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Old 08-27-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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Would it be at all possible for just your wife to come out first? Being a single dad for awhile isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. When the boy is two or three it'll be a whole different story but toddlers are easy. If she could secure a job and a place to live, it would be safer for you and the boy to come out later. As the vegaspilgrim pointed out, in this economy employers aren't looking to import talent when there's so much available locally.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:58 PM
 
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True enough, most employers probably won't look at your resume if you're not local. Of course there's a good chance right now that they won't look at your resume even if you ARE local. Maybe get a local cell phone number and a PO Box? (and don't expect any relocation money, although you may get lucky)
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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Do you like scary movies? Lots of them coming out of LA. I have tried here in the midwest to make horror movies and it's near impossible. Not enough resources. No matter the genre, you will have much more resources in LA.
With Horror sometimes the less resources you use the better the final result.
I've seen kids do films on phones and tiny “MUVI” cameras that scare the “S*** out of me.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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As I said in my previous posts, I would never, ever ever move without either one of us having a job lined up first!! I may be a dreamer but I'm also a very responsible person! And you can't compare buying a horse with choosing a career or the place where you live; with all due respect you're comparing oranges with apples. Certainly our lives won't stop if we stay put in Chicago and I don't become a filmmaker but I'm definetely not letting life pass me by!
of course buying a horse ins't the same, I was giving an example of dreams not being fulfilled. Had we had a race horse it would have been our career.

Maybe I have lived enough years to realize most of us have dreams that are never fulfilled.

I do wish you luck, I do see why you think this would be the perfect time, but I also am realistic enough to know, as has been pointed out: you will, most likely not even have a resume looked at if you do not live in the state and unless you have a bundle of money, you can't relocate without a job. In the best of times what you want would be tough, especially with a child, in todays market it would be even tougher.

Nita
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Well. The cost of living is pretty much the same everywhere I found. But the cost of housing is a different story. Car insurance is pricey here, as well as electricity.
I would only exercise caution of moving right now as there is no work here. I found just in moving around within the state. It takes years to make the contacts needed for employment. It will take that much longer in this economy. You may find a job right away, your spouse may take years.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Why not at least spend a week in the area you are considering moving to. I would think it would be risky to make the move without ever having been there and also without some solid job prospects. Have you considerd NYC? I believe they make films there too and you wouldn't necessarily have to live right in the city.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Why not at least spend a week in the area you are considering moving to. I would think it would be risky to make the move without ever having been there and also without some solid job prospects. Have you considerd NYC? I believe they make films there too and you wouldn't necessarily have to live right in the city.
good idea, in fact films are being made several places right now, no longer is So Calif the place one must be to get recognized.

Nita
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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good idea, in fact films are being made several places right now, no longer is So Calif the place one must be to get recognized.

Nita
It seems that British Columbia is slowly taking the film making crown away from Hollywood. That's a whole different can of worms though. It's also a lot more expensive than SoCal.
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:55 AM
 
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Uh, no. Don't move. Not worth it. I mean, yeah, if you were single and under 25, go for it. But setting up shop in the Business takes years and a ridiculous amount of false-starts and failures. You need five key things to make it: amazing luck, amazing talent, amazing connections, amazing perseverance, and perhaps most importantly -- an amazing financial safety net to help maximize the other four and keep you moving forward when those failures and false-starts happen (and they will happen).

Also, since you've never been out here and probably don't know how the Business works other than what you might see on Entourage or read in a book, you'd need a crash course. And a crash course usually means an internship or PA position. And those are usually for people 18-25 who don't have kids and like to work for below minimum wage 70 hours a week.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Okay, so I talked to my wife....and she's not on the same page! So, we're staying put...
Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
Cheers,
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