Without a doubt, I ♥ LA. I almost moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college but I went east to New York instead.
In a previous work life, I was a theatrical and live event stage manager for productions in New York, on and off Broadway and across the United States. After 6 years in New York, I began a steady move west. I lived in Chicago for a short time and then moved to Las Vegas where I began a 7 year tenure with Canada’s Cirque Du Soleil, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company and largest theatrical producer in the world.
Over Memorial Day weekend 2011 (also known as “the worst possible weekend to travel west in a moving truck from Las Vegas”), I finally landed where I probably should have started, Los Angeles.
There will never be another city I can call home with the passion and love I have for Los Angeles. There is simply no place I would rather be.
☛ For Guests reading about me prior to submitting a Request to Book: ☚
● Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace with a mission to connect each Guest with an ideally matched Host. As a Guest, you can better your chances of an approval by posting a profile photo and a bit about yourself (and also who you are traveling with if that applies).
● Writing about yourself is especially important if you are requesting to book a Private Room listing. Your Host wants to know you, and you will want to know your Host, not just for safety but for your own sanity’s sake. You are going to be living with each other for at least a night if not longer.
● A novel of your life story isn't necessary; just write about what you think someone meeting you for the first time would want to know. If you can’t think of anything to write, think about what you would want to say to your Host if they knew nothing about you and you were meeting them for the first time at the front door of their fantastic place. You’d be really excited about staying there. I might say something like, “Hi I’m Glenn and I’m from Texas...” That’s your profile. Write that.
● A complete profile includes a written statement about who you are, a recent photo of your face (not your cat), and a verified email address. Doing these small things will increase the odds of an approved booking by tenfold. This is true for inquiries you make of any Host, not only me.
● As a Host, when you are trying to decide on a Guest and all you have is a gray silhouette head and a first name, the odds certainly aren’t working in your favor, in fact an approved a reservation from a good Host in this scenario is infinitesimally small. (What he meant to say was, “It’s not going to happen.”) During the summer and especially in a large city, Hosts get LOTS of inquiries. Don’t assume you are the Host’s only inquiry for a particular time because you could be the second or even third request for the Host.
● Verify your ID. I do not require it for you to make a Reservation, but it is a requirement for occupancy so you will need to have it prior to your arrival. It only takes a few minutes and it shows you value trust in our community. (See https://www.airbnb.com/help/question/450 for more information about Verified ID.)
● And finally, remember that you are communicating with real people and we have homes, not hotels. Please do not send messages that say things like, "NEED ASAP. WILL PAY NO MORE THAN $__. CALL ME." If that’s the case, you really need a hotel, not a hotel alternative. If this were your home, would you say yes to someone who writes in all caps and sounds like a caveman?
☛ If you are currently an Airbnb Host: ☚
● If you are interested in being an Airbnb Host now or in the future, feel free to send me a message. I’ll gladly chat with you.
● Along with being a Host, I'm also the Group Organizer for Airbnb's New Hosts Forum, the largest and most active Host Group on Airbnb’s website. Feel free to join us at https://www.airbnb.com/groups/41. On our group page you may message me privately or post a message to our nearly 5500 Host members.
● When I began as a Host, I was completely alone and had no idea what I was doing; it’s now my personal mission to ensure that new hosts don’t have to endure such uncertainty. Being a Host takes an abundance of hard work. You are not alone. A tightly connected peer support network is ready to help you and encourage your success. All Hosts are welcome here.
Glenn has completed online and offline ID verification.