I kid you not. This Hollywood industry ad truly is "standard":
Probably decent pay of $600-$650/wk with standard hours til about 7:30 PM or so.
Going rent for a questionably safe area One Bedroom in Los Angeles? $1600.
Does the above job come with medical benefits? No sirree.
So let's think about this...$2400-$2600 a month. With taxes out, let's average everything and say you take home $1800.
But your low-estimate monthly expenses are:
car insurance: $200
medical insurance: $300
cell phone: $60
Job related networking, classes, books, parking, PR, gifts, lunches: $500
credit cards: $900
See the problem?
Approximately $4500 with no frills or cushion and living in a mediocre-bad apartment in a mediocre-bad area of town. No vacations, concerts, massages, haircuts, pedicures, clothes, no paid parking space at home...but worse, working in a job from 9-7:30 that would leave me no time for outside networking or creativity.
Yikes. I mean, basic survival in LA is overwhelming and not maintainable for years for me, and doesn't leave room to really advance my career.
If I get two roommates in NoHo, I might be able to pay $700 a month for rent and split water/cable. So if we call basic living expenses $750...I can get monthly expenses to start more in the $2700 range. Without a cushion for car repairs, classes I have to take, the trips up to NoCal to edit, screenwriting contests to enter, the film festivals to enter and hopefully attend...I'd still be going $900 more into debt every month.
Yup. Looks like I need roommates or a 400 square foot studio with a hotpad and better credit.
Happy B-day Lis! This year you're turning 22. Again.
Ah, the glamour of pursuing your dreams. Jealous?