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Old 04-12-2016, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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Why can't you people just suggest the most feasible way of getting here that has absolutely NOTHING to do with pimping myself out? Like say a group home or a part of LA where I'm guarenteed to find an apartment in the cgeap hundreds range?
You just answered your own question.
Rent a room. Work at a coffee shop. Done.
You're not missing any magic. Just get off this board and start accomplishing things.
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Old 04-23-2016, 02:53 AM
 
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Many people have come here with better credentials and had no success. I know someone who did this; she graduated from NYU with a degree in acting, came out here and did bit parts here and there for a while, but now she's 40 years old and is working in a restaurant as a manager. Just because you have a dream doesn't mean it comes true.

I'd bet that many porn actors and actresses thought they were coming to L.A. for their big break that never happened, but then they turned to porn as a temporary way to survive. Their temp job becomes permanent as they get hooked in by the easy money.
At lest that qualifies as success, even if it is in the porn biz, and those folks make a nice living, nothing to knock down just because of porn. They aren't living in squalor taking government hand-out. They are paying the taxes.
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Old 04-23-2016, 03:05 AM
 
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Why can't you people just suggest the most feasible way of getting here that has absolutely NOTHING to do with pimping myself out? Like say a group home or a part of LA where I'm guarenteed to find an apartment in the cgeap hundreds range?
You don't get it, do you? In Hollywood showbiz it is about Feffing with your mind, and making your jump through hoops and waiting for your to "pimp yourself out" to PROVE to them you REALLY want this more than anything and are willing to take it up the a**, literally. Have you seen the movie Swimming with the Sharks? Well that is the cleaned-up version of what it takes to make it here and how much they enjoy seeing you debase yourself to get there.

You misunderstand that a great many successful and filthy rich actors have done things worse than you thing "pimping" yourself would be. It gets them IN THE DOOR. It gets them auditions, and once they get to that point and then LUCKY, and I mean LUCK is about 98% of finding that ONE part that makes all the difference, you no longer need to pimp yourself as you are a star. But psychology demands that you having gone through such an awful process, now feel compelled to do the same to the next young nobody looking to get a break in showbiz. It's like the frat bros who make the pledges miserable, and then those same pledges who hated the process are doomed become frat bros who do terrible things to the next year's pledges.

Otherwise, you aint never going to make it. You will have to push friends off the cliff and then bend over and receive it, and LIKE IT to make it in Hollyweird. Good luck! But it sounds like you don't have what it takes to make it worth your while. Do yourself a favor and stay home.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:18 AM
 
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Why can't you people just suggest the most feasible way of getting here that has absolutely NOTHING to do with pimping myself out? Like say a group home or a part of LA where I'm guarenteed to find an apartment in the cgeap hundreds range?
Sorry but you're just setting yourself up for failure. No job lined up, no car, no money, no place to live, etc... Don't be shocked when those living here and paying taxes aren't thrilled and welcoming with open arms to those that are looking for government handouts.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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You cannot be an actor in Los Angeles without these things:

Training.EVERYONE here who's in serious contention for roles has studied either at university or an acting school. If you haven't, you don't stand a chance.

Money.Acting is a business. You're founding a startup company, you're a freelancer. That takes LOTS of capital. Apart from the expense of training, there's money for marketing--website building/hosting, profiles on pertinent casting websites, demos/reels, headshots, resumes, business cards, clothes, hair, makeup--if you aren't presenting yourself as a pro, you and your headshots will be thrown in the dustbin in no time. Then there's subscriptions to multiple important trade publications, office supplies and equipment, and plenty of other expenses. Let alone the high cost of living here.

Knowledge.You can not just show up and suddenly start acting. You have to know the industry inside and out. You have to learn who everyone is, you have to know the proper way to behave and what gets you tossed as an amateur. You need to know where everything is, the gatekeepers, the proper etiquette, and a lot more. You won't be acting "in no time." You live across the country. You know nothing of what the industry is like in LA. If you don't learn about the biz first, you'll look like an idiot, and the industry has a long memory. Look like a jackass, and they'll remember you. And NEVER cast you. It's one thing to have a bad audition, it's another to appear clearly ignorant to the CA, CD, Agent, etc. Then there's skills you have to obtain: web building. spreadsheets. Research. Graphics. Writing. Managing client database software. Bookkeeping. If you don't have the money to hire an assistant or web designer, it's all you, honey. You are a fully functioning marketing department.

Connections.You have to know people. It takes a couple of years of hard work to get anywhere near sustainable in the industry, and a big part of that is getting to know people personally, and getting them to know you. And not in a pushy, jerk way. Through events and channels that don't put pressure on them, like networking events, screenings, organizational meetings, etc. where you can connect and get to know each other without pushing them to cast you/read your screenplay/whatever. You need to know a lot of people before you get going. Yes, you get cast along the way, but you won't be sustainable until you are known to enough people in the industry that they know you are a reliable actor they can call in for an audition. And if you are cocky, they will toss you. Aside from ability, the most important thing an actor needs is to be HUMBLE, TAKE DIRECTION WELL (meaning when they ask you to it a different way, you do--immediately), and BE EASY FOR DIRECTORS AND ACTORS TO WORK WITH.

Work ethic.Being an actor involves many, many hours doing things that aren't acting. Bookkeeping. Maintaining a (proper) presence on social media. Emailing. Internet research. LOTS of internet research. You are your own marketing department. Your agent(s) get 10 percent. That means YOU do 90 percent of the work. If you aren't able to spend many hours doing the mundane chores, you will never succeed as an actor. This is a BUSINESS. PERIOD.

Ability to write with correct grammar and spelling.Or else have someone review and edit everything you write before you send anything out. I know several agents who will delete your email or toss your packet if they see grammar and spelling errors in your submission. They. Hate. That.

Perspective.An actor's job is to audition. Bookings and roles are merely icing on the cake. You will audition hundreds of times for every few bookings. It's the way it is. You will be rejected constantly. You have to audition, record your info on that audition, file it, and forget about it unless you get called back. If you live by your auditions, you'll go nuts and fail in this industry. You have to always study and train. You have never "made it." The industry changes in a heartbeat, and if you don't study constantly, you will be left behind. You have to be skilled enough to evaluate your own work so that you can know what needs improving. If you can't honestly look at your own work and find things to improve upon, you will never get any better. You have to be willing to work very, very hard at many boring, mundane things to get to enjoy the fun and amazing part of your career. You have to be fearless, but not reckless. There is a difference between looking at your training, skills, etc. and believing that you have earned your right to participate in this industry, and thinking you're a great actor and people will be falling all over themselves to cast you. The latter is a sure sign you know nothing and will, in fact, earn their scorn, not their admiration.

You have a very long way to go before you are even ready to come here, let alone become an actor.
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:55 AM
 
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Well said, but you wasted it on a troll who hasnt been on the board in five months and claims to have a family, but wants to live in a group home. Ive learned its a good idea to check dates before posting on this board. Cant believe people went for this guy for 12 pages! Lol...
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:05 AM
 
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I HAVE to move to LA to become an actor
No, you don't.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:07 AM
 
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I also said no whining or complaining about tax dollars being spent.
And I don't believe we are bound by what you said. Moochers generally don't get a say in what happens with their threads anyhow. Want to become an actor? Go nuts. It's a choice, not a requirement and our tax dollars are certainly not required to fund you.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:08 AM
 
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You guys have a metro and buses don't ya? I heard they were pretty bad but can't be that bad.
Yes, they can. They can also be pretty expensive and there are no free passes unless you're a poor high school student.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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Ya know can you people help me out for once instead of being so smug all the time. I swear man what's wrong with all you people on this here website.
Yeah, really. What's wrong with us that we don't want another freeloader in our midst? Why don't we start a collection plate for you?
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I did and got absolutely no results that I was looking for.
Big f'n surprise there. There isn't an idiot's guide to getting free ***** out there, try again.
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