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Old 02-01-2011, 03:02 PM
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I worked at a ritzy hotel in Santa Monica; at least half the staff were actors with a few musicians scattered here or there. A lot of these people became (or flirted with) Scientology, frequented places that actors had worked at before making it big, went to Second City, played shows everywhere they could, and never got anywhere.

The only two I knew who got work with any consistency were a friendly, overweight white guy with male-pattern baldness who was occasionally typecast as the awkward, aging nerd; the used car salesman; the middle-aged sleazoid, etc. He probably made an extra 10-20k per year from his work.

The other was a really cute Korean-American girl in her late 20's who had an ethnically-indeterminate Asian face and could pass for Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc. She got tons of extra work; she was in all the Fast and Furious movies as a racer chick in the background, and in basically any other film or TV show shot in LA where they needed to make it look like Asia. She said that each job usually paid about $500-1500. She'd never had a speaking role in any films.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:39 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Originally Posted by DewDropInn View Post
Does moving to L.A. from Orange County count (?) because I've got a list.

(And very funny, Charles. That's you? I thought he was obviously a guy from the Valley.)
Actually that's not me. That guy is better looking. I'm pretty ugly.

I'm so ugly that when I went for my proctology exam, the doctor stuck his finger in my mouth.

I'm so ugly that when I was a kid playing in the sandbox, the cat buried me.

I'm so ugly, when I walk by a bathroom, all the toilets flush.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:11 PM
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yea orange county counts too!
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:12 PM
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dang how much was that superbowl check?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by tweetybird11208 View Post
yea orange county counts too!
OK, In my generation, me, a brother, couple dozen friends, Steve Martin, Michele Pfeiffer, Diane Keaton, Kevin Costner, Jackson Browne...
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:25 PM
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I moved to LA in 2005 and within two years had worked for all of the big studios, including Warner Bros., Fox and Sony in public relations, marketing and licensing positions. The first jobs were temporary but I landed a full-time gig at WB. I LOVED hanging out on the lots but found the work to be extremely boring. I'm just not cut out for the 9-6 thing. I'm now a freelance writer and am very happy. I also did some movie and video extra work, which was fun.

For me, getting entertainment gigs was all about hard work, tenacity and talent (maybe). I just refused to give up. I didn't have any connections in the industry and went on countless interviews. It eventually pays off and then you find out that you'd rather be doing something else. ;p
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:18 PM
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Originally Posted by Charles View Post
I came to LA to make it big in porn.

I didn't make it.
It's the cigarettes, dude. And the faux wood panelling. Will kill every time.

I tried out being a freelance freelancer in L.A., but it didn't get too far. Something about being too stoned. Met Robert Goulet, though. And the "voice of Charlie Brown". At an awards show. Woohoo!

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Old 02-01-2011, 10:59 PM
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@summerwriter: sounds like a cool job
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:22 AM
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I was aquainted with a couple of people that came here to be in films etc. and they have had pretty opposite results.
The first is a guy that came out here after graduating from NYU with a 4 year degree and thought he had it wired to make it (his words). Other than a few brief appearances in TV sitcoms, self directed plays and in a couple of 100 seat plays, his entertainment career has basically gone no where. He's very bright, high energy and seems to have acting talent but success has eluded him - I forgot one "credit"; he has a pretty significant speaking role in an unreleased Johnny Depp film. That film was made several years ago now and most likely for whatever reason will not be released.
The other person, Jenna Fischer, of "The Office" fame and several film appearances obviously has done pretty well for herself. I was aquainted with her when she worked as a temp in - you got it - an office in downtown LA. It was the perfect gig for her as her boss was very understanding and let her fit auditions in to her schedule as needed. She did a lot of live theater work and had some appearances (small roles) in TV shows and films. She also had a 4 year degree and really emphasizes how glad she is that she attended college (also gave her some acting outlets) before making the plunge out here. She didn't know anyone when she came out but wrangled an agent (I don't know how she did that as I never asked) and got herself busy as described. Her boss was eventually laid off due to no fault of his and I didn't see her again until I was channel surfing and just happened to catch her in an episode of The Office. It took me a moment to truly believe it was her as when I knew her, she had very short hair (which I like better, sorry Jenna). The rest of the story you can google.
These are just two stories out the thousands of people who have tried to make it in entertainment. Just as an aside, Charlize Theron actually was noticed by an agent, director or producer in a bank when she had a melt down over something. Of course the odds of that happening are atsronomical!
Don't be discouraged by responses in your other posting but maybe take a little more time to prepare for the adventure and if it's really in your heart, go for it! Be realistic though....
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:50 PM
Location: California
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My daughter and her bf moved there after college to work in art/animation/FX and both found jobs in the field the first month. It's entry level stuff and nothing terribly exciting, but it pays the rent and whatnot.
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