Acting : Tips for an actress wanting to move from London to LA by Anna Alfieri

Anna Alfieri

Tips for an actress wanting to move from London to LA

I have been acting for the last 9 years, building a very long CV and gaining a lot of experience. I get a lot of work in London (and have a very good agent) but I somewhat feel like my acting career has come to a standstill. I am mainly playing leading roles in small productions. I don't feel very challenged anymore and often overly qualified for the kind of productions I am involved in. Lately I feel like it's proving to be very difficult to make the qualitative leap between small (often non paid) productions to big paid productions... I don't understand if it's the way the British film industry works or what. But I somewhat have a gut feeling that I would have a lot more opportunities in America and if I was acting there now I would already be making money and supporting myself through acting. I am in LA right now trying to build some contacts and network and I am trying to find out whether coming here with an 01 visa would be the best and only option for me (like I have always believed) or if there are other options that I should consider besides the 01 visa. Thanks for reading and looking forward from hearing from all of you. Anna

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Anna - there are many Stage 32ers that have dabbled between the London and LA markets. We actually had a really great webinar talking about Deconstructing the 01 Visa here: A great person I'd recommend networking with for advice is Jessica Sitomer.

Rachel Rath

Hey Anna :) I'm from Ireland and came here to NYC on an O-1 visa. Here's a guidebook that I popped together for Euro-peeps coming to LA, perhaps it might be helpful? Julies suggestion of the O-1 advice is excellent. Sounds like with your experience you could maybe go for the EB1(this is the extraordinary greencard) - I filed for my EB1 and got it- you dont need a sponsor or an attorney. But in your case the O-1, as it's temporary, wont be too much of a commitment if you end up not enjoying the industry in USA it might be the best option for you. BEST OF LUCK!!

Marcel Miller

Hi Anna. I am on my second O-1 visa extension (had the max of 3 years 2 times in a row) now and ready to apply for the green card as a next step. Sounds like you have enough experience and fulfill the criteria to get the visa. Contact Ralph Ehrenpreis Law Firm, Los Angeles. Ask for Jeffrey Ehrenpreis and tell him I said hi. Definitely the best entertainment lawyer to choose! Kind regards, Marcel Miller based in Los Angeles t. +1 (929) 278-5757 | e. w. | representation: imdb: If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. Read more Think before you print.

Anna Alfieri

Thank you so much for all the useful tips... Hope it Thanks Rachel, I will defo check the EB1 and see if I'm eligible. Marcel, your IMDB profile is awesome so congratulations on all your work. I will try and get in touch with Jeffrey and mentioned you Marcel. Cheers guys and fingers crossed!

Marcel Miller

Hi Anna. Thanks for your kind words, we all give our best. I don't think you should apply for the green card right away, but talk to Jeff, he is the man. ;)

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