They say you can’t go home again, but what about to the big city you had moved to from your home? I’m typing this blog post as I sit in a hotel room in Williams, Arizona about to return to Los Angeles – this time to stay. Well, that’s the plan at least. If there’s anything life has taught me is that you never know where it takes you.
Tomorrow I’ll arrive in LA. I first made the move there 10 years ago. I was a terrified recent college graduate who had big acting dreams. Now, I’m in my early 30s, grown, and to my own disliking, a bit more pragmatic. I’m not scared, but I also don’t yet know what to expect this time around. You see, the coronavirus pandemic has practically shut down LA. Sure, there are some productions, but as if things weren’t competitive enough before, the work isn’t nearly as frequent as it once was. It begs the question then: is Los Angeles as desirable without an abundant entertainment industry?
There’s much to love about LA: the ocean, beautiful sunny days, city life. There’s also a lot to hate about it: a severe homeless problem, pollution, heavy traffic. But for many, myself included, acting dreams always outweighed any negatives. So, as I make my way west once again, I’m curious to see if LA still holds that magic. The truth is I’ve had LA on a pedestal after two years back in the Midwest, but who’s to say if I’ll be in for a pleasant surprise or a rude awakening? I’ve visited LA several times since leaving, but living there, especially now, will likely prove to be more challenging than ever.
So while I may be more pragmatic these days, the doe-eyed actor with the big dreams is still in me and I’d like to think that LA still has some magic left.
About the author
Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer, comedian, and television producer who has been featured on Amazon, truTV, The New York Times, Matador Network, BUST Magazine, Tiplr, ARTRPRNR Magazine, YourTango, Thought Catalog, GoMad Nomad, Mashable, The Daily Mail UK, the Cannes Film Festival, LaughFest, Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and the Funny Women Festival LA. For more info visit: http://www.jillzwarensteyn.weebly.com