Hey all! Sorry for the small hiatus in posts recently. We’ve got lots more coming though, from a tour of Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to cheap dance lessons, so stay tuned!
As part of the Notice Network, Steven and I have the opportunity to attend a lot of networking parties. We attended one in February and had a lot of fun so we decided to check out the Film Industry Mixer following the LA Film Festival around a week ago. The mixer was held at the Station Hollywood lounge at the famous W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. There was no cover charge with an RSVP on the event website.
The Station Hollywood Lounge was a nice venue for a mixer with comfortable cushions, firepits and a fully stocked bar. Unfortunately, the drinks were quite expensive, perhaps making up for the free cover charge. Most cocktails were $13-$15. I got a large glass of Blue Moon for $7, although I must say the $5000 scotch was tempting. The lounge also served appetizers such as truffle fries and desserts, but we opted to only buy a drink each.
The event boasted of bringing directors, producers, investors and many more together, so we brought our business cards and were prepared to shake a lot of hands. We met a lot of pages, actors, musicians, directors… and much more. We did end up meeting a lot of new and interesting people, but at the end of the day, I’d say a lot of the people we met were just starting out, much like ourselves. More than just networking, the mixer was opportunity to make new friends who want to be in the entertainment industry; people who chose this crazy life along with you. It was strangely comforting to realize that there are many struggling, and in turn many ways to make this life work for you.
After the mixer we went to Dillion’s Irish Pub across the street, which had a much better deal. Most beers are only $3. I recommend trying their avocado fries for an interesting treat.
A friend and I parked in a lot right by Out of the Closet and split the cost of $5. Most other lots in the area are $10, and there are plenty of meters to choose from in the area. A few streets away you can even find limited free street parking. For more tips on visiting Hollywood on a budget, check out Steven’s post here.