I want to move to California...

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    Nov 10, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    I have an obsession with California plus I am looking for a career in Feature films and Television as a Producer, so obviously I need to move there. I don't have experience and am applying to schools. Chances of being accepted to USC or UCLA's Graduate programs are slim to none. So my question is, should I pack up, take a chance, and move across the country and make things happen for myself?
  • Koaa2

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    Nov 10, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    California is a great place to live, and so accepting of gay people. It is also a hard place to live if you don't have a good plan. There are hundreds of wanna be stars etc who come here withought a good plan and find it very difficult to live. Get yourself a plan, some cash and come on out!
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    Nov 10, 2011 8:43 PM GMT


    kthxbai
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    Come here, do your thing, and get out. I wish I had left a long time ago, but feel trapped. Looking like you do you will fit in very well and will probably be in Palm Springs around Easter and cruising at Here lounge in no time. Don't come here expecting any kind of mature relationship either romantic, just friends, or otherwise. The community in LA is very adolescent.
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    You definately should have a plan, cause living expenses out here are not cheap. Then again, I'm sure you would not have a problem getting someone from RJ to put you up for a few nights. I could start a signup list if you'd like.icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    I had this idea of california being full of stuck up people.. but when I went there people were very friendly to me... quite a nice place... the sea is too cold for me though... Im a tropical guy when it comes to the sea.. and the place is a bit too chill for my taste... I like more active locations.. but if chill spots are your thing.. its a good place. you can also get lots of great organic hippie food and stuff, ahd some of the best coffee I have had in the US right there in hollywood.. but you have to be willing to put up with an over-obsession with appearance they have over there... that much is true...some stereotypes are just true
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    gambit85 saidI have an obsession with California plus I am looking for a career in Feature films and Television as a Producer, so obviously I need to move there. I don't have experience and am applying to schools. Chances of being accepted to USC or UCLA's Graduate programs are slim to none. So my question is, should I pack up, take a chance, and move across the country and make things happen for myself?


    Cal State Northridge has a film and Cinema program also.
  • groundcombat

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    Nov 10, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Come on out! You may find it challenging and difficult at first but things worth doing usually are.

    The only thing remotely keeping me interested in staying is my love for snowboarding along we my budding romance for surfing. Hard to find another place where you can reasonably do both. Otherwise I think I've had a blast, but enough. Steve is right. LA is very immature compared to other cities in my opinion. Refreshingly so in some ways, annoyingly so in others.
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    Have you ever been there before, or are you basing it off of an idea from how it is portrayed on television?

    Have fun!
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    As others have said, you definitely need a plan. And unless you are independently wealthy, you'll need a way to make a living doing something you'll be reasonable happy doing for a long time. If you're not familiar with the area, suggest a map to get familiar with the locations and check both apartment and job listings so you'll have an idea what you're in for.
  • groundcombat

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    Nov 10, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    The clock is ticking though. 26 huh? You could probably get by for at least a year juggling some sugar daddy's balls to get by but once you turn 27 you might need to find other work. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    Dammit, I need to move my porn biz to Cali so I can gobble up people like the OP when he falls flat on his face like all the other people who move to Cali to "make it big." icon_twisted.gif
  • calibro

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    Nov 10, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    as someone who knows nothing about you except that you want the opinion from someone you don't know about matters neither of us have a clue about, sure.
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Most of you did not understand what I had to say...Im not looking to "make it big" or be an actor or do porn. Not looking for a sugar daddy either. I am looking to Produce films/ tv shows/ documentaries/ shorts/ and new media. dont care if LA is immature or bad for relationships...Im looking to continue my career not a boyfriend.

    LA is the only place other than NYC where this can be done. I have a plan and money saved. Im thinking is better to try it than wonder what if later on.

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    Nov 11, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidYou definately should have a plan, cause living expenses out here are not cheap. Then again, I'm sure you would not have a problem getting someone from RJ to put you up for a few nights. I could start a signup list if you'd like.icon_cool.gif


    That is an understatement.

    The cost of housing there is absurdly high, probably from 2 to 3 times the national average. The cost of electricity is also extremely high.

    It would be a very serious mistake for anyone to move to California without knowing exactly what he is doing.
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    gambit85 saidMost of you did not understand what I had to say...Im not looking to "make it big" or be an actor or do porn. Not looking for a sugar daddy either. I am looking to Produce films/ tv shows/ documentaries/ shorts/ and new media. dont care if LA is immature or bad for relationships...Im looking to continue my career not a boyfriend.

    LA is the only place other than NYC where this can be done. I have a plan and money saved. Im thinking is better to try it than wonder what if later on.



    You and a million others are looking to break into moving pictures, leave a mark, not just as actors, but in every niche of the business.

    If you are coming to California, be willing to settle for a real job.

    You also have to understand that the internet and all of that computer stuff/tools has further closed that market down. A lot of the studios are looking at YouTube not at some guy stepping off a bus/plane.

    It is a highly competitive business in all niches. Especially with the poor economic situation out here. even being a grip is going to be a hard position to get.
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    gambit85 saidMost of you did not understand what I had to say...Im not looking to "make it big" or be an actor or do porn. Not looking for a sugar daddy either. I am looking to Produce films/ tv shows/ documentaries/ shorts/ and new media. dont care if LA is immature or bad for relationships...Im looking to continue my career not a boyfriend.

    LA is the only place other than NYC where this can be done. I have a plan and money saved. Im thinking is better to try it than wonder what if later on.



    If this is what you are looking to do go to LA it is the best spot for it.
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    gambit85 saidMost of you did not understand what I had to say...Im not looking to "make it big" or be an actor or do porn. Not looking for a sugar daddy either. I am looking to Produce films/ tv shows/ documentaries/ shorts/ and new media. dont care if LA is immature or bad for relationships...Im looking to continue my career not a boyfriend.

    LA is the only place other than NYC where this can be done. I have a plan and money saved. Im thinking is better to try it than wonder what if later on.

    I think you have pretty much answered your own question. Go for it. Before you move, make sure you have planned how you intend to go about getting into the industry. Also, LA is like many places what you make of it. Often the people who say it is superficial have made the choice to hang around with superficial people. The problem isn't the place, it's them.

    BTW agree with the other comments. Even if you have money saved, plan on getting a job. Lots of people come here and burn through their money.
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    If you wanna make it happen, have a clear idea of what your actual goal is. "I want to have a career in Feature Films and Television" is very vague, and set to fail 100%

    You will be lost in a sea of people that know EXACTLY what they want and have a huge head start on you. They know 100x as many people as you, they've been too 1,000 more audtions, worked on infinitely more failed projects, and even THEY don't have a career yet.

    Before you move, figure out what you want - and don't move only for that.
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    and FYI, it's not only NYC and LA - but you'll be among more competition there, that's for sure...


    Albuquerque actually has a pretty big film industry, among others...
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    I'm sure sean cody would love to have you! ;)
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    TotalTopJock said
    gambit85 saidI have an obsession with California plus I am looking for a career in Feature films and Television as a Producer, so obviously I need to move there. I don't have experience and am applying to schools. Chances of being accepted to USC or UCLA's Graduate programs are slim to none. So my question is, should I pack up, take a chance, and move across the country and make things happen for myself?


    Cal State Northridge has a film and Cinema program also.


    Even community colleges around LA/Anaheim will give you an amazing education. Your teachers will be semi-successful (or washed up) industry junkies... You'll get the not-so-glamorous insight that everone looking to get into the industry needs.
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    TriAthInCA saidYou definately should have a plan, cause living expenses out here are not cheap. Then again, I'm sure you would not have a problem getting someone from RJ to put you up for a few nights. I could start a signup list if you'd like.icon_cool.gif


    That is an understatement.

    The cost of housing there is absurdly high, probably from 2 to 3 times the national average. The cost of electricity is also extremely high.

    It would be a very serious mistake for anyone to move to California without knowing exactly what he is doing.


    That's why I was offerring to put him up for a few nights. Strictly out of the kindness of my heart.icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    New Orleans also has a burgeoning Film Industry and UNO has a fairly good film program as well as their own equipment and sound stage, eliminating the large cost of renting equipment and stage time in alot of other schools.
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    Nov 11, 2011 3:01 AM GMT