Actors For Actors
This is your page. Every month we'll feature a new question
asked by an Actor in Los Angeles that talks about what's really
going on in the business. We'll answer it - or at least
hopefully point you in the right direction. If you have
a question - ask it...
This month's question is from Hollywood:
Dear Actor's Life,
I'm 26 years old and I've just moved to Los Angeles and I want to be
an actor. All my friends and family say that I should be an actor.
So, after college, I moved here, and I moved in with a friend - and
i don't even know where to begin. I got a pretty good job waiting
tables at a restaurant, but I don't feel like I have any real map. I
don't know where to go.. What should I do first. Should I get
headshots? Should I join a theater company? There's so many which
one should I join? Any advice?
I need a map in Hollywood.
First of all, welcome to Los Angeles - we're sure you'll do great.
It's up to you to make your own map - and create the success that
you want to create. You've really tackled the toughest part of the
move to LA - which is finding a place, and finding a job. Now, you
just need to start your career. The only advice we'll give you is to
suggest two things. The first is start to explore what your
colleagues are doing. Chances are at your work there are some other
actors. Find out what they're doing - which theater companies they
belong to - and maybe go see some theater at those theaters. The
second is to seek out a good coach or school. A really good coach
will not only keep you fresh on your craft - but will also help you
with developing your marketing and your business plan. And last,
start networking. Start talking and hanging out with your peers.
Make friends. Have fun. After all, you're an actor because you want
to do it the rest of your life.
The Actor's Life