On the one hand, places like New York City, Los Angeles, and (for more technically-oriented creative types) Silicon Valley, are obscenely expensive places in which to live. Which means doing a start-up or trying to make a living there as a freelance artist is far tougher financially than, say, in rural Minnesota. But location does matter--not only for moral support, but also in terms of finding other people with more fluid lives to provide bits-and-pieces creative and technical support.When I first quit my corporate job and set out to be a self-employed writer, I was living in a predominantly blue-collar community in Minnesota. The cost of living was wonderfully low. But getting hit with "when are you going to get a job?" from everyone I met was exhausting. Tell someone in New York or LA that you're a writer, or tell someone in Silicon Valley that you're starting your own company, and the response is far more likely to be, "Wow! That's great! Tell me all about it!" And, quite possibly, the conversation will conclude with, "you know who you might want to talk to ..."
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