I used to lived in LA for a period of university, and the city didn't actually do much for me. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's the place to be for many since the whole city just reaks of opportunity, but as an artist, I found myself getting crushed there. LA was a big city of broken dreams, and I felt the city had its own wave length apart from the rest of the world.
Correct me if I've got this wrong, but the perception I have of the difference between arts
in LA and just about anywhere else is this:
At some level, any
artist wants his/her art to be recognized and praised (including the praise that
comes from having some
people absolutely loathe it), and with a few exceptions, (people I like to call
"pretentious idiots who believe their own BS") to make shloads of dollahs...
In LA, the art is produced (MGM logo notwithstanding) with the intent of reaching huge audiences.
Failure to do so is failure-period. Even if you're making "artsy movies" that won't ever create huge
revenue streams, you want a whole lot of people to see them and to say artsy things about them.
The sort of artists one might find in a Cloud Club setting would probably love to have those shloads
of dollahs, but if they can keep the lights on and food on the table, while retaining the time and the
resources (not just physical resources, but passion and attention-span) to do justice to their art,
they'll feel, at some level, successful... Further, the sort of art they conceive may not be aimed at
a large audience, or even comprehensible to the 'average consumer', and that would be ok.