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From Hometown To Tinseltown

July 05, 2017

As you begin to work in your area, you may find that your child has reached a glass ceiling.  He or she is booking a lot of opportunities, working frequently and truly enjoying the craft.  As a family, things are going well.  You aren't becoming financially strained or emotionally stressed from your involvement in the industry. At this point you may have decided that it is time to expand your borders and travel to Los Angeles. Or, you may have even decided you're ready to move. Here's how to make your transition a successful one.

Check Your Foundation

Before you visit Los Angeles or decide to make a permanent move, make sure you're standing on a solid foundation. A minor who is prepared to work in Los Angeles is nothing short of a master in his/her hometown scene. This means that you've participated in the KidStart Program here on ChildrenInFilm.com, researched the Labor Laws in your area as well as those in Los Angeles (or in NYC if that is the big hub you intend to transition to).

Temporary LA Visits

If you do not have LA representation before coming to LA for a visit, Pilot Season is not the time for a visit. Pilot Season is a time when agents and managers focus their attention on their current clients and therefore have very little time to devote to the development of new talent.  Consider coming to LA to find representation during the summer months or possibly during November and December (just be cognizant of the holidays - pros celebrate too-and the industry almost completely shuts down between Christmas and New Years).

Where to stay and how much?

Living in Los Angeles is expensive and the city is  a big one. If you pick a temporary stay apartment on the West Side, you could be stuck in three hours worth of traffic every time you go to an audition. Choose wisely. Remember, the average rent for a two bedroom apartment in the greater Los Angeles area (some areas -including where you will want to be located- are of higher value than others) is approximately $2000/mo, unfurnished and without utilities. A parent-child duo who travels to Los Angeles will likely need, at absolute minimum, $3000/mo of living expenses (one bedroom rent, utilities, food, gas). This does not include the cost of additional classes, etc. that you may participate in while in LA. Never rely on your child's ability to book work as a means for paying for your stay.

Preparing the Details

Before you even purchase your plane ticket, consider lining up various meetings, workshops and classes for your child. Contact industry pros through our site and request meeting times with them.  For example, message an agent and explain that you will be in Los Angeles from ___to___ and would they have time to meet your child?  Look to see what acting coaches are holding camps and classes, contact the coaches on our site (as they may not release this info within their profile page) to inquire about upcoming events, and sign your child up for these ahead of time, but after you've done your homework. Need new headshots? Why not have them taken with a professional LA photographer who regularly works with young actors? You'll be surprised that many are just as affordable as your home-town photographer.  Also, you might want to consider whether or not Children In Film is holding a live event such as a Ready...Set...Meet! Boosting your schedule with meetings and events will insure that your time (and investment) in LA is well spent.

Ultimately if it is time to take your successes and knowledge which you've learned and earned in your hometown to the big city, then a little preparation goes a long way. Los Angeles presents a lot of hurdles you may not be used to if you're top-of-your-game in your city - don't let being unprepared be one of them.



 
 
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