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Any advice about following your dreams in the entertainment industry?

I'm in need for some advice. Ever since I was little, i knew I wanted to make music and movies. I've been playing the piano since I was 5, and the guitar since I was 8. I've been creating home movies since I was really young. Movies and music are my greatest passions. They make me who I am. I've been working 2 jobs in order to save up to move to Los Angeles. I'm about to start my 3rd job (on the weekends) in order to save even more money. I work about 55-60 hours a week. I'm exhausted, but I want to achieve my dreams more than anything. I can't see myself doing anything else. Any advice? #film-acting #singers-career #entertainment #motion-pictures-and-film #movie-production #performing-arts

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Todd’s Answer

I encourage following your dream! Here's my suggestion-
Get involved with your local music scene and indie filmmakers. the best advice I was ever given was make your dreams happen wherever you are. Moving to L.A. is not the only way to work in the industry. I only travel there when needed. It's a very small world these days. Once you establish your own 'product/brand' you can live anywhere you're heart desires.
Oh and this- get a law or business degree. That will ensure better success.
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Conrad’s Answer

Step One - Don't do it. Step Two - Don't listen to me. If it's really in your heart then nothing I say will keep you from it. Most of the people I know in these industries have an incredible drive and nothing would keep them away from following their dreams.

One thing I would do over if I could go back is that I would have done an internship. I learned everything on my own and it was a very slow and tedious process. Get in there and do your best work. If it is exceptional, then people will notice. If not, then it will nudge you in the right direction.

Once you start working toward it, and it sounds like you already have, then your path turns from a dream into a goal. That is an exciting transformation.
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Nanci’s Answer

First, you do not need to be in Los Angeles to break into the entertainment industry. Second, college can be a great way to learn as much as you can about music and movie making and open doors that you never knew existed. Once you are in a degree program you can investigate internships which are great ways to meet the right people for when you graduate.


Keep dreaming!

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Phyllis’s Answer

You want to act in films and play music? Read books about your favorite actors or musicians and learn from them. Take acting classes in your home town (and music lessons). Find a mentor who can help you set a course for your career.
What you feed grows. So invest in training and focus on your goals. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the process.
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