Think Hollywood is the only place for an acting career? Think again.

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.

Link to full article.


What do you think? Have you had better luck working in L.A. or in a smaller market? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses to Think Hollywood is the only place for an acting career? Think again.

  1. I can’t argue with anything in this very well-written article. I am a Portland actor recently relocated to L.A. to increase my work opportunities, based on the assumption that there are more shoots going on here than where I come from. However, I’ve been on set more during my brief return visits to Ptown than the entire 6 months I’ve been in Hollywood. Opportunities are thin down here, and getting behind closed doors is an ongoing challenge. But this is no different than in Portland. Opportunities may be growing there and declining here, but I believe actors face the same challenges regardless of where they’re looking for professional-level work like this: representation. Without an agent, it is next to impossible to get in front of a CD, director, or producer to read for any show, regardless of where it is being cast. This is was a big challenge for me when I was in Portland, and is no different in L.A.

  2. All true!
    Now, Imagine a Hollywood where people give a damn about the talent, where attitudes are positive, and everyone is inviting and happy to help their fellow director because they know they’ve helped them too; that place actually exist and it’s called “North Hollywood” Portland, Oregon USA!

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