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ADVICE NEEDED—especially from professionals and residents in the New York City and Los Angeles areas!
In a few months I’ll be moving to either LA or NYC for work. Long story short, I’m looking to see which city you believe I would “thrive” best in, so to speak.
Here are some things to take into consideration:
PROS FOR NYC:
Getting rid of the expense and liability of my car would be a relief I’ve never experienced before. The city is compact and exceptionally easy and inexpensive to navigate. Professionally, I feel the quality of models is better there than in LA. NYC also has more agencies—and more importantly, bigger magazines; magazines with connections to eventually working and living in the EU. Europe is only a 6 hr flight, as opposed to 12-14 from LA.
CONS AGAINST NYC:
The cost of living. I’d also prefer a much more eclectic and wider range of locations to shoot (for the most part, no matter where you shoot in NY, it’s just going to look like, well… NY). The city is constant noise pollution and filth. It doesn’t feel as “fresh” to me as it does to a lot of people who tend to over-romanticize it (regardless of how much you love it, NYC is no longer Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”).
PROS FOR LA:
The cost of living is much lower than NYC. LA’s landscape is so aesthetically versatile you could shoot a hundred different locations and never look like you were in the same city; you could easily pull off everything from barren desert, to woodsy Canada, to FL beaches, to big city high-rises, to one-story Mexican bodegas, etc. As I said, professionally I think the models in NY would fit my style better but on a personal level I love the look of the California girl more. Geographically, there’s also the possibility of working with the Asian market from there.
CONS AGAINST LA:
It’s fucking huge. No realistic chance of completely ridding myself of a car. The traffic is horrendous. Nowhere near as many big magazines in LA; their offices are all in NY. Any chance of working out of Europe is going to come from NY, and not from LA. LA is also quite noisy & far too filthy in too many parts.
A few other considerations I’ve had:
NYC: I can live outside NY, (say within an hour or two of the city, in north New Jersey for instance) for 1/2-1/3 of the cost of a NYC city address and have two to three times the amount of living & studio space—but then there would be no hope of getting rid of the car again…
LA: I could also live an hour or more outside LA for the exact same reasons; yet with the exact same problems…
SOOOO….friends and colleagues, let me hear your thoughts! You know me, you know my likes & dislikes now, and you know my work—I’d like to know your honest opinions for which you think is best and why. Thanks in advance!
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Had the pleasure of working with the gorgeous 5’9” ten year-old, Lexie Tapper of NY Models and Next Miami & Benz Models Tampa last month; absolutely fantastic face. I wouldn’t normally point out age but I think her look is remarkable in spite of it.
Best of luck to Lexie in her up & coming modeling career. :)