After nearly 17 years in Los Angeles, I’ve decided to move to the Detroit area. I haven’t set a timeline in stone yet, but I’ll probably start driving cross-country with JJ towards the end of March.
I’ve been thinking about moving for a long time now – at least six months. The gears started turning in my head when I realized that I no longer had any television production aspirations. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television, and I’ve done very well. I’ve worked for some of the largest media companies in the world, on a couple of the most well-known shows on the air (and some others, too!).
Then I was laid off. Budgetary reasons. And what I’ve figured out is that I’m ready for something new. There’s a lot that I love about television, but plenty more that I’m just done with.
So it occurred to me: If I’m not pursuing television, do I need to stay in Los Angeles? It’s a big question, further muddied by the fact that I have no idea what I want to do next.
There are things I LOVE about Los Angeles that I will dearly miss, like the mountains and the climate, and being able to see amazing friends on a regular basis. I’ve also become extremely close with a branch of my family that I never knew all that well growing up.
But I’m ready for a change. A big change. Parts of my life have been on auto-pilot, and I need to shake things up. And this is a perfect time for something new.
Here I come, Michigan!
I grew up in Michigan, in a suburb outside Detroit. While my siblings and I all ended up in other states when we became adults, my parents are still there, living in the house I grew up in. And I have lots of friends in the Detroit area – friends from high school and college, and childhood friends I’ve known most or all of my life.
I love Michigan. I’ve visited once or twice a year since I’ve moved to California, and I love how I feel whenever I arrive, and I’m sad whenever I’ve had to leave.
My plan is to move in with my parents, in my childhood home. Once I get settled into a new job, I’ll start figuring out where I want to live. My folks are very excited to have me around again, and I think my dad might be most excited to have a dog in the house. He loves JJ, and asks about him all the time.
I’m excited to reconnect with my old friends, in a more meaningful way than a quick catch-up while I’m in town for the holidays. I’m excited to be closer to my parents. I’m excited to explore my old stomping grounds as an adult, and through the lens of an active, competitive athlete. I’m excited to eventually get in a house with a yard – something that I can’t afford in my current neighborhood.
Most of all, I’m excited to figure out my own next chapter. Career-wise, I’m very open-minded about what I could do next. My hope is to find something that will utilize my creative abilities, writing skills, and my aptitude for connecting with people, all while allowing me to continue caring for myself and doing the things that I love in my off-time, like training for and competing in races, drawing mazes, and of course, this blog. (If any of my Michigan friends reading this have any ideas or leads, reach out!)
As for Los Angeles, I’m thankful for everything this city has provided me. I’ve made huge strides as a person while living here, and I’ve enjoyed a fulfilling, fast-paced career that I’m very proud of. I will be leaving here with my head held high, and I look forward to visiting in the future.
Keep it up, David!
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