It’s true: abstinence is the only guaranteed solution. And no matter how you slice it, Los Angeles is a challenging city, whether you’re a Super Producer (real job title, btw) or a mechanic. So the easiest way to maintain your humanity is probably to stay the hell out of L.A. county.

Then again, there’s more than one reason why 10 million people from all walks of life ended up here—and it's not just money and nice weather. It's for the chance to tell stories you can’t tell anywhere else. And to meet other rare dreamers who lunge forward at their silly dreams, even if they end up with a fistful of sour grapes. But to tell you the truth, you can lose your soul in lots of ways—and not just in L.A. In fact, you can lose your soul pretty much anywhere! So scratch what I said before: why not roll the dice and see what all the fuss is about? A deal with the devil is only collected when you’re dead, so living a little before then may not be such a bad idea after all.