probably rent a 3 bedroom house there for around $1000/month. Valencia is in the valley where prices are quite a bit higher than San Bernardino for a 3 bedroom house you are probably looking at $2400/month. I am sure they exist, but I think you would have a hard time finding three bedroom apartments. Pretty much the largest is 2 bedrooms. To give you an idea of what I paid, while in Los Angeles, I was at Hollywood/Vine in a studio for $800/month, then West Hollywood 1 bedroom for $1300/month, then a loft in Downtown LA Historic District for $1400/month.

I actually have two small dogs, so I know the trouble of getting into an apartment. With three of you splitting the rent, you may be better off looking for a small house, as I think it would be easier to find a pet friendly place. I would suggest starting your search in North Hollywood where it is just out of the city, so prices are lower. The further inland you go the cheaper the price becomes, also around East LA, you can find cheaper prices, but they also aren’t the best of neighborhoods, I like Whittier, and Commerce area though. If you go west, you get expensive places like Westwood, Brentwood, then all the beach cities, but before that you can maybe find a decent place in Hawthorn or Carson.

Definitely check out Craigslist as you will find a lot more private owners that will generally offer lower prices on rent, you can also search for places that accept dogs. You might take a look at Rent.com also, I have found places on there and you get a $100 gift card if you end up renting the place. A popular pay search in LA is Westside Rentals, my friend had a login so I checked it out, didn’t find what I was looking for, but they have exclusive rights to a lot of places. It is a pay site, but I think it has a clause that if you don’t find the place your looking for you get half the money back or something like that.

Good Luck in California, I just moved to Hawaii recently and looking forward to visiting LA soon.

Linda asks…

Areas in California you recommend for cheap rent?

I currently live in the Los Angeles area and room with 3 other people and we all pay $600. I work on my computer so location doesn’t matter. Don’t want to live with anyone else, the cheaper the better and it could be a bachelor apartment but don’t want to live in a crime ridden area. Any areas outside of LA but within cali you can recommend?
ok, doesn’t have to be in cali..

Administrator answers:

There are many areas especially now, where you can find reasonable rents. If you are willing to have roommates you can get a 3 bedroomhouse in the desert outside of Los Angeles for $1500 to $1800 per month – sometimes less, so if there are 4 of you, you can only pay about $350 per month plus utilities.
If you are willing to move out of state it gets better the farther south and east you go. Some of the cheapest rents are also in Norht Dakota and South Dakota. Michigan is also very inexpensive in some areas. Areas like Missouri and Kansas are really cheap!!!

Helen asks…

Cheapest way to move to a new city(Los Angeles)?

I want to move to LA. Budget is $300 a month but i’m finding it impossible to find an apartment at an affordable price.

Is there a website that can join me with others who have the same budget and want to move to the same location?

This way, I can move in with others and share an apartment or room making it cheaper for everyone.

Anyone have any advice? Thanks
Just wanted to be in a new environment and also a new location for school. And i’m not an aspiring actor. And yes,i have unemployment but I am trying to find a job as a security guard.

Guess this is gonna be tougher than i thought

Administrator answers:

$300? Not going to happen.

Did you ever consider the fact that LA is not the cheapest place in the world?

Coastal California is the MOST COVETED area which means MORE $$$.

Affordability does not exist in Los Angeles. Starting prices begin at around $1000+/mo. And that’s usually for a studio in a somewhat decent area. And those luxurious, modern looking condos you see in the movies and television programs are not common in a typical Los Angeles neighborhood. Common condos/apartments/studios in Los Angeles are old, ghetto-looking buildings, and those do not come cheap at all as mentioned above.

Jobs are also nonexistent at the moment. Although, unemployment rates have dropped, it only went down to 12.1% so good luck finding a job.

Keep in mind you do NEED to buy groceries, hygiene products, clothes, gas, electric, water, insurance, car, etc. And none of that is going to be cheap neither. Also, you’re going to need to save money for doctor visits and need to keep money in case something critical happens to you (you’ll never know!)

Speaking of cars, you NEED a car in order to live in Los Angeles. The roads in Los Angeles are not bicycle friendly and things are not conveniently located, unfortunately. The insurance for the car is not going to be cheap since the rate in Los Angeles are high and the gas prices are going to make you want to move back to your hometown.

Also, keep in mind that there is NO SUCH THING as a “safe” place. You can live in a “safe” place and still have a looney neighbor that decided to get drunk and run over an innocent child playing outside with his car or a guy that has beef with another guy in your neighborhood and decides to pop a glock on his head.

And moving here to be an actor/actress is one sure way of saying, “You’ll either be back home, in pornography, or dead on the streets in a few moths – to a year.” There are literally MILLIONS of people who flock to Los Angeles for that dream and only less than 0.5% actually make it and only a small fraction of the millions that come actually have LOADS of experience.

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