I find myself in a quandary and need some DP advice!Submitted by austinscott on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:00
I've always loved movies. My parents gave me a video camera for an early birthday, and ever since then I've been fascinated with the idea of playing out whatever scenario I could dream of and showing it to as many as I could. With all the fear embedded in the TV/film industry, I could be a positive voice in the mix, a truth warrior and a non-conformist. That's why, after high school, I declined a full academic scholarship to my favorite state university and moved across the country to LA to pursue that dream.
Now, almost 9 years later, I find myself in a difficult situation.
I love living here. I found my wife and made a home with her here. I have an amazing full-time job editing a TV show, with two more confirmed to come after, employing me for the year at this foreseeable point (which in this town is REALLY good to know). My wife is an actress, and a really damn good one. She hasn't hit it big yet but she will and its in her heart. We have a group of close friends that have taken a really long time to make. Besides all this the weather is fantastic.
On the other hand, the taxes here are out of this world. It seems like every single person LOVES Obama and its heresy to say anything bad about him. I'm "that Ron Paul guy". My paycheck gets raped every week, even though a lot of it's federal. I have a suspended driver's license because of a couple tickets that exploded so fast in price I couldn't handle them from the get-go AND the city seized my car and auctioned it. That was almost four years ago and I'm still paying it off. With all I've learned about a possible economic collapse, any number of "terrorist attacks", etc, this city is not the one to be in. If I prepare myself right, I could possibly weather out some crazy @$%. But then again, I live in an apartment in a low income area of town, no yard to plant vegetables in or anything like that, and people could get really crazy around here in a worst-case scenario.
I don't know what to do. I love it here but there are some downsides. A job is really good to have right now, but could another emerging film town need my talents? And how recession-proof is my industry really? It might be better to stick around here with people I know will give me a job if they have one. And... I can remain a positive, non-conforming truth warrior in a shallow sea of adherents to the elite world of self-admiration and nepotism.
Any fellow DPer advice would be welcomed!
PS I just started buying gold, I know, a little late but better late than never!