Pursuing your dream job is a scary prospect. We often comfort ourselves by prescribing conventions to the process. New York is for theatre, San Francisco is for tech startups, and Los Angeles is for movies. However, when it comes to your dream job, you don’t have to share your location with others doing the same thing.
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Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin discusses how he couldn’t make it in New York, so he moved:
When I was in New York and I couldn’t support myself doing exactly what I wanted to do, I moved. I went somewhere where I could squat till I could figure out how to make what I wanted to make. So that always came first. So I just think prioritising. If you have to do something you don’t want to do all day long, you won’t have the emotional energy to create stuff.
If you’re looking for your dream job, don’t assume it’s necessarily where other professionals in the field congregate. Go where you will have the most time to be the most creative, and then when you’re successful you can move where everyone else goes — if you still want to.