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Making it Big when You’re from a Map Dot

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It is possible to make it in entertainment regardless of where you call home.  This means, you’re fully capable of breaking into the industry even if you’re on a first name basis with everyone in your town.  It all comes down to how badly you really want this and how hard you’re willing to work.

First, check to see if there is anything being filmed locally.  You might be surprised.  Adding yourself to casting groups on social media and scouring other resources on the web may yield larger results than expected.  You can also contact your state’s film commission, which will be able to provide you with casting opportunities if any are available.

Many times, filmmakers choose locations off the beaten path because they’re less expensive than urban areas or the ambiance provides just the right setting for the scene being shot.  Remember, just as not everyone in the real world lives in a larger metropolitan area, not all films can take place in a big city.  Many include rural areas and being able to actually film in this type of area will make it most believable. 

Of course, some travel will likely be required if you live outside of an entertainment hotspot.  But, this is just par for the course.  Even those who live in New York City or Los Angeles travel to different locales for the right opportunities.  Being willing to travel and/or temporarily relocate will help you book more gigs.  Of course, choosing to do so will depend on your level of motivation and financial situation.  If you’re not being paid for travel, it will have to come out of your pocket.

You’ll also want to get in touch with talent agencies in your area that have the inside scoop on where to look and how to put yourself out there in a market with slim pickings.  If you have to step outside your comfort zone a bit and take on a role that isn’t necessarily one you would have imagined booking, it still may be a necessary stepping-stone.  An agency will be able to steer you in the right direction.

Thinking outside of the box is important when it’s not so easy to get your start.  With a little extra effort, you can still build up your resume.  If you have to start out small or take a temporary road trip, your efforts will pay off!

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