Thursday's Shout Out and Desperate Cry for Help

As I continue to recuperate from Tuesday's bowling extravaganza I offer an enthusiastic shout out to The Movie Queen. I still remember how difficult it was to launch a new movie blog; your dad always making you take out the trash and yelling at you to "get a life" while your mom constantly nags you to wash your sheets and change your underwear daily. Yeah, starting a movie blog can be a real pain in the ass.

That's why I'm happy to share the love with The Movie Queen. Check them out for their witty reviews and stay for their snarky snark-fests. And be sure to tell them I sent you so they feel obligated to give me candies and a woman's gentle touch.

Now for the Desperate Cry for Help portion of today's post. If you don't want to hear about my personal life, I offer you my Balls of Fury movie review or perhaps some observations of the Roddick vs. Federer matchup at my sports site, The Athlete's Footnotes.

Thanks to all you poor souls bored or depraved enough to continue reading.

You see, I'm seriously contemplating a move to New York City to live with my brother and begin a career in "writing" (possibly in reporting/publishing/scriptwriting/"Will dance for food"sign writing). I'm still pumping myself up to make the move but what I'd like to hear from you, dear sexy readers, is any useful info or advice you might have to offer to somebody needing an apartment and job - fast. Especially super would be any responses from people currently living in NYC.

Since you put up with my shouting and begging, I have some eye candy to reward you with. I hunted down a sweet pic of the hottest male and female model around.

I hope you like it.


~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

I can't really offer you advice, but I wanted to say...I've been wanting to move to NYC for years now as well.

Sarah said...

Wow! Kudos to you for making (or thinking about making) a big life change. I live in upstate NY although many family and friends live in and around NYC. As far as finding somewhere to live you might want to consider north Jersey -- Hoboken area especially for cheaper apts. I found this site, re: looking for roommates, apts, etc. http://newyork.backpage.com/online/classifieds/index?adLanguage=All
A little less than 1.5 years ago I left my job as a writer with the NYS Senate and went out on my own as a consultant. It can be a brutal industry but there are ways to make money. If you are trying to break into a new field, i.e. publishing, you might want to consider getting some sort of side-job and applying for an internship/other at a firm or newspaper in NYC to get your feet wet.
Good luck!!!

Sadie said...

I have absolutely no NYC related advice to give, but I say go. Go. GO! You're young, you should go. GO, I say!

You can also check out Sarah Bunting's blog and search it for NYC advice, there's a bunch on there. Tomato Nation

Siobhan said...

I'm a friend of Squish, he sent me your way. I live in NYC.

Finding an apartment isn't too hard. There are lots of ways to do it. Craigslist is always good. You'll find nicer places if you get a broker, depends if you want to pay a fee.
Where do you want to live? There are areas you can find cheaper places that are pretty easy to commute to.
I have a friend who used to work in publishing, and another who works for the city who could probably give you better job advice than me. I run a couple gyms which is a far cry from writing.

My advice is just come! I moved here with no plan and did pretty well for myself. Especially if your brother is here. Atleast you'll have someone who's couch you can sleep on while you find a place.

PS. This city kicks ass! Tell Squish he should come too. He can give you my email address if you have any specific questions or just want a buddy when you come down.


SQT said...

Boy, I don't know anything about New York, though I worked as a writer for a TV show in L.A. years ago. (sorry, no contacts left)

One thing I would say is try to look at specific job listings before you go and see what they pay. When I worked as a freelance writer for some local papers, the pay was awful. TV pays really well, but it's hard to get a job without contacts or experience. Most people I know who worked in the industry started in small markets (like Yuma, Arizona--no kidding) to build up their resume. Most jobs in big markets are very competitive.

I'm not trying to be a downer, but getting a job lined up first would be my top priority before moving.

Matt said...

silverneurotic - You should totally move to NYC with me. I could be your NYC buddy! And when I say buddy, I in no way mean stalker.

sarah - Thanks for the info! My brother currently lives in Brooklyn but his lease is just about up so he and his other roommate are planning to look somewhere else for a new place. Hopefully we can find something not too crappy and not too expensive so that link should be very helpful. And your advice about getting an internship with a side job seems like exactly the right step for me.

sadie - Thanks! I think I'm going to do it after all. Yaaay!

siobhan - Thanks for the info! My brother lives in Brooklyn but I think we're all (there's one other guy) willing to relocate.

If you could pass along your friends' names, I'd really appreciate it. And running a gym sounds like a pretty cool gig to me. Which gym(s) do you run? I might need a membership when I get over there.

And I'll pass the word along to Squish. He can spot me when I do my squats.

SQT - That's some good advice. I'm starting from scratch here but my brother's been there for some time and he's already involved in the artistic community (photography/media) so I'm hoping he can help me out. Otherwise I'm going to do my homework and try to get an internship or something else that comes up soon.

Cat said...

I have no advice to give about moving to NYC, but I just wanted to say thank you for the Movie Queen shoutout. We love you.

Kristen said...

I have no advice to give, just a little cheer of admiration for ya. I've always planned to move to NYC after college, but I'm also totally intimidated by the logistics of the thing. I hope it goes fabulously for you! (Oh, and the person who pointed you to Tomato Nation beat me to my only useful piece of advice. Go figure!)

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