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?
- TruthTeller59Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
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:
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
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
Coast to Coast
House of Representatives
- R KLv 71 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.
- John PLv 71 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.
- Anonymous4 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!
- 4 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
U CAN TRY BOLLYWOOD ALSO