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DIARY OF A 'failed' ACTOR - By John PIRKIS- Ep#8 - Moving To Los Angeles.
This episode is the one I have received the most requests for. I won't deny, that it has been incredibly difficult for me to find the balance in its content. The advice offered by the A-List industry professionals is harsh and uncompromising, but frank and honest.
At first, their words may be perceived as being extremely negative and dispiriting. They are not! Their purpose is to bring perspective and reality to those seeking to raise the stakes of their ambitions by transplanting themselves into the heart of Hollywood. These individuals' insights are well intended, to ensure that actors taking this massive risk and commitment, do so with the full understanding of what the lay of the land is in LA. It is very different from anywhere else in the world. The demands and expectations placed upon actors entering Hollywood are immense. Forewarned is forearmed.
So, if you are being honest with yourself, and remain undaunted by their sentiments, and it is Hollywood or nothing for you, then it really is important that you pay heed to the tips and advice I offer up on the essential practicalities you must employ to guarantee that you are not caught unawares in the process of setting yourself up in Los Angeles, and making it your home.
As a result, this is the longest episode to date; almost double the earlier episodes, weighing in at nearly 17mins in length. I did not wish for this one to be split into two episodes, even with so much information to impart. For if you saw one episode and missed the other, you would only receive half the picture, and that could be misleading and detrimental to its cause.
What this episode proffers up is tough love. You may not wish to hear it, but it is essential that you do. This profession is not for the faint hearted. It requires, stamina, determination and dedication, commitment, hard graft, bloody mindedness, and limitless patience.
The professional actor's course is similar to running twenty-five consecutive marathons, and just as you have completed the twenty-fifth, you discover there are another twenty five to be run immediately after. But, if you are in the race because you love it with all your heart and it's all you've ever wanted or can imagine doing, then you can push through the wall of pain, dig into your reserves, confront the challenges before you, and with renewed vigour surge forward. You have to be in it to win it! But you must believe to receive, regardless of the obstacles placed before you.
DIARY OF A 'failed' ACTOR
Directed by Cécile Delepière