This section contains information to help you in your first month in your new home town.

Take on-camera acting classes.

What I Should Do During My First MonthMany of you might be newly graduated from schools that had strong theatre training programs, but offered little on-camera experience. It’s important to feel as comfortable on camera as you do on the stage.

Participate in casting director workshop.

In these one-night seminars, young actors read scripts cold while performing before the invited and special guest—a casting director. In these seminars, you are paired with someone and given 15 to 20 minutes to prepare the scene. Then, attendees perform their scenes in succession. Some workshops include: TVI Studios, Act Now, Scene Work, and Weist-Barron among others. Avoid workshops that indicate participation fees.

Get a good haircut and buy some new clothes. In this profession, the superficial matters! Feel good about the way you look and wear cool clothes.

Get good head-shots. Head-shots will not do in L.A. or NYC markets. Spend the money and do it right away. Don’t show suboptimal head-shots to anyone!

Register your car and obtain a CA/NY diver’s license.

Change your cell phone number to a local number.

Contact everyone you know who knows someone who knows someone living in your chosen city. Let them know that you’ve relocated and are seeking advice on everything from great restaurants and bars to finding a job to getting around town.

Go see theatre and act in plays.

Don’t send out mass mailing to agents or casting directors. This is a waste of both time and money. The odds of a casting agent taking interest in you based on a resume and head shot are very slim.

Get out and start networking.  Enrol in seminars to learn all you can about the business. Networking isn’t schmoozing, rather it is becoming part of the community.

Enjoy. You’ve taken a huge step. Little things matter, so appreciate them. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be patient!

Should I Have An Agent, Or A Manager, Or Both?

Having both a manager (who has fewer clients and will give you more attention) and an agent (representing hundreds with a strong support and extraordinary resources) allows you greater odds of winning coveted auditions. Choose your manager cautiously. Get several trusted referrals before entering a partnership.

Should I Go To College?

This is a difficult decision and one that really only you should make. Often, parents pressure their children to go to college and pursue a fallback career should the acting dreams not take flight. If you are concerned that you will not earn a living as an actor you should consider that very successful people behind the scenes have an M. F. A. (Master of Fine Arts) in Acting. If you are passionate and hard-working you will end up working in the industry regardless of the decision you make for or against college.