52 Weeks, 52 Couches: How I Slept My Way Through Hollywood (Without Sleeping With Anybody) is the couch-surfing memoir I’m writing. When the recession hit in 2009, I was laid off and couldn’t find a new job as easily as I used to — so I gave up my biggest asset, my apartment, and decided to “sleep around”… but not by using the so-called Hollywood casting couch. Instead, I decided to live with a different friend each week for a year (even though one year turned into over four!) while I tried to get stable again: work wherever & whenever I could, save up for a new place, continue to whittle away my gargantuan ($99,000!) student loan debt, etc. As I’ve learned from my situation and others’, our lives can change at a moment’s notice. And I have finally been finding the home(s) I never quite had as a child, having grown up in a single-parent household and moving often. Now, it’s been over 52 weeks and couch-surfing has become more a way of life than a short-term solution.
More information on me back when I actually had an apartment of my own can be found here.