For the past 6 years, I've been going back and forth with this question. I've heard from pros that it's not THAT important to live there, other pros say IT IS important. Then there is a group of Screenwriters who are so vocal on that fact. The fact that we HAVE to live in California. They believe in that so much that they don't even care that other people are succeeding in states like New York and elsewhere. I was born and raised in NY, only minutes away from NYC. I really never thought moving to California was going to make or break my career goals. I'm not sure though sometimes, I really wonder sometimes. I mean, I believe in myself and in my work enough to be a success here, but maybe I'm just too confident? In my mind, and in my heart...I do feel like MAYBE I belong in California, and the fantasy of moving there and starting a family with my Knight in shining Armour (a great guy that I just happened to bump into my first week there lol)...well, yeah. I like to think of that when things over here suck. BUT then I look into it for real, and the reality of it is...there seems to be "no more room in LA" and I wouldn't want to live directly in LA anyway (not yet at least), and then I try to look into neighboring areas, and they are either too expensive or a horrible area for a 27 female to move to. Then I think, I AM home. New York IS my home, and California will only be a vacation spot, or maybe even something more career-wise, but never for me to actually move there. I will be vacationing there sooner than later. I do feel like that is best for two reasons: 1.) to get a feel of the state in general. 2.) to see if it's anything like my fantasy. So what do you think, should we LIVE in California...is it THAT important to a successful long career?