Here are some super helpful links that I use all the time.
Finding an apartment
Finding a place to crash
Airbnb - Highly recommended. Cool way to meet people when you're new, and it's much cheaper than hotels.
Finding normal(ish) people
Dealing with traffic
Google Maps - I'm an Apple girl all the way, but let's face it, their map app isn't the best.
Podcasts - If you're going to be stuck for awhile, listen to something entertaining. It helps the time go by faster. Here's a fucking fantastic one to get you started! #humble
Getting around LA
Lyft - Do people still use taxis? Lyft is great because there is almost always a code for a free ride floating around. Do a search on Facebook for free codes before you use the app. First ride is free up to $25.
Sidecar - Love Sidecar because you get to pick the car you want based on what's nearby, AND it tells you how much the ride will cost up front.
Film Industry goodies
Deadline - If you want to work in the industry, you should stay up on the latest news.
Hollywood Reporter - Another industry news option that I use.
The Wrap - Yet another news option. I don't use this, but the whole world does and I should jump on that band wagon.
IMDb - I have a PRO account so I can access more crew information. I use this when trying to find jobs and contacts.
Production Alert - This is my favorite production listings but if you're not in a union, it's expensive. Try it out for a small time frame.
Production Weekly - Similar to Production Alert.
Film & TV Pro - Networking site for industry professionals.
JHRTS - Networking society for anyone who has an assistant level job in the entertainment industry.
Staff Me Up - Great job search tool for the film industry. Find job openings by location. It's mostly Reality TV jobs, FYI.
Art Directors Guild - This is the union I'm in. Great resource for all things Production Design.
Cinematographers Guild - If you want to be a DP, check out this union.
Directors Guild of America - Calling all Directors. This is your union.
Writers Guild of America, West - I think this is, like, for Writers? You can also copyright scripts through this site.
Local 44 - Union for Props, Set Decorators, Greens, and Special Effects.
Local 80 - Union for Grips, Craft Service (FOOD!), and Medics.
Teamsters - Union for Transportation.
Jack Canfield - You may not know him by name, but he created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This man is a genius. He wrote another book that I am obsessed with called The Success Principles. I read it when I moved to LA, and it has shaped my career. I highly suggest you check out the book.
Lewis Howes - I listen to his podcast every week. It's really inspiring, especially for people in LA who are struggling to make their dreams come true.
James Malinchak - James was one of the millionaires on ABC's Secret Millionaire and is incredibly smart when it comes to business. If you have any interest in marketing, starting your own business, or even writing a book, check out James' Big Money Speaker Bootcamps here in LA. I go to every single one of them (3 a year) because my brain can't handle how much I learn in just one event.
Erica's favorite spots
I only recommend spots that I go to all the time, or that my friends highly recommend. None of this is random! Click the map below to check out some of my favorite spots around Los Angeles.