Moving to the US? What to expect? Tips?

Discussion in 'General' started by .GOD., Jan 27, 2014.

  1. I'm currently living in Australia, 20 y/o, working as a local news camera operator - awesome pay and hours and also have recently started a small video production company on my own.I grew up wanting to be in the film industry as long as i can remember.. I've got a long path ahead where I eventually want to be but working as a news camera guy is a far as I can go in my small town.Also - Unfortunately due to potentially losing my drivers license in a few weeks I won't be able to stay in this workplace ( camera guys drive journalists )So I've got an idea to just GO FOR IT.I've been thinking about this for a number of weeks and want some feedback from you guys.. I've never left Australia, have no idea what to expect in the US but am so passionate about film that I will do ANYTHING to get video related work.My plan is to get a working visa and stay in the states (mainly LA area) and try and find work based on my previous experience. I'm extremely driven and persistent when it comes to my job and what I do for a living - so I never settle for anything less then my maximum reach.Not having any sort of university degree hasn't deterred me in the slightest. In my current workplace, ALL have done 4 year video courses and average an age of about 30.. What does that say if I'm 20 - at their level anf have nothing?Money is NOT my goal. Yes. I am one of those lucky people who want to do what I'm passionate about for a living.I have a couple of grand saved for flights, food and to hopefully find some cheap accommodation for the first couple of weeks. Hopefully if I pick up some regular work ill find a cheap place to rent and potentially stay in the states forever!Any feedback AT ALL appreciated please!I'm obviously very nervous.I come from a very different place to what I assume the US would be like.. So any tips, help or questions for me would be amazing!Sent from my iPhone using Grasscity Forum
  2. Pack your shit and get your ass over here, lots of opportunity for the ambitiouse.
  3. That's exactly what I wanted to hear! Thank you.Any tips for accommodation? I'd prefer to rent if I could find something affordable. What's an average price you'd pay for rent on a studio for 1 person or something?Hell - I'd even consider buying.. I hear the markets decent there for investment right now.Sent from my iPhone using Grasscity Forum
  4. Prices of places are dependent on location and quality just like any other place on earth.
    Have you seen the movie "Worlds Fastest Indian." download it and watch it.
  5. If you plan on living in LA, you may want to make money one of your goals.
  6. LA's crazy dude. It's huge and smoggy and full of 90% beautiful people who also want to be in the film industry. If you're into that sort of environment then go for it. If you want a smaller place that's an up-and-coming film town, you might try Austin, TX. It's super liberal and artsy and home to SXSW Film Festival. Everyone from LA is moving there anyway. 
  7. with that kind of determination you can make it brotha, come out to LA and start grindin, the dedicated suceed out here
  8. Welcome to the US opp. Just watch out for crazy niggas and white people
  9. Vegas baby. Porn is moving there from LA due to condom laws. Green fields for a dude who can handle a camera.
    Oh yes and stay away from chicks that have dicks.
  11. Move to a conservative state. Assuming you want a job, low cost of living, and basic human rites

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  12. Big ups to everyone for all the feedback, super appreciated. I might start looking at Austin and some smaller conservative states for some options.. Honestly you guys have decided it for me. I've always found if I find something I really want and can commit everything an give it all, I come out on top.Sent from my iPhone using Grasscity Forum
  13. I live in a conservative state and I get none of those things :confused_2:
  14. You want to Avoid North Carolina right now.  Jobs are few and inbetween and smoke is hard to get.
    Just be careful this doesn't happen to you OP.
  16. Better pack some heat, stat.
    I joke (not really). I have a lot of advice for people who want to move to Australia, but not so much for those wanting to escape. I find it hard to believe anyone would want to leave this place. :smoke:
    I wish you the best of luck, man. Those with ambition make it the furthest, and in no place is that more idealized and realized than in America.
  17. Yeah I agree, I live near Asheville and even here where there is a bubble protecting us from conservative politics things are getting rough.
    There is good smoke in Asheville still, but that will never change, other than that the jobs outside of the minimum wage range are getting tougher to get. Education is also about to take a major blow in the fall as budget cuts and a new republican philosophy are saying that colleges with fewer options will be more productive. I, along with all my professors, strongly disagree with this. Our college education system was the last decent thing we had left here and the new republican government is trying to tear it down. So basically, NC is fucked, and the new state government has undermined almost all the progressive initiates NC has taken over the last two decades.
  18. I agree with you 100% on what you said.  I love living in this area (around Topsail Island) less then 5 miles from the ocean but its hell on getting work here and the government cant get their heads out of the butts and get anything done!!!
  19. Hahahahaha, safe to say if I experienced a load to the face I'd most likely run home crying to my mum xDWow.. so horrible to hear of a place like NC slowly falling apart like that with no way for anyone to help.Once again thanks everyone, the people on this forum continue to impress me with how helpful and friendly everyone is. I owe you all a bowl when I make it there! ;DOh by the way, just have to add (in case anyone was curious) what my dream is that I'll be working towards for the next 30 years.Working alongside the Workaholics tv show crew! (Assuming everyone knows the show)I honestly couldn't care how long it takes me to get there, nor if anyone thinks its a possibility or not.. One day I will work with my heroes!Thanks again guysPeaceSent from my iPhone using Grasscity Forum
  20. Murica is some good shit. Expect of ignorance, lack of common sense, and know it alls. Idk how la is, I went there when I was like 10. Besides that you seem set. Lots of people here don't know what the hell they wanna do. Or anything close

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