(Closed) Tell me, Bees: Where should we move?

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Post # 3
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What about Colorado City?  That is a huge artsy area and quite liberal, alot of CA residents have moved there and they brought a good chunk of the film industry with them.

Post # 4
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper


Try that quiz and see if anything else pops.

I’ve heard awesome things about Austin but have never visited.

Darling Husband and I went to Portland a couple years ago and we FELL IN LOVE.  I talked to a lot of people there who are transplants that say the dreary weather is the hardest thing to get used to.  Other than that, the people are SOOOOO nice and the city infrastructure seems so well planned.  We both talk about moving there one day. 

Post # 5
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

@Roe: Wilmington, NC.  It’s a coastal, affordable town with a big arts scene.  It’s actually nicknamed “Hollywood East” because a lot of shows/movies are filmed there (Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill).

Post # 7
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yes to Portland and Wilmington. 

Charlotte does not have much acting at all– it’s all business and then a tiny couple blocks of an arts district. In my 2 years here, I think I’ve seen one thing being filmed, and it didn’t look super professional. 

Post # 9
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve lived in Charlotte and Austin.  Austin is the live music capital.  I’ve honestly never heard of a performing arts scene (live theater) although I’m sure they have to have one and they do have SXSW (which you should definitely go to whether you move there or not) so they have a filmmaker network.  You’ll get politically liberal, warm (hot actually), good housing costs, and a lot of friends to the arts.  Charlotte has a few small theaters, but the main one is for traveling shows from Broadway.  Charlotte you’ll also get warm (and not deathly hot in the summers like Austin), good housing costs, and politically moderate.  I don’t really see politics come up here like I did in Austin.  Probably because this is a banking town and Austin is a college town. 

In regards to film, Hunger Games was filmed around the Charlotte area, but a lot of celebs have their homes in Austin and my friend was a recurring extra when Friday Night Lights was filmed there.  Durham: Barf.  Honestly, Austin is a dream town.  They have everything I could ever ask for.  Good cost of living, awesome community feeling, so many diverse things to do, great job growth, an awesome college, and it’s clean and pretty.  I’d move back in a second.  Everyone that’s ever been there says that.

Wilmington isn’t bad either.  It’s a college town so you’ll get that type of vibe, but I think most of the jobs are for extras.  Although I have met John Travolta and his wife, Martin Lawrence, and the cast of Dawson’s and One Tree Hill just wandering around, they’re only there to film.  Kim Basinger and Al Gore own homes there, but the amount of movies coming out of Wilmington seems to be decreasing.

I did find this though.  Austin is on it.  Albuquerque and Shreveport seem to fit your criteria

This City is Cinematic: Ten Cities for Independent Filmmaking

Alb. came up again on this list and it’s an international listing.  May be worth looking at.

10 Best Cities for Aspiring Filmmakers

Post # 10
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you considered San Francisco? Portland, Seattle, and Austin seem like good choices.

Post # 11
3253 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve lived in Charlotte and Austin. While I liked living in Charlotte more because it was more my vibe and I had better friends there, Austin is like a mecca for the arts. I would recommend it for sure, given your line of work.

Post # 12
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I 4th Wilmington! Love.

Post # 14
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Roe:  Oh whoops, I didn’t notice you snuck that sentence in your original post.

Sounds like Austin would be a good fit. I don’t know anything about Santa Fe’s acting scene, but maybe you could look into that too?

Post # 15
2085 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

If you like Austin and Portland, you’d love Charlottesville.  I don’t know if you could make a living as an actor here, but we have plenty of theater companies and an opera company.

We have the headquarters of Red Light Management, the company that manages some of the top names in music.  The DMB manager started that and MusicToday here years ago and both are powerhouses in the industry. They have satellite (HA!) offices in NYC, LA, Nashville, and Denver.

The city is liberal (full of academics, artists, musicians), but the surrounding county is [generally] conservative.  I think we have constant political entertainment as a result.  We’ve been debating a road for over 20 years.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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