Moving to NY

  • Jauwanna Johnson

    Actor

    Hello!!

    I am in the process of moving to NY from Alabama to pursue my career. I am very nervous, given the fact that this is my first big move on my own. I know that moving to a new city, especially a city like NY/NJ, can be very overwhelming and that's why i decided to post today. I will also be attending the NY school for Film & Television on Broadway in January 2020.

    So I'm here asking for any advise, anything that can help me through this process. I am pursuing my career in Acting, So where would I start when i arrive and ready to work? How can I expand my networking abilities? And how would YOU go about looking for work or an agent??

    I Can't wait to hear from you guys!! Thank you!

    • 17th Jan 2020
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  • Victoria McAllister

    Actor

    Welcome. Download the NYC Subway app. Craigslist is an excellent resource for pickup work/gigs, places to rent, and free stuff. Sign up for Central Casting asap. You can do part of it online now. Do your best to tfp your headshots. You're on this site, so read everything. Find the NY free public library at Lincoln Center and live there when you aren't busy. You will meet people at auditions; that's your networking. Google the shit out of (casting) places. You should not have to pay to play. The scam is paying for pictures. Walk away. Read books. Watch movies, especially old movies-and eat up the commentary. Go to shows. Is it a full program you are coming for? If not, take classes. New York is expensive, but you can get/do a lot for free. It's just like hustling for any other job, so don't let idiots tell you you have to work for free, "pay your dues" (bs) or pay to work for people because they think so. There are strategic times for that, but as a pro, you get paid. If you have some hobby or skill you do at home, bring it with you. Draw? Bring your supplies and portfolio. Play something? Bring it, or at least your lesson books, skates, dance shoes, sewing equipment, you get the idea. Good luck.

    • 17th Jan 2020
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