I fly back to the UK tonight, which I am looking forward to. Even though I hate jetlag, this trip has had its lows and highs, and at times been dizzying… I look forward to sleeping in my own bed and experiencing some contemplative calm for a few days.
As I reflect in the last two weeks, I thought I would share with you some of things that I have learned about LA. Most of this I knew already, you will probably too, but its worth restating as it’s so easy to kind of gloss over.
2. It seems to be quite possible to get the visa’s needed in order to be over here in LA and working. Of course there are hoops to jump through and lawyers to pay, but I have met SOOO many people who have done it.
3. Agents, Managers and Lawyers actually WANT to meet you and see if you can make them money. Of course, you need something to entice them, but it’s very different to the UK.
4. Yes, the weather does make a difference.
5. Yes, everyone complains about healthcare.
6. Yes you need a car and parking is expensive.
7. In any given room, store, restaurant, coffee shop, 70% of the people present are in the film business, or a related business such as music.
8. Everyone is nice, which is also nice, even if it’s often a little artificial.
9. There is a plastic fantastic shiny gleam to the place that is both horrifying and strangely compelling. Kind of like driving past a car crash and knowing you should look away, but you can’t help yourself.
10. Because so many people are in film, to talk about movies at any moment is just expected.
For me though, the greatest thing about Hollywood is that people are not paying lip service to the concept of entertaining the audience. They really mean it. It’s at the top of their agenda.
I am left really wondering what on earth I am doing living in the UK. Sadly, very sadly actually, if I am to continue as a film maker, I feel my days in Britain may be numbered.
We will see how the game plays out.
And in case you missed it, click here to watch the whole webisode omnibus of the LA and Santa Barbara Film festival Experience.
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author