I read alot about how in LA you absolutely need a car and granted it would be way more convenient if you had one but I didn't and I made it through two years in LA without one. I want to tell you what I discovered about this but first, Here's how I did it:
I thought I'd start with the obvious choice. This a great way to get around in LA especially if you don't want to be the one driving in traffic. I absolutely fell in love with Uber because sometimes I just wanted a smooth ride to auditions and I didn't have to pay too much because I lived really close to where all my auditions would take place.
Now this is not everyone's cup of tea but I'm South African and I love tea and I didn't mind this kind. Taking a bus isn't so bad, I think the bus system in LA is pretty good actually. Occasionally you may sit next to someone who has loud earphones on or is taking a phonecall and speaks so loudly you think your ears are about to burst, but that's about the worst of it in my opinion. The buses aren't always on time so always get one ahead of your schedule unless you know that the specific bus you're taking is very punctual. They've also improved the bus routes now so you can go really far out with one an explore greater LA on a budget.
(Picture: I didn't take any bus pictures unfortunately so here are some random pictures of me in Cape Town that my boyfriend took! Enjoy ^_^)
The subway is fast and easy. It makes getting to Hollywood and the surrounding areas so much faster but it can be very noisy or very entertaining. It depends on what kind of entertainment you enjoy. You might view some dancing, singing, listen to some rapping and then give a quarter for the entertainment if you're charitable about that kind of thing.
I practice being kind as much as I can and I suppose all of it came back to me in LA. I was fortunate to find myself amongst some cool people who were happy to offer me a ride when I needed one. Don't get into cars with strangers though, don't do it.
The pressure of what some may define as acceptable is something I don't really conform to and that's why I ended up not really caring about not having a car in LA, I discovered so much about riding a bus, taking the subway, random and sometimes deep therapy sessions/conversations with Uber drivers haha and I learned so much more about kindness in people. All of this from not having a car. I've experienced LA and people in LA very differently to alot of my peers/social circle and for an actress that kind of insight is cool to have. Do your best to find the beauty in what can sometimes be disguised as life's short-comings, there's something for the soul to experience in that. :)