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Old 02-26-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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So I'm in to all things creative: writing, film, directing, and acting. I'm from the metro detroit area, about ready to pack my bags and leave for LA - BUT the Detroit media/newspapers keep saying that the film industry from LA is moving HERE and IS here!!!(Film industry reels in new residents | freep.com | Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/article/20100221/BUSINESS06/2210478/Film-industry-reels-in-new-residents - broken link))
I'm soo frustrated! I WANT TO GO FAR with my acting, writing, and creative abilities but I hate Michigan! But then again it seems like the competition would be 100x greater in LA...
'Do I stay or do I go now?'
{P.S. I also care about a social life and the weather, which I feel is wayy better in L.A.}
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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The industry goes where it makes economic sence to film. With more resorces in the LA area is always returns to LA over time.

If you are writing, why do you need to be here? It is much more expensive to live here.

Why not write a script and sell it. You could also make shorts and put them on you tube. A few movie deals have happened that way.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:39 AM
 
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The industry goes where it makes economic sence to film. With more resorces in the LA area is always returns to LA over time.

If you are writing, why do you need to be here? It is much more expensive to live here.

Why not write a script and sell it. You could also make shorts and put them on you tube. A few movie deals have happened that way.
Okay, yea, one could probably write in both places. I guess I'm more asking about ACTING.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (wilshire/westwood)
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So I'm in to all things creative: writing, film, directing, and acting. I'm from the metro Detroit area, about ready to pack my bags and leave for LA - BUT the Detroit media/newspapers keep saying that the film industry from LA is moving HERE and IS here!!!(Film industry reels in new residents | Free.com | Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/article/20100221/BUSINESS06/2210478/Film-industry-reels-in-new-residents - broken link))
I'm soo frustrated! I WANT TO GO FAR with my acting, writing, and creative abilities but I hate Michigan! But then again it seems like the competition would be 100x greater in LA...
'Do I stay or do I go now?'
{P.S. I also care about a social life and the weather, which I feel is wayy better in L.A.}

Here's your solution. Detroit is a crap hole, it's ghetto, rundown, etc. Why the hell even think about pursuing a career there in any way? Especially if it has to do with the entertainment industry? I tell you right now that LA is already prominent in that field so finding work here would surely be a million times better, also once we pull out of the recession LA would be back in business. So choose LA, it's nicer, prettier and a much better place to live than Detroit.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I am with Hollywood Inquirer on this one. Just make sure before you get here to have a way to support yourself.

Also to get into the acting business you will need to get a SAG card. To get it you need to verify that you were an extra on 3 differant projects. To verify that you need to get your ticket stamped and not everyone is bending over backward to do that for you. You can contact the Screen Actors Guild for info on how to go about it. As much as I am against the Union the business is pro union and many wont give you the time of day if you don't have your SAG card.

Two co-workers that I know have SAG cards. One former co-workers 2 kids have them. Takes time to do it though.

The other route, especially if you can write and create something, is to create a persona or charachter that is unique to you. Create your own success. If it doesn't work you can always make changes untill you have something that sells.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:32 AM
 
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Sorry but Detroit has nothing compared to L.A.

Case in point: The actor they profiled in that Detroit news article - never heard of him. Let's be honest - one of the perks of acting is fame. That is not going to happen by staying in Michigan.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:38 AM
 
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So I'm in to all things creative: writing, film, directing, and acting. I'm from the metro detroit area, about ready to pack my bags and leave for LA - BUT the Detroit media/newspapers keep saying that the film industry from LA is moving HERE and IS here!!!(Film industry reels in new residents | freep.com | Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/article/20100221/BUSINESS06/2210478/Film-industry-reels-in-new-residents - broken link))
I'm soo frustrated! I WANT TO GO FAR with my acting, writing, and creative abilities but I hate Michigan! But then again it seems like the competition would be 100x greater in LA...
'Do I stay or do I go now?'
{P.S. I also care about a social life and the weather, which I feel is wayy better in L.A.}
Detroit? You must be kidding me. If there was even another big city that the Hollywood industry has production and connections with, it's Atlanta. Atlanta is slowly becoming 'LA 2.0". If you don't want the hustle and bustle and astronomical cost of LA life, move to Atlanta. Not Detroit.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The Booming Megalopolis of SoCal
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Detroit? You must be kidding me. If there was even another big city that the Hollywood industry has production and connections with, it's Atlanta. Atlanta is slowly becoming 'LA 2.0". If you don't want the hustle and bustle and astronomical cost of LA life, move to Atlanta. Not Detroit.
Which there isn't.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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Wink Way out West

Location really does matter in such things. Particularly as an actor you stand a far better chance of getting roles in LA than Detroit. Hollywood is still the epicenter. That said, you'll also find yourself trying to live in an expensive place with all the other would-be actors who are probably your servers in any restaurant.

It may help to think strategically. As in if acting is it, then what steps will best lead to it? Even if Hollywood is in LA, which moves will actually best get your foot in the door.

I can tell you for a fact that they hire extras in New Mexico for feature films. There is a small but definite movie business there which is centered on Santa Fe, NM. You may have seen more than a few westerns and other movies that were filmed there. Just outside Santa Fe is an established, working, movie lot. It just could be, really might, that the aspiring actor might more easily get their foot in the door in a place such as this, be noticed. There is less serious competition. Once that is accomplished you'll be working with the best, with your dedication and abilities the best predictors of success.

After all, last I heard Harrison Ford resides just outside of Jackson, WY. However as an aspiring actor at the outset me might well have starved there. In some way or manner he had to begin.
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