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3-2-1 Tips for Actors Moving to Los Angeles

3-2-1 Tips for Actors Moving to Los Angeles

There is no ‘perfect’ moment in one’s life or acting career to move to Los Angeles. Where you choose to live and work all depends on your particular goals and lifestyle preferences. Hundreds of actors across the country consider relocating to Los Angeles each year.  At 3-2-1 Acting School in Los Angeles, we foster the growth of all our children, teen and young adult actors who come from near and far.  If you want to know how to prepare to move to LA and what to prioritize after you arrive, here are some tips for actors moving to Los Angeles:

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  1. Maximize the resources in or near your home town. As you likely know, having strong acting training and fantastic footage of your acting work are both essential elements of your career.  Start out by taking some acting classes in your local market before you move to Los Angeles. You can even join a film collective produce your own content that you can use on your demo reel.  It’s best to come to LA with some experience and footage if you can! And it’s often much easier to gain experience, especially as a new actor, by being a big fish in a small pond.
  1. RESEARCH neighborhoods and activities ahead of the move. Research acting classes, and read online reviews. Hop onto Facebook resource groups, and get on Twitter.  Research housing options, different neighborhoods, rent prices, etc.  The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can cultivate pretty much any hobby here (even “winter” activities like skiing and snowboarding — there are mountains just a few hours outside of the city). So, in addition to planning your acting classes, look for other activities that interest you. If you love hiking, you might want to live near Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park. If you love watersports, perhaps you’ll want to be closer to the ocean. The city is huge, so being in proximity to your favorite activities is very important.
  2.  Understand that it will take at least a year to get settled in.  Los Angeles is a huge city.  It will take you nearly a year (or longer) just to figure out how to get around!  Give yourself time to settle in and get your bearings. You may want to first set up a temporary short term housing situation (check out website like airbnb.com) so that you can find the neighborhood that you truly want to live in. Enjoy the city, sign up for an LA acting class, make some new friends, and start creating a home.
  3. Prioritize an immediate way to earn income.  If you are supporting yourself financially in LA, it is suggested to have a $10,000 prudent reserve to use for the first year while you line up a job that produces income. The headshots can wait. The agent can wait. The auditions can wait.  Take some time to find a job — preferably a flexible one that you enjoy — that supports you.  Get that steady stream of income flowing. Then, you can paint the town with your fabulous acting talents.
  4. Prioritize building a community. This is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. Your community is everything.  Having a supportive of network of friends and peers will make your experience so much more fulfilling. You will feel more supported and uplifted, especially during challenging times  Taking an acting class in LA is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals who will support your journey.
  5. Embrace the journey.  Life as an actor in LA is a journey.  It’s important that you enjoy the process of building your community, life and career, understanding one of the greatest things about acting — you can do it for your entire life!  Patience is paramount. Success takes time. While there are always fantastic success stories of new actors booking high profile work straight out of the gate — and you very well could be one of these people — you just don’t know when your ‘big moment’ will arrive. But the process of learning, growing, auditioning, working should be an enjoyable one. Be grateful for every opportunity that you have to do what you love!

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