I'm moving to Los Angeles, California to continue pursuing my career in music. Since I've made the decision, I've learned that the phrase "I'm moving to L.A." triggers a lot of people to spout their opinions on the matter (almost involuntarily). The decision is my own and I'm super happy with it. So I'll share my thought process and clarify for you. Maybe it will help someone making a hard decision right now.
I went to LA for the first time to record an EP with my college best friend, Devon Geyer. The musical chemistry was something I had almost forgotten about and it was invigorating to be around that kind of energy again. It prompted me to reexamine the situation despite being previously daunted by how far away and expensive it is. Being there, I realized that I know people who not only live there but do really well. Still, I was gonna move to Nashville, it made more sense on paper.
Something kept nagging at me though. Is there a premium to be in a city that is one of the two entertainment capitals of the U.S.? Yes, but why does it exist? Surely I won't be making Detroit money and paying LA prices. On my second visit to finish the album, my Uncle B died and I gained some clarity.
The peanut gallery of "cool" thinks that it's lame to want to be well-known for anything. They say "you just wanna be famous" or that you're selling out. Your dream life has to happen upon you then you're so lucky! It's really subtle and if you're not careful, it will seep into your subconscious. It had seeped into mine but when I really thought about it: why have I spent all this money, time, security, and strain on my relationships if I didn't want to play music for as many people as possible? Confidence and ambition frighten people when it exceeds their parameters. Then again, the peanut gallery of cool also thinks it's stupid to tell someone when you like them, text them when you're thinking about them, or let them know they hurt your feelings. Their opinions are just that: opinions.
With this new found clarity (honesty, really) and the gallery on mute, I realized the best place to achieve my dream was LA or New York. I've got a lot of close relationships in Los Angeles and that kind of support is important being so far from home. Nashville is a great town and I'm sure I'd be happy there but why not go big? The worst thing that could happen is you go home. So Los Angeles it is.
Anyhow, there are ten million ways to succeed in music and this just happens to be my chosen method. It makes me happy (which is the real goal) and perhaps the industry will chew me up, spit me out, and everyone will laugh in my face for trying....but I doubt it. I've got too many people who believe in me and helped me get this far that I can't stop now.
Los Angeles, I'm yours.