Tips for Talent New To L.A."

1. Financial stability
Get your source of financing sorted out early! Before arriving, save enough money so that you can live for 6 months without working, and start sending resumes to various companies that allow a flexible schedule. The number 1 reason people fail to realize their dreams in LA is because they can't support themselves while pursuing acting. You will not make a lot of money at first pursuing acting, so it's important that you don't come across desperate when trying to gain employment as an actor.

2. Immersion
Immerse yourself in student films, and projects where they need to cast free talent. You will gain the experience you need and the connections to go to the next stage of your career. Respect the process and don't rush this step. It's reasonable to do non-paying roles that don't pay for your first 6 months while you are taking acting classes. Email for a list of acting schools we recommend.

3. Actors toolkit
Use the Internet, intelligently and consistently! We recommend that actors use these free online resources below, in order to ensure they are tapped into entertainment industry jobs. It may not be everyone's goal to work behind the scenes, but the fact is that you will gain more experience and connections working for companies in the entertainment business than being a waiter! If registered with Uncut, you can use us as a work reference after you have completed 5 bookings and proven yourself as a reliable member of our talent roster!
I used this list when first arrived to Los Angeles and got multiple job offers. I started Uncut Casting because of a job I got at an extra's casting service 15 years ago!,, and

Great online resources to find all types of work in the entertainment industry as an actor, model, or in production.

4. Mobility
Get a reliable car! LA is big city and we recommend having a reliable car or you will spend your day on a public transportation trying to get to and from appointments.

5. Build your team
Don't try and do it all alone. If possible, try to make the move with a friend. If not, try to reach out to people from your past or present that already live in Los Angeles. Get on and to reach out to people that may have already made the move to LA. The stronger your circle of friends, the better the support system in place and the more likely you won't slip into negative patterns that will ultimately hold you back. If you decide to register with Uncut, we can always be part of your support team!

6.Eat right, exercise and stay healthy.
Don't make the same mistake that so many others have made, and use partying as a method for finding yourself. Exercising, meditating, doing yoga, and drinking lots of water and vegetables are necessary for staying centered and vibrant. Always remember the 70/30 rule. 70% vegetables and 30% protein. And don't mix protein with foods high in carbohydrates. Try to only mix protein with vegetables. This will keep you alert and in optimal mental and physical shape. If you have to eat carbohydrates, make sure it's a fraction of the amount of vegetables you are taking in. Go out and pick up some multi-vitamins and Omega 3 fish oil in liquid form or liquid pills. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can't make them -- you have to get them through food or fish oil supplements.

7. Register with
Lacasting is strictly an online resource for submitting yourself to projects happening in Los Angeles. This is great for the actor starting out because it gives you something proactive you can do daily rather than sitting around waiting for the phone to ring! If possible, we recommend you use Lacasting and Uncut together to maximize potential bookings.

Start gaining experience and supplementing your income on projects booked through our casting network (guaranteed for Non-Union talent).

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