If you're not familiar with Fountain Avenue...
Above is a map of most of Hollywood. Santa Monica, Sunset, and Hollywood Boulevards are the major east-west thoroughfares to get from one end of the city to the other. When those three are choked red with traffic, Fountain is usually green(ish). It was true in Bette Davis's day, and it remains true today.
I'm Carrie Wiita. I'm finally a working actor, but it took a lot of work to get here. Since I've been in Los Angeles, I have worked as a barista, a restaurant hostess, a retail cashier, a pig-and-goat wrangler at the Del Mar County Fair, a marketer, an office assistant, a data-entry clerk, a database coordinator, and a content-creator/writer for an internet start-up. I haven't gone broke yet, though I've come perilously close (had to move back in with my parents...twice). I am also the proud mama of Chance, a Catahoula Leopard Dog-mix I was lucky enough to adopt from the West Coast Animal Rescue at the Best Friends/NKLA Adoption Event in 2014. He's just the most wonderful little man.
About Taking Fountain
If you're anything like me, you moved here because you had big dreams. You never envisioned yourself with a cookie-cutter life and a 9-to-5 job, and Los Angeles is the place you go to make your dreams reality. So you overcame your fear of failure and decided to make a life following your passion, whether that's acting or music or writing or producing or fashion or any of the other myriad reasons people find their way to the City of Angels.
Los Angeles, however, can be a brutal dream-crushing monster, and we've all felt that panic when things aren't going very well--"Maybe I should have just gone into accounting. Or medicine. I could still go back to school, I guess?"
But the truth is, you already made it. You're here. At least you won't regret never having tried. It's time to stop comparing your life with what you thought "making it" would look like, and start making your life everything you want it to be right now. On any budget, in any neighborhood, no matter what you thought you wanted yesterday, and no matter what your Starmeter says today.
I'm right there with you. Every day, I try to balance “making a living” with “making a life." I'm finally a working actor, but it took awhile, and there are still things I want to achieve. Taking Fountain is my reaction to the way this town can make us feel like no matter how hard we work or how much success we see, we're always on the outside of something better. There's so much judgment here that sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters--it's all about what you want for your life. If having a Pinterest-worthy pad is the only thing that will make you happy, then good for you. But if it's not? STOP LETTING APARTMENT THERAPY MAKE YOU FEEL BAD THAT YOU HAVEN'T BOUGHT FURNITURE SINCE COLLEGE. It's not worth it.
You can totally love Apartment Therapy without living that aesthetic--I do! I make my bed maybe once a week. Why? Because there are so many other things I'd rather be doing than worrying about what my bedroom looks like. But when I want to make my bed, I'm super-glad Apartment Therapy exists to give me some ideas on how to arrange my eight pillows. They did not teach me that at UCLA.
This goes for all aspects of life in LA. Your career, your relationship status, your "look," your hobbies--all of these things can and should be feeding your happiness, not stressing you out because you're afraid of what other people think.
My wish is that, if this blog does ONE thing, it reminds you that you're doing an awesome thing by pursuing your dreams, and I hope you take the time, now and again (maybe when you're stuck in traffic?), to appreciate this wild and wonderful moment in your life.
Thanks for stopping by Taking Fountain! We hope you stick around.