Meet Annie McQueen from Sheffield (via London) who moved to LA 6 years ago as a Singer/Songwriter
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Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
My partner TJ Ramini is an actor and was ready to take on Hollywood after doing various TV shows in England, and I thought 'why not'?
I'd done the live circuit gigging around London and was up for a change!
What one thing do you miss from home?
Public transport! I really miss not being able to jump on the tube to get around; being in the car all the time is a bit solitary, although I actually love driving in LA; much easier than London! You really get a feel for the people of a city if you use the public transport. For the first 2 years in LA I didn't drive, so I took the buses everywhere and observed some amazing characters along the way. It's also a good way of learning the map of the city.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
Space. Theres so much of it! When I first arrived here I couldn't believe how much space per person there was! I can literally walk 2 blocks in Santa Monica and not pass a sole, quite a difference to Oxford Street! When I first moved to LA I was a little overwhelmed with just how big everything is; I felt really small! (granted, I'm only 5 Feet 2 and 3/4 tall anyway!) The width of the streets, roads, size of buildings etc but now I'm so used to it, I really notice how small everything is back home. Well, quaint!
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I'm not sure this is considered as hidden, but its a bit of a gem; when having to take the 405 (North or South) during rush hour, consider taking Sepulveda instead. The amount of times I've whizzed up or down Sepulveda alongside a 405 chocked full of traffic without sitting bumper to bumper for an hour. It's a bit windy but still quicker than the alternative.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move
Save lots of money and do your research. Come and do a couple of reckies and find a really good immigration lawyer. Immerse yourself in reading about what you need to make the move; Visa's etc, and if you can come in and work in the industry of your choice. It's not easy! But do-able if you're organized and committed.
You can find out more about Annie and hear her music by clicking on the links below
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