Name: Jenna Loomer
Hometown: Chantilly, VA
College: North Carolina State University
When did you move to LA? A week after I graduated college-- May, 2009
What made you want to move to LA? I knew that I wanted to work in entertainment to some degree, but wasn't entirely sure where I would fit best. I had two degrees in broadcast communication and journalism-- and truly had zero idea what to do next. At the time I didn't have much holding me down to either VA or North Carolina, so I figured why not at least give Los Angeles a shot. I figured if I loved it, awesome. If not, I could always come back. My hometown wasn't going anywhere....
What was the most challenging part of the move to LA? have an amazing set of friends back east. In both VA and NC I have at least ten girls that I could call at any given time to do something. Moving to a new town where you don't know anyone can be hard. I would be lying if I said I didn't think about moving back within the first month-- more than once. It's all about perspective though. I felt the saddest when I would sit at home and over analyze everything that was going on back east. Once I started putting myself out there and introducing myself to new groups of people, making friends obviously came a lot easier. Force yourself to get over that first hurdle-- 90% of LA is made up of transplants, everyone is always looking for new friends!
How did your job hunt go down? I had an internship waiting for me when I first moved to LA-- but it was unpaid, so- didn't exactly help with the rent. In order to make immediate money I rode my beach cruiser down Hollywood Blvd and applied at every restaurant I could. I ended up getting a position as the special events manager at Eva Longoria's restaurant, Beso. I loved that job, but knew I wasn't really fulfilling my goal there, so as I had that income I continued to apply to other jobs on the side. My grandfather told me, "never to leave a job without having one to immediately replace it," so I took that advice pretty literally. After about 3 months of applying I got my first position at E! Entertainment Television as an executive assistant to the EVP. Ever since then I've continued to climb the ladder and am now the Senior Interactive Producer of E! Online and The Fabulist. Honestly? After 6 years, I still couldn't be happier here.
What area are you living in? My first apartment was right off of Hollywood Blvd. It was nice and I loved every part of it, but I needed get off of the blvd. It was a tad seedy and every time my Dad came to visit he was convinced I was being stalked by homeless people. (I wasn't.) Since then I moved up into the Hollywood Hills. I open up my window, realize I'm looking at the Hollywood sign, and it is all still pretty surreal. I personally love the Hollywood area. Mostly because this is where I still go out at night. Within the next three years though I could see my boyfriend and I moving to Hermosa Beach-- but for now, my heart is still in Hollywood.
What's your favorite thing about Los Angeles? In a word, everything. I go home and I realize that I miss this city within hours. The weather, the people, the culture, there is so much that you can take in at any given time that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to do everything that I want to do there-- but damnit I'm going to try.
Tell me your favorite 3 spots to recommend to new Angelenos
- Beachwood Cafe. It is the perfect spot for breakfast. I go there at least once a week with just myself and a book after I hike Beachwood Canyon. It is everything that Old "Hollywoodand" was founded off of.
- Core Power. It's such an LA thing to say, but I recently took up hot yoga and I'm totally obsessed with it. It's a great way to meet new people while still being healthy! Not to mention, it is right next to Hollywood and Highland for quick shopping sprees.
-Hermosa Pier. I try to go to the beach at least once a week. The peir is filled with fun bars and people no matter what time of day. Chances are, you will meet someone and become a part of a volleyball game within 20 minutes. Hands down one of the friendliest places in Los Angeles.
Any advice you would give to someone who is planning to make the move to LA? If there is something in your soul that is telling you to move, you can not silence that. You will forever regret it. Don't think, just do. Your heart will think you later.
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