I remember as kid staying up way past my bed time to watch Los Angeles Lakers games. Being that I lived in Austin I was two hours of ahead of the Pacific time zone, but like clockwork I was up until midnight watching Kobe drop 40 on fools like I didn’t have to be up in a few hours for school. With those late nights came big dreams that I’ve carried around in my heart since I was a child. The bright lights of the city of Angels and the allure of Hollywood always intrigued me. I always knew I’d end up in the middle of it all. As of three weeks ago my dreams slowly started to become a reality.
On November 11, 2017, I officially moved out to Los Angeles and fulfilled part of a lifelong dream. A few months back my boss Jeremy sent me a text to pop into his office for a second. I had a feeling that my life wasn’t going to be the same after that meeting, and I was right.
My boss sat me down and at first we chatted about sports, ya know, the usual. We talked about how his Warriors were about to kick everyone’s ass next year and then he talked shit about Lonzo Ball’s jumper, it was magical. Then suddenly, the conversation took a more serious turn.
He asked me if I had noticed that most of the company’s assets were being transferred to our secondary hub in Los Angeles, I had, so I said I did. He then paused and the words that came out of his mouth next will stay with me until my body is laid six feet deep.
“We’re moving the company to Los Angeles…and we want you to come with us. After a few months of transition, we want you to work with our creative team. We want you to copy-write, write articles for us, edit videos, scripts, everything. I know you want to take your writing to the next level. Think about the opportunities you’ll get simply because you’re in Los Angeles now.”
First thing that ran through my head was, “Oh shit, did he really just ask me to move to Los Angeles?”
After I realized he indeed said that I was like, “Holy fuck, I’m going to get to watch a Lakers game at Staples.”
I know what you’re thinking. I get the opportunity of a life time to move to Los Angeles completely paid for and the only thing on my mind was going to Staples Center and being a part of the Lakers home crowd? What is wrong with you? Let me explain and see if I can make it make some sort of sense.
For the last five years, the Lakers have been awful. Lakers fans endured the tough final years of Kobe Bryant’s career to present day where things are finally starting to look up. The banners hanging from the rafters don’t mean anything right now. All that history is put on the back burner until this team starts to prove itself to the rest of the league.
With the addition of young talent like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, and Kyle Kuzma the Lakers have added a group of young talented players who want to win and prove their worth in the league. I feel the same way when it comes to my craft. They all succeeded at all the previous levels before they arrived to the Big Leagues. I was a big fish in a small pond in Austin just like they were in college. I felt like I did everything I could from there, I had to stretch out and sink or swim in the zoo that is LA. We all decided to take that ultimate leap and test our abilities against the best of the best.
There is no better ball players than NBA players, just like there is no better writers and creators like there is in Los Angeles.
Want to know something that’s scary? Leaving your family, friends, your whole life to go halfway across the country to follow your dreams. Even though these young Lakers are the face of Los Angeles now, I’m almost 100 % positive they felt the same emotions I felt before hugging their family’s good-bye. They’re human. It’s a daunting task, there’s filled with more pressure and scrutiny than I’ll ever know, but I can relate to aspects of the transition.
Now that the I’ve arrived here I don’t know what to feel. I tried to write this piece before I left Austin but the words just wouldn’t come to me. I couldn’t put the lines together in my head like I usually can. It wasn’t until I got here that I saw similarities between myself and this young squad that I had never seen before. Some big, some small. But the most common thing I found was simple.
I found another group of guys who got blessed with opportunity of a lifetime and are trying to make the most of it. Through hard work and perseverance everything we’ve ever wanted is right in front of us, it’s up to us to take it.
Is it fate that I arrive to this city now? I don’t know to be honest. I’m not a big believer in that. I just know that I made it from a trailer park in Austin to Los Angeles. If you’ve seen some of the things I have you’ll know that the chances of that are slim to none, sort of like the Lakers Championship hopes the next few years. But hey, if I can pull that off, these young cats can pull that off too, right? Never hurts to dream.