My Chances - Acting in L.A.?
I am a young teenager (under 16 - I am not telling my exact age for safety purposes), and have been contemplating about asking my parents about possibly moving out to California so that I can pursue an acting career.
Before you bash me, I am fully aware that this is highly unlikely, and, even if I did, I probably wouldn't get any principal roles, as there are MANY actors and actresses who are much more qualified, and have been in the industry since birth.
I have taken multiple classes at my local John Robert Powers since age 8, gone to a few seminars, and I have an agent in Miami, FL. I am also in my school's Drama Club.
I have researched all of the various need-to-knows of starting out in Los Angeles: Coogans, Unions & the requirements to join, as well as things like the Taft-Hartley Act, Work Permits, etc.
I have a slightly unique look. I have short [almost boy-cut] brown/auburn hair, and would consider extensions for a role if need-be, as I have had longer hair in the past. I have double-pierced lobes, as well, and a face shape similar to that of Audrey Hepburn. I have a "Madonna gap", which I may soon have surgery to correct. I am slim, and I look slightly older than my age.
I live in an area where decent auditions are hard to come by, and they're usually for musicals, if anything at all.
I understand the cost of my family moving out to L.A., as well as other applicable fees.
I have a very outgoing, bubbly personality, and I am told that I am a natural in front of the camera, also.
Those of you who have been in the L.A. industry before, or have reputable sources to back yourself up, how much of a chance DO I have in Los Angeles?
- TruthTeller59Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!
Since you're under 18, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER!
Take JRP off of your acting resume! It's a huge joke in LA and NY and will get you LAUGHED OUT. Instead, put the teacher's name and say it was a private studio and study at REAL schools in LA.
Here's the cliffnotes version of what you need to succeed in LA:
1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!
READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):
*=If you're on a budget
*Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
*How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
*Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
*An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)
*Book the Job-Doug Warhit
*Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas
*Art of Acting-Stella Adler
*Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
*A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
-Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull
-8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv
*How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman
Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!
Best schools in LA:
-Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!
-Stuart K. Robinson
Improv (All four are great)
-Upright Citizens Brigade
Scene Study/Acting (It varies. Some schools are not for everyone. Chubbuck, Eric Morris, and Howard Fine are not for people who aren't fans of Strasberg or Uta Hagen (ie. affective memory and substitution.) Playhouse West, Joanne Baron/DW Brown, and Acting Corps are more Meisner oriented. Try to audit these places and make sure if they're for you or not.
-Beverly Hills Playhouse
-Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown
3. Get GREAT headshots
Here's is a good place to start:
4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.
How to make an ACTING resume:
The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE SCAMS!
Free but proceed with caution:
Here are some of the best places in LA to meet casting directors and theatrical agents:
-Talent to Go
6. Get an Agent
To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.
You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.
Here are some agencies that are more open to taking developing actors:
Top Youth Agencies:
Coast to Coast
Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier
Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):
KSR *-Alicia Ruskin
Abrams *- Mark Measures
CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg
Diverse *- Wendy Morrison
Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon
Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff
Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel
Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner
Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg
Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman
Bobby Ball-Mike O'Dell
Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis
DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran
DDO - Marlene Sutton
Venture IAB - Noel Palm
Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks
Arlene Thornton and Associates - Tracy Mapes
Pantheon * -Patricia Dawson or Pierre Gatling
Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist
Don Buchwald and Associates *- Kristy Dax
M. Greene and associates - Jim Lighte
AKA * - Doug Ely
Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier -Gloria Hinojosa
Brady, Brannon, and Rich * - Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady
Brass Artists - Jack Ianacci
Aqua - John Kolinofsky
Special Artists Agency - Alexandra Gucovsky
Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola
Angel City - Gwen Davis
BiCoastal - Greta Hanley
Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien
Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
LA Talent - Pam Loar or Mike Casey
LW1 - Sean Robinson
Mavrick - Brad Diffley
Momentum - Garry Purdy
NTA*- Nancy Luciano
Up and Comer Commercial Agencies:
-Talentworks (Emily Hope from ACME is here)
-House of Representatives (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)
-Sovereign (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)- Annalisa Babich
-Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton of Baron Entertainment is there.
Theatrical Agents (Minus the Big 4 (William Morris, UTA, ICM, CAA) and the B Agencies(Gersh, APA, Paradigm, Innovative) who do NOT take beginners) :
David Shapira and Associates
The Glick Agency
Kazarian Spencer (KSR)
Michael Greene and Associates
Coast to Coast
House of Representatives
- 4 years ago
I don't know the answer to your LA or NY question.. But I am here to answer your question within the question. DON'T change your decision, if you truly love to act, which it sounds like you do, Very much. It might seem hopeless now, but do every thing you can to make it happen. Go and audition any and every where possible. Yes, take classes, but being involved in theater plays and films, is very good experience as well. I have doubted myself as well, but like you said, I jump right back into my dream for becoming an actor. :) But also, you will want to have a Plan B. Like say, you're going to attend college and study drama, but also study something else, like business. Because there is always a chance you may not make it, as hard as it is to hear that, it's very true. Once you study that, you'll be able to get a job, whilst still attempting to make your acting dream a reality. You'll have to be able to afford to move to LA or NY first, you know? I wish you the best of luck.
- 1 decade ago
I think you might have a good chance. You sound a lot more qualified to be acting there than I do. However, I'm a little unsure if you should move your whole family there and you might end up not becoming famous just yet. I would suggest waiting a few more years when you are old enough and you could go there by yourself and you wouldn't have to worry about having your whole family move there. Also, maybe you could take up more acting classes when you get into college and get some more experience in and out of school for the next few years or so. If you really want to try it out now, then I guess you could but I suggest maybe getting a little more experience before you audition for any roles in LA.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Spectacularly low. In L.A. there will always be someone better than you, and most of the time it's not about how good you are anyway, it's about how lucky you can get. There are a lot of people trying to make it, to be able to stand out in the crowd is tough.
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- 1 decade ago
i would say go for it you sound like you know what your doing you sound very mature for your age i would ask your parents about it and see what they say.
im sure they would love to have an actress for a daughter.