This Memorial Day marks the five year anniversary of my relocation from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. To mark the occasion, I’ll be posting daily anecdotes of memories from my first few months as a wide eyed 22-year-old in Tinseltown.
For those who don’t know the story, I was plucked from a career in retail by my mentor and friend Mikey Glazer in 2006. Mikey and I initially began a correspondence after he discovered my college television show, “Gettin’ Later.” Two years later, I became the first person he hired before a face to face meeting.
Mikey was staffing up his casting department for the Telemundo version of “Deal or No Deal,” titled “Vas o No Vas.” I was working as a cashier at Best Buy and pondering my place in society. He told me the job was mine, and after contemplating whether or not I actually wanted to leave Pittsburgh, I took the job and drove cross-country with my friend Jeremy.
Some people thought it was great that I was perusing my aspirations. Others thought I was silly for leaving my home town. One coworker, in a moment I will never forget, told me that within a year I would be broke and back living at home with my mother. I had many doubts myself, but ultimately decided if I were ever to make the move I’d been talking about for years, the time was then.
And here I am five years later, still living in Los Angeles. Though still far from financial security, I can pay my bills while doing what I enjoy, I have a great life and great friends, and I can go to the beach anytime I damn well please.
So thanks to everyone I’ve met along the way during these five years. To the people I’ve bonded with over a beer, the women I’ve dated, my work colleagues, and everyone I’ve ever had a moment with. You’ve made my time here wonderful.
Also, thank you to my friends and family back home who have supported my decision to live across the country. Even though they’re always asking me when I’m moving back home, I know they’re happy for me.
Here’s to five more years!