Topher Harless
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Making the First Move

To the beginning…  My experience.

Most people move to a new city to pursue their dreams.  I decided that I waned to move to LA.  There are a LOT of people who want to move to Los Angeles.  When I say a lot, I mean a LOT.  I’ve been told over and over by people out here that over a million people move to LA every year and another million leave in defeat.

A million people come and a million people leave…  Imagine being a business owner here.  You hire ten new people and they all leave within a year.  You have to train ten people over and over.  You get resumes from all over begging for jobs…  Wouldn’t that just blo…  Wait…  I think I just figured out why no one will hire me.

Anyway, the point is, a lot of people move here and before you come, you might want to consider evaluating your dreams.  Is this a short trip to LA?  Is this a life long trip?  Is this a 10 year commitment?

Why are you moving here?  Do you want to be an actor?  A screen writer?  Something in film production?

Be sure of yourself.  If you’re just wanting to try this out, you may want to try some small film gigs out in your area before you come.  Most states have film schools with aspiring film makers there, that are always making short films.  You may want to act in some of those to get a feel for how you like acting under pressure.  Short films with unprofessional film makers can be the perfect pressure cocktail.

If you want to be a writer, maybe take some classes at a community college near you.

No matter what you want to do, if you have gotten the chance to do the job you want, you know better how it will make you feel and realize better if it’s the right thing for you.  This will give you better direction and a heads up about what is going to come, so you’re not caught off guard.

After that, make the decision.  If you still love what you’ll be doing, then make the trip!  Better to have tried, then to have given up and done nothing.  Say to yourself, “I WILL MOVE TO LA.”  This can be a tough decision to make, but when you do, you need to make it happen.  You need to pursue your dreams or you will regret it for the rest of your life  You’ll always be wondering.  ”Could I have made it?”

You don’t want that.  Make the decision to make it happen, then do it.  Set the date on the calendar and resolve to make the move.  It can happen.  It WILL happen.  If you fail, so what?  Try again.  It’s worth it.  It’s YOUR dream.  You are the only one who can make it happen…

What’s the worst that can happen?

GO.