We all have them….girl crushes. I know I have a few..ok ok maybe like a lot of crushes. I have a girl crush on Emma Stone, Zooey Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone, Kathleen Lights (the cutest youtuber out there!!) and the list goes on. Today I want to share with you my girl crush on my friend Pauline Ranjbar. I met her while working at Groupe Dynamite in the Fit & Spec department 3 years ago. We made an instant connection because we share the same work ethics and values. She’s always been a star. She’s hard working, tenacious and knows what she wants. She has goals, ambitions and definitely fights for them. She moved to LA to follow her dreams of becoming an actress and I believe that one day she will get to do everything she wants to do and more. You go girl!!
So here some questions I asked her about her experience so far in LA.
1- Why LA?
I have chosen LA for many reasons. I have always wanted to be in the United States and explore a whole new life here. I chose LA because I came here to pursue my dreams in the Entertainment industry, and what better place to be. Not only are there endless opportunities here, but the weather is unbeatable. I came here about 7 years ago for a visit and ever since then I dreamt of living here and made that dream a reality 3 years ago.
2-How does it feel to be in LA
LA is incredible, it has definitely been one of the most challenging journeys I’ve got myself into, but I do not feel an inch of regret coming here. It takes a lot of guts to leave your family and friends and start your life from the ground up, but it had to be done. It feels amazing to know that I have stood on my own two feet here. This town is not as glamorous as it appears on TV. It is fast pace, it is exhausting, you are consistently on the grind, you deal with a lot of fake and superficial people….but even with all that, I wouldn’t change anything about it. I have learned so much and grown immensely and that’s why it feels so amazing to be in LA. Every day is a new challenge…there is no such thing as a simple routine here…there is always something different going on.
3-what advice do you have for people wanting to move there:
The amount of messages I have gotten from people who have wanted to move is incredible. First thing I tell them is to do research because many think it’s easy to just pack and leave and don’t realize that you need your working papers to be in the US and it’s not that simple to get. I also tell people to really save their money and focus truly on their game plan and what they want to get out of this experience. This town is full of sharks so I always say, solidify your back bone, sharpen your tongue and get ready for the battle. You need to know how to protect yourself and be smart; once you have all that set up…you’re ready!
4-where to now and where do you see yourself in a few years?
Right now it’s pretty incredible to say that I have finally settled down comfortably after 3 years of hard work and struggles. I have my blueprint now that I can grow now. I have gone through hell and back in the last 3 years but now I look back and realize that many would have quit and went back home if they dealt with the things that I had to deal with. I am now so happy with where I am at, I have a full time job at the most prestigious private chartered jet company , I go to my auditions, I work on sets, I am modeling….but I’m not where I want to be yet.
Now the question of where do I see myself in a few years…well I cannot answer that question, because I don’t know where I will be. It’s just like the quote says ” the plans I make for myself, God laughs at”…so what I can say is this… in a few years from now, I want to be wiser, more knowledgeable, I want to be able to look back and say WOW I DID ALL THAT…I want to grow as a person and be exactly where I am meant to be.
I want to thank Pauline for her time and insight and wish her all the best! You should all go check out her instagram @paulineranjbar16 to follow along her adventure.
Follow your dreams peeps