Recently, a few actors have contacted me seeking my advice on whether they should relocate to Los Angeles. So I decided perhaps if I create a blog it may assist others who are wanting to head to the US and don't know where to start.
Are you ready?
This is the key question you need to ask yourself before you even contemplate packing your bags. Unfortunately, I can't answer this question for you. However, I will discuss some important things, I believe, you should consider when answering this question.
Let's start this blog with TRAINING!
I strongly believe in any industry or profession you must have training to build a solid foundation to success. So, the acting industry is no different we all want to be professional actors, right? Otherwise, we wouldn't be wanting to relocate to the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles.
FIND A COACH!
Do your research...find an acting coach who has a good reputation, and just as important, someone you feel comfortable. I have trained with many different coaches in Australia and LA. For me, I like to be challenged by my coach, to push my boundaries & explore all aspects of my character and/or situation. However, when I was just starting out I wanted a coach who could teach me the basics of acting, someone who could give me a solid foundation and understanding of the craft. Not every coach will suit every actor! Every coach will have their own unique style. Even if two coaches are teaching the same method usually some of their own industry/life experiences will have combined to influence their teaching style. Don't be afraid to try switch coaches until you find the one that is right for you!
I don't mean just once a week, I am talking as often as possible. I know what you're thinking I can't afford classes that often, right? Wrong! Have coaching at least once a week, more if you can afford it, the key is to practice what you learn in class. Your acting coach will give you the necessary tools however it is up to you to practice, practice, practice. Class time is not for practice! Class time is when you should be listening, observing & learning, then it's UP TO YOU to practice and perfect what you have just been shown.
In school we are taught the importance of study groups and acting is no different. Get a study buddy or in this case an acting buddy to train with between classes. This is a great way for actors to support each other, learn from each other and practice in a relaxed environment. The best part it's FREE! If you don't have anyone in your class willing to study with you then...you're screwed. Jokes! Grab a video camera, smart-phone, your parents, flat-mate, be your own audience and stand in front of the mirror, anything...just do it, PRACTICE!
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