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? asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 2 months ago

What is the best city to pursue an acting career; Hollywood, New York City or Atlanta?

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    Washington DC is the best place

  • 2 months ago

    The best place to start acting is your local area.   Only after you've trained and worked for at least 5 years are you going to be ready to pursue acting in any large market.

    At that point you will need to find an agent willing to represent you while you hold down a full time job to pay your rent and other bills.  Even with an agent you will need to network and seek out auditions and casting calls on your own.

    If you want to focus on stage work move to NYC if you want to pursue film/TV work move to Hollywood.   But unless you have real talent and drive you will still be just another of the 1000's of actors who are lucky/talented enough to get roles while still holding down some sort of day jobs to pay the bills.  Each acting gig is temporary, your rent and other bill are permanent.

  • Cogito
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    2 months ago

    There's no point even asking until you've had many years full-time study and training  at a top acting school and then more years of stage and film experience - all from your home town/city or nearby.

    And then you won't need to ask because you'll have learned how to pursue a career at the acting school.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You *pursue* wherever you live and only move when you're ready to start working professionally. You can't just go to auditions for professional jobs, they are not open to the general public. You need an agent. And no agent takes on amateurs or beginners, only highly-trained and highly-experienced talented people with an impressive resume to back it all up. There's no point moving anywhere before that, no legit agent will even consider you.

    Pursuing means working toward a professional career, not working as a professional yet, so you need to start by building a resume strong enough to impress potential agents: You get a few years of quality training in the form of a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected people teach and successful professionals graduated from, not just any acting classes) as well as masterclasses and workshops and such. In addition, you get plenty of low-level experience in the form of indie and student films as well as community theater. You constantly land leading roles. You win awards. You also take vocal and dance lessons and master other special skills to give your resume a boost (like horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, mime, dialects, etc.). That's the kind of resume legit agents want to see. It takes about a decade to build it, give or take.

    Then and only then you move to *Los Angeles* (Hollywood is a neighborhood in LA, which is part of Greater LA. There are other neighborhoods/cities that are considered part of "the industry", just to be more accurate... You can also move to Burbank, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Silver Lake, etc. It's all LA). That's where the majority of the industry is. Or, close behind, NYC, with just less opportunities than LA but more for theater. You may also decide at this point to act locally, and in that case any major city will do. If you're interested in something more serious (and with much fiercer competition), then LA is the best place to move when you're ready. Either way, after you move you continue getting experience and training till someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher or even a fellow actor) will be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get one. Other ways rarely work. So you'll also need to network and make connections in addition to everything else.

    Other than that, make sure to train for and get a day job. Because the reality is 99% of professional actors (those who've already secured an agent and started going to real auditions) will never get more than a few minor speaking or non-speaking roles, on minor production (including things no one's ever heard of) their entire career. Ideally, that job would have to be a flexible one so you can get out in the middle of the day or change shifts to go to auditions, rehearsals, fittings, readings, classes, shootings, etc. There's a reason why "waiter-actor" is a cliche. The reality is the vast majority of professional actor hold at least another job or two alongside acting. Understand that.

    There's a lot more to cover and you seem to know close to nothing. So I suggest that you do your research before you decide to invest tons of money, time, and effort. Backstage . com is a good place to start. Learn and understand the realities of pursuing an acting career. Make sure you can handle it. That it's not the fantasy that you're after. The reality of acting is like nothing like people imagine. Also make sure you have a passion for the *craft* itself. Have you ever taken acting classes before or done any real acting? If not, how do you know you even want to pursue it professionally? Or that you're capable of it? Take some acting classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Listen to the feedback. See if it's for you at all. If you're even good at it. If after that and the research you realize that it is something you'd like to pursue professionally, then apply to a top acting school (they're located in the big city) and start working on that resume of yours. Start saving money if needed and come up with a plan of action. Don't forget that this is show BUSINESS. No one's in this to make your dreams come true. You need to know how to navigate this industry. You can't expect to just move and be discovered. It doesn't work that way in real life.

    Good luck!

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