I make music for a living, and have been doing that for a long, long time. I'm increasingly also involved with stuff related to the web. As a result, I've met a lot of very interesting people from all walks of life, and, likewise, so far, I have been fortunate enough to be leading a life rich in experience...(or so I like to think!) Although my work as a performer and producer has frequently put me in settings surrounded with relative opulence, I, personally, live a very modest life, and my apartment reflects that. I like where I presently live. I think you'll like it, too. It's not huge, nor appointed with swanky decor, but it's quiet, and convenient to a lot of cool things. If you're into privacy, I can dig it...and am happy to leave you alone. If you're looking for a locally acquainted host full of interesting convo...then look no further. I think you'll be glad you met me.
Since I'm new to Airbnb, what I need from you to book the room...just two things:
1) I need something--anything--on your profile that let's me know you're a real person. Just signed up? Don't have a phone? Don't have any of the popular social networking profiles or a LinkedIn profile connected to your account? Don't have a photo, just the avatar? Things like that make me slightly more sketched out when it comes to being a host. Keep in mind, my apartment isn't a Motel 6; it's my home. I actually live here sometimes, and my stuff is here. And, so, in the spirit of openness and reciprocality (is that a word?), I'd like to have a teeny-tiny sense of who you are before I open up my home for your use. If I know a little about what you're hoping to enjoy while here in L.A., and/or have a sense of who you are--like even just your name, that you're here on business or vacation, or that you're originally from city XYZ or went to school at the University of ABC--whatever you feel like sharing....just the slightest inkling about you, and then I think--or hope--it'll be less awkward for both of us, don't you think? I don't need to read your life story. Essentially: I just need to have a vibe that I'm entrusting the use of my home to a reasonable human being. The only way I can vibe that out is simply by reading your profile on Airbnb.
So, please, write a sentence or two about yourself on your Airbnb profile, post a photo, or give me at least the vaguest notion that you're part of the Airbnb community...and then, yes, please, come on over! You'll have carte blanche. Mi casa is su casa.
2) I need two days notice. L.A. is a big area, and, as a working musician, I'm all over the place, and sometimes I work whacky hours...sooo: I need a little bit of a heads-up to get things ready for your arrival. Feel free to ask, but--more often than not--I cannot accommodate same day bookings. It's not impossible, but probably not likely. Again, feel free to ask if you like, however...
Finally, an IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're new to Airbnb, please understand I cannot contact you directly. You must use Airbnb to communicate with me, and I must use Airbnb to communicate with you. If you include your phone number in your e-mails or texts to me, Airbnb will erase or obscure your number. I will not be able to call you. Nor can I include my phone in an e-mail or text to you. I can see your phone only after we have a confirmed booking, but not before. So, I cannot answer your questions in advance of a booking by calling you.
I hope that helps!