What It's Like Living in LA as a Recent Graduate


Take a deep breath and empty your mind.Release whatever ideas you have,and begin again with a clean slate.The purpose of this exercise is not to get you to achieve a state of Zen-like bliss (although that's not a bad side effect),but to help you abandon all your preconceived ideas of what Los Angeles is all about.We caught up with recent grad Cindy Tang to learn what the city of angels has to offer—and some of it is probably not what you expect.


应届毕业生:Cindy Tang

College/major/graduation date:Occidental College/Film and Media Studies/2009

Current gig:Edelman活动家高级客户执行官和社会策略师

What brought you to LA?

I was actually born and raised in Los Angeles county,and then moved into the city proper at 17 for college.I worked in the entertainment industry for a couple years after graduation before my pursuit of a career in social media brought me to San Francisco.在一个周期性的近期事件中,an opportunity in the social media field has lured me back.

What do you think the pros and cons are of living in this city?


从人到食物到生活方式的多样性。This is a city where in one night,you can stuff your face with Korean BBQ so authentic that English menus are nonexistent,在DTLA历史上第一座发电厂里喝一杯豪华鸡尾酒,and then watch a $5 comedy show where Aziz Ansari jumps on stage to try out new material.当然天气也不错。Los Angeles is a spectrum of options.People who hate LA aren't doing it right.

la after the rain


显而易见。洛杉矶不像纽约和旧金山那么贵,but it ain't cheap.你遇到的每一个陌生人都是一个有抱负的演员/模特/音乐家/作家/喜剧演员。Public transportation is a festering black hole of frustration.Traffic is only marginally better,但是,嘿,把开车当作一种追赶连续剧情节的方法。


  • Live in the neighborhood where you work and cultivate a life there.我喜欢鹰岩和洛斯费利兹,但在地狱里我不可能生活在东边,而工作的奇迹英里。
  • You need a car.有了那辆车,you need to download the Waze app.
  • Get rid of all preconceived notions about Los Angeles.If you come here with Hollywood on your mind,你会非常失望的。
  • Open your mind,open your mouth (seriously,there's some mind-blowing food in this city),随波逐流。

korean barbecue

All photos courtesy of Cindy Tang



  1. Erika Reid

    I am going to move to LA soon and I am so excited.I am not going to become an actress instead I found a job in a local magazine,so I am going to be a journalist and a writer.非常感谢这篇有趣的文章!我希望我能找到我的路!