Where To Move For Acting

You no longer have to live in LA or New York to get your acting career moving. You don’t have to be a small fish in a big pond.

Times are changing and TV and Film are now happening in many different places. In fact, smaller cities are great places to start getting credits under your belt before moving to bigger hubs where there is more competition. Choosing the right place can depend both on what type of work you want to do and how big or small you want to start out.

Film and TV Cities

Atlanta
New Orleans
Seattle
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Chicago
Pittsburgh
Albuquerque
Austin
Cincinnati
Boston
Denver
Miami

Theater Cities
New York
Los Angeles/Orange County
Atlanta
Boston
Chicago
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Philadelphia
San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley
Seattle
Washington, D.C.
Austin
Cleveland
Hartford
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Phoenix
Portland, Oregon
San Diego 

Thinking About Moving To One Of The Main Hubs? There are pros and cons to each.

New York City
NYC is an expensive place to live and affordable apartments are hard to come by. The city is very condensed with a lot of high-rise buildings, and it is also fast paced. It is an amazing city for theater, both on- and off-Broadway. NYC also has TV, film, and commercials being shot. Over the last couple of years many TV dramas have begun shooting in the Big Apple (though not as many as in LA). NYC has strong training for stage and film. There is great transportation and you do not need a car – subways, buses, cabs, and zip cars are at your fingertips – but keep in mind that you will be carrying your belongings from audition to audition. There are fewer auditions than in LA, but also fewer actors competing for them. NYC has fewer acting agencies then LA.

Los Angeles
LA is very spread out and rents are as high as NYC. You also must have a car, as public transportation is there but not as accessible or reliable. Auditions are happening all time all over the city, but there are more actors living there and, thus, more competition. TV, film, and commercial are the main heartbeat of LA. Theater exists in LA, but is not as strong there as in NYC. Built more like a sprawling suburb, LA lacks the “neighborhood feel” that is prevalent in NYC. You can set up an office in your car for things you will need often like head shots, resumes and other supplies. West Coast is filled with agents and managers and there is strong training for TV and Film to be found.

Have A Savings For Any Place You Move!
Regardless of where you move you need to have a savings so you will be able to focus on your acting once you're there.

Keeping these things in mind will help you choose which city works best for you and give you a leg up on your competition.
 

 

 

 

 

 

What Does It Mean When You Have A Call Back?

What does it mean when a casting director calls you back? It means you "showed up" for the audition and gave the audience a taste of what you can do, and how you would act in that character's shoes.

How do casting directors decide who to pick? You can try forever to figure this out, but here's my summary of the factors that count.

What's Your Flavor?
Understand that directors bring back the actors who know themselves, and who feel confident with how they interpret the material within themselves.

Everyone actor invited to a call back is a strong candidate, and each actor brings his/her own characteristics to the read. Go ahead and be different. Think of yourself as a ice cream flavor. Your flavor is like know one else's. Understanding what flavor you are is the key to success. While the call back is in session, the producers, director, and casting people are watching good actors express their uniqueness and your job is to show them that your flavor best represents the character.

Who gets chosen for the part may be out of your control, but you can control what you present. Even though your flavor might not be picked this time for this piece, coming prepared may mean that they keep you in mind for next time.

What is your unique flavor? Bring to the table it could very well get you booked.

 

 

 

Embracing "Yes"

Sometimes saying "yes" is most important as an actor. To explain, this is not about saying "yes" to things that cross over your values, or disturb your integrity, but rather it is an expression of openness.

Saying "yes" is a way to help you move past your fears and make you expand your craft. Think about when you first thought of wanting to be an actor. That took a lot of courage! How many people were behind your choice? In that moment you didn't care who was behind you or not, you just thought of what brings you joy. You chose it whether or not people believed in that choice. You stood up and said "yes" anyway. You said "yes" to your possibilities.

Be open as an artist to things that don't feel safe. The only thing it can do is grow. If in your acting class your teacher wants you to work on a part and your first feeling is fear, just breathe and do the scene anyway. The fear might be that you are being asked to deal with subject matter that might be too close to home. Or you might feel that it is one that you feel you don't "own". Say "yes!". No one ever grew as an actor by staying within their comfort zone. Stretch your ability – especially in a class setting. Who cares if you fall? That is a part of allowing your "yes" and growing

Are you are an actor scared to do improv? Say "yes". In the Improv world, you are only allowed to say "yes". Saying "no" when doing improv stops the scene. Don't stop your very own scene within your career. When you are open to "yes," great work can happen.