Meet Sarah Lynn Dawson from The Lake District, an actress and filmmaker who moved to LA four years ago.
Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
For me LA is synonymous with film – I still get chills stepping on a studio lot and really the history and magic of the movies is what brought me here. I came here by myself for my career without knowing anyone in the US. Thankfully I now have lots of friends and feel very at home here.
What one thing do you miss from home?
My family and being able to visit them. I would love to be able to pop around to my Dad’s for a cup of tea once in a while. When I was at the Cannes Film Festival last year it was easier to do that.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
There are a bunch of cultural and language differences that are subtle and make me laugh – in fact I made a YouTube video with some of my British Actor friends about them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Ybm2xhoaQ. Also I love the landscapes here and taking road trips on the long open roads. I just finished filming in the desert and it was such a beautiful expanse of space out there.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I love the Griffith Observatory – I have been there countless times and it has a really great vibe. Their planetarium shows are excellent and the monthly star parties where amateur astronomers bring their telescopes and set them up on the front lawn for people to look at the night sky are fun too. It’s also linked with Hollywood history as it was featured in the classic film Rebel Without a Cause.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? Research, plan and contact anyone you know who is already here. Most people are happy to meet for a coffee and chat about their experiences.
Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet?