When you move to Los Angeles, it’s kind of like moving to the jungle. There are scary creatures (plastic surgeried people), bulky bushmen (Muscle Beach much?), dangerous pathways (LA drivers are in a league of their own) and it’s hard to keep an overview of where to go and what to do.
Google is usually your friend but in this case I don’t recommend it. Try researching anything acting related in LA: acting classes, agents, headshot photographers… you’ll find thousands and thousands. Many of them are scams, just out for your money or just plainly not good. And it’s hard to find this out with the help of the Google lords, for trustworthy reviews are sparse.
But fear not, after my first month in LA I have garnered some very useful information that I hope will help you out. First order of business: getting acting skills! So I present to you here the first chapter of the New Actor’s Guide to the LA Jungle: Acting Classes… Continue reading
The second time in LA was a time of ups and downs. From crying in acting class to scoring another meeting with a Hollywood agent. While I only stayed for five weeks, I got a real taste of what the Hollywood filmbusiness and the people in it can be like for the first time. I had been in LA for a week, had reunited with some people from the year before, did some acting classes, got to know my modelesque housemates and had settled in. I spent the days walking to do groceries at Superior (a complete workout in the North Hollywood heat), hanging out near a small public pool and most important: researching talent agencies. I found out that there are basically five agencies that every actor would give his newborn for to be represented by them. They’re called The Big Five: Endeavor, William Morris (now merged together), Creative Artists Agency (CAA), International Creative Management (ICM) and United Talent Agency (UTA). You don’t contact them for representation though, they call you. So I Googled on with just one goal in mind: getting a meeting at a talent agency.