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Old 02-19-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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Hello

I am 37, female and have one child about to go to uni and an eight year old. I am a uni graduate and a number of different arts related skills/qualifications, also teacher/receptionist experience.
Not a huge amount of money to fall back on.

How crazy would I be to try to move to the states?

I would love your honest opinion. I think it is time for me to make a change.

Theatrebrit.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: New York City
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College is far, far cheaper in the UK than it is here. Even if your child were to go to a state school (which are less expensive than private schools), he or she would have to "establish residency" in that state for at least a year first. Your likely salary, either theater, teaching, or clerical, will never make up the difference in costs. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Hello

Thank you for your reply.

My son would be staying here - I would imagine that by the time I get a chance to move - he would be at uni.

It would be myself and my daughter.

I have dreams of Maine..I don't know how realistic it all could be.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Best way to find out would be to do some research into what kinds of jobs are currently available in your target area, are those businesses/industries hiring and if so, would they consider someone from the UK rather than in the US? I honestly don't know how well the arts are doing right now but just about every industry is cutting back and reducing budgets. You might need to have some pretty extraordinary qualifications.

Having said that I absolutely would not want to discourage you. Follow your dream by all means, just be prepared for possible disappointment and for the process to take several months.

Maine is mostly known for fishing, skiing, tourism. This might be useful: The Maine Arts Commission. Also, check out the Maine forum on this site as well as other NE states - it will give you good info on what it's like to live there if you're "from away". You may already know this, but the NE has some of the worst weather in the US with lots of snow and very cold temperatures.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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That is very helpful thank you.

I was aware of the weather - worse than a winter here I wonder?

You often have to make your own work if involved with the arts in any way. That is a major step forward though - thankyou.

Are there any areas known for their arts communities or colleges specialising in the arts around that area does anybody know?

If there is any information I could give in return then please ask.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I'm a composer and theater director in NYC and often work in New Hampshire. It's VERY difficult to make a living in the arts. State funding is almost non-existant (unlike in Europe). Even the most established artists have to teach or have some other form of income.

The weather is much, much worse. Snowfall can be measured in feet, not inches. In the UK people freak out over a few inches. That's a flurry in New England.

That being said, there's nothing like summer in Maine; it's spectacular. The beach, the lobster. Yum.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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I live by the sea and would find it hard to leave that. I love snow - I think I'd be OK.

Is there a coastal arty kind of area that would suit elsewhere?

I like towns within reasonable distance to cities and friendly people.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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If you want coastal and artsy, Seattle is the place for you. Very similar climate to Britain.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Don't,
Wait a little bit so the the country can get stable again or atleast a little stable. Because now, job searching is VERY hard, most companys can't afford paying for more workers.
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