I did not move to Southern California to be part of the “scene,” whether that word is preceded by “entertainment industry,” “Hollywood,” “celebrity” or some other term. It’s fine with me if others are immersed in that, but I prefer the serenity of beach town life. Of course, due to our location, one can theoretically bounce between serenity and “scene” as one wishes. And Hollywood is a mere 15 miles away.
One area, however, where “Hollywood” and my beach town come crashing together is in the countless films, television programs, commercials, videos, and print ads that are shot near me in Marina del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica. I never realized how often this happens until I moved here. Usually, I’m proud and excited to see my neighborhood pop up on television or the big screen. But the television program containing more scenes filmed in my area than just about any other, “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” is also one of the most annoying, and represents some of what I dislike about Los Angeles.