Planning on Moving to LA? – 10 DON’T Items for your first year

Part 1 of 2 of 1st year in Los Angeles

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Most of the information provided on this site is personal insight from being an Actor (22 years), Writer (13 years), Stand-Up Comedian (13 years) and Producer (7 years) that moved to Los Angeles in March of 2012.  What I said about all of the things that you did previous to moving to a major market city applied to me as well.  I did a SAG Ultra Low Budget (ULB) film and I thought to myself “wow I became SAG all the way out here in Tucson, Arizona”, it is important for you to understand how SAG, now SAG-AFTRA when they merged in April of 2012, really works and that will be discussed in another post.

Most actors that move to Los Angeles, myself included, believe that they will move to Los Angeles and hit the ground running; as a fellow artist please understand that it didn’t happen for me, my friends, my friends of friends, other actors that I met in acting classes and workshops that I attended and it more than likely (never say never) will happen for you.

 

10 Don’ts

  1. Please DO NOT move to Los Angeles without any money.
  2. Please DO NOT get head shots in the city you are from and bring them out to Los Angeles thinking they are the best pictures in the world, because hate to break it to you they aren’t.
  3. Please DO NOT come out here without transportation.
  4. Please DO NOT rent an apartment off the internet and put yourself in a bad location that is either unsafe for you physically or inconvenient for you transportation wise.
  5. Please DO NOT spend $300, $400 or even $500 monthly on an acting class the minute you move out here; there are better things you can do with your money starting out that will advance your career faster than taking a known person’s acting class.
  6. Please DO NOT come out here with a huge overhead of bills and expenses to pay unless you have the money to pay them. One of two things will happen:  You will either be back home in 6 months or you will be working so hard to stay afloat you will have no time to work on your craft.
  7. Please DO NOT let other people (friends, family or otherwise) tell you that you are not good enough to make it.
  8. Please DO NOT let anybody tell you that they can make you famous, unless they are a legitimate (keyword is legitimate) established player in the game.
  9. Please DO NOT come out here with a bad drug habit.
  10. Please DO NOT get so caught up in being an actor that you forget to live your life.

There are several reasons why these exist and in the next post I will go over the 10 don’ts in greater detail.   I will list the 10 Do’s in part 2 of the series…

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