If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you don’t understand Los Angeles. Because you don’t understand the people who live here.
This is a town of chasers.
People in pursuit of something. They leave homes, families, and friends behind to come here.
Sure, some people are from here, but most aren’t. Los Angeles is a destination – a place you come to, not a place you flee from.
It’s populated with people who don’t let their fears stop them from pursuing their dreams. Who don’t make excuses for why something can’t happen, but instead seek reasons why it will.
Optimists. People who take risks, push forward, and refuse to get stuck.
This doesn’t mean they always succeed. Most fail. Most don’t get what they came for.
But they try. And they don’t regret doing so.
You don’t understand Los Angeles because you don’t understand what it’s like to live surrounded by people like this.
Their spirit is contagious. Addictive. Inspiring. It feeds on itself and convinces you anything is possible.
And in Los Angeles, it is.
Los Angeles isn’t what you think it is. It’s not superficial, shallow, and obsessed with image. That’s just what the Kardashians show you to sell you themselves.
Los Angeles is a meritocracy. It doesn’t care where you went to school or if you went to school. It cares what you do with the gifts you have. It cares what you create – not what you can exploit.
Life is not fair, but Los Angeles is.
If you’re talented, you will be found. It may take time, but you will get opportunities.
And if you don’t hone your skills and combine them with hard work, you will fail. You may get a “break,” but it won’t last.
This town is a filter and staying power is earned.
Los Angeles isn’t easy. It can be brutal. But anything’s possible here.
And there aren’t a lot of cities where that’s still true.