1. To work in the entertainment industry
If you have an interest in acting or film-making, Los Angeles offers a host of opportunities. This doesn't mean that every opportunity is a big budget production. To start off, you may often find yourself working on student films and low budget indie projects that pay nothing or next to nothing. But what you will gain is experience and the opportunity to network.
I grew up in Louisiana and after high school I had my heart set on moving to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. My parents weren't thrilled with this and were quite honest about what they thought would happen; that I would fail. So, they encouraged me to be more realistic. I assumed they were correct and for 12 years I stayed in Baton Rouge until one day I couldn't take it anymore and I made the move.
Once I was in L.A, I couldn't believe how many jobs there were in the industry. It seemed like everywhere I looked someone was hiring. A big issue for me, however, was feeling worthy enough to apply. I think maybe a lot of us struggle with feelings of inadequacy. A friend who's interested in production kept encouraging me and referring me and so I applied for almost every one of the jobs she sent my way. To be honest, most of employers didn't hire me, but three did and OH MY GWWWAAAD THEY WERE AMAZING! Those were the best jobs I've ever had and a lot of mornings when I was driving to work I'd be in tears because I was beyond thrilled to be working in a place with writers and producers who'd worked behind the scenes to spearhead the very movies I'd grown up admiring. It was an amazing experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
So, if you've been told that you shouldn't move to L.A. to be an actress, writer, or film maker because you "need to be more realistic," please know that being a working actor, writer, or film maker in Los Angeles is incredibly realistic. Many artists have a thriving career because they're talented, tenacious, and throughout their careers they've refused to bend to negativity. So, if you want to make the move, save your money, be prepared to work hard, and do it : )
2. To Give Back
This year, Los Angeles was counted among the top ten cities in the US with the largest homeless population. The city has over 40,000 homeless residents. Clearly, it's an area of both abundant wealth and abundant poverty.
This is why Los Angeles is home to many non profit organizations.
3. To Enjoy Daily Interactions With a Polite & Well-Mannered General Public
Once again, I've got to bring up where I come from in order to clarify this point- here in Baton Rouge, a lot of people are poor, sad, and hate their jobs. So, calling a Baton Rouge business with a question is about as pleasant as undergoing a colonoscopy performed by Dr. Frankenstein. Of course, there are exceptions, but generally speaking, the residents of my hometown seem to be angry and sad : (
So, those are three reasons for making the move to Los Angeles!