I Moved Cross-Country for My Job—Here's What I Learned

Ever since I joined my high school paper (go Falcons!), I've always known I wanted to become a writer. As I was maneuvering through the fallen bits and pieces of the journalism industry post-college (thank you, recession) hopping from a street-reporter gig for a local newspaper to a relatively cushy job as a digital beauty editor, there was a gnawing voice in the back of my head that whispered that my time was coming; my time to go to New York and find out if I was good enough to make it in the toughest city in the world. All great writers, from Joan Didion to Kerouac, have cut their teeth in the city that never sleeps, and I knew that if I really wanted to commit to this writer thing, my path would inevitably force me to face the test and find out if I'm really up to snuff.

As a born-and-raised Californian, I'm risk-averse, conditioned to be complacent, and I desire the most comfortable route (air-conditioned cars and sunshine 24/7, 365 days a year will do that to you). Why I then decided to subject myself to negative-20-degree weather, commuting in blizzards, and trading in my car for the urine-drenched subway shows just how committed I was to making it in New York. I knew that establishing my career in the city was the only thing that would satisfy me, and I would die regretful if I never tried. So this is my story of how I got the job of my dreams and moved 4000 miles over a weekend for that New Yorker life. Whether you want to move to New York yourself or you're looking to move to any new city for a job, here are the hustler tips that'll get you there.