Monday Myth Debunker – You need to live in LA/NY to be a working actor.

We’ll just jump right in with a big, fat NOPE!⁠

Let’s start with this fun fact: In 2016, Georgia overtook California as the state location with the most feature films produced 🀯 ⁠

Productions have been venturing out of LA/NY for years and it’s mostly due to the tax rebates and lower costs of shooting. The film/TV world has been surging (during the non-Covid world) in places like New Orleans, Atlanta, New Mexico, and Austin. ⁠

Let’s sweeten the deal with the fact that self-taping is becoming more and more normal & prevalent in our casting process. As long as there is CLEAR communication between rep & casting office that you can 100% be a local hire in LA/NY, then usually (if you’re right for it), you won’t have any trouble getting a self-tape audition. And many times, the role that we’ve been auditioning for DAYS in LA will go to that one self-taped actor from across the country! ⁠

Disclaimer: there will likely be less of an inclination to fly actors from different regions in the newly post-Covid industry. ⁠

But that doesn’t mean the rate of β€œout-of-town” productions will go down. ⁠

𝕐𝕠𝕦 π•”π•’π•Ÿ 𝕀π•₯π•šπ•π• 𝕓𝕖 𝕒 𝕙𝕒𝕑𝕑π•ͺ, π•¨π• π•£π•œπ•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ 𝕒𝕔π•₯𝕠𝕣 𝕠𝕦π•₯π•€π•šπ••π•– 𝕠𝕗 𝕃𝔸/ℕ𝕐.⁠

When deciding on where to call home base, it’s important to (first and foremost), consider which place makes you a happy person. ⁠

Want to move back to Chandler to be closer to family? Go for it!⁠

Moving to Charlotte for a spouse’s job? You can still be an actor!⁠

PSA: You are a human first and an actor second. ⁠

We are a global world and technology is being embraced now more than ever. ⁠

So if you’ve been debating on the move out of fear of opportunity? Pack a bag, friend (and be safe when traveling!) Communication with your reps and some top-notch self-tape skills are amongst the top things you’ll want to pack in that suitcase. ⁠

See you on Ecocast! πŸ‘‹β 

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