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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
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Laura Doukas, Actress
I did what you said and I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
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Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
Question: "Should I try and get into acting in LA or in NY?"
Answer: There are different schools of thought on this.
If you are asking yourself the question about acting in LA or in NY and if you talk to someone like Brian O'Neil who has more than 20 years experience in the industry as an actor, personal manager and agent and who has written a book called Acting As A Business: Strategies For Success and who is one of the leading experts in the industry about how actors make it to the top, he swears that the way to the top is through the theatre in New York. He has numerous examples of actors who have a solid theatre background before moving to LA to pursue television and film. His point of view is so interesting an eye opening that I took a seminar with him, had consultation with him and got him to contribute to my website. Brian helped me put together this list of 17 things you can do to get your acting career started right away.
If you talk to Hollywood acting coach Bernard Hiller whom I interviewed about what it takes to start out acting in LA or in Hollywood for example, he swears that if you want to be in television and film, you need to be where 95% of television shows and films are shot: LA. See his 7 steps to getting started acting in Hollywood.
Paul Michael, director of The Network NYC, a place where actors can audition for agents and casting directors, in an interview I did with him, talks about how actors first go to New York to ge acting training and get credits on the 4 soap operas that are shot there and on other programs like Law Order and on films shot in the big apple, build up their resumes and then make the move to LA. He believes in his 20+ years of experience in the industry, that NY trained actors are more respected than actors in LA. He says that new and aspiring actors in LA are often seen as starry eyed, they don't have the experience or the credentials to get the types of roles they want.
If you have time to develop yourself first as an actor, get some training and experience, even if you want to ultimately end up acting in LA, I would go the NY route first for a few years and then make the move to LA. The reason I say that is because most people do not have the necessary, drive, determination, business skills, they are not good networkers and don't know how to get themselves seen and most importantly, they are not motivated enough to do what is necessary to really build an acting career.
LA can be brutal for someone who fits the profile I described above. Another thing to take into consideration is that it is difficult to get work if you don't have an agent.
Here you will be able to find information, acting articles and interviews on the subject of starting a career in acting in LA or in NY and many other subjects.
Good luck to you!
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