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Old 02-03-2008, 03:44 AM
 
Location: WSU Area
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I have a niece, age 24, bound and determined to "make it" in LA as an actress, but she's moving there with only 3 mo rent and high hopes. (stupid, I know, but we can't talk her out of it.) We've been checking the roommates lists, but haven't found exactly what we're looking for, say 4 - 6 young people sharing a house VERY CHEAPLY, all pursuing various dreams and goals. (Or is that scenario just on tv?) Any advice, or young person out there willing to bring in another roomie cheaply?
Hi, I've been away from LA for several years now but I am experienced on the decision making side of the industry your neice wishes to break into. Young people rarely prepare enough for those of us who are older. I guess we've forgotten what it's like to have a fire burning in our bellies. However, you might pass onto her some advice from someone who knows;

If she's determined to "make it," here's what it takes; Promptness and preparation. The fire may burn inside but those who convert the dream into a life as working talent in LA quiet it down somehow and approach everything with maximum preparation and anticipation. The old saying goes that you need the soul of an artist and the work habits of an Accountant.

Coming to LA with high hopes and not enough money is NOT a good start. There are hundreds of young, beautiful and some even very talented people who come to LA like that and fail, or worse. LA is very seductive, she will beguile you and string you along until you run into something that will help you destroy yourself. However, if you're focused and about business, having scouted out everthing that you can scout out from a distance, that very process will plug you in on the right track.

Ok, at some point she just has to show up and give it shot but understand, if you GET a shot, and you might just only get one, it'd better be a sure shot. There aren't many of us human beings who are so charismatic and talented that if the right people saw us, even on a bad day, we'd get hired anyway.

What I'm saying is that if you come out to LA half-arsed then there's a good chance that your next steps will be likewise and show business is very unforgiving of half-arsed efforts, there's too much money on the line for them to tolerate that. So, a dream and a fire in the belly isn't enough. If you think so then you could end up out there selling yer keister on Sunset Blvd or in rehab. I don't mean to be crude or unkind but LA can be a very harsh mistress.

I love show business and those tough enough to make it, but believe me, they'll all tell you that it's 90% preparation and talent, with a nice dose of luck thrown in. Sure, there's room to make mistakes, but only for those who are seriously chasing jobs or learning the craft. The dreamers should stay away, it's far too tough.

bB/former TV, Film and Music Accountant.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:48 AM
 
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Studio City, Fairfax, West Ho., Park La Brea, Koreatown (beware), Sunset Blvd, Downtown Culver City, Playa del Ray, Village Green and Wilshire Vista all spring to mind.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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Been awhile since I lived and worked in "the biz" out in LA, I left in 1990, but I was immediately struck by the "starving actors" with the $1400 per month housing budget. Wow, if they can pay that what are the working actors paying? I never paid that much rent and lived in a huge place in Westwood.

However, I wished to add that my friends still in the City recommended, via IM, a few areas contingent upon just how starving the actors are and how tied into the business they are. Realistically the one's willing to spring for $1000 plus rent will need a couple of decent day jobs. The reality is that in LA you need a car, which costs money; Gas, insurance, repairs, etc. Your worst enemy will be an unreliable vehicle, for reasons I will discuss below. $1400 per month for rent? Even for two people that's very ambitious, unless you've got a rich daddy. (more on that later)

The suggestion regarding finding a house with a group of actors living together is a good one. In that sitaution, a person looking to cinch up their resume and stills would want to live in Studio City or even Encino. Adjacent to Beverly Hills or some of the Westside locations if you're dealing with Fox (is ABC still over there?), but the West Hollywood area is full of other actors, near TVC and the guts of the business. I favor over the hill but WH and even Hollywood itself (still a scuzzy neighborhood?) for best all around proximity.

Suggestions for the West Side are good living ideas but bad proximity for people who may have to dash from a day job to an audition or other meeting. The business is VERY unforgiving of lateness and lack of preparation, know that up front. The reason? If you're doing principal photography on a film or appearing on a Soap you've got a herd of techs making union scale and other workers being paid big bucks to make the thing happen. Tardy talent costs money and pisses people off. So, you gotta live close to the action to BE SURE to be able to be on time. Those with New York stage experience already know these things and probably can develop some good contacts and advisors in LA.

Oh, and for those coming to LA to act who do have rich daddies; Do something else, you don't need the heartbreak! It's VERY TOUGH to break into the biz. It can be done but the level of commitment is high, you'll need the hide of an Armadillo and the focus of a watchmaker.

God bless you starving actors!

Those of you who become working actors in Glittertown will surely have some stories to tell. My Mom was one in New York in the 30's and 40's. She's a wacky old lady now but she says she had a blast!

bB/former TV, Film and Movie Accountant







1990 was a really long time ago, especially where housing costs are concerned. i was paying $295/mo (utilities included) for a bachelor in the miracle mile area back then. i wasn't a starving actor, but i waited tables for a living, so i had the typical starving actor's budget, and that was all i could afford. that same kitchen-less shoebox would fetch at least three times that these days. things HAVE changed!
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:55 PM
 
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Being that you are trying to pursue your acting career I would suggest Burbank, Studio City, N. Hollywood. The rent is not cheap though, and Burbank has no rent increase. But on the brighter note you will have easy access to the studios, and freeways.
Good Luck
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:35 AM
 
Location: WSU Area
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1990 was a really long time ago, especially where housing costs are concerned. i was paying $295/mo (utilities included) for a bachelor in the miracle mile area back then. i wasn't a starving actor, but i waited tables for a living, so i had the typical starving actor's budget, and that was all i could afford. that same kitchen-less shoebox would fetch at least three times that these days. things HAVE changed!
Geez, a Miracle Mile studio Apt is nearly $900/Mo??? Wow, I guess I'll abandon all thoughts of returning to LA. I pay a bit under that now and have a 3 bdrm renovation with appliances, hardwood floors, kitchen with counter, parking, etc... Of course I'm in back home in Michigan, up to my rear end in snow. And here I thought my old friends, who've had killer jobs for 20 years or more, were piling up the dough. No, housing costs have been eating them up 'cuz they're all Westsiders with expensive taste.
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:06 AM
 
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Default Ok, moving from NYC

Awesome! I'm actually moving out to Boston in the fall, so nice switch. So you're an actor, well Little Tokyo area has some nice stuff going on near downtown (that area is hardcore gentrifying so I wouldn't be surprised if its like the next Greenwich Village except on the West Coast), but Silverlake is also pretty nice an artsy and stuff as well + I was in that area on Friday and the whole California real estate slump thing got's a lotta' people renting out. So look around and try something new, being from LA and having some contacts here and there I know for a fact that not everyone in the industry lives in Hollywood or Studio City(although sometimes it may be more convenient). Hope I could be of help!
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Hey everyone, I will also be moving to the LA area in pursuit of the same dreams of working as an actor. The advice on areas to live was helpful when looking through these threads! I work as a bartender now in Chicago and would like to continue doing so as a side job in LA, any advice on popular bars to work in that the workers make good money?

Also, does it seem illogical to think of getting an apartment solo? I have a budget of the same amount as those who posted this thread, if not lower... I have looked up studios and such on craigslist and so forth and have fond places for 700-1000$ in those types of areas for a studio... since I'm not from Cali, I don't know if that's even realistic. Any advice would be helpful and appreciated!
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:25 AM
 
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How about Silverlake?
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL (NoHo MAY 2008!!!)
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Chicago I wouldn't get an apartment by yourself. I'm moving out there in May and their is two upsides to having a roomie..1 you'll have someone to talk to and go out on the town with and experience the city with, being as you don't know anyone out there and 2..even though you can afford the rent..there's also utilities to be paid and it's much cheaper to split the rent and the utilities with another person. I'm definitely gonna get a roomie.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Upstate New York, USA
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I'm also an actor...planning on moving to LA (go figure) to pursue a career...or at least a good job in film. Why don't we all ban together and get a place hahaha.


Really though, what are some recommended jobs aside from waitressing that could help pay the bills? Right now i'm a dual major in theatre and mass communications in undergrad so maybe that will help?
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