WOW! LA has definitely been an experience. Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, it was definitely an adjustment at first, but I’ve grown to love this city. There’s so much life, culture, beauty, and art, that it’s impossible to take it all in in only two months, but I’m definitely trying.
My goal in coming out here this summer was to get a better understanding of the city. I graduate next May and I’m wrestling with the question of going to New York or Los Angeles to further pursue my acting career, and I’ve got to say…LA is winning. There’s just something about this city that seems so big, but yet so small. If you search you can find areas of this city that feel like home (if you’re like me and from a small town), but when you’re bored there’s a huge city to explore and find something to do.
My favorite hobby I’ve discovered out here is hiking. I’ve been to a few trails (I highly recommend Runyon Canyon, which offers free yoga everyday) and it’s just refreshing to be out in nature and to get away from the busyness of the city. The city can get overwhelming, but there’s so many outlets you can escape to (Aroma Coffee and Tea Company is a GREAT place to visit for a little getaway).
So far this has been the experience of a lifetime. I’ve grown and learned so much about myself as a person and an actor, and I can’t wait to see what the last half of this trip has in store.
Highlights: WB Tour and sitting on the FRIENDS COUCH (!!!! – if you know me, that’s a big deal), Hiking to the Hollywood sign, being cast in my very first short film (Dead Zone), and making great new friends I’ll have forever!