From Hollywood to New York City

Hello World! I’m Carly. I spent the first 33 years of my life “cutting my teeth” in Hollywood, California. After a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple in November 2007, I suddenly and quite unexpectedly knew, with every fiber of my being, that I needed to make a huge life change and move to New York City.  NYC is honestly never, EVER a city I thought I’d live in. I always thought that New York would “chew me up and spit me out” and that my laid back, California vibe would probably not mesh so well with the 24/7 hustle & bustle of loud & dirty, show no pity, New York City.

But during that short visit, New York spoke to me. LOUDLY. It said, “You must be HERE!” It was intoxicating. The skyscrapers, bright lights, yellow taxi cabs, crushes of people, the deafening pulse and non-stop electricity flowing through the streets – it got inside me. I was energized in a way that I hadn’t been in a long, long time. It was like, flipping on a light switch and turning up the volume full blast! I felt so ALIVE.

And I’d been feeling rather stagnant in Los Angeles. I’d sort of plateued in my LA career and I had been looking for the next big thing to sink my teeth into for some time. So, I returned to LA and spent months researching and making plans. I went to NY for one steamy hot July to catsit for a vacationing friend (and to make sure I could really hang and “wasn’t romanticizing everything”). After I got over my first day jitters, I immediately felt at home – and happy. Plans fell effortlessly into place, I secured an apartment, and on my 34th birthday (9/5/08), I made the big cross country move to Greenwich Village.

I’ve been living here in NYC for just over a year now and so much has happened in such a short time, it feels like my life in LA was a million years ago. In hindsight, I wish I’d started a blog right when I moved here. It would’ve been so great to have documented my first year here right from the get go. All the brand spanking new lessons and revelations, trials and tribulations. I arrived in the city, and hit the ground running, exploring all the little nooks and crannies of NYC, with so many still to discover. Each neighborhood truly has a different architectural flavor, food culture, ethnic diversity, art and music scene. Every day I chose different area to explore, on “photo missions” with my camera, to build my NYC photography portfolio and website from square one.

Being the perfectionist that I am, I’ve been contemplating how best to start this blog for the past 6 months. “But where do I start the story? I’m right in the middle of it! Do I start from the beginning and post the photography I’ve already shot? Or do I just start right now and focus on my most current work?!”  Ultimately, I’ve chosen to embrace a “JUST DO IT!” and “no time like the present!” attitude, so I will start TODAY. I will start where I’m at, in the present moment, as I enter into my second year in NYC, and I will figure out how to fill in the blanks as I go along. This perfect moment I’ve been waiting for, does not exist. It’s become more important to me to do it, and officially set the creative process in motion, than for it to be perfect. So, let the experiment begin!



Filed under Art, Dreams, Hollywood, New York City, Photography, Travel

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