College: Ohio University
When did you move to LA?
I moved to Los Angeles in January 2014.
What made you want to move to LA?
I was living in New York at the time and remember leaving a job interview feeling like something was missing. I had always wanted to move to LA and was afraid that if I took a job there I might never go.
My boss at the time told me, “You’re going to be poor in the beginning—you can’t be poor and miserable. You owe it to yourself to live in a place that exceeds all of your expectations.”
It was great advice that I’ve taken with me ever since.
What was the most challenging part of the move to LA?
I originally flew out to LA with a one-way ticket and carry-on. I thought I was just visiting for some interviews and ended up never leaving. I didn’t have a car, apartment or much savings. I think the biggest challenge was creating this whole new life with my friends and family on the other side of the country.
Now that I’m settled, I’d say the biggest challenge is finding a parking spot on South Beverly during lunch.
How did your job hunt go down?
I am currently an executive assistant to the president of United Entertainment Group, a DJE company. We are a joint venture with United Talent Agency and Edelman that specializes in entertainment marketing.
I flew out for two interviews. I knew no one would take me seriously unless they thought I was living here, so I made up a fake address on my resume and went for it. During the interview with my now-boss, we totally hit it off and he hired me on the spot. My job search only took a few weeks, but I also completed two post-grad internships which helped a lot.
What area are you living in?
I live in West Hollywood near Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. I couldn’t love my location more! It’s the center of everything—work, restaurants, friends, shopping, etc. I lived in Los Feliz for a few months when I first moved out here. It was too far of a work commute, but I highly recommend subletting before you sign a lease. LA is a sprawling suburb and each city is unique and awesome in it’s own way. If you find yourself driving to one area every weekend, that’s probably where you should be.
What's your favorite thing about Los Angeles?
I love that I live in a place where people travel from all over the world to enjoy what I have in my backyard. I can ride bikes along the beach one day and find myself at a great concert the next. There isn’t much LA doesn’t have—aside from snow and Wal-Mart. And lets be honest, who really needs either?
Casey's favorite LA spots:
- Fonuts — This place has the best donuts in LA. The donuts are baked instead of fried and made fresh daily.
- Dry Bar—I discovered the magic that is Dry Bar while living in NYC and never looked back. Basically, people do your hair while they feed you drinks and play rom-coms. Need I say more?
- Sugarfish— If you’re a big on sushi, you have to try Sugarfish. The only down side is that they don’t take reservations, so avoid going during a dinner rush.
- Blue Jam Café — A great brunch spot with an endless list of coffees and teas. They are known for the Eggs Benedict and French Toast
- Nine Zero One Salon—A new city usually means a new hair stylist. If you’re looking for the perfect highlights, look no further. Request my girl, Morgan Parks. She’s amaze!
Any advice you would give to someone who is planning to make the move to LA?
Definitely pack more than a carry-on … you never know what could happen :)
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