8 March 2010

How to Make it in America

My new HBO obsession is the show How to Make it in America. Have you seen it yet? It's about two twenty-something guys (and their friends) living in New York trying to hustle their way into the fashion industry with dreams of making it big.

I have always been infatuated with New York life. Similar to the way that Entourage (same executive producer, Mark Wahlberg) provides viewers with a little piece of L.A., How to Make it in America gives us a glimpse of the big city life (or what I assume the big city life to be like). It was always a dream of mine to live in New York. I wanted to have a little one bedroom apartment like Carrie Bradshaw, take a job doing something I loved, and meet my girlfriends for 2pm brunch on Sundays after a long night of partying. Never happened. Oh well, I'm over it, I guess.

Being someone in my late 20's, I feel like I am in the midst of trying to figure out my version of the "American Dream". Two years post-graduate school, it is really starting to sink in that this is my life. I don't have the luxury of saying"one day when I grow up". I am living my life, every day, like it or not.

I think most of us have entertained the question of "What if?"

When I read a story about an unemployed writer who scores a book deal, or a start-up that goes viral and moves their office from a back garage to Beverly Hills, a little something sparks inside of me. I think, "I can do that." I can still take that leap of faith, and start that business or write that book or go after whatever I want to go after. It makes my dreams feel so close, yet they are still so far away. It's not always about money, but it is always about the dream. It's about taking that risk.

Educated or not, rich or poor, fat or skinny, short or tall: we are all trying to make it. I'm loving this show thus far. Keepin' my fingers crossed that it lives up to its hype.

Have you seen the show? Do you ever think about taking a big risk to fulfill a dream? Maybe you already have. New episodes are on Sundays at 10pm.


  1. I love this post, so true! I am also in grad school (4 years, say what!) and in my late twenties. I love everything that you said.

  2. i haven't seen the show (we dont have hbo :( ) but would love to see it. for some reason i'm attracted to shows about living life, making dreams come true. this post has got me thinking about how this is my life and i must make it what i want. you write beautifully.

  3. @buhdoop: Thank you!
    @honey my heart: No HBO?! Oh crap. If you are really interested, I think you can watch episodes online. Don't quote me on that, but it doesn't hurt to check? Thanks for the lovely compliment :)

  4. I'm taking the steps to fulfill my dreams of getting into the arts on a professional level. The risk started small - I started by writing for a Disney Fan magazine. It doesn't pay, but it's a credit. I also am constantly auditioning for shows. I just gave up my lake house rental for a 2 bedroom condo so that I can get a roommate and afford to do more in the artistic field. I'm finally starting to see that Money is just a "thing" like other "things". It's an important thing, but just a "thing". But you've got something I don't have - that built in support mechanism of a guy who loves you. You have a built in support mechanism and your own personal fan club. Hitting 30 told me I wasn't going to be on this planet forever. How can I preach to others to live their dreams if I'm not willing to try?
    At least if I give it my all, and it doesn't happen, I will have one more "what if" crossed off my list. ;)

    Oh yeah - no HBO here. In fact, I get limited basic cable. ;)



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