Updated: Feb 10, 2019
Last night, my husband and I attended a free Full Sail University mixer, hosted by career development. At this event, we met people ready and willing to relocate to Atlanta for the entertainment industry.
Upon graduation, I applied to work as a Turner Temps at Turner Broadcasting, but failed to land the job. However, I desired to move away from Dayton, Ohio and shortly after graduating from Wright State University. I moved to Atlanta with a few hundred dollars in my pocket and a heart full of faith. For six months, I lived with friends that I met while working at the Walt Disney World College Program in a two bedroom one bathroom apartment in Smyrna, GA.
When I moved here I didn’t have a job. I interviewed with several temp agencies working a few days at a Public Relations Firm and as a substitute teacher for a few preschools. Eventually, my friends moved into the city and I needed to find my own place. It was tough, but I managed to make many connections and have meaningful experiences in this budding Atlanta market.
The following tips will make relocating a lot easier for you (learn from my mistakes):
1. Secure a Living
If you don’t have a job or a legitimate business (not network marketing) make sure you have at least six months worth of money saved, in order to survive.
Before relocating, have at least five companies in mind you want to work for. No
matter if it’s working for a film studio or working on set, research those companies first. If you have friends or family who live in Atlanta, ask them about it. At least do which is do a search using Google. Follow and message people in Atlanta that work in the film industry on Linkedin.
3. Pace Yourself
Yes, the film industry in Atlanta is definitely booming and looks promising, but keep in
mind you have to start from the bottom and work your way up. What I mean is, you may have to start off as a Production Assistant before working as a film director on a major film project.
4. Learn the City
Because the Atlanta entertainment industry is booming, no matter where you live in
metro-Atlanta, there will ALWAYS be traffic! If you’re new, learn the city FIRST. That way
if you do get called to work, you will know where you’re going and how to manage your time to arrive in a timely manner.
5. Don’t Give Up!
Yes, there are plenty of things filming here, but prepare for the inevitable “no”. You may not be what a casting director is looking for. Don’t give up on your dream!
Have you relocated from either another city in Atlanta or from another state? Is there
something that we did not mention that helped you when you relocated? If so, please