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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Make Your Dream A Reality

What is life’s purpose? According to popular speaker and bestselling author Mike Dooley, "It almost never lies behind the door marked, 'just be logical.' "

I just love that quote. I think it really resonates for actors or anyone wanting to go after their dream. No one has ever achieved the unachievable by being logical, practical or playing life safe.

Take a risk, listen to your gut, and go for it.

Knowing who you are and what you have to give in life is such a big key to being an actor. Stay focused with hard work toward your goal. Here are some useful steps:

1. Work hard
You can not just be an actor without any work involved. Working on your craft is a must at all times. Growing your tool built will only help you be open to booking more work.

Also having knowledge of how your business needs to be run. You are a CEO of you business and understanding how to get your hard work out into the world to be seen is vital important.

2. Step away and take a break
Set at least 2 days during the week to have play time and breath and learn to let go of the work you did that week. Letting go of the outcome of that work. After your days away pick back up where you left off with full focus and energy. Keeping your energy toward your goal flowing.

3. Build your support system
Keep positive people around you. Support in the hardest of times needs a solid team built around you. They will help keep you focus and positive.

4. Meditate on gratitude
First give gratitude for what you have, and then imagine your dream as if you already are living it. Being open to new things coming.

5. Create a vision board
Make a vision board. Cut out pictures of things you want to attract in your life. Words you want to hear, people you want to meet. Once it is done if you want you can keep it out in the open as a daily reminder. Or you can put it away and pull it on at the end of the year. Fun to see what parts started to move for you or came to you that year.

6. Change negative "self talk" to positive
Work on catching and changing negative self talk. If you catch yourself doing it try in moment to talk yourself out of it. You might feel a little crazy when dealing with this. It will take some practice. Change it to positive talk. Try and find if you can one thing in the moment that is good. Focus your energy there.

Ask yourself in that moment how has thinking anything negatively with my career or life serve me? Did it help? Did things move forward by me doing this?

Just putting that into thought might help change that thought. Negativity keeps you trapped where you are. In order for a dream to move forward your going to need to keep taking steps forward. You can not stay in the same place.

7. Understand you are amazing!
Don’t try to be anyone but yourself. You are wanted in this career. Your type and who you are is a gift to all that get to see it, if you have the courage to put it out there.

Try these things and walk with courage as you make your dream a reality.