Thanks for the support guys
. Yup best thing I can do is just keep on keepin on. Just have to keep learning and get better at cinematography. There will be more opportunities. I'm only 27 and there's tons more time to be able to achieve all the things I set out to do. Most layout artists I know are in their 30s and 40s. Seems it's not something a newbie can convince others they can do anyways.
I got my contract extension the other day. I'll be signed on till about Sept 28th, my birthday haha. Although those dates are subject to change since this is all at will employment. One of my coworkers was let go far before their contract was over so I don't have too much faith in those dates. I feel a bit burnt out from this project so I'm hoping I get to do something different for the next.
Also I'll have to move out by May. My current roommate is moving out and I have to search for a place. None of my friends in the area are looking for roomies right now, well not near where I live anyways. It's going to be tough. In general, LA rent prices are going waaaay up. My apartment complex rent is going up 8% after this lease term. Yay for no rent control
. So, I'm looking into other areas more suitable for a single person. I don't want to live too far away from work; the farther it is, the exponentially longer the drive becomes...and unfortunately it narrows the choices down to either the really expensive places or the really ghetto places. And I'm not living in the ghetto places. Even though roommates make the most financial sense, I don't feel comfortable finding roommates off craigslist or anything. Too many bad experiences from friends that have done that.
So, my choices are either El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Playa Del Rey, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Culver City, Palms, maaaybe West LA. No way in hell I'm living in Inglewood. Yeah sure $500 a month rent is great till you get shanked in the back. Which pretty much guarantees me paying at the very least $1000 in rent. And for that I might get a shanty studio somewhere. I bring in $3900 a month after taxes...I can probably swing $1200 but that's about my upper limit.
I'm seriously considering cutting back on savings/investing goals. I'm putting away about $600 a month and it's not leaving me much wiggle room. I may actually have to just so I can deal with these new living expenses. Ugh dammit LA, why do you have to be so expensive...