Brandon Martinez: Los Angeles

What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
I was born in Brooklyn and I have family in upstate New York.  But after college, knowing I wanted to work in entertainment, I packed up my stuff and drove out to LA with my dog.  I knew nobody and nothing.  Scouring Craigslist and other websites, I eventually got a job in the mailroom at Abrams, where I then became as assistant in the Alternative Department.  I saw things really start to happen on YouTube, and worked on a bunch of web series.  But I was always a music person–I lived in Silverlake and went to shows every night.

Describe your experience in NYC.
In NYC, I’m always hustling, doing something after work, whether drinking or dining out.

Describe your experience in LA.
While LA can get very repetitious, there’s always still more time to spend outside running around the Silverlake reservoir, or even just walking around the farmer’s market.

What was the biggest challenge of moving from LA to NYC?
Restarting my routine. Finding stability.

How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
Don’t be afraid to make introductions and take meetings. It may not seem relevant right away, but it’s always worth it–you never know.  Also, no one wants to work with assholes, so hire friends of friends if possible.

Favorite LA secret spot
Cacao Mexicatessen–in Eagle Rock, CA

Favorite NYC secret spot
Spina, a newly opened flower shop and coffee shop for trendy folks in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

If you were not at INDMUSIC, what would you be doing?
Something in entertainment, maybe working as a film director.

What’s on your playlist right now?
Lord Huron and the special performance by Soul Khan and other folks from this year’s Bonnaroo Festival.

From the 2462 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LOS ANGELES

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