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« on: April 26, 2007 10:03:24 AM »

I'd like to move out of stinky, superficial Los Angeles at the end of the year. While I'd like to move back to my dream city, San Francisco, it's much too expensive for my means. My next two contenders are Austin, TX or Portland...

Both cities seem to have the crafty resources I seek. What I'm trying to determine now is which city could offer the work opportunities I seek and the professional growth I need to become a theater/film costume designer/stylist and an independent clothing designer. I am willing to take an office day job in the meantime...will these be easy to obtain?

I'd also like to be able to feel like I'm (or can easily be) part of a community, while using my car as little as possible.

Any insights? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007 09:45:59 AM »

Portland does have a growing theater community, so there might be some opportunities there. And the job market does seem to be good right now. Check out Oregonlive.com or Craigslist for jobs information. As far as not using your car much, I have been without a car for almost three years this round and ten before that. Portland does have a great mass transit system.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007 08:59:40 AM »

Portland has an excellent transit system and it's fairly small enough to meet people but still has a city feel to it. Portland's independent designers have SO many options here. Tons of fashion shows, stores, fairs to sell and show your wears. Just know that it rains here 6-9 months out of the year. I like the rain but it might be a bummer for some people. I vote for Portland!
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2007 07:43:28 PM »

Well, if you pick Portland then you'll be near Mills End Fabric and The Fabric Depot.  It's stunningly beautiful in Portland so inspiration shouldn't be hard to come by.  Oh, and there isn't a sales tax in Oregon.  Not sure if you care about that, but it's always been a perk to me.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007 12:49:28 PM »

I'm going the same thing.  I am from northern California, I currently live in San Diego, and I'm moving to Portland in September when I finish college.  I have visited twice and there is a huge DIY community which isn't present in southern California.  Plus as a city planner (what I'm getting my degree in), I love their public transit, lack of sprawl, and comparably affordable housing.  But your list of 3 cities sounds just like mine. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2007 08:18:08 PM »

  What I'm trying to determine now is which city could offer the work opportunities I seek and the professional growth I need to become a theater/film costume designer/stylist and an independent clothing designer. I am willing to take an office day job in the meantime...will these be easy to obtain?
 

Are you me? Because you have me in a nutshell right there. I just moved out of the LA area to Portland. I don't have a job yet, and I don't really know anyone so its been interesting Smiley 
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2007 08:23:07 PM »

Welcome Christycakes! You should try to make it to the next craftster's meet up. Hope you are finding your way around town okay and finding some cool places. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2007 11:56:13 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2007 12:34:42 PM »

I'm also on my way to Portland (from Boston)! There should be a support group for transplants like us. Wink

My husband and I are moving there in the springtime, when my business is slow. We don't know anyone who lives there, but when we visited last Feb. we met a lot of friendly folks right away. It would be a lot easier to facilitate a move if we had friends to stay with while we looked for an apartment and knew people to show us around, but I think we'll do fine.

Any advice is appreciated though. Any idea how long it might take us to find an apartment? We're going to fly out in Jan. or Feb. for a week so we can follow up on whatever Craigslist has to offer, but I keep thinking there must be more to it than that...

Thanks in advance to anyone with helpful tips!
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2007 07:34:06 PM »

We need to have a transplant group. I'm from North Carolina (I've been out here for over 10 years though). What kind of stuff do you like/are into?
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