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Old 01-18-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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I moved from Dallas,TX to LA to expand my acting. I'm currently rooming with a friend that I know from Texas, however, he's back at home visiting family for the next month.

I'm alone in his apartment, don't know ANYONE, not quite sure where to go for a day job, acting gigs, don't have an agent here, and since I have limited funds, i'm just living off that.

I'm worried about where to go from here for money/acting/friends, etc.

I'd love to meet new people and make some money.

I'm currently looking at craigslist for work or auditions, but most seem like scams or have already been flagged.

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Any tips would be appreciated
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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Get work as an extra. What was your plan when you came out here?
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: UK
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Try meet in (or meet up?) groups and try networking with other social networking groups. Have you signed up with temp agencies? I had a friend who worked temp jobs while in between projects. Look in the paper and go to networking events. Mingle at industry events of you can get to them. I would get on craigslist and put a friends ad for people new to the area who are also acting. Try to get some extras casting gigs for money if you need it. My girlfriend sometimes is a seat filler at awards (not sure if you get paid for that though) I would sign with an agent ASAP to get some jobs. We are currently trying to get my son signed with CESD one of the best agents out there. You can PM me if you need more info, my sons' aunt is a casting director out there and we met alot of agents and managers through her.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:48 AM
 
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Thanks everyone!

I'm signed up with Jeff Olan Casting (similar to Central Casting) and Extras Cast Management. They've gotten me a few extras gigs for some extra money.

LACasting.com is great too. I have auditions lined up for this week and I also got a modeling gig for late Feb. Pretty exciting.

I've heard great things about CESD, I looked them up to mail them my packet(Cover letter, Headshot, Resume), but they don't accept self-submitted packets. They require that it's from someone higher up in the business, such as a director/producer/etc. Agents will come with some time.

I actually set up a little flyer by the mail in my apts asking for pointers for places that are hiring in the area if they knew of any. You'd be surprised how many people are willing to help somebody out!

-Lucas Bonassin
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:19 AM
 
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Don't consider acting as a career choice. It's not. Consider acting as a hobby and nothing more. You're more likely to get casted if you're just looking for something to do in your free time versus looking for a way to pay rent and make a living.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:50 PM
 
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Default Funny you said that...

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Don't consider acting as a career choice. It's not. Consider acting as a hobby and nothing more. You're more likely to get casted if you're just looking for something to do in your free time versus looking for a way to pay rent and make a living.

Since I originally posted this, I've weened off acting, and focused more on my engineering degree. Next thing you know, I get a casting call for a commercial, submitted, and got it. It was just for an extra, but it paid SAG rates so it wasn't bad. A few days after the shoot I get asked if I wanted to be promoted to principal... I accepted.

Paychecks have been huge. Everyone I know says to keep going the acting route, but my scholastic career draws me in more for the time being.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:27 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Paychecks have been huge. Everyone I know says to keep going the acting route, but my scholastic career draws me in more for the time being.
Huge, but enough to live comfortably off of the rest of your life yet? Probably not. So I'd suggest doing both. If you're making good money, that means you can also get a pretty good education.

Maybe you'll be the next Gerard Butler, except this time an engineer instead of a lawyer. Or perhaps Dolph Lundgren? He's a Fulbright Scholar and has a Masters in ChemEng. Maybe Kris Kristofferson? He's a Rhodes Scholar.

Basically, pursuing your education doesn't prevent you from successfully breaking into a career in acting, and considering the odds, it's probably the smartest thing to do.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Since I originally posted this, I've weened off acting, and focused more on my engineering degree. Next thing you know, I get a casting call for a commercial, submitted, and got it. It was just for an extra, but it paid SAG rates so it wasn't bad. A few days after the shoot I get asked if I wanted to be promoted to principal... I accepted.

Paychecks have been huge. Everyone I know says to keep going the acting route, but my scholastic career draws me in more for the time being.
Get your education and keep doing the commercials on the side. It won't hurt and you will always have something to fall back on.

Thanks for keeping us informed. It is always fun to hear how things have turned out, progress made (if it is) or choices to not continue. Even when the results are not what one had hoped, getting back and reporting can be helpful to many.

Nita
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: California
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I think the best feeling in the world is know you have options. Good for you.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses.

Yea I'm definitely focused on school. The money from the commercial has gone to pay off all my debt, most of my car, and get my wife and I a DSLR camera we've been wanting for a long time.

I didn't know about Gerard Butler or Dolph Lundgren...very interesting. Shows that people can still continue to act when they're older, and still make it big. There are so many young actors, or actors that come from acting families that can discourage you a bit.

I still stand where I was on my last update, school 110% and acting whenever I hear of occasional gigs that are worth the time.

Thanks!
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