I'm 20. I'm what I would call a alt-hippy. I'm pretty chill and laid back, but I'm not all peace and love. I have a general disdain for the masses. I watch the news, but shake my head. I smoke, but have never touched cigarettes. No piercings, tats, or broken bones. I used to dye my hair red and pink. I went to college at Iowa State University, a short two hours from my small town home. My parents split up early in life, and I bore the brunt of most of my brothers supervision. I held a job from the day I turned 14 until the day I left for college. I was with the same girl through all of high school. I also was the editor of my school newpaper, was involved in improv comedy troupes, and played my soul out in jazz band. I've always had a passion for music. I go to shows weekly. My current mp3 collection is 60 gigs. I'm now leaving Iowa State. I don't fit here. It's too dreary, too Iowa. I was a journalism major, but I want out of the machine. I'll become what I hate if I become a journalist. I've been to lots of shows lately, bands like moe and yonder mountain. I fit in at these places. Smart people who do smart things, like not care what the world thinks. And make music. I'm done with the midwest and all it has to offer. This summer, after this semester is over, I'm going to enter a mentorship in the recording industry. I've always been the guy that adjusted people's stereos and fixed peoples computers. I may not be a rockstar, but I want to help them make the best music that they can. The catch is that I can do it anywhere I want in the US. Maybe even Canada. So, I come to you OT. I have no huge life experiences. I have only a small handful of real friends, friends worth the trip home. My close family is shattered, and doesn't warrent me sticking around. So where should I go? I'm young, I'm abitious, and I want to see everything I can. I won't have any bills. My parent's have vowed to finish off my car payments and help while I'm still learning. I'm baggage free. I want to start living, like a real person. All I need is a job that covers the cost of a place to live in any city. What should I do to start my life? - cliffs - starting life over, but in a good way. Need some help from people with experience.