Emma Koenig is an actor/writer/creative-type-extraordinaire and mastermind behind the super popular blog FUCK! I’m In My Twenties. Emma was born and raised on the East Coast, and since graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010 she has become an expert in the insecurities of twenty-somethings – but you’d never know it to talk to her. In addition managing her adorable and often too-close-to-home-but-in-a-good-way Tumblr, Emma acts, sings and makes videos. Recently, she has been in Los Angeles working on a book adaptation of her blog.
What brings you to Los Angeles?
I grew up on the East Coast and went to college there, so in a way I felt like I’d never left home. That definitely left me curious about what it’d be like to spend a significant amount of time on the opposite side of the country. Beyond my desire for adventure, I was motivated by career pursuits as well as a yearning to escape the annual seasonal affective disorder.
How long were (are) you in town?
I had only planned on staying for a month, but LA really got its claws into me and I ended up canceling my ticket back to NYC, so now I’ve been here for about three months. Now I have no idea where I’m supposed to be!
What neighborhood did you stay in? What were your thoughts on that part of town?
Initially I was subletting in Hancock Park, but now I’m in Silverlake. Both are cute as hell! It’s total culture shock to be in quiet suburbia afters years of living atop noisy bars in New York.
How many times have you visited Los Angeles? What do you think of the city?
This is my third visit here. LA feels kind of like New Jersey with palm trees to me. There is something dreamy and surreal about this city. It doesn’t quite seem like reality.
What was the best part of your trip?
After six years of not driving and accumulating six years of driving related paranoia, I am astounded to feel like I can actually drive a car now! (Although I am still not very adept at parallel parking).
Could you see yourself living here?
I never thought I would end up in LA, but I guess I am living here at the moment! Aahhh what am I doing with my life?!?