Advice for moving to America

  • lacrosse_port...

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    Jul 13, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    I am seriously considering moving to America from Northern Ireland to try and break in to the video production industry as the industry is below zero here.

    Anyone with any advice and tips on renting, job hunting in the states or canada preferably Toronto, New York or LA let me know. Would appreciate it guys, thanks.
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    Jul 13, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Research the job market here first. Look at the newspapers of various cities you are considering living in. Check out jbo sites, like Monster.com. Contact some prospective employers and see what they say about your qualifications. The job market is very tough in the US now.
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    Jul 13, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Do you have a reel? If not, then that's your first step. Most production companies will want to see a sample of your work. Also, network with other people in your industry. Join professional associations and forums. I got my last job through an acquaintance I met through an internet forum. These days, it's mainly about who you know, and not necessarily what you know.

    Save lots of money beforehand. It can get pretty expensive living in LA. I'm sure NYC is the same, if not more expensive. In LA, you'll also need a car to get around. Our public transportation here kinda sucks. Also, keep in mind that some smaller companies will be reluctant to hire anyone with a work visa. But don't let that discourage you. I'm sure someone out there would be willing to give you a chance. Good luck! icon_cool.gif
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    Your post doesn't mention the cost or even the ability to legally immigrate to the US and legally obtain work. That's your biggest task.
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    Jul 13, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    But I think you need a work visa or something, so you prolly need to do some research about that.
  • JayDT

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    Jul 13, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    My advice would be don't.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jul 13, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    JayDT saidMy advice would be don't.

    icon_neutral.gif at the moment, I'd have to agree with Jay
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    Jul 13, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    don't.
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    Jul 13, 2010 6:34 AM GMT
    I am eligible to retire (w/penalty) and thinking of going somewhere different. Way different. USA immigration??? Pick your city and do your homework. Or just visit and escape.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 13, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Canada, Toronto. It's a no-brainer.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 13, 2010 6:54 AM GMT
    Government grants for film production. Tax breaks for investors. And being gay is legal in Canada. Not so much in the USA.
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    Jul 13, 2010 6:58 AM GMT
    Why not Vancouver, BC??? Love Canada. Lots of Canadian friends out in the boonies Love visiting Vanc. BC.

    Aussies and Kiwis are fun and crazy too.
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    Jul 13, 2010 11:20 AM GMT
    lacrosse_portsmouthuni saidI am seriously considering moving to America from Northern Ireland to try and break in to the video production industry as the industry is below zero here.
    Be advised that you're moving FROM an area that's below zero TO an area that's also below zero.
    Unless you already have a name in the industry, make sure you have a lucrative fallback career because you're going to need it.
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    Jul 13, 2010 11:30 AM GMT
    There's another thread in this section, Moving to Los Angeles, that describes some of the neighborhoods and transit for someone looking to get in the entertainment industry.

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    Of the areas you're considering, LA has by far the best weather, and many very gay friendly neighborhoods. Not sure how difficult it is to break into the specific field you're interested in.

    I have run into a few guys from Europe who came here. They told me with an immigration attorney they could stay semi-permanently. Attorney cost ended up around $5,000. This was a few years ago, and I don't know if the situation is the same today.
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    Jul 13, 2010 11:54 AM GMT
    Thinking about emigrating to the US or Canada is one thing. Achieving it is another matter. Emigrating from UK to US is VERY difficult. I would forget that one.

    Canada has a points system. If you cannot make the points, you can forget even applying. If you do fulfil the criteria, you are still looking at about 3 years' wait, from application to final decision, which may still be 'no'. If you have a listed skill that is in demand in Canada, you can circumvent the long wait and apply as a provincial nominee, which may take as little as 6 months, but these tend to be medical/nursing specialities and technical trades. I don't want to burst your bubble, but be prepared for disappointment.

    Of course, you may just want to go and work in these countries for a while, but even getting a work permit is very difficult, unless you are filling a skill shortage, you are a top celeb or you are very rich.
  • DCEric

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    Jul 13, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    Ignoring your work, make sure you have sufficient money. All three of those cities are much more expensive (especially New York and LA) than Northern Ireland. Everything from rent to food to utilities and entertainment. In LA you will almost certainly need a car, I don't know enough about Toronto.
  • lacrosse_port...

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    Jul 13, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Trust me when I say money is REALLY not An issue as for visas I have rsearched it and can get a graduate visa also I live in uk which means I am legal to live in Canada I was simply asking for good sites to find good jobs or apartments thanks for your help though an yea got a showreel!!
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    Jul 13, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    lacrosse_portsmouthuni saidTrust me when I say money is REALLY not An issue as for visas I have rsearched it and can get a graduate visa also I live in uk which means I am legal to live in Canada I was simply asking for good sites to find good jobs or apartments thanks for your help though an yea got a showreel!!


    Sorry, I must have missed something, but how does living in the UK mean you are 'legal' to live in Canada?
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    Jul 13, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    I would assume because Canada is a Commonwealth country
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    Jul 13, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    Mil8 said
    lacrosse_portsmouthuni saidTrust me when I say money is REALLY not An issue as for visas I have rsearched it and can get a graduate visa also I live in uk which means I am legal to live in Canada I was simply asking for good sites to find good jobs or apartments thanks for your help though an yea got a showreel!!


    Sorry, I must have missed something, but how does living in the UK mean you are 'legal' to live in Canada?


    UK citizens are not legal to live in Canada and vice-versa, they have to apply and get in line just like everyone else. ..Those days ended about 50 years ago.
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    Jul 13, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I loved the USA as a backpacker, but I don't think I would like to live there on a permanent scale. The main reason is in America there is no National Health Service, a maximum period of two weeks for vacation (and I believe one has to work for several years for the company to get this). Back to work the day after Christmas (over here one has up to a week off, sometimes even more, depending on which day of the week New Year's Day falls on - our newspapers has been criticizing this for years!), and more extreme weather. After all our temperate climate does not obliterate cities (like New Orleans) off the map.

    If I had anywhere in the world given to me on a plate to live, I'd much rather choose Australia.
  • omatix

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    Jul 14, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    I'm Irish and in the US as a student. Like everyone says, it's difficult to immigrate into the US. Most people I've met do it by working for a large multinational company and getting a temporary visa, which eventually may allow you to apply for permanent residency.

    If money is really no issue, you can invest a million dollars in an American company, create a bunch of jobs and get an investor visa. Uh, well, it's probably more complicated than that, but I'm sure you can figure it out.
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    Jul 16, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    I'd normally say not to, but you only live once, so even if it doesn't work, who cares? At least you won't have any regrets and won't live the rest of your life in Ireland wondering what could have been... it probably won't work out in LA or NY, but you'll never know unless you try. Sure it's hard to break into the industry at this point, but you can say that even for most Americans for most jobs, so you'll pretty much be on the same level as us anyway. It's not an easy task but hopefully it can work out for you!
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    Jul 20, 2010 11:53 AM GMT
    It's extremely difficult to immigrate legally but nothing could be easier than immigrating illegally. You just show up and stay, like 20 million others.
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    Jul 20, 2010 12:05 PM GMT
    I was going to say " Well, you can always marry someone here to gain citizenship!"... then I realized which website I'm on icon_lol.gif