Meet Ray Trickitt from London, who moved to LA Four years ago to pursue his acting career.
Photo by Cécile Delepière

Was there a particular reason you chose LA? 
I always wanted to come to the states, either NYC or LA, and LA seems to be where the majority of work, opportunity is, although now, it seems there’s a lot of opportunities for work in the industry in other cities too, it's an industry town, and  i wanted to check it out.

What do you miss most from home? 
From home, friends you could say really, country pubs , getting about easily around town, no car needed. Seasons! Don’t get me wrong,  I do like the sun!

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
Well, when you first arrive , its all new , exciting and you're finding your way, but it's a whole different thing when you move out here, and commit, its not for everyone , and the only way to see ,of course is to live here, and see how the system operates, the workings of LA, and if its for you.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? 
I would say getting about, everyone says this, but its true, the Car is king ,in London  you can get around really easy using  public transport , also you find yourself walking more, with other people doing the same, yes it smaller and seems more hectic, but getting around town you don’t really need a car, here you can find yourself cut off from people, I find when you spend the majority of time in a car, and yes everything is spread out, but people are more positive I find here, and it you have a passion for something an idea , people are interested, it seemed harder back home, it is the land of anything is possible!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
It's not really a hidden gem, but I really like going up to the Griffith Observatory, it's a wonderful building, wonderful views over LA, and of course , parts of the classic Rebel without a cause, were filmed in and around the building, and also along the Pacific coast Highway a little past Malibu right on near the beach there’s a place called "Neptune's Net", great seafood , you can usually see a large number of motorbikes turning up there, at the weekend!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
If its what you want to do. Go for it!  but keep in mind, check things out first, research as much as possible, and be prepared for the long haul, if you decide to take the plunge, it can be tough coming to a new place and starting fresh, finding friends, i think it takes a good year or two even to settle in, and finding a good support network of friends is really important, but hey there are some wonderful places here in California, to check out  and explore, and opportunities to be had, after all thats why we come here!

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given? 
Well, apart from getting the basics sorted working visa’s, etc, bring a large stash of money here, you're going to need it! it soon disappears!  survival money ! it's not easy here , but you have to be tough! And persevere,  and follow your desires, or you will never know.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? 


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