Regional markets are booming, while production flees Los Angeles.
What does this mean for actors? Find out in Lana’s latest Backstage column!
Think Hollywood Is The Only Place For An Acting Career? Think Again.
By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted Oct. 10, 2012, 3 p.m.
To the chagrin of many a Hollywood-based actor, production is booming in regional markets. Even with Governor Brown’s recent extension of California’s film tax credits, it’s likely that productions will continue to shoot in incentive states like Louisiana, Michigan and Oregon, as they can be easier on producers’ bottom lines and provide fresh new locations as a backdrop.
What does this mean for actors? Well, if you live in L.A. and you’re not a celebrity, good luck getting cast on a series based halfway across the country. Producers shooting on location often hire only the “name” guest stars out of L.A., with all the smaller guest and co-star roles going to regional actors.
If you’re a skilled actor in a regional production hub, however, your employability just might skyrocket.
What do you think? Have you had better luck working in L.A. or in a smaller market? Let us know in the comments.