For years I've been preaching that if you want to follow your passion, you should literally follow it wherever it might take you. If you're an actor and you are not currently residing in some of the bigger spots like New York, Miami, Chicago or Houston, you may be considering moving to L.A.
So. I'm not an expert at moving to L.A. I moved out here from Brooklyn, and the best advice I can give you is that if you are moving across country like I did and you have a lot of stuff you want to move with you, use the Amtrak Express. This hidden gem will allow you to transport a whole crate-load for the low-low. I paid $290 for it in late 2014. Absolutely worth it.
But that's not the most important thing to think of when moving to L.A. Making valuable connections out here is important. Finding the right place to live and work is huge as well. Here are some articles I have been, and will continue collecting for you over a period of time with some highlights.
There are also some webinars here as well, some free, some paid - but if you're considering making the big move, you should exhaust all of the resources and listen to all of the available advice, check it out here:
Free webinar - The 5 Mistakes Actors Make When They Move to Los Angeles
Don't know what this one will cover as it will be happening live next Thursday.
Stage 32 webinar from 2015:
This webinar talks about the big mistakes and how to avoid them, how to connect with people and create valuable contacts, and three most important things you need to research before coming out here. It also provides hints on how to fit in and how to get a job.
Stage 32 blog from December 2014:
7 Mistakes which include focusing too much on getting in the union, not saving enough money, being egocentric, having no plan, having no support team, coming out too early and not knowing how to market yourself.
Backstage article from 2014:
You just read why you may not want to move to L.A. Now it's time to look at it from a different perspective. This article gives you the more positive reasons why moving here is the right choice for some of you.
Fighting Broke resources from 2013:
These articles might be slightly outdated, but many of them are still quite valid. Read about minimization and getting to LA, finding transportation and getting a license for your vehicle. This might be a relative assessment, so have an open mind.
Backstage article from 2010:
Yet another one from Backstage - this one is the oldest article that I found that is still worth reading. You won't read anything you haven't read or listened to above, but it just adds a personal perspective of others who have done this before you.
Based on the blog post above we'd like to recommend these two additional reads. If you'd like to write a guest post on our site, feel free to reach out to us at any time.