First, I need to say a word about L.A. L.A. is filled with actors. Or I should say it’s filled with aspiring actors. The population of those who’ve made it as an actor is very small; the number of those trying to make it is in the tens of thousands. Don’t believe me? Just go to any Los Angeles restaurant or bar. Those bartenders and servers? Guess what they’re trying to become?
I like that, though. I’m a creative type and enjoy meeting those who took the risk and moved to a new, huge city to pursue an almost impossible dream. And if those people don’t make it? At least they’ve got good stories to tell.
I’ve found the San Francisco equivalent to the L.A. actor: the startup guy. The guy trying to squeeze the market from Facebook or Groupon and become the next big thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this expression (or one eerily similar to it) during the past few weeks. Oh, that’s Roger…he and his partner are seeking funding for their startup. The word gets bandied around so much I’m not even sure what it means anymore.
The only difference between the actor and startup guy: one keeps his head buried at a computer monitor; the other keeps his eyes focused on the road, because it’s almost certain he’s stuck in Hollywood traffic at the moment. Me? I relate more to the actor. Nothing against the startup guy, it’s just I’m a creative person and feel a bond to those with similar passions. My friend Tom, a producer and musician, visited last weekend. He said, “So you want to be with the wannabes who want to be doing what you want to do?”
Something like that, I nodded.