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

New Orleans
Minneapolis/St. Paul

Theater Cities
New York
Los Angeles/Orange County
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Minneapolis/St. Paul
San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley
Washington, D.C.
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
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.




Tell Your Self-Sabotage To Take A Hike!

How we handle our thoughts is what defines us.

for most of us, self-sabotage is an internal battle every day. Staying positive through the up’s and down’s of your thoughts and emotions can be challenging. Don’t let the old, “I am not good enough” take over.

As an actor, you will experience a lot of nerves and self doubt – particularly in auditions. The inner negative talk and fears appear when we are under pressure.

How do you deal with it, and get rid of it?
First of all remember that know you are in good company. Put on your tool belt and start to chip away at your inner fears. Learn how to tell it to step aside so you can do what you came to do.

How do you set it aside?
No one I know can completely get that negative voice out of their head. It is how you handle it that will define you. If the voice of pessimism comes your way, take a breath, and tell it to take a break. Tell it thanks for trying to join you, but you’r really busy. Tell the voice to go get a coffee, take a bike ride or do anything else except bother you.

As silly as this might sound, this is important because that pessimism is a form of self-sabotage that comes between you and moving your career forward. Don't let it into your thoughts!

Have the courage to let the world see your gifts and who you really are.

Your 60 Second Pitch

Have you ever gone on an agent meeting and run out of things to say? Or got so nervous that you forgot what you are all about? All you keep thinking in your mind is that you hope they sign you? if so, it's time to learn your pitch.

Casting, agents and managers see so many people. They are looking for a human connection with a person. Seeing who real you is will help them to make that connection. When you know who you are, and what you have to give to the world, this makes interviewing much easier to do.

Writing Your 60-second Pitch
Think about the fun and unique things that make you you within 60 seconds. Knowing this backwards and forwards will help become more natural and relaxed in a meeting. People will know your credits before they have decided they want to know you. What makes people want to be around you? What makes people want to watch you or get to know you? Make those qualities part of what you project. Be relaxed and true to who you are. Keep your goals in your pocket. Try to make a connection and show them who and what you are about. It can calm your nerves and help you tell the story of who you really are.

Start your 60 seconds right now!