During this month of loving sentiments we share our third round of love tales. Why do we love thee, this town of Tinsel, this city of Flowers and Sunshine? Let us count thee ways.
Once upon a time I heard California compared to Europe due to the relaxing lifestyle, unlike the east coast. Tis a fortnight I read an article on the beach in February reinforcing my daily feeling about the City of Angels:
I work in New York. I LIVE in LA.
LOVE STORY: Part Three
I like living in LA for the climate and close proximity to the beaches, mountains and desert. Living in the hills, I feel like I’m not in a city but close to everything a great city offers. I like the creative community that is here. People come here to follow their dreams, so there is collective drive and energy to pursue your passion.
Ok first things first, I’m a New Yorker through and through and no amount of 80 degree LA days in February will ever take that away. That said, I am oh so happy to be enjoying LA sunshine in February instead of trudging through NYC winter slush. Weather is the cliched reason many of us east coasters would quote about why they love LA. And of course I love the weather. I mean lets be clear on this, I really really love the LA weather. Spending Sunday am reading the NY Times is so much better poolside, let me tell you.
But the reason I’m happiest about my move to the west coast is that living in LA brings me closer to the community of people I work with and admire. I love LA because its filled with people who are incredibly passionate about the same thing as me, making movies. And you can meet these people anywhere, even at the DMV. That’s the number one reason why. In no particular order some other reasons: Malibu, the Arclight Cinerama Dome, In n Out Burger, the Chateau Marmont, and Uber.
-Jonathan Fuhrman, Executive Vice-President, Business Affairs at Thunder Road Pictures, Twitter
Los Angeles feels like 20 cities pulled together. You can find a new experience or adventure in each neighborhood. They all have their own style and feel. I love making new friends in LA. Everyone you meet has their own unique story and version of Los Angeles and it’s fun to see it through their eyes. I learn something new every day.
I’m sure it’s a cliche, but it would be difficult to not say something about the weather. I grew up walking to school in the snow every winter. I will be teaching yoga in the park during the so-called LA winters. Plus, there are a lot of creative people in Los Angeles. It’s another thing you can take for granted after being here a while because you don’t always find that in other parts of America, especially the Midwest. I mean you could probably join a writers’ group, see a rock and roll band and catch a really funny comedy act all on the same night, and that night could be a Monday. We have a lot going on. Plus, we’re close to the beach. But don’t move here, cause there is no parking. Wink wink.
I moved to LA at 24 from my tiny little hometown in Louisiana. I immediately noticed everyone here was thinner, richer and better looking than I was, but I loved the energy and the excitement of being in Hollywood. I knew right away I had found my new home amongst both the up-and-comers and the on-their-way-back-downers.
LA is full of incredibly gifted actors, writers and filmmakers, and it’s inspiring to see that, even after well over a hundred years of being the industry hub, creative types still flock to this beautiful, frustrating city to try and make their dreams come true.
A lot has changed in the 17 years since I first set up shop here, but the fact remains LA is still the city to be in if you want to be seen. Everyone here is still thinner, richer and better looking than me, and now they’re younger too, but my therapist, my yoga teacher, my clairvoyant, my nutritionist, my life coach and I all agree it’s still a pretty magical place to call home.
– Dan Fountain, Producer, Geaux Films
I used to have a love-hate relationship with LA, but now it’s all love. Aside from the incredible hiking, beach, and culinary scene, LA is a place where you can reinvent yourself whenever you want, with no judgment. To me, LA represents endless possibilities.
– Jennifer Evans Gardner, Account Director, Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
I love LA for so many reasons. As a little girl, I would BEG my parents to move to Los Angeles. I knew that that was where ‘dreams came true.’ Marilyn Monroe (my idol growing up), the ocean and palm trees lived there and I knew it WASN’T -52 °. We visited on a family trip when I was 14, and I fell even more in love. The weather, the electricity in the air and inspiration beckoned. Once I was 19, I finally got the opportunity to move to LA and it immediately felt like home. For a lot of my newfound friends, there was a ‘getting used to’ phase. I’d hear a lot of ‘NY has this’ or it ‘doesn’t have a downtown’ or ‘I miss seasons.’ I couldn’t relate as I fell head over heels immediately! (And my response was always ‘Then move back!’ Lol.) I thought they were crazy. This town has everything you could possibly want and more!
The daily sunshine always puts a smile on my face and I, for one, love that the city is more spread out. There is so much at your fingertips! It is like those ‘ Build your own adventure’ books from the 80s, but instead it’s ‘Build your own city.’ You can go out and find which pockets of the city speak to you and make those your go-tos – rather than just one ‘hub’ of the city; it’s your own little puzzle to put together and create. I know it’s cliche to say this – but how many places can you go surfing in the morning and then head over to the mountains to snowboard in the same day? The many outdoor activities (I live right at Runyon Canyon), incredible restaurants, and never ending list of exciting things to do makes this my favorite place on earth. I will live here until the day I die.
– Mara Marini, Actress, NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, ABC’s Black-ish
I love Los Angeles for the weather, the people and the diversity. I love LA because I grew up here and it is familiar and unfamiliar all at the same time. There is always something to do and something new to discover. I also love that I can walk on the beach all year round.
As a freelance travel and food writer, Melissa's articles have been published on AAA World Magazine, Lonely Planet, Zagat Stories, Roadtrippers, Canadian Traveller, Business Insider, MoneyInc, Resident Magazine (NYC), JohnnyJet, World Footprints, and many more. Her favorite travel articles can be found on Darling Magazine. She also writes for local print magazines such as SoCal Life Magazine, Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine, Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, and LA Downtowner. Her love of adventure and learning were fueled while traveling around the world at age 20 on Semester at Sea. She received a Master's degree in Education, taught in England on a Fulbright scholarship, and has been an educator for over 20 years.
After growing up in Connecticut and a decade in Washington, DC, west coast living has won her over. Living in LA the last 13 years has brought Melissa so much joy - thus why LaLaScoop was born. A desire to cover and discover the Best of LA became a shared passion that expanded to numerous guest writers bringing the 'LaLaScoop. Besides teaching children on Zoom and writing during the pandemic, Melissa spends her free time gardening, baking, savoring the Malibu coastline, discovering new hikes, and taking DIY to a whole other level. Contact her at Melissa@lalascoop.com.
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