Do You REALLY Have To Move To LA or NY To Make It As An Actor?

If you're an actor and you're NOT in L.A. or N.Y., you've probably asked yourself these questions:

  • Do I have to move to Los Angeles or New York City to be successful as an actor?
  • Can I make it as an actor from where I live now?
  • How do I know if a move to L.A. or N.Y. is right for me and my acting career?

Those are all good questions.

And there are A LOT of opportunities in L.A. and N.Y. for actors…BUT…

Is a move to LA or NY right for YOU?

That's really the right question to ask.

Is it right for YOU?

Not some other actor.

Not in general.

For YOU.

After all, a move to a new, bigger city is a big deal.  And if you're going to make that investment of your time, energy and resources, will it be worth it?

So, in this video you'll find out IF a move to L.A. or N.Y. is a must (or not) and you're also getting 2 quick tips to help you determine if it's right for YOU and YOUR acting career.


In this video, you'll get the answer to:

How Do I Know If I Should Move To L.A. or N.Y. or Stay Where I Am?


Now you know how to determine if a move to LA or NY is the move you should be making…or not.

When you tweak the questions you ask yourself, the right answers just flow easily.

Remember, don't ever blindly accept generic acting career advice without understanding the reasons for it.

Because you're not a generic actor.  You're YOU!

Unique, creative, individual YOU!

So, make your acting career decisions with insight and purpose and you'll always be on the right track!

Your turn! Was this acting tip about moving to L.A. or NY for acting helpful?  Are you thinking about a move? Tell me about it in the comments below… :-)

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17 Responses

  1. John Moody says:

    hi amy jo success for me as an actor. i always keep open idea of going somewhere else but very happy to be in and around London at the moment.
    What i am looking from acting is Authentic expression and creativity so success mean whatever enables me to do that. maybe i can do some work that changes the way people think about different things and can make a positive impact that would be my definition of success for myself and my acting.

  2. Bj Wieland-Doucet says:

    I’m getting to have the best of both worlds, I live in Atlanta.
    Started my career in LA in the ’90’s. Was an amazing education & helped me to be more focused here in our exploding Georgia market.

  3. Michael Andolini says:

    Thank you Amy, this was very helpful! I had joined the union sag-aftra it was sag then in 1990 and lived in Los Angeles up until last November. All I ever had was hits and misses, no luck with agents but since I’ve moved to Arizona I’ve had four auditions since November and booked one so far. My goal now is to reconnect with some past acquaintances and live in Arizona and if I book some jobs in Los Angeles fly back or take a bus! I’ll still pursue acting work in Los Angeles, but definitely going to stay here in Arizona as home base. Thanks for all of your enlightning mind opening suggestions. Amy Jo Berman fan!?☜

  4. Marcy Bustraan says:

    For a while it seemed like Detroit was becoming a major market for movies and TV series due to the MI tax incentive. I took classes, workshops, went on a few auditions, invested in professional headshots, and did some extra work that allowed me to see the filming process first hand. I was really enjoying it, however the lead and major supporting roles continued to go to well known actors brought in from LA/NY so the opportunities were still limited. Now that Governor Snyder killed the film incentives the only show we have right now is The Detroiters. I still love Detroit but have to consider the path I want to take.. good timing for this video. Thank you.

  5. I actually know LA is for me but it’s that damn US Giv’t and being able to work in LA or become American. Later is in works and almost there. I follow my intuition and what it tells me. trust in that and you can’t go wrong plus ‘helps when listening to someone FAB as you to re-confirm what I already feel. Follow your heart and live your life!

  6. Patrick Bates says:

    Hello Amy! The tip on move to LA or New York was very helpful, and I live In Cleveland are of Ohio and film here are not happening much,and New to the Business, but i am so Open to the La move as always like to once get some work in acting to move. But would i need an agent?

  7. Michelle M says:

    Hi Amy, that was a LIGHTBULB moment! Thank you! I’m from South Africa, have just wrapped on my first short film today, have been training for around 8 months, (modeled for donkeys years!) and have a passion & goal to work in superhero/in and science fiction fantasy movies. You are right! There’s not much of that happening here! My next challenge is going to be trying to get a work visa for the US. Would you recommend getting an Agent first? Thank you, Michelle

    • AmyJoBerman says:

      Glad the video helped! As for your agent question, I can’t fully do it justice in a comment Michelle. Too many variables and moving pieces…ya know?

      • Michelle M says:

        Thank you Amy for the reply; I do understand. I will however start plotting a path! So excited to move forward. I have watched many of your videos! You are amazing & your advice is so sound! Have a lovely evening!

  8. Joan Margaret Cyngot says:

    I am trying in London because it is big city and film industry is in development here right now.

  9. Archie Cogollos says:

    I know the forest for the trees…you basically have to step back and take emotion out of it…sometimes easier said than done…I am now in a class with Jill Donnellan…and she said exactly this last nite..along with who are , how do you see your self, your strengths and weaknesses…thanks again…basic question was Who are you??? loved it…

  10. Archie Cogollos says:

    It’s so obvious it’s ridiculous…of course…thanks so much…xoxox

    • AmyJoBerman says:

      Sometimes the most “obvious” things escape us when our point of view is clouded by the desire for something we want badly…like a successful acting career. That’s why you have me :-)

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