Last year i read somewhere – it’s better to be on the bottom of a ladder you want to climb rather than at the top of a ladder you don’t want to climb. That really resonated with me. Sometimes I feel the pressure of maybe having a 9 to 5 or to run my consulting practice with an actual office. As that’s what all adults of a certain age do. However in my heart i want to be jumping on air planes running towards the next adventure and making art as actor, artist, creative – on and off camera. The one thing last year has taught me is the importance of freedom and to follow my artistic pursuits. And how important it is to feel creatively fulfilled.
This year I am committing to travel more from here on onwards, whether i take little trips or go across the world. Literally everyday i visit cheapoair.com (no this is not a sponsored post) to check deals to Barcelona, LA, Rome, Paris.
I recently visited LA, a city I love dearly. Every time i go there i realize all the things i haven’t done. There’s so much to do in LA, it feels like a different universe of it’s own. So this time i went there with a mission to spend time getting inspired and parts of the city i haven’t been to before.
I stayed in Korea Town off of Wilshire and Vermont, right by the train line. Honestly til now i didn’t know there was even a subway system in LA. So i ubered and trained around the city, even all the way to Pasadena and Santa Monica.
1 – LACMA
I spent the day at LACMA. Starting the morning off with a little shoot. And if you’re wondering where’s a good spot to take a shot, this is it right here by the giant rock and the beautiful palm trees and blue skies. Oh how i miss you LaLaland!
During my visit, the Pablo Picassio and Diego Rivera exhibit was on. I honestly love going to museums and art galleries by myself and quietly taking everything in.
LACMA also offers great cafe options with hard to resist pastries. As you will get to know me, you’ll discover my love for croissants and almond milk lattes. That afternoon i treated myself to a nutella croissant, oh yes!
2- VENICE BEACH
You have to experience walking down Venice Beach. Yes Venice, Italy is also on my list. There’s so much to see and experience on Venice Beach. Whether you’re in the market to get a tat, or some souvenirs, you can also rent a bike for as low as $15 for the day and bike down to Santa Monica.
3- SANTA MONICA PIER
Chances are no matter what part of the world you are from, whether in music videos, magazine editorials or commercials you have witness the Santa Monica Pier and the ferris wheel. It’s an iconic scene. It’s even more beautiful at sunset as the lights turn on and you get to witness the rainbow coloured sunset skies of Hollywood.
4- Yoga Class
You’re on the westcoast my friend aka the best coast. So it is almost a rite of passage to get your downward dog on. Chances are you may find find a yoga studio on every block. And i’m not even kidding. That was the case for me when i was staying in Korea Town.
So far i have only explored Yoga Works in Larchmont when i was shooting a film there. I loved the classes, teachers and the studio (very high cielings and lots of natural light). That’s also where i was introduced to the Spiritual Gangster line. I bought myself a men’s tank with the sign Spiritual Gangster!
You have to experience driving down PCH towards Malibu. Nothing like feeling wind in your head, sun on your face and that gorgeous ocean view. All your worries can melt away. All you gotta do is rent a car and you’re set, maybe pack a picnic!