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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia

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Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
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Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada

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Hi!
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
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Tony,
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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This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

Should I Pursue
Acting In New York Or In Los Angeles?
Interview with Paul Michael,
Executive Director of The Network NYC, Part II

Thoughts on acting in New York

Tony: What are your thoughts about the dilemma that many actors have of whether to pursue an acting career in New York or Los Angeles? Where’s the best place to be as an actor? NY or LA?

Paul: I would recommend building your acting résumé first. Get as many New York credits on it as possible first before you go. Here in NY you have the opportunity to get film, television and theatre credits. Get as much as you can first through acting in New York and then go.

Tony: Why is that so important to do first?

Paul: I think LA respects NY theatre credits a lot. I also think that an actor that has spent five years acting in NY who then goes to meet with TV casting directors in LA, will have a plus. The casting director will see the résumé and see that after all the actor has done in NY, that coming to LA is a logical next step. They will see that the actor is well trained and has experience. It will be a lot easier to get signed or cast when you start from that base.

Tony: Anything else you would like to add for my visitors?

I’ve been helping actors for years as a director and producer. I wanted to create The Network NYC to help actors live their dreams. I love when they come in here and let me do that for them. It’s always good for anyone to have a set of outside eyes to help you notice things about yourself that you might not ordinarily see.

Having said that, trained actors are welcome here at The Network NYC who want to work and who for some reason are not, but who also know they should be and could be working if only they could get to meet the right people. We’re here to facilitate that process. Coming here to meet the casting directors, agents, managers, directors and producers you want to meet and showcasing your talent to them, could be the first step in getting those acting credits I talked about above that will prepare you for your move to LA and help you get your career rolling the way you would like it to.

Read the other part of this interview about acting in New York with Paul Michael in which we talk about his organization for actors, The Network NYC.

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