Venice Beach June 2017

There and Back Again: a Writer’s Tale

Karen Venice Beach June 2017
Karen Venice Beach June 2017

Last spring, immediately upon graduating from my MFA Program, I hopped in the car and drove from my home in New York City to Los Angeles. My plan was to submerge myself in the world of entertainment and look for any kind of work in the industry, hoping to form alliances and make contacts that would lead to a staff writer job in TV Drama.

My real hope was that I would find enough success that my family of hardcore New Yorkers would pull up their deep roots and join me there. The fallback plan was that if it didn’t work, I’d come back to New York and keep working on my career from this end. Since you can tell from the title of the piece that I am back in New York, you already know the ending of the story. However, there’s a lot more to tell about the middle. In fact, I think I might be writing about this trip for a long time to come.

Dylan, Bobby and Jess at a restaurant
Jessica’s 21st Birthday

At first glance, the trip would appear to have been a failure, but it was far from it. In the next series of articles, I will write about my experiences there from several perspectives. First and foremost, I want to write about the realities of being fifty-something with a whole lot to give and not finding anyone who’s interested because they can’t see past your age. Secondly, being married for twenty-two years to a wonderful man and mom to two now-grown children, this was the first time I was on my own in the world. Sure, I had their support and probably couldn’t have managed the trip without it, but having three to four months of independence from family living was fantastic. I feel guilty even writing that sentence, but it’s true. Of course, I missed them, but I’d recommend the trial separation to anyone who has been married a long time if only to appreciate what you have.

Third, I will write about the reunion with old friends that I enjoyed in L.A. and how wonderful it was to see people I hadn’t seen for a quarter-century and find that the connections that made us friends still existed. I’ll speak of my unexpected love of the city of Los Angeles and the kindness of people who reached out to me after hearing my story of chasing my dreams. I’ve lost count of how many articles that makes, but there is another topic I want to address that may not seem to fit in with the overall topic of the blog but has become very important to me, nonetheless: minimalism.  And I haven’t even broached the topic of career!

I hope you’ll join me for the upcoming L.A. series, and I look forward to hearing your comments on life changes and anything else you’d like to communicate. Keep writing. 🙂

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karenlovestv

I'm a recent graduate with an MFA in Writing and Producing Television. I'm also a mom with two kids and a hubby, a feminist and equal rights advocate. Lately, I've been obsessed with minimalism and I'm addicted to self-improvement

5 thoughts on “There and Back Again: a Writer’s Tale”

  1. Wow, Karen! It sounds like quite the adventure!

    I’ve been working in NYC again this year and still writing. Maybe we can have a coffee at some point. The mid-career thing is really something, huh?

    José

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  2. Hi, Karen — I also am finishing my MFA in my mid-50s. I am disheartened to hear you weren’t able to crack through the ageism. Being an excellent writer and an asset to a team should not be seen as a skill set peculiar to those 35 and under. KEEP WRITING!

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