The only one of its kind on the market, the Canadian edition of The Business Of Acting in Los Angeles lifts the curtain on what it’s really like to pursue acting as a foreigner in the entertainment capital of the world.
Jam-packed with resources, tips and advice, this e-book addresses local business practices (casting directors and agents) and the industry’s culture, as well as the different reality Canadian actors must adapt to in order to work and succeed in Los Angeles. Since Los Angeles has the biggest acting market on the planet, this e-book is a must for those who are serious about acting in any market.
This entire four-part-series is a bible for newly-arrived Canuck actors, as well as those who are currently in the process of applying for their work visas. It’s even helpful for those who plan on applying for a visa in the future.
Aside from the business of acting in Los Angeles, the books cover immigration visas (O-1s and EB-1s or green cards), cross-border accounting for the working actor, and the nuts and bolts of relocating to Los Angeles (finding a home, importing cars, etc.)
meet Lili Wexu
Author of Get Clever About
"I wish I had this book when I moved to Los Angeles…there are so many things to think about, that you don’t even know you should think about when you move. Many of my friends and I spent our first few years in Los Angeles just understanding the American way of doing things. Very helpful information."
"So true, so well written, SO helpful! Actors from all over the world should read these e-books before even thinking about working in Los Angeles. An absolute must!"
"This e-book series is truly a bible for newly arrived Canuck actors. Lili is like a trusted mentor who’s already blazed the trail for foreign actors. This e-book is a pleasure to read, as well as being eminently practical and informative. Her warm, breezy tone is nonetheless hard nosed and frank about what actors are up against and what will be required of them."
Finding your ground in Los Angeles can be a little bit like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Simply being here can feel like magic. It certainly did for me. The idea of working here can downright put a spell on us. This is where it can get hairy, very quickly. Suddenly, we shortchange ourselves (along with years of hard work and passion) by letting things like luck, the universe, or whatever God we pray to, determine our fates. This is my whole reason for writing this book. Let me be clear: Yes, to you taking your career to the next level. A resounding No to you wasting precious money and having a perfectly avoidable horrible experience because you were blinded by the light. Los Angeles is not Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal and it isn’t even New York. It’s the capital of the Acting Olympics, every day of the year. Things pan out for those who prepare for it and work very (very) hard.
I’ve found that the key to making measurable headway in a place populated with entertainment Olympians, is to keep your faith and passion alive, but to inject a good dose of practicality in the mix. Depending on the type of person you are, you may even need to be disciplined about it (being practical). In other words, your passion for your profession is your friend if you can exert some control over it.
As a professional actress, I’ve always felt I had good discipline, and most people in my circle would describe me as a hard worker, so I felt prepared and ready for a new challenge when I drove into the palm-tree-lined streets of Los Angeles with my U-Haul and my old car in tow.
I can assure you that the level of competition in Los Angeles threw me right out of my comfort zone. It forced me to learn more, work harder, and exert a type of discipline and work ethic that tested my character (and still does). My coping mechanisms and resilience are also still continually tested.
If, like most actors, you are prone to feelings of insecurity, anxiety, self-doubt, acute nervousness, poor self-esteem, or extreme vulnerability, or if you have a penchant for idealism, you will need to address these conditions. It’s a rite of passage for Los Angeles actors. The bottom line is this: Self-examination and self-improvement are instrumental when reaching for the stars.
If you ever read the plot of the movie In Time (starring Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, and Olivia Wilde) you’d think they were describing the life span of Los Angeles actors. Taken from Wikipedia: “In 2169, people are genetically engineered to stop aging on their 25th birthday, when a one-year countdown on their forearm begins. When it reaches zero, the person “times out” and dies instantly.” Having lived in Los Angeles for some years, I find this to be eerily familiar. I’m not suggesting that talent, skill, and resilience aren’t our most important assets, but let’s be real—strong looks (conventional or unconventional) and charisma are big, and youth is our very best friend (while we have it). Given that the passage of time annihilates youth and that acting in Los Angeles is extremely competitive, I’ve noticed that making a move earlier in life is generally more profitable than the reverse. If you do a bit of digging about working actors in Los Angeles, you’ll discover that most of them, including Canadians, arrived here at an early age. Local actors who have American credits on their resumes and have established relationships with local casting directors make it exceedingly difficult for newly settled actors from abroad who are over the age of thirty to break through. In fact, age is such an important variable in Los Angeles that it isn’t uncommon for performers over the age of twenty-five to avoid disclosing their actual age altogether. Seven years after having arrived, this still strikes me as strange and unfortunate, but I also know the concern is very real.