8 Places to Visit for a Real Life La La Land Experience
If you’re like many of us, right after watching the whimsical and wonderful La La Land, you started to scour for flights to Los Angeles like STAT. The film made the sprawling city look so vibrant, romantic, and way worthy of vacay goals. If perhaps you happen to already reside in or near Los Angeles, then you were no doubt filled with the urge to play tourist in your own town. Whether you’re near or far, one thing is sure — thanks to the Oscar-nominated blockbuster, the City of Angels is having a moment. It’s not just the locations in La La Land that are so beautifully included (Hermosa Pier, Grand Central Market, Watt Towers, and Century Freeway); it’s the idea that this is the place where the magic happens, where worlds are created, and fantasies are fulfilled (both on screen and off). Visit one, two, or all of these Hollywood movie-centric locales to honor one of America’s greatest art forms.
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood: If you act fast and book a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood sooner than later, you can experience a bit of La La Land IRL. For a limited time (now until March 6, 2017), you’ll be able to walk right onto the reconstructed “Café Sur Le Lot” set, the café where Emma Stone’s character Mia once slung coffee. You can also check out where other classics of the small and big screen were shot — we’re talking classic faves like Casablanca, Gilmore Girls, and Friends. Plus, lots of current shows are in production on the lot like Ellen, Pretty Little Liars, and Shameless. (Photo via Warner Bros. Studio Tour)
2. Universal Studios Hollywood: Sure, Universal Studios Hollywood has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (accio magic!), the Walking Dead Attraction (zombies!), and an immersive Simpsons area (Hello, Marge and Homer!), but to get a taste of movie-making magic, you’ve gotta go on the Studio Tour. You’ll see the Bates Motel, be confronted by King Kong, and come face to face with Jaws. If you’re feeling fancy, you can upgrade to the VIP Experience that has lots more perks and exclusive back lot access. (Photo via Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
3. Griffith Observatory: Not one, but two huge Hollywood movies have included the stunning Griffith Observatory: one old-school (Rebel Without a Cause) and one new-school (La La Land). Additionally, you’ll get an unparalleled view of the City of Angels from its high in the hills vantage point. By the by, doing a little dance in the planetarium is totally optional. (Photo via Asim Bharwani/Getty)
4. Hollywood Walk of Fame: In LA, the stars aren’t just in the sky or working in the studios; they’re right there under your feet. Embedded in the sidewalks of 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street, you’ll find 2,600 terrazzo and brass stars honoring all sorts of tinsel town luminaries. Swing by, and say howdy to an eclectic mix of stars like Buster Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, or Johnny Cash. They’re all there (except for Donald Trump’s; his star has, well, had some work done). (Photo via ullstein bild/Getty)
5. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre: There’s something so quaint and charming about the entrance to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now TCL Chinese Theatres). From 1927 until today, cement tributes to Hollywood’s brightest stars have been on display in front of the movie palace on Hollywood Blvd. Along with hands and feet, there are a few oddities in the mix: Betty Grable’s legs, Groucho Marx’s cigar, and the wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. In celebration of the success of La La Land, the hand and footprints of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are currently front and center. (Photo via Gregg DeGuire/Getty)
6. Dolby Theater: Once a year, over 35 million people have their eyes glued to the stage of the Dolby Theater for the annual Academy Awards. This Hollywood Blvd. hot spot hosts the biggest stars of the year, as well as the writers, directors, producers, etc., that really make the magic happen. While snagging a ticket to the big night is the thing of dreams, you can visit the ginormous theater during other times of the year. You can book tickets and visit the Dolby Lounge, see various images of past Oscars, and see a real statuette up close and personal. (Photo via AaronP/Bauer-Griffin)
7. Chateau Marmont: If you want to stay in one of the Chateau Marmont’s 63 rooms or suites, it will cost you (rooms start at about $550). The swanky hotel has seen pretty much every movie star walk through their doors. Instead of getting a pricey bed for the night, go and have a drink at the bar or a meal in their restaurant. You never know who’ll you’ll see walking through. (Photo via AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)
8. Forest Lawn Memorial Park: If you don’t see any living and breathing stars, you can always see some that are no longer with us. Forest Lawn Memorial Park is the final resting spot for many a bold-faced name including the likes of Lucille Ball, Paul Walker, Bob Baker, and most recently, Debbie Reynold and Carrie Fisher. Michael Jackson and Walt Disney are there too, but they’re in private parts of the grounds. (Photo via FG/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)
Which Hollywood hot spot would you like to visit most? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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