More than just peaches and Peachtree roads…

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Are you an actor just starting out? Or have been always had the desire to become a film and TV actor but didn’t know where to get started?

If so you should consider starting your acting career in Atlanta!

Atlanta is happening. It’s more than just home to the busiest airport in the world, Coca Cola and CNN.
The Walking Dead, Vampire Dairies, Hunger Games, Ant-man…perhaps you’ve heard of these TV shows and movies? These were/are all filmed in and around Atlanta. Atlanta is now the number 3 film and TV production center in the US, after Los Angeles and New York.It is home Turner Studios, Tyler Perry Studios, EUE/Screen Gem Studios, and Pinewood Studios. And very soon Third Rail Studios and the Atlanta Media Campus. And this is not a short term phenomenon. The state of Georgeia and the city of Atlanta are very committed to keeping this a sustained business with tax incentives, building out the infrastructure and developing the human talent for the long term.

Being an actor in Atlanta could be one of the smartest decisions for the beginning actor because the competition is less intense (but growing, beware!) and the acting support structure of agencies, CDs, classes and such is growing deeper and wider every year. Established Hollywood talent agencies are setting up shop here. There are also actors moving from LA to Atlanta or at least getting representation with Atlanta agencies and willing to work as a local Atlanta hire. It’s a juggernaut.
This book is a guide to getting an acting career started in film and TV in Atlanta, with a suggested list of resources you can use at every step.

It also includes interviews with 35 working Atlanta actors who share tips and insights on everything – how they got started, how they go about their craft and managing their career and what they see as the future of acting in Atlanta.

To be honest, when I first moved to Atlanta, I thought it was going to be temporary. Atlanta had never figured in my plans but, back when I was a hot shot engineer, I got a job with a tech startup in Norcross that kinda fizzled out. Facing an existential crisis, I decided to go to b-school at Emory. I always figured I’d get my MBA and leave. But I’ve stayed here for more than 10 years now J. In many ways Atlanta is an ideal city – moderate climate, reasonable cost of living, great job market. And whaddaya know, now one of the hottest acting markets in the nation!

Being an actor in Atlanta could be one of the smartest decisions for the beginning actor because the competition is less intense (but growing, beware!) and the acting support structure of agencies, CDs, classes and such is growing deeper and wider every year. Established Hollywood talent agencies are setting up shop here. There are also actors moving from LA to Atlanta or at least getting representation with Atlanta agencies and willing to work as a local Atlanta hire. It’s a juggernaut.

 

 

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