Go West, Young Man?
I had a couple drinks a few nights ago with a couple of old friends of mine, Ryan and Jason. Ryan was the producer of an online reality show I was on with NBC about studying abroad. Jason was one of my fellow cast members, studying in Australia while I was in India. He's also a blogger himself, though nowadays on a very different topic: Law School. None of us have worked together since 2006, but we've kept in touch, especially now that all three of us live in New York City.
I asked Ryan about what he was producing these days. He told me about some cool projects, like Fact Checkers Unit, a show about a couple kids who get a couple facts about a celebrity and then have to sneak into their homes and lives to check them before they can publish. So there's a celebrity cameo every episode. That and a couple shows that haven't yet been green-lighted that he told us about that sound like a lot of fun.
"So," I asked, "For completely selfish reasons, how does casting these shows happen?"
"But really," he said "You're in the right spot. Spend a year or so here, do shows, take some classes, and then move to LA."
He went on to say that there are ten times the opportunities for actors out there, but also ten times the competition. Both sentiments I found a little surprising. There are a lot of actors out here in New York. Are there really that many more in Los Angeles?
But the other thing he told me is that New York is the right thing to have on your resume before moving west. Actors in LA who have spent their entire careers in LA aren't regarded as being as serious as those who have spent time in NYC.
That's one opinion. Do you agree with it?