LA is Mecca For The Creative Class


It’s a strange phenomenon that Los Angeles is not always pegged as a creative city – a flaky, tree-hugging, sometimes superficial, plastic-surgery obsessed city, sure. Creative? Not so much.

You’d think that with all of these movie studios and now original content studios (Maker, AwesomenessTV, Hulu), that people would make the connection between real companies and real talent. That is CREATIVE talent. Unfortunately, L.A. is often forgotten when people think of art and creativity. (Who do they think is writing, designing, building, scoring, etc. all of these films? Even the bad ones require creativity, Michael Bay.) So while New York is known for its art scene, Memphis for its focus on music and Chicago claims the architecture prize, it turns out Los Angeles trumps them all in the sheer number of creative industry jobs it supports.

Released earlier this month, the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy by Otis College of Art and Design shows that L.A. outpaces Chicago more than three times in the amount of creative industry jobs and edging out San Francisco by more than …

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