Breaking into the Entertainment Business

Introduction There’s something insidious about the breaking into the entertainment business. Glim and glamour lure like praying mantis pheromones, secreted in heat, right before the female lops the top and dines on dome.  Nor can the heist be accomplished remotely; stories of landing The Break via telecommuting from Akron, Ohio are far and few between. The general consensus is to make something of yourself in this business, make the trip to Tinsel Town. Put out or get out. Put up or shut up. Then you move out to Los Angeles, the Ellis Island for wannabe Entourages and Starlets, only to
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How Much to Save Before Moving to Los Angeles

Introduction Skip the foreplay, and get right to the lode like a one-pump-chump: What’s the magic number? The thought pervades skulls of anyone with the itch to head west. It’s not the first to bud, not while you’re California Dreaming in upstate New York or Kalamazoo, Michigan. Surfing, or California Gurls carves that notch in the bed post. But the question lurks in the darkness like a venereal disease on a piece of OPP. It’s the first obstacle, the camouflaged, muffler-scraping speed bump standing between you and your life’s ambitions. “How much should I bank before I move to Los
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A Road Trip Breakdown

Below is the lay, from the constraints faced, to budgets versus actual, and the route: Constraints The trip was completed in a 2006 Corolla-S sedan manual transmission. Two people were moving out to Los Angeles permanently, the third was traveling out with six weeks worth of belongings. The fit was tight in the car, but not completely uncomfortable. Moving in one vehicle is a daunting proposition for folks who’ve been settled down for a few years, and own possessions like beds and dressers and brushed silver frames. If you must bring these belongings, this wikiHow article explains different options –
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Planning the Road Trip

The planning can feel overwhelming. Below, I’ve tried to break down the process into digestible chunks. Take on one piece at a time, and don’t rush or stress. The process is supposed to be fun – if anxiety doesn’t overcome your enthusiasm. First: buy a large, updated road atlas. Combined with online mapping services like Google Maps or Bing!, you can spend a week tinkering the itinerary. Please, do not rely solely on the online maps! They help foresee day-to-day travel options, but an atlas makes big picture planning easier (like calculating miles and time between destinations.) On that note,
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Packing

Bring Less. It’s easier. All other variables go out the window (how many people you’re traveling with, your destination, your vehicle) in the face of this rule. Simplify the process by bringing less. It’s not just important to be physically lighter, but you want to be as emotionally light as possible. The less you bring, the less you have to worry about. Letting things go seems scary if you can’t imagine yourself without the furnishings surrounding you as you read this. After all, they’ve been there for the last 20-plus years. But most things can be repurchased or replaced. So
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Cold Feet

A month before we left, a friend asked if he could tag along with us. He said he needed out: out of Albany, out from his family, who had his back since forever, really. It was the reason he stopped trying in high school: “I stopped taking it seriously, since I knew the business was going to be there. That was six years ago. He’s been going crazy ever since. “You don’t know how sick I am of old people. And omelets. That’s all I see: old people and omelets. If something doesn’t change soon, I’m going to lose it.”
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Why Move to Los Angeles?

You’re moving your life away from family and friends. You’re leaving the house you grew up in, the street where the school bus picked you up. Love or hate where you’re from, at the very least, you know it. And by leaving, you sacrifice your knowledge of the terrain, the edge of familiarity – so you better know why you’re doing it. Don’t underestimate what you’re giving up. You’re leaving your doctors, your dentists, your favorite orthodontist. The relationships with your mailman, the grocer, the barista who knows how you like your coffee. You know where to go for sushi,
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