Every year, thousands of hopeful actors come to Los Angeles, with dreams of finding fame and fortune – or at least good weather!
They come from far and wide, many driving cross-country from their US home town, for a new life in the sunshine, and many more come from overseas.
During the busiest time of year – Hollywood's 'Pilot Season', LA's LAX International Airport is overrun with actors from all around the globe. Australians, Canadians, Europeans, and perhaps in greatest number, we... the British!
We're drawn to the sunshine, the beaches, and of course the wealth of opportunity that is said to be found here in LA.
And I am one such Brit.
Two and half years ago I packed up my life and moved to Los Angeles, with nothing but my O1 visa and a temporary apartment I hadn't yet seen! I lasted only one month in that first apartment, but two and a half years on, I am still here in LA... with no plans to leave any time soon.
As a UK actor I was an active Act On This member, and still keep an eye on all of the interesting things that Act On This is doing for the UK acting community.
I recently got chatting with Ross about the many parallels and differences I've found out here, versus back home.
He thought it might be interesting to hear the experiences of a 'Brit in LA', so I'll be writing some articles for the site very soon.
I've had some ideas for subjects...
- The BIG differences in UK vs US headshots and resumes (CV's).
- The culture of self tapes – particularly strong here - and why I think every actor should embrace them.
- Where to start, when applying for an 01 visa.
- SAG-AFTRA - what it is and why you NEED to know.
- Working when you're NOT working in LA.
BUT... Ross wants to open up the floor to YOU too!
What topics would YOU like to see discussed?
What questions do YOU have about living and working in the US?
I've met many an actor – both before I moved to LA and since – who had an interest in, or ambition to work in Hollywood.
If that's YOU, then this upcoming series of articles will help you immensely.
For me, the move to LA involved a number of years researching and planning - it can be difficult to even know where to start.
Hopefully my experiences can shed a little light on that unknown.
Let me know what you'd like me to cover in the comments section below - and get ready for my first article SOON!
*For the record - it's raining here today! Haha! 🙂