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5 Things You Actually Need to Know When Moving to LA (from Utah)

Updated: Sep 4

Yes, I moved to Los Angeles during a pandemic. North Hollywood to be exact. From Herriman, Utah. That's in Salt Lake County for anyone unfamiliar with Herriman, which is all of you.


Los Angeles County Population: 10 million

Salt Lake County Population: 1.16 million


Why make this move? It had been in the works for a couple of years and it was time to go. I'm a voice actor and in this business if you wanna be in cartoons, you gotta be in LA. I've loved my audiobook/corporate video/eLearning career and it will continue to exist, but animation is calling my name. So, my husband, our two chihuahuas and I figured if we were going to be at home anyway, we may as well be somewhere with better food delivery.


We've been here a little over a month. So, after my first impressions, here are the things you REALLY need to know when moving to LA (from Utah):


THE SQUIRRELS DO NOT FEAR PEOPLE. My morning walks have become somewhat anxiety inducing. They run along the fences, jump from power line to power line, and are very vocal when expressing their feelings about you. Worst experience: While out walking the dogs I see pure horror on my husband's face. He's looking above my head. I turn to see a squirrel on the telephone pole, looking directly into my soul, screaming at me to run or be vanquished. We ran.


PULLING OUT ONTO ANY STREET REQUIRES PRAYER AND/OR MAGIC.

Parking is an issue, that's a surprise to no one. So cars inevitably line every street. This makes pulling out onto the road a death-defying activity. By the time you can actually see if anyone is coming, you're already in the road.


YELP REVIEWS ARE RELATIVE BASED ON LOCATION.

A 3-star LA Yelp review is a 4-star in Herriman, Utah.


THE LA FOOD DELIVERY 15.

Food appears at your door FAR too easily. COVID 15 + LA Food Delivery 15 = new pants.


THERMOSTAT SETTINGS ARE ALSO RELATIVE BASED ON LOCATION.

If you had told me to set my thermostat to 78 degrees in Utah, I would have thrown a beehive at you. I've confirmed with many of my Utah friends that they grew up with their thermostats set solidly at 68 degrees in the dead of summer. 78 would be unbearable! But in Southern California something magical happens... (that I'm sure can be explained by a scientist.) 78 is... somewhat comfortable? Now, I'll be honest, we're 76-degree people. Unless it's going to be 111 degrees (LIKE THIS COMING SUNDAY) and then we push it up to 78. But 76? Who am I?


Alright, that's all for now. Maybe I'll add more when I have a whole 3 months of LA living under my belt and I'm a real expert.

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