Background- 21 years old. Graduate college in a few months. Went to a contemporary music school in Minnesota. Will have a Bachelor's Degree in hand. I play electric and upright. I understand fully what a working musician is, and have no delusions of moving to Los Angeles and "making it." I need as many opinions and suggestions as possible, but I do have quite a few friends that are living/have lived in the area that can also help. I need advice from anyone who lives and/or has lived in the area on the following topics: Areas to avoid housing wise. Obviously I'm going to be looking as cheap as possible, but bad areas of LA are REALLY bad. So other than South Central, Compton...other spots I should steer clear of? Jobs. Naturally my goal is to play as much as possible, but I'm going to need cash right away. I have a college degree. What areas might I consider looking in for a solid day gig in the area? Other than that, other suggestions I haven't asked for are appreciated. Yes, I know it's expensive, and no I don't think I'm going to go there and turn into the next super star. Thanks for your time and help!