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Old 06-17-2018, 02:38 PM   #1
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Question Beginner screenwriters: LA or in NYC?

Hi everybody,

Which is the ideal place to start a career as a screenwriter: LA or NYC?

Putting job opportunities apart, which I assume should be many more in LA, which is the city that offers more "collateral opportunities"? Let me explain.

As far as I know, starting a career as a screenwriter is extremely difficult. In most cases, freelance writers (and filmmakers) have a first job to get to the end of the month, and they write or take part in minor projects in their free time. At the same time, one should be prepared to work unpaid or to find other jobs in the industry (for instance, working as production assistant) before getting "real" jobs as a writers/filmmakers.

Considering all these factors, which is the city that offers more collateral opportunities, such as networking, overall job offers, indie projects? And generally speaking, which is the best city to live in (overall cost of living, house rents, climate, salaries).

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Old 06-17-2018, 03:19 PM   #2
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I don't know much about what youre asking but i can tell you a couple things..

LA is a suburb and NYC is a huge city... one requires a car, the other youre better off with cab
LA has more living space and longer commutes.

Hopefully you can get your career as a screenwriter started before making a physical move.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:19 PM   #4
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I like indietalk's answer. The beauty of being a writer is that you can do it from anywhere! Outside of LA or NYC you'll likely find you have more time to write (LA and NYC are both expensive and keep you moving constantly) However, when it comes time to getting your work in front of people there is nothing better than getting to talk to someone face to face - or better yet, handing a script over to someone you've built a relationship with.
LA offers that opportunity to network with the industry professionals you work with - those relationships can be key. I can only speak to the LA side of things but I'd say if you are in a place where you have material that is ready to be put in front of studio executives than being in LA is a great place to be. Otherwise, for the next 6-12 months, save a lot of money and a lot of energy - stay where you are at and write, write and write - then make that jump with those pages in hand.

Side note: Getting a PA job is always a great way to meet people and learn a ton but don't discount looking into assistant/executive assistant positions - It can put you right next to the people you want reading your scripts.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for your answers, guys. It seems to me that sfoster and TheZoller have seen my point

As long as you're writing, you can do it everywhere. But you can't take part in on-site job interviews or meet other writers, filmmakers, and producers if you're sailing to the Hawaiian Islands
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Hi everybody,

Which is the ideal place to start a career as a screenwriter: LA or NYC?

Considering all these factors, which is the city that offers more collateral opportunities, such as networking, overall job offers, indie projects?
Los Angeles still has the most production company offices. It's where
the producers live and make deals. Living there is helpful. Overall cost
of living is about the same in both areas very high in the desired areas, l
ower in the outskirts. Climate is better in Los Angeles.

Someone making the decision to move to pursue screenwriting would
be wise to spend a few years in Los Angeles.

I, too, was surprised by those who didn't answer your question but
jumped directly into the standard platitudes. Of course you can write
anywhere starting a career as a screenwriter is the question you asked.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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Why were you surprised? You've been here long enough to know it's the norm.
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:02 AM   #9
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I don't live in LA. However if I was younger, not married, had no kids/family, I'd move to LA.

Entry level jobs in the industry are going to be local to the area there.

Since I'm not older, married with kids, moving there isn't an option so I'm going to have to write amazing "can't ignore them" type screenplays in order to break in.
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