? asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

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?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!


    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:


    READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

    *=If you're on a budget

    Acting business:

    *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

    Method Acting:

    *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

    Auditioning/Cold Reading:

    *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber

    *Audition-Michael Shurtleff

    -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman


    Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

    Best schools in LA:

    Cold Reading/Auditioning

    -Margie Haber

    -Brian Reise

    -Amy Lyndon


    -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!

    -Chris Game

    -Stuart K. Robinson

    -Stuart Stone

    -Killian McHugh

    -Francine Selkirk-Akerman

    -Carolyne Barry

    Improv (All four are great)


    -Second City

    -Upright Citizens Brigade

    -Improv Olympic

    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.

    -Doug Warhit

    -Kimberly Jentzen

    -Beverly Hills Playhouse

    -Howard Fine

    -Stella Adler

    -Ivanna Chubbuck

    -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown

    -Tom Todoroff

    -Playhouse West

    -Aaron Speiser

    -Acting Corps

    -Eric Morris


    -Scott Sedita

    -Lesly Kahn

    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.

    Sample Resume:


    How to make an ACTING resume:


    The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:






    Free but proceed with caution:




    5. Networking

    Here are some of the best places in LA to meet casting directors and theatrical agents:


    -Network Studio

    -Casting Network


    -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


    Daniel Hoff

    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

    Pakula King

    Peter Strain

    SMS Talent


    Stone Manners

    SDB Partners





    Coast to Coast

    Daniel Hoff

    Defining Artists

    Gage Group


    Hervey Grimes

    Henderson Hogan

    House of Representatives




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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous
    1 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.

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