Where everyone wants to be.
Where actors of all ages come to fulfill their dreams.
But is it really where you have to be?
You might not like my answer, but yes, if you are serious about a career in TV/Film. Living in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area is the key to unlocking that dream. Of course there are opportunities in other areas of the country, but this town has a history of taking your average person and turning them into a star.
Okay. Now let’s get realistic. You can’t move. You have a job. If the ‘star’ of your family is a child, they can’t move here on their own and you have other kids. You would have to get the approval of your spouse or partner. You have family where you are living now. You have a good job. You can’t afford it. It’s just not realistic. So what do you do to fulfill your own or your child’s dream?
Today, unlike years past, living in other areas of the country and desiring an acting career is not that difficult. There are some steps that should be taken and some tips that can help expand your acting opportunities.
Today, a true pilot season is all but a thing of the past. Pilot breakdowns come out all year long. And although many of us in the industry still refer to the months of January through April as pilot season, it’s not what it once was. Sure, there are more pilot breakdowns released during those months because of TV scheduling, but nothing like years past.
LA is and probably always will be the TV/Film capital of the world. Even though other states and countries offer tax incentives and many filmmakers have flocked to those areas, nothing takes the place of Tinseltown.
So, when it’s all said and done, if you’re truly serious about your TV/Film career, you should move here. If you’re an adult, only make this critical move when you have credits and you’re a member of SAG-AFTRA. This town is full of new adult actors, fresh out of colleges, who have very little real experience. Don’t do it. Don’t waste your time and money. Wait till your resume has some nice local credits and you’re at least SAG eligible.
It tends to be a bit different for kids. Children have a better chance of getting representation and obtaining auditions because casting people don’t expect them to have a lot of credits.
If/when you decide to venture out into this land where dreams are made, be ready to spend 3 years, minimum. It takes at least that amount of time for casting directors to get to know who you are and feel comfortable bringing you in to audition.
During those few years you will get familiar with your new home and all it has to offer. You should take classes, go to workshops and try to get representation.
It’s a tough business. The rejection can get to you after awhile. No one ever said it would be easy, but if you work hard and keep at it, the rewards will be great. As I tell all my actors, the one that doesn’t stop is the one that will win!
Persevere, keep your dream alive, develop your talent and before long, the opportunities will find you!
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."