Practically every friendship I’ve made in LA came about through one person I met in an acting class I took in San Diego more than 3 years ago. Who knew that taking that class would have led to such amazing opportunities?! Besides being the most influential acting and directing class I’ve ever been apart of, taught masterfully by the amazing Francis Gercke, the class introduced me to Julie, my first scene partner and the person who was the most influential in encouraging me to move to LA to pursue a career in the film industry.
Before I even moved to LA, and while I was commuting to LA weekly from San Diego to make contacts and find a job, Julie introduced me to the one person who has taught me the most about this business and the person with whom I would end up starting my podcast, Film Method. After two years and more than eighty episodes, Film Method is still going strong and has produced an incredible network of filmmakers for me and my co-hosts. Julie also introduced me to the person who got me in the door at Dreamworks Animation, a job I’ve been at for over a year and has led to amazing opportunities.
But, contrary to what some may have you believe, life is not all about work, and it’s not all about making films. Life is about family, friends, work, hobbies, and for some, faith. Four degrees separate Julie and the person who introduced me to the church I attend. The church and the friendships I’ve made there have made a huge impact on my life in LA and have helped make this experience rich and meaningful, in addition to giving me a bigger picture perspective on my purpose in Los Angeles.
I can’t say enough about the importance of getting into a class when you move to LA. If you think you can’t afford it, think again! You can’t afford to miss the opportunities that await you that may outweigh the benefits of the class’s instruction. Of course, it is extremely important to hone your craft as an actor, director, producer, writer, sound designer, editor, etc. We had a guest on the podcast this summer who has been a working writer in LA for more than ten years. He informed us that he joined an improv class when he moved to LA simply to develop the skill of thinking on his feet, for intense script note sessions with directors and producers.
Meeting good people in LA is essential to survival in this town. The sooner you surround yourself with a strong support system, the better chance you have at thriving in this city and achieving your goals and dreams. No one can do it alone, and lucky for you, there is a plethora of good people in this town, so you don’t have to! Don’t miss out on the multiple opportunities that await you in an educational and social environment- join a class today!