Living and working in Hollywood, California

Hollywood is a world-famous district located in Los Angeles, California. The heart and soul of the American film and entertainment industry, Hollywood is just northwest of Downtown Los Angeles and is bound by Beverly Hills in the west and the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in the north. While it began as a separate municipality, it was eventually consolidated with Los Angeles in 1910 and now draws not just those who want to work in the film industry but also millions of tourists year after year.

Beyond the gigantic Hollywood sign perched on a hill and beckoning visitors to explore this place, it’s the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown that’s truly symbolic of the American Dream. The impact of Hollywood’s film industry has reached all corners of the globe, and because of this, Hollywood has also become one of the most multicultural and densely populated districts in Los Angeles, perpetually teeming with job opportunities and other reasons for you to visit.


Many of Los Angeles’ most famous tourist destinations can be found in Hollywood, so you won’t run out of places to explore. The iconic 90-year-old Hollywood sign is one, and there are many vantage points from which you can appreciate it. You can view it from the streets of Hollywood but its best if you actually go up the mountain, where you also get a stunning 360-degree view of the cityscape. For this, you can go to the Griffith Observatory (which is also an attraction by itself), Mulholland Drive, or this viewpoint near Lake Hollywood Park.

Another source of entertainment is the entire stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and Hollywood & Highland. This is where you’ll find the hand and footprints of famous celebrities, the “stars” that were awarded to them, and the venue of The Academy Awards. Museums with a lot of movie memorabilia and other attractions also abound in Hollywood, including Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, The Guinness World of Records Museum, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Since Hollywood is the home of the entertainment industry, there are a lot of opportunities to take a peek and see what it’s really like. You can do this by going on a Paramount Studios Tour or even nearby Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal City Walk. The Hollywood Bowl is a natural amphitheater where many shows are held, but if your visit does not coincide with any show, you can instead attend a taping of one of the late night TV shows, sitcoms, or game shows.

In terms of food and nightlife, Hollywood has a lot to offer as well. From Hard Rock Café and Providence to Osteria Mozza and Sushi Ike, the food options in Hollywood are practically endless.


Hollywood is the place you go to if you want to learn anything and everything about the film industry. While not all of these film schools and universities are located in Hollywood per se, most of them are less than 10 miles away. Notable institutions include the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, American Film Institute, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). You can go for a full-time program and work on a film-related university degree, or you can also try out the ropes and go for a summer program first. The best thing about these institutions is their proximity to the actual film industry, so you can easily immerse yourself in the world of entertainment and learn as well as apply everything you can about it.

Notable companies

The economy of Hollywood thrives because of some key sectors.

  • Film and entertainment. Hollywood is almost synonymous to the movie industry, and while not everyone will go on to become an award-winning, A-list, world-famous actor, there are so many jobs in the movie industry that require different kinds of talent. It takes a lot of people to make movie magic work, and the roles are as varied as they are plenty: producer, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, musical scorer, film crew, film distributor, casting director, location scout, set designer, stuntman, sound mixer, makeup artist, prop-maker, special effects supervisor, costume designer, and many others.
  • Leisure and hospitality. In Hollywood and even in the greater Los Angeles area, leisure and hospitality is a big industry. A report shows that in 2015, over 19,600 new jobs were added to this industry, and this means that for Los Angeles county, 1 in every 9 jobs is related to leisure and hospitality. Hollywood attracts so many tourists as well, so there are quite a number of hotels, event places, and restaurants in the area.
  • Tech Start-ups. The rate of start-up creation in Southern California is the fastest in any major region in the United States, and while Silicon Valley is what people instantly think of when it comes to technology, tech start-ups have also found their way to the entertainment industry. After all, Hollywood is where you get the content and the creative talent: from entertainment, gaming, agencies, and film. In addition to that, this article reports that it’s not just entertainment-related businesses that Hollywood start-ups are taking on. Aerospace, finance, and health are also slowly making a dent.

Economic – Why You’d Want a JOB Here

Finding a job in Hollywood has always been appealing, but it’s not just for those who want to be famous. As the home of the biggest entertainment industry in the world, there’s so much to learn and experience in Hollywood, whatever role it is you see yourself playing. Of course it’s not just about the glitz and the glamour, although that’s a big part of why working in Hollywood will be unique compared to any other location in the world.

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