What An Actor Should Know Before Moving To Los Angeles by Trae Ireland

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Film Courage: Trae you said you’ve been
here 15 years now from Chicago? Trae Ireland: Yes. Film Courage: If there had been a handbook
that someone was going to deliver to you and say “This is for you” and you will learn
all of this, but it’s going to take 15 years, what do you wish had been in this handbook? Trae Ireland: Money. [Laughs] Film Courage: Exactly. Okay. Trae Ireland: No…because you have to survive. Los Angeles is so expensive. If you are a struggling actor or anybody who
comes out here, the cost of living is so high you can’t…it’s hard for you to get a
regular job because you have to pursue this. You have to do auditions and meetings and
all this, so you’ll get fired or you’ll get laid off from your job. So you have to have money to be able to have
that cushion to be able to pursue this…but ask the question again so I can give you another
answer? Film Courage: Sure. But that’s good. I like that book actually. I wish someone had handed me that. But what else in that book could tell you
different things [such as] don’t waste your time with this, spend more time on that which
you wish someone had given to you that you’ve learned now where. And in turn, you could then hand this same
book to someone? Trae Ireland: Here is the irony of that because
you just never know. Because there is a lot of that when I first
got here I would try a lot of these showcases or whatever, don’t go to those. They are a rip-off because a lot of these
casting directors at these showcases they are trying to make their own money and pay
their own bills. And they are not really invested to find somebody
but if they do “Oh! I just found this guy.” So it’s so unorthodox. There is not a set blueprint so to have that
book…it’s just experiences. It should be like a book of just experiences
and you just learn. That’s why I watch all those backstories
on everybody. The most important thing is just to commit
to whatever it’s going to be that you are going to do. And that is to do your research to whatever
the character’s going to be, whatever you choose. I don’t care if you want to work at The
Home Depot. If you want to be the head cashier you have
to commit to whatever it is. Put the hours in, the work. So that book is mainly just to stay focused
on what you want to do and just enjoy the experience, even if the bad things that are
going to happen to you shapes and molds you to who you are. Think about the things in life where you are
like “I would never do that again.” But it still prepares you to be on the lookout
for anything else or to do anything else. Even if I was to write a book right now, I
think it would be very informative but at the same time it’s everybody else’s journey. There is nothing in particular I can give
from that except get as much knowledge as you can.


  1. As much as people say they'd do this if they had the 'extra' money, most times, they wouldn't. Human nature and complacency would kick in, unless you were brought up in money trying to do it. When you yearn for a payday, then get one…for many it's hard to have that desire. We all do it for a check…well, I could be wrong, but I've seen many times where once that big check hits….the excuses come and the grit fades. When you don't have money, there are things that you want to buy but you can't. When you get the money, there's a million things you have to get dating back to the 80's…lol in fifteen years, money was the first thing out of his mouth. Not saying it was wrong, but the grind, the nights trying to be creative, the networking, the day to day hustle, the patience, the humility. NOPE!!! I wish I had money!!!

  2. "MONEY!" Lol could you do one where you ask actors how much money they'd recommend coming out to L.A. with and how to stretch that savings out? That's one of my main concerns before making that big leap.

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