Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Visiting LA for Spring Break and I Want to do Some Auditions

I get quite a few variations on this idea all the time. It is a really bad idea. A stranger to LA who has no connections to the film industry is simply not going to find any auditions that they can attend. No one will want to see a 'visitor' anyway. Often auditions require call backs which might be a couple of weeks later. If you are back in Ohio or whereever, how are you going to get to the callbacks? You are not going to get auditions in LA unless you have an agent in LA. You are not going to get an agent in LA unless you live in or near LA. People who assume they can just walk into LA and start auditioning are just showing their naivete. It just doesn't work that way. Acting is not like other work, where you can get up one day and say, "I am going to apply for a job at Walmart." That you can do. What you can't do is wake up one day and say, "I am going to apply for a role in a movie." It often takes many years for a really good, well experienced and trained actor to get a role of any size in film or TV.

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