Cat: Hollywood Stripped Bare
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Los Angeles, etc.
Hello there, I’m Cat! I’m a 20-something entertainment journalist living in Los Angeles. I was born and raised near Hamburg, Germany, but moved to California about seven years ago.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I was sick and tired of people asking me about my “glamorous” L.A. life. The media, movies and TV-shows perpetuate a stereotypical perception about L.A. that I want to break. In my posts I share sarcastic, yet truthful thoughts about life in and around Hollywood. But I have only just started blogging! Very exciting!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
- Top 10 LA Problems;
- You Juicin´? The Cold-Pressed Juice Bar Craze;
- The Unwritten Rules of LA Small Talk.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Los Angeles differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
There is a whole different culture in LA, no doubt about that. Being around classic LA people that work in the “industry” is an experience itself. I wouldn’t know how to sum it up in a few sentences, that’s why I started my blog. But I love the weather and opportunities to do something outside. Where I am from, the weather sucks most of the time.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Los Angeles? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Not at all! I had to learn little by little. But when I meet new people that just relocated to Los Angeles, I feel like an old wise guru ;) I would change nothing I experienced. It made me the person I am today.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
I run into hilarious experiences every day. I am German and most people in LA only have limited encounters with the German culture. I get judged based on stereotypes every day. For instance, people are shocked if they hear I don’t drink beer.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Los Angeles?
- Be open-minded. Los Angeles is a safe haven for creative heads and people that get judged in other places of the world. Don’t disturb the peace.
- Try to do something new, because in LA anything is possible. Meet awesome people, try new foods, explore places etc.
- Don’t underestimate how big LA is. In most cities you can easily hop from area to area with trains and busses, but LA doesn’t have a good public transport system. It is crowded and gets tons of traffic. If you live in Santa Monica, be prepared that you WILL spend most of your time there.
How is the expat community in Los Angeles? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It is a very friendly community. Only a few people here are actually locals, ‘cause most people moved from far away to live here.
How would you summarize your expat life in Los Angeles in a single, catchy sentence?
I wouldn’t trade anything for the experiences and memories I’ve had in LA. Best time of my life.