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What's a good age to move to LA?

Hey, I'm gonna finish school thjis year at 16, and i really want to be an actres.. Yes, i do have experience and training and stuff. But my dream i to go to LA! I live in Australia by the way. Do you think it's possible for me to mvoe there at 17? I'll save up money and stuff, but does that look like an ok age?

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

    If you're going to come to LA while under 18, you NEED a legal guardian to be involved. Your parent/guardian has to sign your contracts/paperwork if you're under 18. If you want to go to LA by yourself, then 18 would be a better age.

    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


    *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

    -Stephen Book

    -Diana Castle

    -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

    Talentworks-Emily Hope

    House of Representatives

    Sovereign - Annalisa Babich

    Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton

    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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  • R K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    no it's not. you won't be able to do anything on your own until your 18. you don't just move

    to LA and start doing things. you will need the proper visas to stay and work in the states.

    you better save a lot of money, CA is very expensive. you will need to get a regular job

    to support yourself. get all the experience and training you can where you are first. and

    become known where you are. it will be a lot easier to come to the states as an

    established actor, than trying to come to the states and start from scratch. there isn't a set age

    to move anywhere. but in the states to live on your own and be able to sign legal

    papers and get a place to live and to get a job you need to be at least 18.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Don't forget that acting is an oversubscribed profession, and only a mixture of very hard work and good luck will get you above starvation level. There are other ways to earn good money in LA as an actress, but I doubt that your family would approve.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    in california you cannot enter into a contract before you are 18 plus 1 day so you cannot be on a rental agreement. as long as you have your parent's permission, you can go at 16.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wait till your in your twenty's. I live near LA and you don't want to go there when your in your teens. All you'll find is trouble. The perverted men look for the young new girls moving in. The Sickos!

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  • 4 years ago

    Many of individuals find that there are always barriers in their course and that luck does not prefer them at essential turning points.

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