It seems like only yesterday that I boarded a plane at LaGuardia Airport in NYC holding a stack of letters written to me by some of my best friends, having had my three best friends drive me to the airport and watch me as I made my way through the security line. But it was FOUR years ago. That’s a high school or undergraduate college career. If my time in Los Angeles were a child, it’d be slightly older than a toddler.
And much like senior year, or the point when you figure out how to walk, it seems like a bunch of change has been crammed into the past year.
- I joined a writing group with my writing partner and we wrote three solid scripts together
- I went from being a solo writer, to half of a writing team, to a solo writer again. Still in the writing group.
- I informed my family and friends that I’m in a same-sex relationship with a trans woman. Confirmed that my family and friends are super-cool.
- I’ve made more use of L.A’s vast networking opportunities, and have met more people with whom I can collaborate and/or I can receive mentorship
- The Incredible Girl ride is still going, but has gone through many changes
- I’ve been given the opportunity to write my first TV movie
- I’m currently employed in my first full-time staff writer position
- Dat Chevy commercial, though
- Because of the above two things, for the first time, I’m not drowning financially
- Because of the above thing, I was able to go home to visit this summer under my own steam and being able to afford my own place to stay without needing to crash on a million couches
- I FINALLY HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE AGAIN
It’s been an amazing year – one during which I’ve continually moved forward with minimal setbacks. And while I haven’t yet completed my Top 50 Things to Do in L.A. list (I’ve done 7, 8, 48, tried to do 13 but it was closed down, and I’ll be doing 50 this weekend), I know that I’m invested in this city enough now that I’ll have plenty of time to do the rest in the year(s) to come.
Thanks for being a crazy enough city for me to live in L.A. 🙂 Never change.
(Actually, there are some changes I’d love to recommend if you’ve got a sec.)